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Greetings, my fellow brothers and sisters in Golf . . .

I have often turned to these forums and you amazing members for help in choosing my golf equipment, and you never disappoint! Well, I am back again, but revisiting an older posting of mine:

A few months back I was looking for recommendations for golf balls for beginners (me!) I was interested in very low compression balls and ultimately chose the Wilson Staff Optix Duo, a yellow matte ball at 29 compression that I've really enjoyed playing. However, I have recently upgraded to a new driver, and the manufacturer has recommended that I try a higher compression ball, something about 80, based on the technology behind this new club. Of course, having never played a ball like that, I don't know where to start. I was told to buy the Titleist Pro V1, but as I lose about a dozen balls every round (be kind, I am a 58-year-old beginner!), Pro V1's at $50/dz are not doable.

My swing speed is under 90 mph; I am getting about 150 - 175 yards (hit a 200-yarder last week and was ready to pop a bottle of champagne!) with my old driver and Duo's, hoping for more on the new one. Was hoping all of you with your vast knowledge and experience could point me towards a much more cost-effective (cheaper) alternative to try? There are always deals to be had, especially this time of year, and since this is new territory I'd love not to have to spend a fortune on something that I am bound to lose shortly after I buy it.

Any thoughts? As always, thanks for your assistance . . . 

Marty!

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I can end this thread quickly.  Top Flite Gamer is the ball for you.  2 dozen for $35 at Dick's Sporting Goods.  Here is a thread with numerous comments.  

I've been playing the new 2020 Srixon Soft Feel for the last couple of rounds.  Better distance than a tour ball for a slower swing speed in colder weather, and it has decent spin around the greens.  

Wait another week, the DSG balls will go on Black Friday sale. 3 for 30 and 10 off coupons etc.

I can end this thread quickly.  Top Flite Gamer is the ball for you.  2 dozen for $35 at Dick's Sporting Goods.  Here is a thread with numerous comments.

 

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Marty,

I would suggest you try the Srixon Soft Feel ball. This is at a 60 compression but a good point between where you are to the 80. You can get them for $19.99 a dozen. MGS did a review on these. Just type the ball name in the search bar and the article will come up. 

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3 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

Marty,

I would suggest you try the Srixon Soft Feel ball. This is at a 60 compression but a good point between where you are to the 80. You can get them for $19.99 a dozen. MGS did a review on these. Just type the ball name in the search bar and the article will come up. 

 

+ 1, also, wait 3-4 weeks for Black Friday deals. If it has to be firmer and urethane, TP5x practice balls for 20.00. Black Friday should be free shipping. 

https://www.golfdiscount.com/taylormade-2019-tp5x-pix-20-practice-bagged-golf-balls?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuZCBnbjT7AIVg43ICh2CTQiuEAQYASABEgI4b_D_BwE

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Thanks . . . any other opinions? I am def going to need to purchase at least a dozen of something before Black Friday, as I live in NJ and who knows how long the golfing season will last for us here?!?

Marty

Krank Golf f11xx driver

Cobra Golf Fairway Woods (3, 5)

Tommy Armour Atomic Max Irons (4 - 9)

Tommy Armour Wedges (A, S, G, P)

Odyssey Works Versa Marxman Fang Putter

Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi Hybrid (3)

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Top Flite Hammer Control,  2 15-packs for $25 at Dicks. Maxfli SoftFli is 2 doz for $30 at DSG as well. 

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If you're a Costco member I would recommend the Kirkland Signature because you won't find a better ball at $12.50 a dozen. If you want the spin and control of a "tour" or urethane ball I would recommend almost any ball. However, I recently went through a box of the Spalding Tour X and Tour that you can buy at Walmart for $25/dozen and I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of distance and spin I got with the balls. I especially like the Tour (non X variant). Golfworks has is selling the Maxfli U6 tour ball for $19.99/dozen currently and that is probably a fine ball. There really aren't many "bad" balls in the tour ball space. Overall, I recommend going with what your budget allows and if you don't love the ball you're using, try something else. However, I highly recommend a urethane ball over an ionomer/surlyn covered ball as they typically feel better, hold greens better, and offer more spin close to the green. 

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10 hours ago, MrShowbiz999 said:

Thanks . . . any other opinions? I am def going to need to purchase at least a dozen of something before Black Friday, as I live in NJ and who knows how long the golfing season will last for us here?!?

Hammer Control, they are 2 fo 25 and 15 ball packs at Dicks. If you have been using a 2 piece ball Optix ball, these are a much firmer 2 piece ball (70 compression) with plenty of feel and a good value. Also, many people rave about snell balls and they have the higher compression you are seeking.

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So I've reached out to the club manufacturer, and they are actually recommending that I try the Bridgestone e6. While surfing I came across the Bridgestone Precept Laddie Extreme that is a higher compression ball but seemingly built for a swinger like me and VERY CHEAP! Any thoughts?

