Golf Balls: May 8, 2014
Now that the golf season has officially begun, you may be wondering what new technology has come out that is affordable to use and demo. Here are a few brief reviews of golf balls. I based these reviews on my own experience and knowledge as a PGA Professional; if you are intrigued, give them a try and let me know which ones you like best. The categories I used to rate each ball are price, feel, distance, durability, swing speed, and spin. So, here we go:
Pinnacle Golf Distance – Retail Price ~ $20.00/15 golf balls
My Rating: 5/10
Great golf balls for beginners! Priced at just over a dollar per ball, you could lose an entire box of these during a round and not break the bank. Pinnacle golf balls are your standard 1 piece, long distance, hard feel, high compression golf balls. Because of their large core, almost your entire swing speed is transferred to ball velocity, making them fly long and straight, but you are going to be sacrificing spin and feel around the green. My recommendation is play these golf balls only if you are a beginner.
Bridgestone e-series (e5, e6, e7) – Retail Price ~ $30.00/dozen
My Rating: 7/10
These golf balls are your standard middle tier balls. Designed for the mid-high handicap golfers, the e-series sports golf balls that have soft covers with large cores to promote distance and feel. Don’t expect a lot of spin, but you can rest assured that if you stay away from cart paths and trees, the e-series golf balls will last you quite a while. My recommendation is play these golf balls if you hit the ball 190-240 yards off the tee and you are looking for a softer ball with decent feel.
Titleist NXT Tour S – Retail Price ~ $35.00/dozen
My Rating: 6/10
Titleist makes great products. The NXT Tour and Tour S golf balls were designed for the mid handicap players. They have a 2 piece core and softer cover to allow for greater control and spin around the greens. Their medium-high compression means they are longer off the tee as well. They don’t scuff as quickly as some of the top tier golf balls. These golf balls are great, but for less money you could find close to the same ball (keep reading). My recommendation is play this golf ball only if you are a Titleist faithful and your driver swing speed is in the high 80’s-90’s mph.
Srixon Q-Star – Retail ~ $28.00/dozen
My Rating: 8/10
Srixon makes some of the most underrated products out there. These golf balls are the equivalent to the Titleist NXT Tour golf balls (not the Tour S). They are a 2 piece, medium spin, soft cover ball that will give you decent feel around the green and A LOT of distance off the tee. They are designed for players with a swing speed of 70-90 mph. These are probably the most durable ball that I have ever tried. I hit full swing wedges into the green with these golf balls and got very little scuffing. My recommendation is play these golf balls over the Titleist NXT Tour, they are a better value, but if you are looking for softer feel and more spin you may want to spend the extra 75 cents per ball and go with the NXT Tour S.
Callaway HEX Black – Retail Price ~ $48.00/dozen
My Rating: 5/10
I’m not sure what it is about these golf balls, but all I can tell you is I didn’t like them! Let me explain my low rating (and it could just be me, but if you are a Callaway supporter, I apologize for my harshness): The HEX Black is designed, marketed and priced as a top tier golf ball with a low compression multi-piece core, but it felt more like single piece firm cover ball to me. The strange part is the cover scuffs when you hit wedge shots into the green, but the spin out put was minimal. This golf ball is for an advanced player, but my recommendation would be to play this ball only if you are a Callaway faithful and you can afford the high price tag for a mediocre product.
Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1X – Retail Price ~ $48.00/dozen
My Rating: 9/10
This is a great ball! The Pro V1 and Pro V1X have been at the top of all golf digest and golf week lists for quite some time. The multi-piece core and soft cover means decent distance, high spin, and soft feel. They are the epitome of a top tier golf ball. The Pro V1 is the softer of the 2 with a slightly lower compression and a softer cover for more spin. The Pro V1X provides advanced players with a longer, straighter ball flight without sacrificing much spin or feel around the green. My recommendation is to play this ball only if you are a low handicap golfer, too often I see mid and high handicap golfers spending almost $50 a box on golf balls that don’t work well for their swing. You need to be producing a ball flight of 260+ yards off the tee for this ball to be worth your money.