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While I am aware of the research regarding harder balls going farther and spinning more, I seem to score better and have more confidence with a softer ball.  Does anyone else experience this as well.  I keep reading about leaving a lot on the table with the softer compression balls but I really only notice that off the tee (maybe 5-7 yards).  But I am also at least 5 yards longer with the irons into the greens and am able to stop the ball without an issue.  I am a single digit handicap and play exclusively private clubs with fast greens and do not see the issues with stopping the ball during play with the exception of the low skipping chip shot which is very unreliable for me anyway.  With the softer ball, I feel like I flush the shot more often and that seems to build confidence throughout the round.  Am I crazy?  BTW, When I say softer balls, I am referring to the AVX, TP5 or BXS (not sure if I should try something else).  The X versions, I have my worst rounds every time.

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The balls you mentioned have a compression of 80 to 100ish. Those aren't soft balls. I play the wilson 50 elite as you might have guessed it's 50 compression. It's the longest ball of the driver I've

While I am aware of the research regarding harder balls going farther and spinning more, I seem to score better and have more confidence with a softer ball.  Does anyone else experience this as well.

I switched to the Q Start Tour mainly because it's softer. To be honest, I don't know if it's longer or shorter off the tee. If I hit a good drive in the fairway, it's still a good drive to me.

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I switched to the Q Start Tour mainly because it's softer.

To be honest, I don't know if it's longer or shorter off the tee. If I hit a good drive in the fairway, it's still a good drive to me.

 

I find it incredible that everyone here is so consistent with the driver that they can tell that one ball is 7 yards longer.

I see much better players than myself striping balls in a sim and getting a ±5 yard variance from swing to swing.

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I got back today from 2 rounds.  I do not see that much of a difference but enjoyment of feeling like I pure every shot seems better to me with the softer ballI may have to give the Qatar tour a try.  I am turning 50 soon and still swing the driver around 110 and 7 iron above 90 mph.  When my shoulders, neck, etc start to hurt historically, I would switch to the softer ball and shoot lower scores.  I guess I should just play what works opposed of trying to play what works for the pros as they truly play a different game.

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Softer balls are usually slightly slower off the driver but they also tend to spin less which often negates the loss of ball speed. Golfers also tend to find they pick up yardage with their irons with the softer balls. I agree there is something confidence inspiring about a softer feeling ball. The only real big advantage of the firmest balls are the highest levels of spin around the green and with partial wedge shots and if you don’t need that then there’s not much reason to play them. 

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For where my game is at right now the AVX and TP5 seems to fit the best. I will be trying some Q-Star Tours and Z-Stars in the coming weeks as well.  I don't see a big enough gain in my driver for a harder ball and I can control those two the best right now. Short irons are one hop and stop, wedges tend to even back up a little with both of those for me.

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On 10/17/2020 at 5:33 PM, vadersfather said:

The balls you mentioned have a compression of 80 to 100ish. Those aren't soft balls. I play the wilson 50 elite as you might have guessed it's 50 compression. It's the longest ball of the driver I've ever used and it has reasonable spin and great around the green manners ✌️

 

+1 For Wilson 50 Elite.  Very soft off the irons.  Most Wilsons are like that.

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For years I played the ProV1X.  Now I play the regular ProV1 (or sometimes the Srixon Z-Star when on sale). I don't feel I give up anything - distance or spin. But I do like the softer feel of the ProV1.  I'm not aware of anyone making a super-soft urethane ball.  I've tried the super-soft surlyn balls I've found on the course but they weren't for me.  Seemed almost too soft and lost scoring performance.  

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21 hours ago, xkilgorextroutx said:

I enjoy softer balls as a slower swinger. I know what some certain website's tests say, but my best scores have come with lower compression balls like the Wilson Duo. I like the way they feel, I score decent with them, and they're easy on my wallet.

 

I had bought some older Wilson SoftCore which some online places still have in close out.  The Blue box was the best and the red box is what is still out there.

 

Anyway, they had a deal on Wilson Duo (Optix).  It is a matte bright yellow.  The balls seem to hold up very well and I do not lose them.  Not because of the bright color but they seem to stay in the fairways well.   They are not the longest but close to Pro V1 and 1X plus other balls.  Not as soft as Fifty Elite or Fifty but close.

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On 10/18/2020 at 3:49 AM, mlf said:

While I am aware of the research regarding harder balls going farther and spinning more, I seem to score better and have more confidence with a softer ball.  Does anyone else experience this as well.  I keep reading about leaving a lot on the table with the softer compression balls but I really only notice that off the tee (maybe 5-7 yards).  But I am also at least 5 yards longer with the irons into the greens and am able to stop the ball without an issue.  I am a single digit handicap and play exclusively private clubs with fast greens and do not see the issues with stopping the ball during play with the exception of the low skipping chip shot which is very unreliable for me anyway.  With the softer ball, I feel like I flush the shot more often and that seems to build confidence throughout the round.  Am I crazy?  BTW, When I say softer balls, I am referring to the AVX, TP5 or BXS (not sure if I should try something else).  The X versions, I have my worst rounds every time.

I wouldn't consider the AVX or TP5 to be soft.

I play soft balls, like you mention it gives me more confidence. The Titleist Tour soft was the hardest soft ball i tried, it's so-so, but i prefer the Callway Chrome soft.

The durability wasn't that good, so i trasferred onto Honma TW-X, which are really good and i played for a good season.

Recently, i found the Bridgestone e12 Soft and i really like it. (having moved country, golf equipment is more expensive here, so i'm looking for a balance between feel, performance and price.) 

I don't really recognise any significant improvement between pro tour player balls or mid range ones.

I haven't done any scientific or solid professional testing, but i certainly don't lose, or care about, distance from the golf ball.

It's all about the feel.

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On 10/20/2020 at 10:29 PM, cristphoto said:

For years I played the ProV1X.  Now I play the regular ProV1 (or sometimes the Srixon Z-Star when on sale). I don't feel I give up anything - distance or spin. But I do like the softer feel of the ProV1.  I'm not aware of anyone making a super-soft urethane ball.  I've tried the super-soft surlyn balls I've found on the course but they weren't for me.  Seemed almost too soft and lost scoring performance.  

Honma TW-x

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On 10/17/2020 at 5:33 PM, vadersfather said:

The balls you mentioned have a compression of 80 to 100ish. Those aren't soft balls. I play the wilson 50 elite as you might have guessed it's 50 compression. It's the longest ball of the driver I've ever used and it has reasonable spin and great around the green manners ✌️

I use TP5 in summer and yellow 50 elite in the cold. Ironically some of my lowest scores has been with the 50 elite. 

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I like a soft ball. I'm a good iron player and definitely notice more distance on iron shots with a soft ball. With my driver, my strike is way too inconsistent to pin any distance variation on the type of ball. But I also can happily play a non urethane ball as I'm a very high ball hitter so land angle does most of the stopping for me on approach shots and in my part of the UK it's very unusual to play super fast, rock hard greens, even in the summer.

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I like softer balls.  When I was young I’d love to play my dads balata and I still equate a softer feeling with well played golf.  I really like the chrome soft, even though they are not popular around here.  They are good around the greens and feel good with the irons.  I’m sure I’m giving up a yard or three off the tee, but I find that the confidence I get through a round from the softer feel is worth more than an extra yard or so off the tee.

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