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So, I'm going to admit, I'm pretty much lost at the moment when it comes to current golf ball offerings. I have spent a number of years away and obviously technology has come a long way. I'm at a point now where I'm not even sure where to start so I'm looking for a few recommendations. 

To start, I'm not good enough to nitpick the minute differences between many of the balls out there, but I do prefer a softer feel. As an example of past premium balls I have liked, the old Srixon Z-URS is probably my favorite of all time. Having said that, I could play the Srixon AD-333 or a Callaway Chrome Soft and the only huge difference I noticed between the three was spin around the greens. Would anyone be able to recommend a couple balls to try out? I don't mind paying for Pro V1s, but I'd rather find something a little less for now because I still lose a few here and there and I honestly don't notice a lot of the performance benefits. My game is still in a place that my consistency and swing are far bigger factors than the ball to my scores. Thanks in advance. 

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All PXG Bag:
Driver: 0811XF Gen 4 w/ Fujikura Motore X F3 6- 
3 Wood: 0341XF Gen 4 w/ Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 70g
Hybrids: 19 and 22 degree 0317XF Gen 4 w/ Project X Evenflow Riptide 80g
Irons: 5-PW 0311P Gen 4 w/ KBS Tour 120
Wedges: 50, 54, 58 degree 0311 3X Forged w/ KBS Tour 120
Putter: Battle Ready Blackjack, 36.5”, Double Bend neck

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My PXG fitting at Orlando location: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/53343-the-experience-of-updating-an-old-bag/
My review of the 2023 Titleist White Box ProV1's: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/53743-2022-official-member-review-titleist-pro-v1pro-v1x-white-box/?do=findComment&comment=870552

 

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You are asking the right questions at the right times!
Check this out and there will be a lot of new data and information to come and hopefully some that will be able to help you make your choice.

For what its worth you can also check out the ball lab on the main site linked here: https://mygolfspy.com/category/mygolfspy-labs/

You can find all sorts of info on golf balls and it has prices with them which can likely help with your decision. Quick few off hand to try TP5, Srixon Z Star, TM Tour Response in the cheaper bracket and Maxfli Tour which we will have a test coming very soon on. 

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Driver:   TBD: Follow here: Driver Shootout! 

Wood:    :cobra-small: King SZ 3 wood 15.5*

               :ping-small: G410 Crossover - 4 iron or others....

Irons:     :Sub70: Sub70 659 TC Raw 5-Aw w/ KBS Tour 90 Stiff Black PVD

Wedge:  :ping-small: Glide 2.0 54* 58* w/ Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter:   :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7 35* and oversized grip (2019 Tester)

Balls:     :taylormade-small:/:titleist-small: (currently testing)

Other:     :Arccos: 

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6 hours ago, RichL85 said:

So, I'm going to admit, I'm pretty much lost at the moment when it comes to current golf ball offerings. I have spent a number of years away and obviously technology has come a long way. I'm at a point now where I'm not even sure where to start so I'm looking for a few recommendations. 

To start, I'm not good enough to nitpick the minute differences between many of the balls out there, but I do prefer a softer feel. As an example of past premium balls I have liked, the old Srixon Z-URS is probably my favorite of all time. Having said that, I could play the Srixon AD-333 or a Callaway Chrome Soft and the only huge difference I noticed between the three was spin around the greens. Would anyone be able to recommend a couple balls to try out? I don't mind paying for Pro V1s, but I'd rather find something a little less for now because I still lose a few here and there and I honestly don't notice a lot of the performance benefits. My game is still in a place that my consistency and swing are far bigger factors than the ball to my scores. Thanks in advance. 

Don't discount DTC balls like Snell and Vice. Lots of great performance without the high prices. 

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:taylormade-small:SIM 2 D Max with Fujikura Air Speeder Shaft 

Cobra  Radspeed 3W/RIptide Shaft
:ping-small:  410  Hybrids 22*, 26*

Cobra Speed Zone 6-GP/Recoil ESX 460 F3 Shafts 

:titelist-small: SM7 54* Wedge

:ping-small: Glide 3.0  60* Wedge

:odyssey-small: O Works putter

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Golf Balls: Vice Pro Plus 

2020 Official Teste:SuperSpeed: Beginning Driver Speed  - 78

2019 Official Tester :ping-small:  410 Driver

2018 Official Tester :wilson-small: C300

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3 hours ago, tony@CIC said:

Don't discount DTC balls like Snell and Vice. Lots of great performance without the high prices. 

I’ve been playing Snell MTB for years, and I just bought two dozen Maxfli Tours. Both compare very well with Titleist ProV1’s in terms of performance & durability based on MGS ball labs and my personal experience over years. Snell quality is above average, but no brand has yet matched ProV1’s quality/consistency - you get what you pay for (which includes $$$$ endorsement contracts with Titleist, Callaway and TaylorMade especially).

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  • Titleist TSR2 16.5º HZRDUS Red 60 6.0 & TSR2 21º HZRDUS Black 4G 70 6.0 w Lamkin UTx Midsize
  • Mizuno JPX900 Forged 4-GW, S18 56.10, S18 60.06 w MCC+4 Midsize
  • Evnroll ER5B Fit@TrueSpec w P2 Touch Tour
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Also if you want to go a little cheaper with last years offerings, search for Pro V1 or TM TP5 practice balls. They are legal for play and will offer all the playability you want.

