To Those playing Multiple Ball Brands

RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members Posts: 3,609 ✭✭
edited Mar 29, 2019 4:10pm in Golf Balls #1

A question inspired by the "Your ball 2019?" thread answers:
Do you keep track of your scores with each brand of ball?
I'm just curious, since most tour type balls have similar characteristics regardless of brand, How do you decide which ball works better for you?

Ping G400 10.5 Hzrdus Yellow 75
Rogue 4 wd. Atmos Blue TS 7 
G 410 19* Tour 85
Apex  23 & 26 Kuro Kage
Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW Modus 105s (In Play) / Srixon Z765 6-GW Modus 105s (Standing By)
MackDaddy4 Black 54 S and RTX 3 Raw 58* 
 Bettinardi '16 BB1 / '16 Bettinardi Tiki /  '17 Studio Stock 8
Chrome Soft / TP5/ Wilson Staff FG Tour
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  • LUMALUMA I Am My Greatest Downfall Jax Beaches, FL.Posts: 2,368 ✭✭
    edited Mar 29, 2019 4:21pm #2

    I have given up on searching for a new ball in 2019 and I've gone back to sale ProV1's. I've tried almost all of them and I give up. Went back to purchasing previous year ProV1's on sale. I'm cool with paying under $38 for a box.

    For me, its softness and feel around the green, spin, distance/ball flight off the tee and irons, cover durability and price. Titleist checks all those boxes for ME personally, but only at sale prices. I'm obviously just more comfortable with the ProV1 and I really like it all around. If they could improve ANYTHING, it would be durability. They would be worth the $50 if they held up a little better with wedges and scuffs. I would love to get 3-4 rounds out of a ball.

    Callaway Epic Sub Zero 9 deg / Aldila Rouge
    Titleist 915 F 15 deg / Diamana 70
    Callaway XR 19 deg Hybrid / Project X LZ S
    Titleist 718 MB PW-4i / Project X 6.0 
    Titleist Vokey SM5 50/54/58
    Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members Posts: 3,609 ✭✭

    @LUMA said:
    I have given up on searching for a new ball in 2019 and I've gone back to sale ProV1's. I've tried almost all of them and I give up. Went back to purchasing previous year ProV1's on sale. I'm cool with paying under $38 for a box.

    For me, its softness and feel around the green, spin, distance/ball flight off the tee and irons, cover durability and price. Titleist checks all those boxes for ME personally, but only at sale prices. I'm obviously just more comfortable with the ProV1 and I really like it all around. If they could improve ANYTHING, it would be durability. They would be worth the $50 if they held up a little better with wedges and scuffs. I would love to get 3-4 rounds out of a ball.

    I personally love the FG Tour from Wilson Staff, but they are difficult to find. I've settled mostly on Chrome Soft (on sale)
    I like the feel of ProV1's most years, but they spin a bit too much for me, although may help with the hard greens down here in the desert SW.

    Ping G400 10.5 Hzrdus Yellow 75
    Rogue 4 wd. Atmos Blue TS 7 
    G 410 19* Tour 85
    Apex  23 & 26 Kuro Kage
    Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW Modus 105s (In Play) / Srixon Z765 6-GW Modus 105s (Standing By)
    MackDaddy4 Black 54 S and RTX 3 Raw 58* 
     Bettinardi '16 BB1 / '16 Bettinardi Tiki /  '17 Studio Stock 8
    Chrome Soft / TP5/ Wilson Staff FG Tour
  • LUMALUMA I Am My Greatest Downfall Jax Beaches, FL.Posts: 2,368 ✭✭
    edited Mar 29, 2019 4:38pm #4

    If the ProV is spinning too much, have you had a go with the AVX? I like that ball too, but not enough spin and launch angle for ME.

    Callaway Epic Sub Zero 9 deg / Aldila Rouge
    Titleist 915 F 15 deg / Diamana 70
    Callaway XR 19 deg Hybrid / Project X LZ S
    Titleist 718 MB PW-4i / Project X 6.0 
    Titleist Vokey SM5 50/54/58
    Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5
  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members Posts: 3,609 ✭✭

    @LUMA said:
    If the ProV is spinning too much, have you had a go with the AVX? I like that ball too, but not enough spin and launch angle for ME.