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Cobra Golf Fairway Woods (3, 5)

Tommy Armour Atomic Max Irons (4 - 9)

Tommy Armour Wedges (A, S, G, P)

Odyssey Works Versa Marxman Fang Putter

Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi Hybrid (3)

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If your swing speed with the driver is over 80 MPH, you can play a urethane ball.  The more recent Maxfli tour balls are getting good reviews.

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5i - PW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
GW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
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13 hours ago, MrShowbiz999 said:

So I've reached out to the club manufacturer, and they are actually recommending that I try the Bridgestone e6. While surfing I came across the Bridgestone Precept Laddie Extreme that is a higher compression ball but seemingly built for a swinger like me and VERY CHEAP! Any thoughts?

Haven't played either ball. But, I believe the E6 is a two piece and 44 compression and the Laddie is two piece - hard to find a compression on this one. Also, there's a Laddie X and Extreme. 

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6 minutes ago, NC Golfer said:

Haven't played either ball. But, I believe the E6 is a two piece and 44 compression and the Laddie is two piece - hard to find a compression on this one. Also, there's a Laddie X and Extreme. 

The Laddie Extreme is the one that I found, with a compression of 80. They are going for about $20.00 - $25.00 for 2 dozen!

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Cobra Golf Fairway Woods (3, 5)

Tommy Armour Atomic Max Irons (4 - 9)

Tommy Armour Wedges (A, S, G, P)

Odyssey Works Versa Marxman Fang Putter

Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi Hybrid (3)

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I would say try the Kirkland Signature, they are really cheap and kind of similar to the Pro-V1 that you were recommended to.

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On 10/28/2020 at 7:17 PM, MrShowbiz999 said:

So I've reached out to the club manufacturer, and they are actually recommending that I try the Bridgestone e6. While surfing I came across the Bridgestone Precept Laddie Extreme that is a higher compression ball but seemingly built for a swinger like me and VERY CHEAP! Any thoughts?

Every time I have found one of those balls while playing, and played it for a few holes, I really liked it. 

It doesn't have the greenside control of a tour urethane ball but, it does have a little check. On full swings it performed well. 

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On 10/26/2020 at 1:22 PM, Tom the Golf Nut said:

Marty,

I would suggest you try the Srixon Soft Feel ball. This is at a 60 compression but a good point between where you are to the 80. You can get them for $19.99 a dozen. MGS did a review on these. Just type the ball name in the search bar and the article will come up. 

I've been playing the new 2020 Srixon Soft Feel for the last couple of rounds.  Better distance than a tour ball for a slower swing speed in colder weather, and it has decent spin around the greens.  Might be my winter ball; still evaluating others but it will be hard to beat.

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I purchased a couple dozen Bridgestone e6 (soft) golf balls and played a round on my birthday last Sunday. Again, I am just learning the game, but I really liked to response of the ball especially off my Krank f11xx slow swing speed driver. I took advantage of the Srixon buy 2 get 1 free offer and will be picking up my Soft Feel's tomorrow. Hope to give those a try this weekend. Since Winter in NJ is right around the corner these should last me through this season, but please keep providing your insights; they are invaluable to a newbie player like myself.

Marty

Krank Golf f11xx driver

Cobra Golf Fairway Woods (3, 5)

Tommy Armour Atomic Max Irons (4 - 9)

Tommy Armour Wedges (A, S, G, P)

Odyssey Works Versa Marxman Fang Putter

Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi Hybrid (3)

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If you are losing a lot of balls and just starting out you might try a used ball web site.  Find the ball you like and get some mint or near mint in the kind you like.  You can generally buy them in bulk, they are slightly cheaper and you don't feel as bad about losing them.  Once your game gets better and you are not losing them as much you can jump up to the brand new.  Just a thought.

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On 11/11/2020 at 3:10 PM, MrShowbiz999 said:

I purchased a couple dozen Bridgestone e6 (soft) golf balls and played a round on my birthday last Sunday. Again, I am just learning the game, but I really liked to response of the ball especially off my Krank f11xx slow swing speed driver. I took advantage of the Srixon buy 2 get 1 free offer and will be picking up my Soft Feel's tomorrow. Hope to give those a try this weekend. Since Winter in NJ is right around the corner these should last me through this season, but please keep providing your insights; they are invaluable to a newbie player like myself.

You will like the Soft Feels. 

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Id recommend that Maxfli Tour.  Ive been playing them for the past few months and theyre awsome.  To me, they play just like a Pro V1 but cost about $25 a dozen.  I wouldnt get too concerned with the compression of a ball because there really is no set rule for how you measure compression.  Especially in a 3 or 4-piece ball, what are they measuring?  The outer cover?  The core?  Does anyone even know?  Does it even matter?

I do feel that you give up a certain amount of performance (distance and spin) when you go to a really low compression ball but if you have been playing the Duo and you like it, Id stick with that.

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