What is the purpose of three piece Surlyn covered balls?

LumpyPocketsLumpyPockets Members Posts: 45 ✭✭
If the cover is low spin why bother with a mantle layer? There seems to be quite a few three piece ionomer covered balls out there and I'm dying to know why.
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  • BrianMcGBrianMcG Members Posts: 2,370 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    They are cheap.
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  • augustgolfaugustgolf Golf with dignity Coastal NCMembers Posts: 3,925 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    BrianMcG wrote:


    They are cheap.




    And, they were the answer to durability, BITD.



    When there were balata balls (and cheap Zippo balls, basically solid rubber) when the balata wasn't caught cleanly with the swing, hit maybe a little thin...the cover either cut through, or dented appreciably. While this didn't mean that you couldn't play the ball, it did definitely alter the flight and putting characteristics of the ball.



    Once Spalding created the Top-Flite - a surlyn covered ball with a solid mantle - the ball didn't cut when hit thin, it stayed rounder longer, tended to go further off the tee, but didn't spin nearly as much on approach shots. It was also much cheaper to produce.



    It still is today.



    There you have it! The reason surlyn covered balls exist.
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  • North ButteNorth Butte Members Posts: 10,886 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't recall exactly how it went but in one of his interview videos Dean Snell made mention of a point in time where the available low-compression core materials were hard to make in a way that had produced sufficient ball speed so a mantle layer was sometimes used to boost that.



    Or something like that, I may be getting it wrong. But the implication was that modern 2pc low-compression balls can work fine without a mantle so the 3pc Surlyn designs aren't much used any more.
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  • LumpyPocketsLumpyPockets Members Posts: 45 ✭✭
    But why put a surlyn cover on a ball with a core and a mantle? It's like wiping before you drop a deuce. Higher price compared to a 2 piece surlyn and still no spin around the greens. Who would buy it?
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  • North ButteNorth Butte Members Posts: 10,886 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭


    But why put a surlyn cover on a ball with a core and a mantle? It's like wiping before you drop a deuce. Higher price compared to a 2 piece surlyn and still no spin around the greens. Who would buy it?




    I don't think any much does buy it. That's why those types of ball are gradually disappearing from the market and have been over the last five or so years.
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  • LumpyPocketsLumpyPockets Members Posts: 45 ✭✭
    I see Bridgestone E6's played a ton. Waste of money right? Bridgestone feels that amateurs should play ionomer, not urethane.
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  • North ButteNorth Butte Members Posts: 10,886 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Well e6 (the original one and presumably the "soft" or "distance" ones now) doesn't spin a lick with any club. So if you want no spin and are too proud to play Pinnacles maybe it's a good choice.



    As far as I can tell, Bridgestone's marketing is based on this thinking...



    We're not going to get very far telling hackers, "You don't want a ProV1, you want a B330 that's just like a ProV1 except better".



    So let's try something more like, "Hey, you can't hit that ProV1, you're not good enough. Try our e6 that's a totally different kind of ball no ProV1 player would be caught dead with".



    Ever hear of the old pick-up artist term "negging"? That's the essence of Bridgestone's golf ball marketing.
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  • munichopmunichop Members Posts: 257 ✭✭✭✭
    I am someone who has played a 3 piece surlyn ball for since jan. '15- the top flite gamer soft. I have shot or tied my personal best on almost every course I have played with it. I have spent the last 6 weeks trying to find an adequate replacement for it since it appears Dicks is stopping production. Aside from the durability the big advantages this ball had for me was a higher launch, better in the wind, very consistent chipping and putting and a fair amount of release on the ground after drives. I shot a bogey free 64 the first round I played it in a mens club event. Few things have given me more pleasure the last 3 plus years than beating all the "tour ball" players with this ball.
  • Tanner25Tanner25 Members Posts: 6,326 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 8, 2018 #10


    But why put a surlyn cover on a ball with a core and a mantle? It's like wiping before you drop a deuce. Higher price compared to a 2 piece surlyn and still no spin around the greens. Who would buy it?




    Funny you would say that, I love 3 piece surlyn balls. Certainly, the gamersoft was my favorite. For some reason newer balls are coming out in matte. I don't care for the Project S. But, I think the Callway Superhot matte ball will work.



    These balls generally have a better feel than a two piece with a hint of spin. Urethane spins too much and a two piece doesn't spin at all - the 3 piece surlyn balls are inbetween - that's why!



    Also, moderately priced - Wilson Spin is another good one.
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  • lil'mikelil'mike Members Posts: 1,294 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Is the Topflite Gamer surlyn cover? I don't remember but alot of folks play that ball, seem to like it and comment it gets some spin.
  • Break81Break81 Broke80 Members Posts: 2,026 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Top Flite Gamer has some good bite to it. Also Callaway HX Bite had some following here as well.



