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  1. Were you hitting into a net, or letting the ball complete it's flight? One of the big differences with this years balls is a whole new dimple pattern, and you're really only going to be able to test that if the ball completes it's flight.
  2. Should be the V1x, assuming their covers are similar. A soft cover against a harder inner layer will produce more spin.
  3. I wouldn't classify the XV as a low spin ball. It spins more than the ZStar around the greens and off irons. It might be slightly lower spin off the driver, but is so close that you aren't likely to see it.
  4. Snell MTB-X, Pro V1x, or Mizuno RB Tour X, or Srixon Z-Star XV. They're all firm, all have pretty high wedge spin. The Mizuno will be high spin everywhere, while the others will be pretty comparable to everything else with the driver and mid to high spin with irons.
  5. Anecdotal evidence for dispersion is almost worse than no evidence. The physics say that you need 1000's of RPMs to move a ball significantly off line. The spin generated by all modern balls with a driver is within a few hundred RPMs of each other. There's simply no way for one ball to be straighter than the other (save wind characteristics).
  6. The biggest thing that happened to tour pro's is the launch monitor. Tour pro's are amazing at repeating the same delivery over and over again. Get them on a launch monitor and they can start optimizing their launch conditions. A decade ago almost all PGA tour pro's were swing down at the drives, launching it too low, with too much spin. Now they almost all know what their optimum launch is, and can deliver it time after time. Once they optimized launch conditions, the next thing was to optimize ball speed. Since the COR and the balls are regulated, the only way to do this is to sw
  7. This is mostly true, but not always the case. The spin between a ProV1 and ProV1x is pretty negligible for most shots. But compare the ProV1x and -ProV1x and the difference is big enough to worry about. The spin difference between a TP5 and TP5x can easily be a half club. And when you compare something ultra low spin (Bridgestone BRXS) with something super high spin (Mizuno Tour BX) you can end up with 1500 RPM of spin difference on an iron. For most normal players, choosing between a ProV1, ProV1x, TP5, Bridgestone BX or BXS, Either Snell Ball, etc; won't make that much difference
  8. The difference in total spin between a high spin ball and a low spin ball on a driver is a few hundred RPM's. You can test this by putting launch conditions into flightscope's trajectory optimizer. Choose a ball speed of 150MPH, a vertical launch angle of 15*, a horizontal launch angle of 0*, at 0 elevation. Put in 2000RPM of spin with 0 spin axis for one shot, and 2000RPM of spin with 45* of spin axis for the next. You'll see the first shot going perfectly straight and the second shot going offline. Now change the spin of the second shot to 4000RPM. It does go a little further off
  9. This isn't really true. In fact, if two balls have identical covers, the firmer ball will always spin more. For Mizuno, Titleist, Srixon, Maxfli, and Snell; the X ball is the higher spinning. For TaylorMade, Callaway, and Bridgestone; the X ball is the lower spinning. Ball design is kind of a conundrum because of this fact. A fast swing speed player usually requires a firmer ball to stop from losing ball speed on drives. They also usually generate a lot of spin and would prefer to reduce it on irons. But the firmer ball will usually increase spin. To get around this companies often
  10. The amount of curvature difference between a low spin and high spin ball is basically nothing. Under worst case conditions you might curve a ball 2 or 3 yards more because of the ball.
  11. Here's the thing, most golfers at slow swing speeds aren't using spin to stop the ball on approaches at all. So while a soft ball spins less, it doesn't really effect their game as much in regards to stopping power. A slow swinger also isn't punished as much by the drop in ball speed going softer causes. What the lack of spin does is give them a half club or more in distance with their irons and hybrids due to lower spin. I'm sure Bridgestone has data (and Callaway has said the same thing) showing that for the average golfer at x speed, they will gain more in scores from lowering spin on the i
  12. The X is always the firmer ball. Given two balls with identical covers, the firmer ball will always spin more. You can make the firm ball spin less by either making the cover less soft or thicker, but this will also reduce green side spin. You can make the firm ball spin less by having a less firm mantle, and a firmer core, but the ball will actually then feel softer off partial shots and around the green.
  13. It sounds like you want a -Pro V1x. It spins less off irons and the driver than the Pro V1 and Pro V1x. It should spin about the same around the green. It's possibly slightly firmer than the Pro V1x, so if you like the feel of that ball it shouldn't be much different.
  14. You can easily put launch conditions into a shot calculator and see that spin really doesn't effect left or right much at all. If you launch a ball at 150mph, at 15*, with a 45* spin axis to the right, and then just change the amount of spin using 2000 RPM and 5000 RPM; you'll see minimal difference between the amount off line. And that's with 3000 RPM difference. The difference between tour ball spin off the driver is more like 300-500 RPM. If you plug in a 500 RPM distance in spin, the difference in offline will be imperceptible. The only thing that MIGHT influence one ball being
  15. I don't think you understand. Ball speed is always king. I guarantee that you could optimize the club and it's delivery to make the fastest ball go farthest for any swing speed. You might need to move weights or change lofts or modify your angle of attack, but you can ALWAYS make the faster ball go further (assuming they are all within a reasonable spin and launch window, which all tour level balls are). Now if you don't want to change your equipment or your swing at all, you might find a softer ball goes slightly further. But that means you are leaving potential distance on the table.
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