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  1. arbeck

    Q Star Tour

    This is anecdotal evidence, so not really very good evidence, but I have no way to hit these balls on a trackman so it's the best I've got. I used to play the Q Star Tour pretty much exclusively. The price was right, I liked the feel, and I wasn't super concerned about the loss of distance off the driver at my swing speed. I would have liked more iron spin, but I could learn to play around that. Something I noticed though was that I got fliers off irons more often than I would expect. I expect a ball in the rough, or a wet ball to sometimes go a bit further. But I was having one or two shots a
  2. Softer balls are lower spin balls. There is some thought that if you spin the ball less you will get less curvature on your shots. This isn't really the case. The spin difference between a soft ball and a firmer ball won't make an appreciable difference in the amount of curvature. The ball won't change the spin axis, and the amount to spin will be close enough that you won't be able to see a difference in straightness.
  3. The friction force causes spin, but doesn't change the spin access. Two balls will have very different spin rates, but the axis on which they spin will be identical.
  4. Spin axis is 100% a function of the loft, path and face angle of the club. Any two balls will have the same spin axis if hit with the same delivery numbers. The total amount of spin can change from ball to ball, but the axis will be exactly the same.
  5. This is true, but has little to do with straightness. It has to do with distance. More spin means less distance (generally, there is a certain amount of spin you need depending on your ball speed and launch angle), so reducing spin with longer clubs makes them go longer. The reason manufacturers push low spin balls to players is partly a feel thing (people like softer balls and softer balls spin less), but there is also some performance reasons. A softer ball will lose ball speed with a driver, however you can make most of that up by spinning less. So at <100MPH swings a soft ba
  6. Durability was definitely an issue with the first batches. It was supposedly fixed. However, it's nearly impossible to know if the box you are buying came from a bad batch or one of the newer batches. So there is that to consider. The ball also is very spinny. If you need a lot of extra spin, there isn't really a better option save maybe the bridgestone tour bxs. It's a fairly niche ball in the same way that the Pro -V1x is, but the opposite. It isn't a slow ball. Ball speed numbers with it are as good as anything. And anecdotally, the wind performance seems great. But if you hit y
  7. 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.
  8. Should be the V1x, assuming their covers are similar. A soft cover against a harder inner layer will produce more spin.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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