Tommy Armour 845 Tour Spin Review
Pleasantly surprised... actually shocked!This ball caught my eye about a week ago. My local Sports Authority has a sale going on these (2 dozen for $20). What caught my attention was that they are a 3 piece, low compression ball. I wrote them off at the time because I automatically think low quality "rock" when I hear the name Tommy Armour. Well, I had a change of heart a couple of days ago (3 piece ball for $10/dozen allurement) and purchased two dozen. I reasoned that if I hated them, I could take one dozen back and get $10. I could then give the rest to my son who is a minor and will play anything.
Concerning my game, I typically shoot in the upper 70s to low 80s. My average drives are in the 250 to 260 yard range (with roll out in normal conditions). My balls of choice lately have been the TF D2 Feel and Srixon AD333. Even though I could afford ProV1's, I'm always on the look out for a budget ball that performs above its price level.
Here is my take on these balls:
Brief Company Description - 3 Piece, Soft Ionomer Cover; New Larger, Low Compression Core; Firm Ionomer Mantle; Advanced, Alternating, Dual Radius 408 Dimple Pattern.
What I found:
I was a little off my game with the driver starting out. I noticed more side spin with the TA as opposed to the balls mentioned above. However, on the back 9, I started hitting some really nice drives. The TA did not disappoint. Caught it pure on one hole and ended up hitting a wedge into the green as opposed to an 8 iron that I normally have to use. Also, did some comparisons off the tee with some distance balls that I found on the course (Laddie X, Noodle L&S, and Wilson Titanium). The TA was just as long or longer as all of these.
The TA's were fine for me off the irons. They tend to be a high trajectory ball (which the box shows). Didn't feel real soft or real hard. Distance was comparable to the TF and Srixon.
No complaints here either. These balls aren't ProV's of course but they check up nicely with some roll out. Got up and down several times with them. These greens tended to be firm and I had no problems with the ball rolling off the back.
This is where I thought this ball would fail. I'm very picky about how a ball feels off the putter. Tried some Wilson 50's one time and couldn't stand them because they felt like putting marsh mallows. Also, tried some Maxfli Rev EXT Spins recently that ended up being a little to "clicky" or hard feeling off the putter. Surprisingly, these TA's felt good off of the putter also.
The balls hold up very well. No visible degradation after several holes.
As you can probably tell, my expectations for this ball were very low. I definitely thought that I would be taking them back. Now though, I plan to keep playing them. Unfortunately, the season is almost up where I live.
For $10 a dozen, I think this has to be one of the best golf ball deals out there.
Thanks for reading!