View Poll Results: Which ball would you use?

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  • More control

    76 82.61%
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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    Distance for me, I don't think at my level I can tell much difference around the greens with different balls. I have a mixed bag of practice balls I use for chipping etc and they all seem to perform just as well as each other.
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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    Dean Snell (original creator of ProV1 and TP balls for Taylormade) says that most 3 piece balls these days will go the same distance, there's hardly anything in it. He says they only way they behave differently is around the green, so pick your ball based on 100 yards in.

    Therefore, I'd pick more control
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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    Quote Originally Posted by xreyuk View Post
    Dean Snell (original creator of ProV1 and TP balls for Taylormade) says that most 3 piece balls these days will go the same distance, there's hardly anything in it. He says they only way they behave differently is around the green, so pick your ball based on 100 yards in.

    Therefore, I'd pick more control
    How the ball behaves is dependant on the quality of the strike.

    I've topped plenty of brand new pro v's.

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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart_C View Post
    How the ball behaves is dependant on the quality of the strike.

    I've topped plenty of brand new pro v's.
    Exactly. Unless you've got a consistent strike then a premium ball has as much chance of hurting you as helping you. Pick a ball you like the look of and enjoy your golf. Very few of us are good enough to notice any real difference in scoring.
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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    I use Premium balls - ProVs, Z-Stars, TP5 etc - in the summer or when greens are firm. The extra spin helps around the green.
    From now until about April I'll switch to the next level down - Chromesoft, AD333Tour etc..
    Softer greens mean you don't need the spin the premium balls give you.
    As long as they're fairly soft for chips and putts, I'll use them.
    Played with an old Z-Balata on Monday - performed much like modern mid-range balls, a bit clicky but no worse than many others.
    At our level, the golf ball is over-rated as a game changer
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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    I (I guess along with the majority) cant strike the ball well enough to take advantage of the level of control available from a premium soft ball but again like most I don't want to play with rocks either (which is often seen as the distance 'enabler')

    Really I want a ball that'll maximise the limited distance without jarring but at the same time wont scuff up after a few hits

    So I guess my answer to the OP is neither (but chose distance anyway)



    FWIW if I'm flush then I'll buy Callaways' Chrome-soft as my preference but very happy with the Pinnacle Soft ball I tried a few weeks back (nothing like the distance balls I tried a couple years back) I'd love to know what a better player thinks of them rather than the hype from Titleist

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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    Quote Originally Posted by One Planer View Post
    The ball that gives you more distance on full shots?

    Or

    The ball that gives you more control around the greens?
    it would depend how each felt off the putter

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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    I dont really get the question. Its not 1980s when it was one or the other.

    The modern balls offers both distance and control.

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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    Unless you are a good golfer I like many others I suspect whatever ball is used wouldn't make a great deal of differance.

    Most balls now are of a decant standard but I would go for distance as I'm not good enough to control a ball hitting on to a green

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    Re: Which ball would you play?

    Quote Originally Posted by bluewolf View Post
    Exactly. Unless you've got a consistent strike then a premium ball has as much chance of hurting you as helping you. Pick a ball you like the look of and enjoy your golf. Very few of us are good enough to notice any real difference in scoring.
    Was going to say similar. At 27 handicap I can't see the difference in a 15 a dozen ball and a 40 a dozen. My handicap won't change if I start using Pro V1's.
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