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What is the best golf ball to use? 

Does swing speed, clubs and or conditions play a factor?

 


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3 Wood: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
4 Hybrid: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
Irons: 6 - 9 Strata Standard 

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I may be speaking out of turn here, but I don't think there's a "best" ball to use per say..it's more of a personal preference

Yes - swing speed does make a difference, and also how much spin you put on the ball, but at the end of the day, depending on what your goals are and how much "feel" you have, I think it just comes down to playing whatever ball makes you happy.

I'm sure there's some MGS blind test that can be run on different handicaps with a myriad of balls, and discover it really just comes down to how it "feels" for each individual golfer.

This is just my opinion though, so put away your pitchforks.

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Most balls will come within a few yards of each other. It is the other performance indicators you need to research. Low spin? High spin? Feel? 

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8 minutes ago, EdotTdot said:

I may be speaking out of turn here, but I don't think there's a "best" ball to use per say..it's more of a personal preference

Yes - swing speed does make a difference, and also how much spin you put on the ball, but at the end of the day, depending on what your goals are and how much "feel" you have, I think it just comes down to playing whatever ball makes you happy.

I'm sure there's some MGS blind test that can be run on different handicaps with a myriad of balls, and discover it really just comes down to how it "feels" for each individual golfer.

This is just my opinion though, so put away your pitchforks.

That makes sense. I have an average swing speed and hardly any spin on my shots. I will look for balls that assist me in those areas. Thank you!


Driver:  :callaway-small: GBB Epic 10.5 Driver
3 Wood: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
4 Hybrid: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
Irons: 6 - 9 Strata Standard 

Wedges: :titelist-small: Vokey SM7 46, 56, 60
Putter:  :titelist-small: :cameron-small: California Fastback 35" w Red Cord Dancing SC Grip
Bag: :nike-small: Nike Air Hybrid Golf Bag
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5 minutes ago, Titleist87 said:

Most balls will come within a few yards of each other. It is the other performance indicators you need to research. Low spin? High spin? Feel? 

Thank you! I have a direction now to see what may suit me best. 


Driver:  :callaway-small: GBB Epic 10.5 Driver
3 Wood: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
4 Hybrid: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
Irons: 6 - 9 Strata Standard 

Wedges: :titelist-small: Vokey SM7 46, 56, 60
Putter:  :titelist-small: :cameron-small: California Fastback 35" w Red Cord Dancing SC Grip
Bag: :nike-small: Nike Air Hybrid Golf Bag
Ball:
:bridgestone-small: e12 soft

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If you really don't have a preference - I know some manufacturers offer trial sleeves (Cut, VICE), but I think I've seen a Bridgestone trial pack as well, I'd really just play a variety until you find something you like.

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10 minutes ago, EdotTdot said:

If you really don't have a preference - I know some manufacturers offer trial sleeves (Cut, VICE), but I think I've seen a Bridgestone trial pack as well, I'd really just play a variety until you find something you like.

Lately I have been liking the Bridgstone e soft balls, bu those trial ones are a good idea, I will check it out


Driver:  :callaway-small: GBB Epic 10.5 Driver
3 Wood: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
4 Hybrid: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
Irons: 6 - 9 Strata Standard 

Wedges: :titelist-small: Vokey SM7 46, 56, 60
Putter:  :titelist-small: :cameron-small: California Fastback 35" w Red Cord Dancing SC Grip
Bag: :nike-small: Nike Air Hybrid Golf Bag
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:bridgestone-small: e12 soft

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What's your handicap? How many balls do you lose on average per round? Until you are able to play with 1 ball for an entire round it doesn't make sense to use a high $ ball because for the most part it means you won't get the benefit of it and it is racking up the cost of a hobby that can already be financially straining. That said, if money is not an issue then there are ball fittings and other data out there that will help you choose a ball that is best for your game. For a long time, I played a $5/dz ball made by precept and sold at home depot during the holidays on sale! I think I bought 10 dozen one season and lost almost all of them because i stopped caring about lost balls! Now a days i manage to make it usually at most 3 balls lost in a round so i play callaway chromesoft or taylormade tp5. Even then I buy them off FB for $1 each. 