Don

Driver: Callaway Epic 9 degree, stiff

FW: Callaway Epic 3,5,7 regular shaft (driver shaft in 3 wood, 3 wood shaft in 5 wood, 5 wood shaft in 7 wood)

Hybrids: Callaway BB19 4,6,7 

Irons: Callaway Steelhead 7,9,PW (gapping distances require both a 7 hybrid and 7 iron, choke on the 7 for 8 iron distance or hook the 9 iron)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 50,54,58

Ball: Titleist Pro V1, 1X, Vice Pro Plus or anything I find that day and try out for the fun of it (I haven't bought balls with my own money in at least 10 years)

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Hey I would recommend some of the Snell MTB balls. Everything is going to be alot firmer than what your normally used too. Wilson also makes a soft ball I haven't tried it but seems to do well in tests. Solid core balls are very firm in comparison to the early 2000's balls in my opinion. They have changed the game in a big way. 

steelhead 9°, rbz 5w, ping awr 2 bc irons, isi irons, or nike vapor irons, cleveland 52°, 58°, 64° 2 ball putter.

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Check out Rick Shiels' YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFHZHhZaH7Rc_FOMIzUziJA

Rick reviews golf balls - and other equipment - in a real world way IMHO. At least one might get some ideas on what to look for. Otherwise a great channel I find very entertaining. Love the way he cuts the ball in half with his giant cutter!

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Tony,

Hopefully, your new ball test will compare with different swing speeds.  I am 74 and still have between 86 and 90MPH club head speed.  Many of my friends and playing partners are older with slower swing speeds so we need to know how the balls react to different swing speeds.

Titleist TS 1 Driver Stiff graphite shaft

Titleist  TS2 16.5 degree 3 wood Stiff graphite shaft

Titleist  TS2 18 degree 5 Wood Stiff graphite shaft

Titliest TS2--21 degree Hybrid stiff light weight graphite shafts

Titliest T200 regular multi-material graphite shafts 2 degrees flat 5 thru gap wedge

Titliest Volkey wedges 54 and 58 stiff multi-material graphite shafts 2 degrees flat

Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Trillium Te3 32" putter

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, StateOfMyArt said:

Check out Rick Shiels' YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFHZHhZaH7Rc_FOMIzUziJA

Rick reviews golf balls - and other equipment - in a real world way IMHO. At least one might get some ideas on what to look for. Otherwise a great channel I find very entertaining. Love the way he cuts the ball in half with his giant cutter!

TXG, Crossfield, and others all do ball reviews, but what they say and show are only for them and they offer only limited “testing”. 20-50 shots just isn’t a sample-size that can relate to the masses. Add-in the built-in bias these reviews have due to contracts with OEMs and there’s little much in them that helps other than some numbers displayed on-screen.

MGS Ball Test from 2019 is the best place to start, then looking at MGS Ball Lab would be number two, then the soon-to-come 2021 Test results will be moved to the top of the list.

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Driver: Honma TR 460 8.5*, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 S, 45 1/4"; Ping G425 LST, Fujikura Speeder TR 661 S, 45 1/2"

hybrids: Cobra King Tec 17* and 21*, both with Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105 X

Irons:  Srixon ZX5 4-6, ZX7 7-PW, UST Mamiya Recoil F4, +1”

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

All but putter have Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate midsize built to oversize +1

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The way I use any data, is to narrow down the contestants.  MGS ball review is top notch, it offers so much information on the premium ball range of today.  
 

That said, I still only use it as a starting point.  We all have built in biases, and using the information that MGS gives can let you see how it ranks up against the other balls in the same price range, in an unbiased way.  You literally get data from the same swing, and same launch monitor.  And the balls have had the snot knocked out of them.  Information like this does not exist anywhere else… best part is… it is free information to consume!
 

It all boils down to what you like.  I’d recommend buying a few sleeves of each that you are interested in.  Hit some putts, some chips, pitch shots... maybe throw in a few iron and wood shots.  You’ll most likely find one or two that you really like.  Then narrow it down from there.  Unless you go to a professional fitter and are optimizing numbers on a launch monitor, I think the eye test will do just fine.

 

Don’t discount Wilson’s premium offerings either.  I have not him them this year, but they are good ball.

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On 7/11/2021 at 2:55 AM, RichL85 said:

So, I'm going to admit, I'm pretty much lost at the moment when it comes to current golf ball offerings. I have spent a number of years away and obviously technology has come a long way. I'm at a point now where I'm not even sure where to start so I'm looking for a few recommendations. 

To start, I'm not good enough to nitpick the minute differences between many of the balls out there, but I do prefer a softer feel. As an example of past premium balls I have liked, the old Srixon Z-URS is probably my favorite of all time. Having said that, I could play the Srixon AD-333 or a Callaway Chrome Soft and the only huge difference I noticed between the three was spin around the greens. Would anyone be able to recommend a couple balls to try out? I don't mind paying for Pro V1s, but I'd rather find something a little less for now because I still lose a few here and there and I honestly don't notice a lot of the performance benefits. My game is still in a place that my consistency and swing are far bigger factors than the ball to my scores. Thanks in advance. 

Go and try the Kirklands from Costco. You really can't find much better of a deal for the price (not even close) and it is a performance urethane covered ball. 

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