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Poll: How Many Ball Brand/Models Do You Play?

How Many Ball Brands-Model Do You Play?  

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  1. 1. How Many Ball Brands-Model Do You Play?

    • I play new balls, usually one brand-model
    • I play new balls, but I change brand-model often
    • I play found or refurbished balls, almost any brand/model in decent condition

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Sounds like MGS is going to once again recommend picking one ball and playing it for most of us. I don’t have any problem with that, I’ve played one ball brand/model for three years 95% of the time (occasionally I’ll treat myself to a sleeve of Pro V1’s or even play a found one IF it’s pristine).

I know lots of guys who play found balls, anything that looks to be in decent condition. Or they buy refurbished balls any chance they get. The only new balls they play may be Christmas or Fathers Day gifts.

So a poll before the 2020 ball study comes out?



We can’t emphasize this enough. After conducting this test, we’ve become firm believers in the idea that golfers should pick a ball and play it…exclusively.

There’s going to be some manufacturing variance between individual balls of the same model, but it’s nothing compared to the performance differences between models. Golf is hard enough, so it makes sense to eliminate every variable you possibly can. Choose one ball, and play it every round and every shot.


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  • Callaway Rogue 10.5° 9.5°D & 3W
  • Mizuno JPX900 Forged 4-GW, S18 56.10, S18 60.06
  • Evnroll ER5B (replaced ER2)
  • and 14th club - Mizuno CLK 3H 19° OR MP-20 HMB 3i 19°
  • Snell MTB-X (replaced Black)
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Almost always play, and only buy, Bridgestone Tour B RX balls.  I will play the same ball for three or so rounds as long as the cover does not get trashed.  Will occasionally play a different found urethane ball in perfect condition just for the heck of it.

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I play one model ball.  

Driver: :ping-small: G400 Max 9 degree Alta CB55 Stiff shaft 

Hybrids: :taylormade-small: M6 --- 3 (19 degrees), 4 (22 degrees), and 5 (25 degrees) Atmos shaft R

Irons: :callaway-small:Apex CF19 6-9, PW, AW KBS Tour Graphite  70g shafts R

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX-2 52*, 56*, 60* wedges.  Stock shafts.

Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7S

Ball: :Snell: MTB-X

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I'm pretty new to golf and I've been trying to figure out which ball I like best. So, I've been playing mostly found balls or other people's cast offs.

Now that I've narrowed it down to the two or three that I really want to use for some extended playing time I'm playing through the collected stash before I get down to playing only one specific ball.

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I play similar style balls but don’t limit myself to any particular brand since I mostly play what I find.  Could be prov1, Snell, tp5, zstar, Bridgestone, etc.  

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* with UST Proforce V2
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :cleveland-small: 588 54-14, 58-12
Putter:  :odyssey-small: Ten S      Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330,   :EVNROLL: ER2.2,  


Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG


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After the ball buyers guide I have been really good about only playing new balls and staying with one brand. I have really enjoyed the Bridgestone Tour B XS, but due to no practice I decided to test out the Snell MTB-X, so like @cnosil sticking with the same characteristics. 

:ping-small: G410 LST 10.5* :Fuji:  Ventus Black 6X

PXG Gen2 0341X 15* Hzrdus Smoke Yellow 70X

:titelist-small: TS2 18* Hzrdus Smoke 70X

:Sub70: 699U 22* KBS Tour 130X

:Sub70: CB 5,6 Dynamic Gold X100

:Sub70: MB 7-PW Dynamic Gold X100

:mizuno-small: T20 50*, 56*,60* Dynamic Gold S400

:EVNROLL: ER2 34” 

:titelist-small: Pro V1X

:Clicgear:  3.5+ Push Cart

:Arccos: Caddie Smart Sensors

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Been playing Pro V1X, but bought XV to try again since it was 3-for-2, but I don’t like it as much as Pro V1X. I have a dozen Pro V1 and tried those again this past Sunday, but, again, Pro V1X is better for me. Longer off the tee, irons, and wedges, and the spin I need around the green and on approaches.

