Clubs, balls all that jazz is tough to make a perfect test, so saying his test is flawed is like saying the sky is blue. We know the honest real answer, its an impossible task, but the fact that OP tried something to validate his opinion is worth more than some people that come in here and just blast away without doing their own test and validate their own opinion. Personally I appreciate other peoples opinion because sometimes...you learn something new..... who knew the world was round....for years it was flat....and the universe doesnt revolve around earth? I thought it did.... who would have though we revolve around a sun.... This is the discussion and opinions are what makes this discussion interesting. Personally I feel there are factors that require a premium ball. 1) Tour speed Greens 2) Ability to control the spin on demand 3) Funds to afford If not.... personally the ball doesnt make a difference and here is why I feel so. 1) If the Greens are not at speeds that the ball matters, a releasing ball is not a disadvantage in comparison to a spinning ball. What I mean is, if you are used to playing a releasing ball you can judge your shots to take into account the release and shoot just fine. I personally have seen no gain as I played what I had shooting my lowest score of my golfing career of 76 with a Wilson Elite 50. This is in no way a ProV1 golf ball.... but I know what it does and I can adjust to make it work in my favor. 2) Ability is even a greater player in this factor, You may be a good ball striker in general, but touch shots around the green is the biggest hit or miss as there are so many factors that applies spin to the ball and knowing how it will react more so applying the reaction takes a lot of ability. BUT there is one constant that you can control, if you dont know how or spin the ball correctly the ball will release always, unless you apply spin. So to play a release is much easier. 3) Lastly, Price, some people just dont want to pay $50 for a dozen, I am one of them as I dont see a $35 advantage per dozen to shoot better scores while using a premium ball, when I shoot just as good with a $10/dozen Couple additional side notes, Greens in average are 30 yards in circumference, Pin being in the middle or back has no disadvantage to a spinning ball as even a low spinning ball can be well judged to get it close if you are a good ball striker. The only challenge would be a front pin location were possible you would have only about 5ft from a front location (I have never seen a pin location closer to a fringe closer than 5ft in my experience) 5ft of release is still quite a bit, and even landing the ball short and rolling on the green is not impossible. The only other disadvantage is short siding yourself, In a bunker with a tight pin, Water with a tight pin etc. The real question is if you know the ball is this type of ball, missing on the wrong side where you leave the ball in a bad position is in no where near the balls fault and a premium ball still doesnt guarantee a better shot. If you know it releases and there is bunker right, wouldnt it be better to miss on the left side? That is course management. Not ball management. So again, my opinion the 2 biggest factors, Tour Green speeds being at 12+ stimp, and ability..... outside of that many normal courses play at an average 10 stimp, and I know I play between 8-10 stimp, being a decent ball striker, 8-10 stimp is no where as difficult as a 12+ stimp that I have played on also........ good points!! played the 50 elite yesterday and shot very well with them. played to the ball strenghs and roll outs only a few times where a premium ball would had been better but not guaranteed it would had performed to my advantage. your post has changed my mind and will continue to use the 50 lol .