Are all "Pro" type balls the same

BrayBray Posts: 157 ✭✭
Let me start by saying this is my first post and I am glad to have found this board. I am sure this is like most other boards where "newbies" post questions that have been answered thousands of times but here goes another....



When I played in college I played Pro-V 1X's becuase thats what we got free. I have been on a launch monitior several times but never gave any consideration to getting fitted for a golf ball, I figured all things were equal. So here's the question, is there a big difference in brands of "premium" golf balls. My swing speed is around 120 and I hit the ball relatively low for that speed. I can suck a ball back off a green but struggle to check one when chipping. Would it be worth my while to get "fitted" for a ball or should I just stick with the Pro-V X?
It's not in my nature to be
mysterious, but I cant talk about it
and I can't talk about why.

Comments

  • haroldminerharoldminer Members Posts: 283
    No significant difference.
  • PurePursuit PurePursuit Members Posts: 2,237
    I disagree. Get fitted if you have the opportunity...Or just evaluate what you think would benefit you the most (more greenside spin, or less spin off the driver) and go from there.
  • Golo07Golo07 Posts: 98
    what ball would give the you the most greenside spin?
  • tgast17tgast17 Posts: 85
    try the nike one platinum it is the spinniest (?????) ball out there. also its cover is the most durable that i have tried
  • gumpygumpy Members Posts: 170
    There are subtle differences but the differences aren't as great as when you compare urethane balls to non-urethane balls.



    For me the big difference comes on the driver where the balls launch differently....



    They say you're suppose to pick your driver after you pick the ball... I bought the driver before the ball =(
  • BrayBray Posts: 157 ✭✭
    What about ball flight? Is their a significant differance? Hi taj. vs. Low. I was thinking about using the Nike One Plat as my swing speed is high enough. I would love to find a high traj, hi spin ball without sacrficing 15 yards.
    It's not in my nature to be
    mysterious, but I cant talk about it
    and I can't talk about why.
  • PurePursuit PurePursuit Members Posts: 2,237
    Definitely the Nike One Platinum...Spins a ton, very workable...
  • gumpygumpy Members Posts: 170
    Bray wrote on Apr 16 2008, 12:53 AM:
    What about ball flight? Is their a significant differance? Hi taj. vs. Low. I was thinking about using the Nike One Plat as my swing speed is high enough. I would love to find a high traj, hi spin ball without sacrficing 15 yards.




    Get the Taylormade TP Black. Exactly what you're looking for. High spin, High flight and it's the longest ball bested by golf magazine. Perfect for you really...
  • taylormadefantaylormadefan Members, ClubWRX Posts: 3,649
    edited Apr 15, 2008 #10
    Welcome to GolfWRX!



    Best advice I think I've heard came from Dean Snell the head of golf ball research at TaylorMade:


    GolfWRX: Very interesting, I know a lot of people will be trying just that. I know selecting a golf ball can be a very daunting task for most consumers. How would you suggest golfers find the right one for their game.



    Dean Snell: That’s a great question, the fitting side of golf balls has changed significantly. Here’s something for people to think about - there’s a lot of money spent on golf $300-400 on drivers, $500-$1000 on irons, everybody’s got to have new wedges, the best putters are $200, even bags everyone’s got to have the best bags, there are lessons, going to the range and hitting drivers. All of those things people try to do to improve their games but no one takes the time to go find what the best ball is for them. If you go out and shoot 75, the ball counts on all 75 shots. The driver may only count on 14, your eight iron may not count at all, but the ball counts on every shot you hit. The recommendation I have is to trust that distance in golf balls is there. If you look at Golf Magazine, they just did a top 54 balls in the industry, they just did a distance test at 140 mph ball speed which is what the average player is today. In the top ten golf balls, the new TaylorMade balls all six were in the top ten. TP Black and TP Red were one and three respectively going against two piece distance balls. So trust that distance is there. Here is what I would recommend people do, spend two hours doing a nine hole test. Take a sleeve of the new Burner, Burner TP, TP Black, and TP Red so you have four balls. Go out 9 holes and start at 100 yards, don’t even start off the tee, hit a few shots to the green, move up to 70, 50 yards, chip and putt with these balls. When the group behind you starts coming up go to the next hole and do the same thing. Somewhere in the test you’re going to find this ball feels good to me, or this ball chips up higher, chips lower, pitches better, spins back, spins too much, not enough. You have to do a lot of shots with this, that’s why I recommend you work your way into the green. Somewhere in that test you’ll find some balls beat some of the other balls out. With Burner you have a two piece, Burner TP is for average players, and the two tour balls for better players. As you do this test for nine holes, when you walk off that ninth green something in that test is going to say that ball is the best one for me. If you can’t do that, buy the cheapest one. There are so many people out there who play golf balls that are $40. I’d love to take $20 of it and say you’re going to play the same with this. Because people don’t understand and they don’t know. There’s a performance difference between two piece balls right to tour balls from 100 yards and in. Here’s your chance to go find what the performance difference is and what you like - some like firm, some like high spin, some like low spin. So you take that time to do that test and when you walk off the green if you found a ball you like, now you go back to your fitting, to your driver and you get your driver launch conditions to be 2500 to 2700 spin and you’ve done the proper way to find the ball for you. You’re going to hit a driver off the tee of about 250 yards, you’re going to have your next 2, 3, 4, or 5 shots from 150 yards and in. That’s where the golf balls are different performance today, that’s where you should spend time finding which one fits your game. Again if you can’t figure it out and you can’t tell the difference which a lot of players will tell you that. Then just buy the cheapest one and keep practicing and keep working on it until you are able to tell the difference.




    Basically figure out the ball that fits your short game needs the best and then fit your long clubs around that golf ball to give you the most distance.
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