Driver: :honma: TR20 460, :Fuji: Ventus Black 70X

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Platinum M5 HT Mallet, 36"

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Lately been playing the maxfli tour x since I stocked up on them for this season.

:ping-small: G400 SFT 10. KBS TD 50 Category 3 shaft 

:cobra-small: F9 SpeedBack Black Grey Fairway Wood 5  :Fuji: ATMOS Tour Spec Blue 7 shaft

:taylormade-small: 3 Rescue Hybrid

:ping-small:  4 G Crossover

:cobra-small: F8 Single Length Irons 5-GW OBAN CT-100 shafts 

:ping-small:   Glide 2.0 SS Wedges 54 & 58 

:taylormade-small: TP Red White Ardmore Putter

:Arccos: All clubs use Arccos 

:918457628_PrecisionPro:Precision Pro NX7 range finder 


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I'll either play Srixon Z-stars or Bridgestone Tour B Xs...whichever is on sale when I need new balls. There was one time where neither was on sale, and I went with Snell MTB-Black that time. 

Driver: TS3, 9* (C1 setting, surefit cartridge in fade setting)

3/4 Wood: 917D2, 16.5 degrees (D1 setting, surefit cartridge neutral)

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2, 19 degrees (C3 setting, surefit cartridge neutral)

Irons: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi 4-Iron (23 degrees); Mizuno MP-18 SC 5-iron(26) and 6-iron(30); Mizuno MP-18 7-iron(34), 8-iron(38), 9-iron(42), and P Wedge(46). Nippon Modus 120x shafts. 1 degree upright.

Wedges: Mizuno S-18 50, 54, and 58 degrees. 50 is 1 degree upright, 54 and 58 are standard lie. Nippon Modus 120x, soft stepped in the 54 and 58.

Putter: Evnroll ER1



Atlanta, GA


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My "go to" since the ball study has been the Z Star, but my wife bought me 2 dozen Oncore Elixers for Christmas, so I am giving them a go, too. I like them. They seem to be a little longer on full shots but not quite as much bite around the greens, as far as I can tell. If I happen to lose more than a sleeve in a round, I reach for the found ball pocket, which I typically limit to any tour-quality ball.

Driver: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 9.5* Recoil 460ES cut to 45"
3W: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 15* Recoil 460ES
3H, 4H: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 19*, 23* Recoil 780ES
4-PW:  :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR HF2 Modus3 Tour 105
AW: :mizuno-small:S5 52*
SW: :cleveland-small: 588
LW: :callaway-small: MD3
Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab Marxman
Bag: :bridgestone-small: Tour B Stand Bag
Ball: :srixon-small: Z-Star
Pushcart: BigMax iQ+

:SuperSpeed: Tester
Starting Driver Speed on PRGR Monitor: 102 mph

Final Driver Speed (end of Level 2): 120 mph

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I typically play TaylorMade's current tour ball but I also play ProV1 as well. I am a member of a private club and everyone thinks they should be playing ProV1's regardless of their ability. Most are to proud to go look for the errant shots as well.  Whenever I play, I walk off the course with at least 3 or 4 new ones ( OK, once hit. ) And I'm not a ball hunter either. They are just off the edge of the fairway and I pick them up if I notice one. I usually the first one off in the morning so I know I'm not picking up someone's ball that is in play that day. I never had to pay for a dozen but I have plenty. 

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Driver, Ping G400 11* SR Flex

3 Wood, TaylorMade SLDR 17*  R Flex

5 Wood, TaylorMade SLDR 19* R Flex

Hybrid, Cobra Amp 24* R Flex

Irons, Sub 70 699 Pro's S Flex (5 - AW)

Wedges, Cleveland CBX 56* & 60*

Putter, Odyssey Marksman Fang 35"

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Whatever I finds I keeps...

