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Inspired by the talking cult clubs thread, thought I'd do the same for balls and avoid a threadjack....

 

Thinking game changers, personal favourites, great ones, crap ones, sleepers, forgotten ones etc. Here goes....

 

Titleist Tour Balata, Professional and ProV1, Slazenger balata, Maxfli Revolution, Precept Lady, Wilson Staff Duo and FG Tour, TM Inergel, Maxfli DDH, Rextar Balata, Nike TA (esp DD version) and One Black, Cally TruVis, Hogan Apex, Uniroyal Plus six, Dunlop 65. Slazenger B51, Penfold Ace.

 

Let the debate ensue.......

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I think the biggest "Cult" in balls right now are near tour level urethane balls at low prices!

 

The Kirkland balls definitely have a cult following. For me the K3 with a urethane covers performs well above its price point so its hard to justify paying for anything else. Its a better ball than I should probably be playing but slicing that $1 ball into the woods hurts the wallet way less than a ball that costs 2-3x as much and performs worse.

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Yeah, any of the direct to consumer balls have a cult following. But if we're talking back in the day I've got to throw the Tour Edition, Maxfli HT 100, Titleist Tour Balata and the Kro-Flight only because it had the compression of granite.

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Sim 9° Diamana Limited 
TM M3 15°
Adams Idea Pro 22°
Hogan Icons 4-P
Titleist SM8 50° 54° 60°
Callaway MD4 64°
Ping Sigma Darby

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I think the biggest "Cult" in balls right now are near tour level urethane balls at low prices!

 

The Kirkland balls definitely have a cult following. For me the K3 with a urethane covers performs well above its price point so its hard to justify paying for anything else. Its a better ball than I should probably be playing but slicing that $1 ball into the woods hurts the wallet way less than a ball that costs 2-3x as much and performs worse.

 

 

How's the feel ,compression and spin with k3?

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I was a huge fan of the Precept EV back in the day.

Cleveland Launcher HB 10.5* - Stock Miyazaki C. Kua 50 Stiff
Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13* - Aldila NV 75 Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15* - Accra Dymatch M5 75
Mizuno F-50 18* - Stock Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
5 - PW Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl - DGSL S300
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 50* DG Wedge
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 54* DG Wedge
Callaway X-Series JAWS Slate CC 58* Stock Wedge
Odyssey White Ice #7 - Golf Pride Oversize

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I second the old Spalding Tour Edition. Great ball that did everything the Tour Balata did, plus didn't go out of round or cut on the slightest mis-hit. As I recall it was a couple dollars less too.

 

Damn, forgot that one. Remember finding one and was beside myself with excitement to try it out. Spun like crazy, hurt Greg Norman a bunch of times though with too much spin, thinking '86 PGA....

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I think the biggest "Cult" in balls right now are near tour level urethane balls at low prices!

 

The Kirkland balls definitely have a cult following. For me the K3 with a urethane covers performs well above its price point so its hard to justify paying for anything else. Its a better ball than I should probably be playing but slicing that $1 ball into the woods hurts the wallet way less than a ball that costs 2-3x as much and performs worse.

 

 

How's the feel ,compression and spin with k3?

 

Well, Im like a 20 handicap and have been only playing for 1.5 seasons so you may not want my advice.... Feel, rather soft and not too clicky. No clue what the compression numbers are. Im not a high spin player (because I suck) but I find this balls hold the greens better than all the non urethane balls I have played and too me plays similar to V1s and Chrome Soft which I used before this.

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The ProV1* (star)

 

I still have a couple dozen of them.

Driver: Cobra F9 with HZRDUS SMOKE Stiff
3W: Titleist 917F2 w/Fujikura Speeder Pro Tour Spec 84 Stiff
2I: Srixon Z U65 18 Degree w/Miyazaki Kaula 7s
Irons: Mizuno MP-54 3-PW DG S300 
Wedge: Vokey TVD 56 K-Grind
Wedge: Vokey SM6 60-12 K-Grind 
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2

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I was a huge fan of the Precept EV back in the day.

 

Yessir! I played those all through high school and thought I was cooler than the preppy Titleist kids. I wasn't, but that didn't stop me...

 

That's funny. I played them for a similar reason, plus it always made it easier to ID my ball. I still play pretty much anything other than Titleist just for this reason.

Cleveland Launcher HB 10.5* - Stock Miyazaki C. Kua 50 Stiff
Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13* - Aldila NV 75 Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15* - Accra Dymatch M5 75
Mizuno F-50 18* - Stock Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
5 - PW Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl - DGSL S300
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 50* DG Wedge
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 54* DG Wedge
Callaway X-Series JAWS Slate CC 58* Stock Wedge
Odyssey White Ice #7 - Golf Pride Oversize

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TaylorMade Red LDP 4 piece

 

TP RED LDP did it for me too. Oh the memories......

