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Would love to get some opinions on mid price ball selection - in reviewing many internet pages the Taylormade Tour Response, Titleist Tour Soft and Srixon Q-Star Tour seem to be popular.  I handicap in the higher teens, my game not in the ball park yet to pay for premium balls of the ProV1, TP5, or Zstar and not interested in dealing with DTC balls.  Thoughts on these balls or is there a sleeper out there that I a should be looking at.  Driver 260+ yards, and need more work on my short game to improve my scores.  Thanks for the feedback.

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What's your definition of mid-priced? I'm assuming around the $30 mark? I've heard some good things about your response and Q star haven't played them myself though.
Not sure why your nocking DTC balls though that price range is where they excel. How difficult is having balls arrive at your step?

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So my $.02 having played all of the options mentioned.. I'm a higher single digits around 8. driver swing speed around 112 mph. The Taylormade Tour Response is probably the best all around ball of the bunch and definitely best of class. It's a 3 piece with a pretty durable urethane cover.

Surprisingly is long off the tee, even with a softer core than the previous Project(a) but doesn't feel like a marshmallow like other softer core options. Feel and performance is as good as anything out there. I know some will scoff and roll their eyes.. or even yell "blasphemy!", but I'd go so far as to say it's just as good as a Pro-V1 or TP5.

I have 3 friends who play Pro-V, Z Star, and TP5X. And we play together a lot so we know how each ball reacts. Skill levels are equal. I play the "cheap ball" of the group but can out drive and out score any of them on any given day with the Tour Response



the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..

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I am using the Costco Kirkland and for the money they are brilliant. I loose a little distance 1-10m depending on club, 10M being driver but happy to live with it considering the cost is $1.75 AUD ($1 USD) per ball. They also have a tendency to mark but if I get a round or 2 out of one before I loose it then that is a bonus.

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my definition of mid priced would be $30-$40, I never said i don't like DTC, reason being challenge with DTC is shipping in and to Canada is adding another $10 dollars minimum and with Covid who knows when it will be received.  I see you play Snell and no doubt a potential option but for me it would be the same price as buying PROV1.


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The balls you listed are all good choices. My order of preference would be:

1) TaylorMade Tour Response 

2) Titleist Tour Soft

3) Srixon Q -Star Tour

 


Driver, Ping G400 11* SR Flex

3 Wood, TaylorMade SLDR 17*  R Flex

5 Wood, TaylorMade SLDR 19* R Flex

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Assuming current models and retail prices:

Srixon QStar Tour
Snell MTB Black/X


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Probably the Srixon Q -Star Tour or Titleist Tour Soft. Both reasonably priced and good tee to green. 

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Q star is awesome. And can be found for closer to $20/ dozen quite often.

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Thanks for letting us know about the shipping thing.  I'll second the Tour Response.  It's the best major brand ball I've played at that price point.


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Just food for thought.  I recently saw a video TXG posted on youtube where they compared the titleist velocity and proV1.  No noticeable difference in distance but major differences in spin characteristics, especially on shorter shots.  Most people would have guessed this.  This is the caveat.  Since high hdcp players miss more greens, they need balls that spin more where better players want balls with more spin.  So age old question of performance vs $

With that being said, I see a lot of last years srixon z-star/z-star xv on sale now for under $30.

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Did you ever consider a Wilson Duo Pro?

Is just a really good ball and in my opinion under evaluated


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Q-star is definitely good. But at that price point, I don't think anything is beating the Maxfli Tour / Tour X. 

You can get them at 2 for $50 almost every day at Dick's or Golf Galaxy. On good days you can get them at 2 for $35. And they always ship for free. 

You can check them out in the forums, or in the big ball test from last year. I've played them (the regular Tour version) now for 9 months, they do everything they should. Unless you want to pay for ProV1, Z-Star or BX(S) , you aren't going to get a "better" ball. 

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Appreciate the feedback. 


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Not sure if you will be able to source them easily, but the Inesis 900 is well worth a try if you can.  £20 doz in UK, (same price as Srixon AD333 etc.)

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Any of those are great options.  Ill either play the TM, the Srixon or DTC, based on what is available at the best price.  Recently got the Q-Star on BOGO, so that's what I'm playing now.  Great topic!


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On 7/12/2020 at 1:04 AM, Thin2win said:

Q-star is definitely good. But at that price point, I don't think anything is beating the Maxfli Tour / Tour X. 

You can get them at 2 for $50 almost every day at Dick's or Golf Galaxy. On good days you can get them at 2 for $35. And they always ship for free. 

You can check them out in the forums, or in the big ball test from last year. I've played them (the regular Tour version) now for 9 months, they do everything they should. Unless you want to pay for ProV1, Z-Star or BX(S) , you aren't going to get a "better" ball. 

I second the Maxfli Tour, it's a great ball.


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On 7/11/2020 at 10:54 PM, Chizzle said:

Just food for thought.  I recently saw a video TXG posted on youtube where they compared the titleist velocity and proV1.  No noticeable difference in distance but major differences in spin characteristics, especially on shorter shots.  Most people would have guessed this.  This is the caveat.  Since high hdcp players miss more greens, they need balls that spin more where better players want balls with more spin.  So age old question of performance vs $

With that being said, I see a lot of last years srixon z-star/z-star xv on sale now for under $30.

Velocity does not have a urethane cover. Response and Q Star Tour do.  Apples and oranges. TXG has a video on last year’s versions of these two and the Tour soft.  Very different conclusion.

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  • :titelist-small: H818 Hybrids 21 and 25 degrees Tensei ck Series 60 HY regular flex shafts at D4 settings
  • :titelist-small: 718 AP1 irons 6-gap Tensei ck Series AMC IR regular flex bent two degrees flat
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13 hours ago, Hadi05 said:

Any of those are great options.  Ill either play the TM, the Srixon or DTC, based on what is available at the best price.  Recently got the Q-Star on BOGO, so that's what I'm playing now.  Great topic!

This.  Love BOGO


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  • :titelist-small: H818 Hybrids 21 and 25 degrees Tensei ck Series 60 HY regular flex shafts at D4 settings
  • :titelist-small: 718 AP1 irons 6-gap Tensei ck Series AMC IR regular flex bent two degrees flat
  • :vokey-small: SM 7 Wedges 54 and 58 degrees M grind with 8 bounce Steel shafts wedge flex
  • :ping-small: Glide 3 56.14 with  Alta CB Red Regular Flex shaft
  • :cameron-small: Select Newport 2 putter 34 inch length
  • Golf ball :srixon-small: Q Star Tour or Z Star

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@Carm There are good suggestions on here for mid-priced balls if you're in a pinch.  My recommendation if you can afford to, stock up on the premium balls when they go on sale.  If you buy enough you can get the premium balls in the $30-40 or below range. I recently took advantage of the Srixon deal around Fathers Day and was about to get 4 dozen Z Star for $80.  Titleist runs  their promotion in the offseason I believe (Thanksgiving - Easter timeframe). If you search around enough you can find the times each brands' premium ball goes on sale and easily stock up on the "top tier" balls while staying in your price range.

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