Nah I'm starting to narrow down a list to about half a dozen models

Srixon Q & Z
Pro V1
And some of the good Bridgestones

Take Dead Aim

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I'm trying to find the best ball for my game, so I'm buying whatever I see.


When I find something I love, that's the only ball I will play 


Driver: Titleist TS2 10.5º w/ Diamana DF 60 TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915F 16.5º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Hybrids: PXG 0317X 17º w/ Even Flow

Titleist 816 H1 21º & 25º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Irons (6-PW): Srixon 765 w/ Project X LZ

Wedges: 50º Ping Glide, 54º & 60º PXG 0311

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Masterful Tourtype SSS CT A048277

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In the beginning of the year I will play 2/3 different balls and then settle on 1 ball the rest of the year.

Driver Mavrik Subzero set to 9.5. 
Rougue 4 wood 16.5

Titleist 818 hybrid 21

Callaway Apex pro black dot 4 through P

Callaway Jaws 50/10,, MD 4 56/10, and Titlest SM 6 60/12

SC Futura 5.5

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My top choice is Bridgestone Tour BXS. I love the flat ball flight off the tee, I hit them a mile, and greenside control is exactly what I want. I'm trying out some Z Star XVs right now, but they feel like rocks (especially off the putter) and I don't know that I can deal with the high launch. I'm already a high ball hitter...

All that being said, if I find a premium ball in decent condition, I'll play it (especially if not a competition round). 😎

Driver: :callaway-small: Epic Flash Subzero 9* loft with HZDRUS Smoke stiff
4-wood: :callaway-small: Mavrik Subzero (16.5*) with Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI X
2-hybrid: :taylormade-small: GAPR Lo with stock KBS Hybrid 80g stiff
3i-PW: :ping-small: i210 blue dot, Power Spec, with TT S300 hard stepped
50*, 54*, and 58*: :mizuno-small: blue ion S18 with TT wedge
Putter: :ping-small: Redwood Piper 0*

Ball: :srixon-small: Z STAR XV
Bag: :ping-small: Hoofer (2018) in black/white/copper

Using :Arccos: to keep track of my shots
All clubs RH

:wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged 3-PW, KBS Tour-V 110S - Official Review

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I tend to play prov1. However, I like to try out different brands.

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Driver- Cobra F9 Speedback 9° default_cobra-small.jpg.634f41dc1b8ea120e1aae121bd8f10ef.jpg

Woods- Sub70 Pro 5-Wood   08e84065c69a5a06ed8fec52d91a.jpg.08662cdc8041ba1124fe725b926a5e95.jpg

Utility- Titleist 718 T-MB 4 Utility  default_titelist-small.jpg.d620943db19c6c6f477d78c3e6dcfb1b.jpg

Irons- Sub70 699 5-GW  08e84065c69a5a06ed8fec52d91a.jpg.08662cdc8041ba1124fe725b926a5e95.jpg

Wedges- Sub70 Forged Black 54° 58°  08e84065c69a5a06ed8fec52d91a.jpg.08662cdc8041ba1124fe725b926a5e95.jpg

Putter- PING Heppler Tomcat 14 34"  default_ping-small.jpg.69d8e0343843830069d58004a5aeb3e8.jpg

Ball- Titleist ProV1x ( High Number) default_titelist-small.jpg.d620943db19c6c6f477d78c3e6dcfb1b.jpg  Snell MTB-X (High Number) snell.png.b6a3039f6a1d861464f6a8e8b7f6a838.png






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Two Christmas’s ago I received 4 dozen chrome soft. They mostly sleep with the fishes now. I switched to the maxfli cg balls after looking at the data in the MGS buyers guide. As unskilled as I am it is probably all in my head but they seem to go longer and straighter. Also. Dicks has them on sale through the 13th with free personalization.

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Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Heavy 10.5 closed face setting

Callaway Razor Fit 3 wood

Nickent 3 Hybrid

XR-OS 4i - 9i factory steel stiff 2 up +1

Ben Hogan 44,48,52,56

Nickent PP-01

Maxfli Tour Center of Gravity model

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