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Just now, parkbrian1 said:

What's your handicap? How many balls do you lose on average per round? Until you are able to play with 1 ball for an entire round it doesn't make sense to use a high $ ball because for the most part it means you won't get the benefit of it and it is racking up the cost of a hobby that can already be financially straining. That said, if money is not an issue then there are ball fittings and other data out there that will help you choose a ball that is best for your game. For a long time, I played a $5/dz ball made by precept and sold at home depot during the holidays on sale! I think I bought 10 dozen one season and lost almost all of them because i stopped caring about lost balls! Now a days i manage to make it usually at most 3 balls lost in a round so i play callaway chromesoft or taylormade tp5. Even then I buy them off FB for $1 each. 

The courses I play at have hardly any water so I will only lose around 1-2 balls per 18 holes, last round didn't lose any. My handicap hasn't been determined yet, maybe 28, I shoot roughly 105 a round. 

I don't mind spending money on the little things like balls, I have ordered some refurbished ones on the cheap to use and test out. Thanks for the tips


Driver:  :callaway-small: GBB Epic 10.5 Driver
3 Wood: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
4 Hybrid: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
Irons: 6 - 9 Strata Standard 

Wedges: :titelist-small: Vokey SM7 46, 56, 60
Putter:  :titelist-small: :cameron-small: California Fastback 35" w Red Cord Dancing SC Grip
Bag: :nike-small: Nike Air Hybrid Golf Bag
Ball:
:bridgestone-small: e12 soft

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51 minutes ago, Nateyeight said:

What is the best golf ball to use? 

Does swing speed, clubs and or conditions play a factor?

 

There is a best category of ball rather than one single ball: tour balls that have urethane covers, and 3, 4, or 5 piece construction. 

The shots less than 50 yards from the green don't usually spin near as much because it is a partial swing. Your best bet to get some green-side spin is a tour ball (as described above). 

Full shots, struck well, will perform relatively similar but tour balls go further much of the time, with more control. 

A couple price friendly balls are there Snell MTB balls, and Taylormade Project (a) balls. 

Another spinney ball is the Srixon Z-Star. 

Cheaper balls just don't have green-side spin like tour balls. People play them because they cost less. You will learn that sticking to one ball will let you learn from every ball you hit to increase your consistency even if it is a cheap ball. 

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1 minute ago, Nateyeight said:

The courses I play at have hardly any water so I will only lose around 1-2 balls per 18 holes, last round didn't lose any. My handicap hasn't been determined yet, maybe 28, I shoot roughly 105 a round. 

I don't mind spending money on the little things like balls, I have ordered some refurbished ones on the cheap to use and test out. Thanks for the tips

It's not always water that gobbles up balls. Sometimes tall rough or OB takes em out too. I had a wicked slice for the longest time off my drive (and still do sometimes when i get lazy and tired). But if you are able to keep the ball in play i would look at all the data on balls on MGS official reviews and play a few till you find one you like. It really does come down to feel for the most part.

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Hybrids: :callaway-small: XR Project X Stiff (3&4)

Irons : :callaway-small: Mavrik True Temper Elevate 95 Stiff Steel (5-PW,AW)

Wedges : Bombtech 52,56,60

Putter : :taylormade-small:Spider Red

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33 minutes ago, Nateyeight said:

The courses I play at have hardly any water so I will only lose around 1-2 balls per 18 holes, last round didn't lose any. My handicap hasn't been determined yet, maybe 28, I shoot roughly 105 a round. 

I don't mind spending money on the little things like balls, I have ordered some refurbished ones on the cheap to use and test out. Thanks for the tips

Out of all the equipment, golf balls may be the most expensive because they are close to being consumables.  With your current level or ability in golf I wouldn't worry too much about equipment.  I think the cheapest model from any major brand will do you justice.  The only thing I may think about is durability but durable typically = more money.  Feel will probably become important at some time but spin is going to be more important.  I feel like all the top tier premium balls feel the same or very very similar.  I think working on and improving your golf swing will help you a lot more with enjoyment and score than playing say a TP5(x), prov1(x), ect.  If you got the money to burn,  dont think you can go wrong with prov1(x), tp5(x), srixon z star tour, or bridgestones top tier ball (tour b rxs?).  Not sure wanted all that but just my 2 cents

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1 minute ago, Chizzle said:

Out of all the equipment, golf balls may be the most expensive because they are close to being consumables.  With your current level or ability in golf I wouldn't worry too much about equipment.  I think the cheapest model from any major brand will do you justice.  The only thing I may think about is durability but durable typically = more money.  Feel will probably become important at some time but spin is going to be more important.  I feel like all the top tier premium balls feel the same or very very similar.  I think working on and improving your golf swing will help you a lot more with enjoyment and score than playing say a TP5(x), prov1(x), ect.  If you got the money to burn,  dont think you can go wrong with prov1(x), tp5(x), srixon z star tour, or bridgestones top tier ball (tour b rxs?).  Not sure wanted all that but just my 2 cents