Regards - 'Shuv'

[b]PING [/b]G20 - 9.5  degree - Grafalloy ProLaunch Red - X
[b]BRIDGESTONE[/b] J33 (15) - Grafalloy ProLaunch Red - X
[b]MIZUNO[/b] Fli-Hi (17+20) - Grafalloy ProLaunch Red - X
[b]TAYLORMADE [/b]UDi No 4 (23 degree) - Project X - 6.5
[b]CALLAWAY[/b] X22 Tour Irons (5 - PW) - Project X - 6.5
[b]CALLAWAY[/b] MD3 Black (52+58 deg) - DG PRO S300
[b]ODYSSEY[/b] White Hot Pro 2 - (Rossie) - 343g  / 34.5"
[b]TAYLORMADE [/b]TP5 Golf Ball ←NEW 2019 Version→

[b]SHUV'S WITB: [url="http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/326645-sevenfourates-witb-201020112012-had-a-sabbatical-and-now-2016/"]http://www.golfwrx.c...l-and-now-2016/[/url][/b]

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How's the feel ,compression and spin with k3?

 

I think it's a little clicky off wedges, no more than a Pro V1x though. It's probably a soft or softer than a Pro V1. It's firmer than an FG Tour probably similar to the Q Star Tour. As for spin, you're probably not going to find a ball that spins more off irons and wedges. I play Hot Metal irons with a 31* 7i and swing it around 80MPH; and I can easily get over 7000 RPM of spin on good strikes. Full wedge shots are well over 10000 RPM.

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TaylorMade Red LDP 4 piece

 

Might be at the top of the list. I recall some digging around in Walmart trying to find these, like 2-3 years after they were discontinued

 

I still have a ton of them in a storage bin (maybe close to 200 balls). At the time it was the best ball ever made for my swing.

Driver: Cobra F9 with HZRDUS SMOKE Stiff
3W: Titleist 917F2 w/Fujikura Speeder Pro Tour Spec 84 Stiff
2I: Srixon Z U65 18 Degree w/Miyazaki Kaula 7s
Irons: Mizuno MP-54 3-PW DG S300 
Wedge: Vokey TVD 56 K-Grind
Wedge: Vokey SM6 60-12 K-Grind 
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2

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Bridgestone Rextar Pro Model.

 

Wonder how many dare agree with me and show their true age.............

Regards - 'Shuv'

[b]PING [/b]G20 - 9.5  degree - Grafalloy ProLaunch Red - X
[b]BRIDGESTONE[/b] J33 (15) - Grafalloy ProLaunch Red - X
[b]MIZUNO[/b] Fli-Hi (17+20) - Grafalloy ProLaunch Red - X
[b]TAYLORMADE [/b]UDi No 4 (23 degree) - Project X - 6.5
[b]CALLAWAY[/b] X22 Tour Irons (5 - PW) - Project X - 6.5
[b]CALLAWAY[/b] MD3 Black (52+58 deg) - DG PRO S300
[b]ODYSSEY[/b] White Hot Pro 2 - (Rossie) - 343g  / 34.5"
[b]TAYLORMADE [/b]TP5 Golf Ball ←NEW 2019 Version→

[b]SHUV'S WITB: [url="http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/326645-sevenfourates-witb-201020112012-had-a-sabbatical-and-now-2016/"]http://www.golfwrx.c...l-and-now-2016/[/url][/b]

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You young whipper-snappers -

 

Strata Ace was preceeded by the "original" Strata, which led to the development of the Tour Edition. Never cared for the Tour Edition.

 

Worked in Austria around the time these balls were "hot". Took 8 dozen with me. Sold 4 dozen for the equivalent of $100/dozen. Sold used Ping Eye 2 for $1000

 

Ah - the good old days.

 

But, here is my all time favorite:

 

 

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Bridgestone Rextar Pro Model.

 

Wonder how many dare agree with me and show their true age.............

Yes sir, actually bought a "few" of those from a table/bin of loose golf balls from a Golf Dimensions in Myrtle Beach around 2006 for 25 cents a piece. Some of guys in my group of usual suspects were laughing at my geeking out over them, until kept having to buy dinner/drinks as a result of bets?

Titleist 910d3 9.5* (d4 surefit) Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.2s
Tour Edge Exotics cbx 16.5* Aldila RIP beta 80s 

Titleist 818h1 19* (a2 surefit) Fujikura Motore TS hb 8.8
Titleist 962b 3-pw s400
Vokey sm8 raw S 54* s400
Vokey sm8 raw M 60* s400
Ping Zing2 BeCu

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Maxfli HT 100

 

 


Ping G400 Max 10.5* Fubuki K 60x : Ping G400 5w 16.5* Blueboard 63x
Ping G400 7w 19.5* Blueboard 73x : Callaway Apex '16 4h 23* Fubuki 82x

Callaway Apex CF16 5i AD DI 85x  :  6i - PW Recoil Prototype 95 f4
Vokey SM2 50*  Vokey SM2 TVD 54*m & 59*m DG s400 Onyx

Callaway ‘19 PM Grind 64* DG s400 Onyx ~~ Piretti Matera Elite
 

 

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