    The 3 pc still allows with a thin cover some good green side action while being low spin off the driver.
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  • LumpyPocketsLumpyPockets Members Posts: 45 ✭✭
    I’m only playing urethane because k3 are so cheap. I’m a bump and run short game player. Wouldn’t a srixon soft feel perform as well as any three piece ionomer ball if the three piece balls’ only advantage was to allow a lower compression core?
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  • NJpatbeeNJpatbee Ocean County, NJMembers Posts: 1,537 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    The Gamersoft was great for my game and I used it after switching from the discontinued Gamer V2. I played the NXT for years which was also a 3 piece surlyn ball although not as good as the Gamer for my game. I was sold on the slightly better feel and performance of the 3 piece surlyn ball, however, since the Gamersoft is no longer available I have switched to the 2 piece DT Trrusoft after some experimentation and it performs well. I am not a physicist and would not try to explain why both balls worked for me!
  • jslane57jslane57 Members Posts: 3,929 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    The wipe then deuce! LOL. I do agree with this tread, there are plenty of fine 2 piece balls these days if you don't want the spin or the cost of a urethane covered multilayered ball...
  • flushemflushem Members Posts: 1,792 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 9, 2018 #16
    I m a big advocate og pinnacle soft. I say it is the most overlooked 2 piece ball. Softer than most balls.I used to play 3 poece maxfli a while ago. Nowadays there are many urethane balls as cheap or cheaper than big name 3 piece surlyn balls. Why bother then?
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  • Tanner25Tanner25 Members Posts: 6,326 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    flushem wrote:


    I m a big advocate og pinnacle soft. I say it is the most overlooked 2 piece ball. Softer than most balls.I used to play 3 poece maxfli a while ago. Nowadays there are many urethane balls as cheap or cheaper than big name 3 piece surlyn balls. Why bother then?




    I'd say because some of us don't need the spin of urethane - checking up too early. Although, balls like Volvik Vibe, Duo U can be found cheaper and have a small amount of spin. Is QST in this category - less green side spin?
  • Break81Break81 Broke80 Members Posts: 2,026 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Tanner25 wrote:
    flushem wrote:


    I m a big advocate og pinnacle soft. I say it is the most overlooked 2 piece ball. Softer than most balls.I used to play 3 poece maxfli a while ago. Nowadays there are many urethane balls as cheap or cheaper than big name 3 piece surlyn balls. Why bother then?




    I'd say because some of us don't need the spin of urethane - checking up too early. Although, balls like Volvik Vibe, Duo U can be found cheaper and have a small amount of spin. Is QST in this category - less green side spin?


    The New QST has trial 6-packs right now for $9.99 so give them a chance
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  • 1Mordrid11Mordrid1 Members Posts: 637 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Tanner25 wrote:

    flushem wrote:


    I m a big advocate og pinnacle soft. I say it is the most overlooked 2 piece ball. Softer than most balls.I used to play 3 poece maxfli a while ago. Nowadays there are many urethane balls as cheap or cheaper than big name 3 piece surlyn balls. Why bother then?




    I'd say because some of us don't need the spin of urethane - checking up too early. Although, balls like Volvik Vibe, Duo U can be found cheaper and have a small amount of spin. Is QST in this category - less green side spin?




    QST has a little less spin than the Z Star. But definitely quite a bit more spin and a lot more "bite" than 3 piece surlyn balls for my swing.
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  • Break81Break81 Broke80 Members Posts: 2,026 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I'll say it again, there is a reason the Gamer and Gamer soft had such a cult following. Low spin of driver, long off the tee and long irons, but more than adequate spin control around the greens. Not ProV spin but for most muni conditions it had some good bite going on.



    Now they seem to be no longer in production, probably the best bet would be to upgrade to the K3 or UFli since the price is almost the same.



    I have lots of Gamer's in my stash and I can say there isn't a 2 pc Surlyn ball that played as well, at any price.
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  • flushemflushem Members Posts: 1,792 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Break81 wrote:


    I'll say it again, there is a reason the Gamer and Gamer soft had such a cult following. Low spin of driver, long off the tee and long irons, but more than adequate spin control around the greens. Not ProV spin but for most muni conditions it had some good bite going on.



    Now they seem to be no longer in production, probably the best bet would be to upgrade to the K3 or UFli since the price is almost the same.



    I have lots of Gamer's in my stash and I can say there isn't a 2 pc Surlyn ball that played as well, at any price.




    B81, you sound like whining ksig loving zombies.



    IMO, it would be easier to adjust your game with cheaper urethane balls than buying overpriced 3 piece surlyn balls.
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  • Break81Break81 Broke80 Members Posts: 2,026 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    flushem wrote:

    Break81 wrote:


    I'll say it again, there is a reason the Gamer and Gamer soft had such a cult following. Low spin of driver, long off the tee and long irons, but more than adequate spin control around the greens. Not ProV spin but for most muni conditions it had some good bite going on.



    Now they seem to be no longer in production, probably the best bet would be to upgrade to the K3 or UFli since the price is almost the same.



    I have lots of Gamer's in my stash and I can say there isn't a 2 pc Surlyn ball that played as well, at any price.




    B81, you sound like whining ksig loving zombies.



    IMO, it would be easier to adjust your game with cheaper urethane balls than buying overpriced 3 piece surlyn balls.