I appreciate the feedback. The 2 cents everyone has is the reason I posted the question 🙂 I think something that will help with spin might be the way to go. I am not too worried about distance at the moment. Not until I am more consistent. Thanks

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Driver:  :callaway-small: GBB Epic 10.5 Driver
3 Wood: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
4 Hybrid: :callaway-small: Epic Flash
Irons: 6 - 9 Strata Standard 

Wedges: :titelist-small: Vokey SM7 46, 56, 60
Putter:  :titelist-small: :cameron-small: California Fastback 35" w Red Cord Dancing SC Grip
Bag: :nike-small: Nike Air Hybrid Golf Bag
Ball:
:bridgestone-small: e12 soft

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21 minutes ago, Chizzle said:

Out of all the equipment, golf balls may be the most expensive because they are close to being consumables.  With your current level or ability in golf I wouldn't worry too much about equipment.  I think the cheapest model from any major brand will do you justice.  The only thing I may think about is durability but durable typically = more money.  Feel will probably become important at some time but spin is going to be more important.  I feel like all the top tier premium balls feel the same or very very similar.  I think working on and improving your golf swing will help you a lot more with enjoyment and score than playing say a TP5(x), prov1(x), ect.  If you got the money to burn,  dont think you can go wrong with prov1(x), tp5(x), srixon z star tour, or bridgestones top tier ball (tour b rxs?).  Not sure wanted all that but just my 2 cents

My favorite cheap ball for durability was the Titleist DtTruSoft which has been replaced by the TruFeel. I haven't had a chance to put the TruFeel through any on-course testing. However, I would assume it isn't too much different. 

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Preference is the keyword here. 

I've tryed a vast number of golf balls, right now I'm pretty happy with the Titleist TourSoft. 

It checks pretty much all of the boxes for my game, good distance off the tee, as well as good control, it responds well to the irons, plenty spin around the green and very durable. 

If you ast 50 golfers which ball they play you probably get 50 different balls between brand and model. 

Your best bet is to get a couple of different sleeves at the time and try them out. 

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I have tried heaps of different golf balls and I keep coming back to pro v1x or tp5x. I am trying TP5 tomorrow morning on the recommendation of the fitter at the local shop.


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On 5/30/2020 at 8:25 PM, Jbmullin said:

I have tried heaps of different golf balls and I keep coming back to pro v1x or tp5x. I am trying TP5 tomorrow morning on the recommendation of the fitter at the local shop.


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Those two and the AVX are my favorites and have all my longest drives with: 304, 307, and 312 (measured by GPS). 

I had a round on a local 9 hole with a TP5 today and scored 2 over par; my best round ever. 

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On 5/29/2020 at 3:05 PM, Nateyeight said:

What is the best golf ball to use? 

Does swing speed, clubs and or conditions play a factor?

 

Swing Speed is definitely a factor, I like the Bridgestone balls a lot because they tell you based off your speed which ball is ideal. My clubhead speed is under 105 mph so I go between e12 soft and tour b rx. I know soft causes a loss in distance but going between the two it hasn't been noticeable enough for the price difference to I play the e12 a lot more.


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I want spin on approach. The best to me is the Titleist Pro V1, but since I have to pay for my golf balls the best value is the Snell MTB. Bridgestone, Srixon, and TaylorMade tour balls are very good too.

If you want greenside spin, you want a 3,4 or 5 piece ball with a urethane cover. There are soft and firm options,  but they perform similarly.

Many slower swing speed players can’t generate enough speed to spin the ball much, they expect the ball to release and run onto the green on approach shots (instead of stopping or backing up). For those players, any ball will play about the same.

The differences in distance with a driver are usually small, limited by the USGA, and shouldn’t be the primary factor in choosing a ball.

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Vice has a pretty good ball-fitting widget on their website. Vice Golf check it out, if nothing for the knowledge. I like their offerings and will be placing an order when my supply runs low. 
 

If you’re shopping around for balls, consider calling your local golf shop and seeing if they would split up some sleeves. Get a mixed pack of 3-4 different types and swing away!

 

Golf Galaxy has done that for me in the past, as has my local specialty shop Carl’s GolfLand. 
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