    I was concerned the AVX wouldn't spin enough around the greens.
    The things I like about the FG Tour are: Soft feel off all clubs, Great Greenside feel and control ( Spin) , good spin off mid/short irons and putt's like a dream. Chrome Soft is close, but would like a bit more spin on short to mid irons shots.

    Ping G400 10.5 Hzrdus Yellow 75
    Rogue 4 wd. Atmos Blue TS 7 
    G 410 19* Tour 85
    Apex  23 & 26 Kuro Kage
    Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW Modus 105s (In Play) / Srixon Z765 6-GW Modus 105s (Standing By)
    MackDaddy4 Black 54 S and RTX 3 Raw 58* 
     Bettinardi '16 BB1 / '16 Bettinardi Tiki /  '17 Studio Stock 8
    Chrome Soft / TP5/ Wilson Staff FG Tour
  • arbeckarbeck SeattlePosts: 344 ✭✭

    @RainShadow said:
    I was concerned the AVX wouldn't spin enough around the greens.
    The things I like about the FG Tour are: Soft feel off all clubs, Great Greenside feel and control ( Spin) , good spin off mid/short irons and putt's like a dream. Chrome Soft is close, but would like a bit more spin on short to mid irons shots.

    I like the FG Tour as well, but they're often hard to find (even online). Plus, they are still pretty expensive. I also like the Q-Star Tour and Wilson Duo U/Duo Pro, but they do lose quite a bit of spin off the irons (similar to the AVX). It's not a huge deal, but I seem much more likely to get fliers with them. I loved the original Chromesoft, but have liked each newer version less. That plus the price hike turned me off on it. I recently tried the Cut Blue, and just thought it sounded too hard and clicky. I've got some of the new Mizuno RB Tour coming today, and plan to try them soon.

    To be honest, I don't find that much difference between any of the Urethane covered balls around the greens. My strike is more variable than the spin between the balls. As long as I like the feel of putting and chipping with them, I could play most of them. The big thing that I do notice is that the more budget Urethane balls (except Cut) tend to spin about 1000RPM less off full iron and wedge shots. That can gain me a few yards of distance, and/or generate a flier on occasion. But not something that really worries me when I play.

    Ping Traverse
    King Cobra F7 10.5* w/ Mitsubishi Tensi CK Blue 60 set at 9.5*
    TEE E8 4W, 7W
    Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal 5-SW w/ Veylix Alpina 873
    TEE CB PROs 60*
    Scotty Cameron Squareback
  • NJpatbeeNJpatbee Posts: 1,485 ✭✭

    My game does not warrant a tour ball but I do prefer a softer, lower compression ball. I can play a number of golf balls but at times I chooses a specific ball. For example, if the greens are a bit fast I like the DT Trusoft; if the course is soft I like a ball like the Supersoft or Softfli since I can carry and roll them further. My needs are fairly simple due to the caliber of my game.

  • NessismNessism To measure is to know... Members Posts: 18,190 ✭✭

    @arbeck said:
    To be honest, I don't find that much difference between any of the Urethane covered balls around the greens. My strike is more variable than the spin between the balls. As long as I like the feel of putting and chipping with them, I could play most of them.

    This sums up my feelings on balls in general: as long as it has a urethane cover and isn't too hard I'm good to go. The strike is what determines outcome for me and I've yet to play any urethane tour ball that performed poorly. I usually shoot somewhere in the range of 80 so maybe if I was better I'd have a different opinion.

    Ping G400 driver w/Adila Rogue 125 Silver 60S
    Cobra F7 5 wood w/Aldila Black 70S
    TEE Pro 21* hybrid (hook machine)
    Ping G410 irons w/Recoil 95S (i200 backups)
    Ping Glide 50/55/60 wedges w/Recoil 110S
    Ping Anser/Arna putter - the "real deal!"
  • johntchowjohntchow Irvine, CAMembers Posts: 88 ✭✭

    ive played a lot of brands to try and figure out which ball i like at the right cost point.
    i dont judge a ball by the score of the round, but instead, more about the results of my shots.
    like am i getting the usual distance, how it feels around the green, how it feels of my driver, wedges, and irons.
    ive recently settled on the Titleist Tour soft but i have tons of balls ive bought the last couple years that i need to make my way through. i did like the prov1 but its too expensive. i do wish the Tour Soft was a bit less.
    if i am playing a difficult and narrow course, i will go to the Bridgestone e6 soft.
    i did like the snell MTB black when it was on sale but at regular price, i prefer the Tour Soft.
    but yeah, its less about the round score for me than it is about how the ball plays.

