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The Importance of Ball Fitting


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In today's episode the MGS team talks ball fitting, Trackman ups their ball game, and what would we do with a million dollars?

Titleist ProV1 RCT: https://mygolfspy.com/titleist-pro-v1-rct-golf-ball-for-trackman/

0:00 Intro
4:56 The Ball Fitting Process
9:11 Same Fit, Different Reasons
16:02 You may be surprised what you fit into
22:10 Takeaways for the consumer
26:45 The Trackman Ball
35:21 MAILBAG - If I had a Million Dollars

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:titleist-small: TS3 9.5°, Tensei Blue
:755178188_TourEdge: CBX T3 15°, Project X HZRDUS Black
:callaway-small: Epic Super Hybrid 18°, Aerotech Steel Fiber FC HYB S
:755178188_TourEdge: C722 21°, Ventus Blue 8S
:touredgeexotics: CBX Iron-Wood 25°, Project X HZRDUS Black 6.0
:Sub70: 639 CB, Aldila NV 95 Graphite, 6–PW
:cleveland-small: CBX 48°
:mizuno-small: T22 54° and 60°
:edel-golf-1: EAS 4.0, Garsen G-Pro grip
:taylormade-small: TP5x and Tour Response

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Interesting information on golf balls and golf ball fitting.    After seeing some of the Instagram posts and watching this NPG episode I want to know more and I am disappointed that I had work commitments and had to pass on the opportunity to take part in the fitting.  I have done the virtual fitting with Titleist and it made a solid recommendation, but comparing balls and clubs side by side is really the best way to evaluate.   

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15*  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :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:  :titleist-small: 54/12D, 60/8M w/:Accra iWedge 90 Graphite
Putter:   Sacks Parente MC 3 Stripe

Backup Putters:  :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, :seemore-small: mFGP2, :cameron-small: Futura 5W, :taylormade-small:TM-180

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

 

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This week I was paired with a guy in our Men’s Group that just retired and after our round he asked me for some advice.

He was observing me hit shots as we played and he wanted to know how I was able to get the ball to hit the green and stop on my short chips and pitches.

After our round we went to the chipping practice area.  We had a discussion about what clubs to use around the green and why.  I showed him several different ways to chip. Then we talked about the importance of the golf ball. I asked him what golf ball he was playing.  He said that he played whatever he found or whatever was inexpensive because he loses a lot of balls.  This led to a conversation about using the same brand and model ball all the time so that you get familiar with how it reacts from tee to green and in a variety of different situations.  We discussed, I demonstrated and had him chip with different balls to experience how a premium urethane ball reacted vs. an inexpensive two piece ball.  He saw the difference in how the ball checked up and rolled out less.

I shared with him that I practice putting and chipping with the same ball instead of using range balls.

Our conversation and impromptu lesson really opened his eyes to the fact that not all golf balls are the same.

We talked about how to test a ball starting on the green and working back to the tee.

It is my opinion that the majority of golfers don’t know how to evaluate a ball to fit themself and are unaware of the different attributes to look for and compare other than cost and feel to narrow it down.

The members of this forum and the audience of the My Golf Spy blog are probably way above average in dedication, interest and proficiency.  Yet even this audience is still learning the importance of the golf ball because of the lack of technical information that is available from each manufacturer and the lack of opportunity for brand agnostic ball fittings in general.

Thanks for the efforts with the Ball Lab and the Ball tests.  It is a definite help and a step in the right direction.

Cobra LTDx LS 9.0 TPT Power Range 18 LO

Cobra LTDx 3W lofted to 16.5 TPT 17 HI

Tour Edge E723 21 degree Diamana Thump f85 S

Cobra LTDx 24 degree 5 hybrid TPT 17 LO

Corey Paul - 5 & 6 CB with KBS $-Taper 120 Stiff Black

Corey Paul 7 - PW Japan Forged Minimalist Blades KBS $-Taper 120 Stiff Chrome

Corey Paul Functional Art 52, 56 & 60 all with BGT ZNE shafts

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with BGT Stability Tour Shaft, SuperStroke Traxion 3.0 & 75g CounterCore

Bridgestone Tour BRX or MaxFli Tour

Tracked by Arccos, Bushnell V4, Vessel Lux XV 2.0 bag, Bag Boy quad XL cart with Alphard V2 wheels

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