    Flushem, I have lots of Gamers, I would be more than happy to give you a couple sleeves to try. Since we are in the same area just let me know.
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  • flushemflushem Members Posts: 1,792 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Break81 wrote:

    flushem wrote:

    Break81 wrote:


    I'll say it again, there is a reason the Gamer and Gamer soft had such a cult following. Low spin of driver, long off the tee and long irons, but more than adequate spin control around the greens. Not ProV spin but for most muni conditions it had some good bite going on.



    Now they seem to be no longer in production, probably the best bet would be to upgrade to the K3 or UFli since the price is almost the same.



    I have lots of Gamer's in my stash and I can say there isn't a 2 pc Surlyn ball that played as well, at any price.




    B81, you sound like whining ksig loving zombies.



    IMO, it would be easier to adjust your game with cheaper urethane balls than buying overpriced 3 piece surlyn balls.


    Flushem, I have lots of Gamers, I would be more than happy to give you a couple sleeves to try. Since we are in the same area just let me know.




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  • erock9174erock9174 North Canton, OHMembers Posts: 3,979 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭


    I see Bridgestone E6's played a ton. Waste of money right? Bridgestone feels that amateurs should play ionomer, not urethane.




    And I’d argue buy Bridgestone’s two piece Extra Soft and tell me if you notice a difference.



    In my opinion the 2 pc surlyns of today hold their own and usually fall under the $22 price point. I can’t see a 3pc surlyn outperforming them.



    The only 3pc surlyn balls I’d pay more for are the Volvik Vivid (2018) and the Superhot Bold. Not because they perform any better than a $22 Supersoft but because they have a cool grabby feeling matte finish that is different from every other matte ball I’ve held.

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  • Break81Break81 Broke80 Members Posts: 2,026 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    flushem wrote:

    Break81 wrote:

    flushem wrote:

    Break81 wrote:


    I'll say it again, there is a reason the Gamer and Gamer soft had such a cult following. Low spin of driver, long off the tee and long irons, but more than adequate spin control around the greens. Not ProV spin but for most muni conditions it had some good bite going on.



    Now they seem to be no longer in production, probably the best bet would be to upgrade to the K3 or UFli since the price is almost the same.



    I have lots of Gamer's in my stash and I can say there isn't a 2 pc Surlyn ball that played as well, at any price.




    B81, you sound like whining ksig loving zombies.



    IMO, it would be easier to adjust your game with cheaper urethane balls than buying overpriced 3 piece surlyn balls.


    Flushem, I have lots of Gamers, I would be more than happy to give you a couple sleeves to try. Since we are in the same area just let me know.




    I once was DSG shopper until DSG went against my belief. Thus, thanx but no thanx. we should catch up. been overdue.


    For sure - and I also avoid Dicks and GG but the $8 a dozen at GG got me to overlook my personal feelings for a moment. I am sure they didn't make a profit off that purchase. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    Maybe we can get a game sometime in October.
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  • ghoul31ghoul31 Members Posts: 468 ✭✭✭✭
    When you can get good 2 piece balls for $10, I don't see the point in paying $30 for an E6
  • Break81Break81 Broke80 Members Posts: 2,026 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    ghoul31 wrote:
    When you can get good 2 piece balls for $10, I don't see the point in paying $30 for an E6


    How about $15 for a Vice 3 pc Surlyn ?



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  • zebra2955zebra2955 Members Posts: 574 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Sep 11, 2018 #28
    The superhot 55 I got at Costco would have some bite to them. And at $29.99 a double dozen a good buy. But when I finish off the last of what I have I will start on my K3, C4 and Ufli soft . get much more stopping with them
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  • LumpyPocketsLumpyPockets Members Posts: 45 ✭✭

    If the three piece Surlyn covered balls are old tech the two piece balls should be their equal, correct? There are still quite a few multi layered ionomer covered balls for sale so folks must be buying them. At this point I know what I am as a golfer and it's scraping a 40 once a week on league night. At my skill level I don't think there's any reason to play urethane. It would be awesome if there was a strokes gained formula for golf balls but there's very little info out there about selecting a golf ball other than "start at the green and work your way back". Or the Golf mags showing spin numbers on partial wedge shots. Midwest golf on public courses with soaked bent grass greens doesn't require many spinny shots and those low spinners have never been an option for me anyway. So is there any reason to pay extra for a mantle on a surlyn covered ball in 2019?

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  • North ButteNorth Butte Members Posts: 10,886 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    If you don't need any particular amount of spin on approach shots or short game, there is no reason to pay for anything more expensive than the cheapest 2pc balls. A few years ago there was, in theory, a possibility of a bit more ball speed with a 3pc Surlyn ball compared to the 2pc ones but the latter are now darn near maxed out for ball speed.

    And if you do need some spin there are urethane balls at similar prices to the few remaining 3pc Surlyn models. So there urethane is a far better deal.

    My guess is, in another couple years there won't be any of the mutipiece Surlyn balls. They tend to sell for premium prices while offering less performance than urethane models. That doesn't make for a long-term successful market niche!

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  • deepreddeepred Members Posts: 251 ✭✭✭✭

    Ball companies have been able to soften surlyn so it spins more without the third layer, five years from now we may be remembering the great old urethane balls.

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