  • jjfcpajjfcpa Posts: 318 ✭✭

    I've probably got 10 different balls in the basement where I store my golf gear. I was practicing putting indoors yesterday and comparing my gamer Snell MTB Black against a Bridgestone e12 Soft. Interesting to note that you could easily tell that the e12 was softer off the putter face. One thing that I really liked about the e12 was that it was much easier to lag putts than with the MTB. Not sure if this was a combination of the putter I was using and the ball or just the ball. I'm going to compare these two tomorrow when I play. Curious whether a softer ball, as far as compression goes, will give me more distance without affecting performance around the green.

  • QuasimotoQuasimoto Members Posts: 864 ✭✭

    Normally use 2 balls. Windy days AVX; quiet days TP5.
    I have used PV1 and X but not the 2019 ver.
    There is not a whole lot of difference for me between all the top urethane balls for me to latch on to one and say "this is it".
    If the Srixon was a little softer I would like to play that, however I find them too hard. And Q-Star Tour launches too high for my liking.

    Srixon 785 9.5 HC HZRDUS 6.0 / Cobra F9 9 HZRDUS Smoke
    Titleist TS3 13.5 75g S EvenFlo
    Taylormade GAPR Hi 3,4,5 70g KBS R
    Srixon z785 6-AW Nippon Tour 105 R
    Titleist SM7 54 & 58 Nippon Tour 105 S
    Odyssey Stroke Labs #7, Evenroll #5
    TM TP5, Titleist AVX
  • Hanlpa01Hanlpa01 Members Posts: 78 ✭✭

    @RainShadow said:
    A question inspired by the "Your ball 2019?" thread answers:
    Do you keep track of your scores with each brand of ball?
    I'm just curious, since most tour type balls have similar characteristics regardless of brand, How do you decide which ball works better for you?

    This is actually a great suggestion. I usually play Pro V1’s but like playing different balls when someone gives me some or there’s some on sale. I’m going to log it this season.

  • BB28403BB28403 Members Posts: 3,090 ✭✭

    How are balls hard to find? Order them online

  • arbeckarbeck SeattlePosts: 344 ✭✭

    @BB28403 said:
    How are balls hard to find? Order them online

    Try finding the 2019 FG Tour even online. It's not that easy. You might think you're getting the 2019 ball but then realize you're paying full price for the older model.

    Ping Traverse
    King Cobra F7 10.5* w/ Mitsubishi Tensi CK Blue 60 set at 9.5*
    TEE E8 4W, 7W
    Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal 5-SW w/ Veylix Alpina 873
    TEE CB PROs 60*
    Scotty Cameron Squareback
  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members Posts: 1,081 ✭✭

    I get out for a lot of practice on the course at our club. Have been trying various balls and really just seeing how they come off the club with different shots. Finally tried the new Project a yesterday. I used to love the "seamed" old Project a. After trying different balls for about 6 months I finally figured the ball that consistently performs the best for me is the Z Star. I will probably try the new Snell ball this year. But, other than that, I'm putting boxes of Z Star on the shelf in my home office... Most of my time on the course is not keeping score, but working and experimenting. (I'm an engineer and a geek)

    Ping G400 Max, 8-degrees, tour stiff
    Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons
    Ping G400 5-wood
    Srixon Z Star
    Maker's Mark
  • 3 Jack Par3 Jack Par I only answer to "Ace" now Members, ClubWRX Posts: 6,075 ClubWRX

    I've tried basically all of the Pro V1x equivalents from the major ball brands, and in most cases, I see no difference in performance. The current exception is the TP5x, which I found does not spin enough around the greens for me. I basically use what I can get for around $30/dozen. My current stock consists mainly of the Tour B X and the Tour Preferred X, which I loved, and which was why I was very disappointed when I tried the TP5x. But I can easily play the Pro V1x, Chrome Soft X, Z-Star X, and I don't notice any difference in how I score.

    Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
    Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
    Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x or Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) HZRDUS Black 85X or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
    Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
    Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400, (sometimes) Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
    Byron Morgan B-17, 35", Blue Oil finish or Odyssey Works Tank Cruiser #1 38"
    WITB Link
  • jjfcpajjfcpa Posts: 318 ✭✭

    I currently have 4 different balls in my shag bag for testing.
    Snell MTB Black
    Bridgestone Tour B RX (my current gamer)
    Bridgestone e12 soft
    Callaway ERC
    I've played the ERC on a couple of practice holes previously and not been impressed, but I want to test it again by comparing it in some practice sessions - mostly short game stuff around the green and putting.
    I watched a video last night where a guy was comparing a Srixon Z Star to two really cheap balls. Off the driver, they were 1 yard apart. Long irons were very similar in distance except for the spin. One of the cheap balls was within 800 rpm of the Srixon and one had dropped off quite a bit. Distance differences was negligible. Putting and chipping were not significant either.
    After watching this video, I'm not expecting to see much difference between these balls so I'm going to go with the one that just gives me that warm fuzzy feeling,.

  • BB28403BB28403 Members Posts: 3,090 ✭✭

    @arbeck said:

    @BB28403 said:
    How are balls hard to find? Order them online

    Try finding the 2019 FG Tour even online. It's not that easy. You might think you're getting the 2019 ball but then realize you're paying full price for the older model.

    @arbeck said:

    @BB28403 said:
    How are balls hard to find? Order them online

    Try finding the 2019 FG Tour even online. It's not that easy. You might think you're getting the 2019 ball but then realize you're paying full price for the older model

    What’s the difference in the 2? How do you tell? I’m up for a challenge lol..

  • arbeckarbeck SeattlePosts: 344 ✭✭

    Yes, those are the 2019 version, but they're actually more expensive than retail.

    Ping Traverse
    King Cobra F7 10.5* w/ Mitsubishi Tensi CK Blue 60 set at 9.5*
    TEE E8 4W, 7W
    Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal 5-SW w/ Veylix Alpina 873
    TEE CB PROs 60*
    Scotty Cameron Squareback
  • BB28403BB28403 Members Posts: 3,090 ✭✭

    @arbeck said:
    Yes, those are the 2019 version, but they're actually more expensive than retail.

    I found them! C’mon man, you either want them or you don’t. You said you could not find them.

  • arbeckarbeck SeattlePosts: 344 ✭✭

    @BB28403 said:

    @arbeck said:
    Yes, those are the 2019 version, but they're actually more expensive than retail.

    I found them! C’mon man, you either want them or you don’t. You said you could not find them.

    I just said they were hard to find.

    Ping Traverse
    King Cobra F7 10.5* w/ Mitsubishi Tensi CK Blue 60 set at 9.5*
    TEE E8 4W, 7W
    Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metal 5-SW w/ Veylix Alpina 873
    TEE CB PROs 60*
    Scotty Cameron Squareback
  • GSDriverGSDriver Members Posts: 576 ✭✭

    I can play pretty much any urethane covered ball, once I play a few holes to know how it spins. I recently switched to Vice Pro as the performance is close enough to on par with CS-X that I usually play to not be able to justify the price of the CS-X.
    I've tried pretty much every major and some minor brand 'tour' balls, and go with what works best in the wind and feels the best to me.

    Epic Speeder 661
    Rogue 4 Wood Evenflow 75 Blue
    Epic Hybrids 3/4/5
    Apex Pro 6-P Recoil 110 F4
    MD Slate Forged 52
    PM Grind 56/60
    Odyssey 7S
    All grips except putter are Iomic Sticky 2.3
  • brew4eaglebrew4eagle Members Posts: 2,669 ✭✭

    I've found that I like lower compression balls with urethane covers (eg, Q Star Tour, Project A, Chrome Soft). Once I figured that out, I decided to stock up on the best deal, which at the time was the Q Star Tour performance packs that came to ~$16/doz. I think that sticking with one ball that works well for you, whether or not it is the absolute best ball for you, is a good idea as you get familiar with how the ball performs which leads to consistency. This also frees up some time to work on more important aspects of your game (ie, short game).

    PING i20 10.5°
    Adams a7 19°
    PING G25 23°
    Nike VR Forged Pro Combo 5-P
    Titleist SM6 52.08F, 58.08M
    Toulon Austin




  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members Posts: 1,081 ✭✭

    @brew4eagle said:
    I've found that I like lower compression balls with urethane covers (eg, Q Star Tour, Project A, Chrome Soft). Once I figured that out, I decided to stock up on the best deal, which at the time was the Q Star Tour performance packs that came to ~$16/doz. I think that sticking with one ball that works well for you, whether or not it is the absolute best ball for you, is a good idea as you get familiar with how the ball performs which leads to consistency. This also frees up some time to work on more important aspects of your game (ie, short game).

    Yeah, the Q Star Tour is a great ball.

    Ping G400 Max, 8-degrees, tour stiff
    Mizuno JPX900 Forged irons
    Ping G400 5-wood
    Srixon Z Star
    Maker's Mark
  • tsecortsecor Loading........ Members Posts: 4,005 ✭✭

    bring back the TM Lethal.....best ball ever invented

  • GSDriverGSDriver Members Posts: 576 ✭✭

    @tsecor said:
    bring back the TM Lethal.....best ball ever invented

    TP Red LDP was TM's best ball IMO. Didn't really like the Lethal that much. Each to their own :-)

    Epic Speeder 661
    Rogue 4 Wood Evenflow 75 Blue
    Epic Hybrids 3/4/5
    Apex Pro 6-P Recoil 110 F4
    MD Slate Forged 52
    PM Grind 56/60
    Odyssey 7S
    All grips except putter are Iomic Sticky 2.3
  • n_ronesn_rones Members Posts: 498 ✭✭

    I intend to work through my back stock of balls I've collected over the past couple years when i wanted to try stuff but get the deals of buy 3 get 1. My goal for this year is to not buy any new balls and get through the ones i have and then in future years buy and play the same ball all year to see what the consistency of the ball can do for me.

    Srixon Z785 9.5° HC HZRDUS Yellow 6.0 76
    Srixon F85 15° GD Tour AD DI-6s
    Srixon Z H85 19° Project X HZRDUS Black 6.0 85
    Srixon Z565 4 KBS Tour FLT S
    Srixon Z745 5-PW KBS Tour R+
    Titleist Vokey SM4 50°
    Titleist Vokey SM4 54°
    Taylormade HI-Toe 58°
    Scotty Cameron California Monterey 1.5 Stability Shaft
  • n_ronesn_rones Members Posts: 498 ✭✭

    @GSDriver said:

    @tsecor said:
    bring back the TM Lethal.....best ball ever invented

    TP Red LDP was TM's best ball IMO. Didn't really like the Lethal that much. Each to their own :-)

    TP Black LDP was my favorite ball of all time.

    Srixon Z785 9.5° HC HZRDUS Yellow 6.0 76
    Srixon F85 15° GD Tour AD DI-6s
    Srixon Z H85 19° Project X HZRDUS Black 6.0 85
    Srixon Z565 4 KBS Tour FLT S
    Srixon Z745 5-PW KBS Tour R+
    Titleist Vokey SM4 50°
    Titleist Vokey SM4 54°
    Taylormade HI-Toe 58°
    Scotty Cameron California Monterey 1.5 Stability Shaft
  • RainShadowRainShadow Tucson AZ (for now)Members Posts: 3,609 ✭✭

    @n_rones said:

    @GSDriver said:

    @tsecor said:
    bring back the TM Lethal.....best ball ever invented

    TP Red LDP was TM's best ball IMO. Didn't really like the Lethal that much. Each to their own :-)

    TP Black LDP was my favorite ball of all time.

    I liked the TP Red LDP over the black, because it didn't spin quite as much for me, so it was longer and still great around the greens.
    I was almost 10 years younger then, too. LOL

    Ping G400 10.5 Hzrdus Yellow 75
    Rogue 4 wd. Atmos Blue TS 7 
    G 410 19* Tour 85
    Apex  23 & 26 Kuro Kage
    Cobra Forged Tec Black 6-GW Modus 105s (In Play) / Srixon Z765 6-GW Modus 105s (Standing By)
    MackDaddy4 Black 54 S and RTX 3 Raw 58* 
     Bettinardi '16 BB1 / '16 Bettinardi Tiki /  '17 Studio Stock 8
    Chrome Soft / TP5/ Wilson Staff FG Tour
  • TherealpatgilesTherealpatgiles Members Posts: 292 ✭✭

    I use:
    Ksigs, prov1, Nike rzn platinums, tp5s, Bridgestone bxs.
    They all perform about the same to me. I'd say the tp5 is my go to ball in windy conditions and everything else is if I grab it out of the bag it's being played.

    Taylormade m5 9 ad gp 7x
    Epon af901 19 modus 120
    Nike vapor pro combo 3 iron
    Epon af 503 4-w modus 120s
    Epon tour 50 55 60 modus w
    Epon i33 rose gold putter
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