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I've never been able to figure out the idea behind switching balls in the winter, other than to try something out.  Cold, dense air is cold, dense air, no matter what golf ball I'm playing, and altern

For me, the idea of a different ball in the off season is about two things: losing more balls and softer feels. Its happened on more than one occasion that I’ve hit drives that should be easily findab

In MN we don't get much "winter golf" (at least in my area), but in my "extended season" this month I have played the TM Tour Response.  I got a dozen for $20 on sale and had a couple of sleeves layin

I've never been able to figure out the idea behind switching balls in the winter, other than to try something out.  Cold, dense air is cold, dense air, no matter what golf ball I'm playing, and alternating golf balls every other hole keeps them from changing temperature enough to matter anyway.  If a particular ball is the right ball for me in July, I can't think of a reason in the world that it isn't the right ball for me in January.

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In MN we don't get much "winter golf" (at least in my area), but in my "extended season" this month I have played the TM Tour Response.  I got a dozen for $20 on sale and had a couple of sleeves laying around.  They are a pretty good ball.  I feel like the "mid $30s" price range is no-mans land.  For just a bit more you get a tour ball, or for just a bit less you get DTC or "Dicks brand" good ball (Maxfli Tour).  All that said, I think this Tour Response is a fantastic ball if purchased on sale.  It won't kick TP5X or ProV1 out of my bag, but it is dang enjoyable to play in fall/spring rounds or scrambles when you are attempting a lot more "hero shots" you normally wouldn't try in a normal round.  

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TaylorMade SIM2 10.5*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black 60g 6.5 
TaylorMade SIM2 3W 15*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black 70g 6.5
TaylorMade SIM2 3H 19*, Ventus Hybrid 8X

Taylormade P770 4-PW, PX LS 6.5
Titleist Vokey SM8 50F, 54S, 58M

TaylorMade Spider X
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54 minutes ago, Hougz79 said:

In MN we don't get much "winter golf" (at least in my area), but in my "extended season" this month I have played the TM Tour Response.  I got a dozen for $20 on sale and had a couple of sleeves laying around.  They are a pretty good ball.  I feel like the "mid $30s" price range is no-mans land.  For just a bit more you get a tour ball, or for just a bit less you get DTC or "Dicks brand" good ball (Maxfli Tour).  All that said, I think this Tour Response is a fantastic ball if purchased on sale.  It won't kick TP5X or ProV1 out of my bag, but it is dang enjoyable to play in fall/spring rounds or scrambles when you are attempting a lot more "hero shots" you normally wouldn't try in a normal round.  

 

Totally agree on the mid $30's pricing.  I think $25-$30 a dozen for a sub premium urethane ball is plenty to charge.  I'm talking per dozen, none of this you have to buy at least 2+ dozen to get them for under $30.  

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MTB-X for me.  They perform just as well as well as ProV1x for me minus green side spin and feel.  They feel a bit harder and seem to spin a bit less around the greens, but at 30 bucks or less a dozen when bought in bulk, can't be beat. 

TM SIM 2, 8* w/Ventus Black 7x

TM SIM 15* w/Ventus Blue 8x

TM Tour Issue Deep Face Ghost Proto 2 HB  w/Thump 105x

Vega VDC-01 4i w/Recoil Proto 125 F5

New Level 623-M 5-PW w/MMT 125 TX

54* Miura HB w/KBS 610 S+, 58* Miura w/KBS Tour Black

Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1

 

 

 

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23 hours ago, bluedot said:

I've never been able to figure out the idea behind switching balls in the winter, other than to try something out.  Cold, dense air is cold, dense air, no matter what golf ball I'm playing, and alternating golf balls every other hole keeps them from changing temperature enough to matter anyway.  If a particular ball is the right ball for me in July, I can't think of a reason in the world that it isn't the right ball for me in January.

For me, the idea of a different ball in the off season is about two things: losing more balls and softer feels. Its happened on more than one occasion that I’ve hit drives that should be easily findable on the fairway or just barely off, and can’t be found. Either lost in leaves and low angle sunlight, or plugged deep enough you can’t see it. I also like a softer ball when it’s cold so it’s more pleasant on impact. 
 

All that being said, I’m still using my MTB-X because I have so many I can’t justify buying more balls just for winter rounds. Maybe when I get low I’ll try the Snell Get Sum next winter just to see how they are. 

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On 12/2/2020 at 10:51 AM, Hougz79 said:

In MN we don't get much "winter golf" (at least in my area), but in my "extended season" this month I have played the TM Tour Response.  I got a dozen for $20 on sale and had a couple of sleeves laying around.  They are a pretty good ball.  I feel like the "mid $30s" price range is no-mans land.  For just a bit more you get a tour ball, or for just a bit less you get DTC or "Dicks brand" good ball (Maxfli Tour).  All that said, I think this Tour Response is a fantastic ball if purchased on sale.  It won't kick TP5X or ProV1 out of my bag, but it is dang enjoyable to play in fall/spring rounds or scrambles when you are attempting a lot more "hero shots" you normally wouldn't try in a normal round.  

Where did you find them for $20? I’m in at that price! 

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Where did you find them for $20? I’m in at that price! 

They were an add-on to my SP4 box last month.  I’ve gotten a few sleeves of them in recent boxes as well this fall.

TaylorMade SIM2 10.5*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black 60g 6.5 
TaylorMade SIM2 3W 15*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black 70g 6.5
TaylorMade SIM2 3H 19*, Ventus Hybrid 8X

Taylormade P770 4-PW, PX LS 6.5
Titleist Vokey SM8 50F, 54S, 58M

TaylorMade Spider X
SM 4.5LS 14 Way
 

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Live in NJ. Once we get into leaf / winter season, I move to Snell Get-Sum. I am out to keep the swing in shape and enjoy the winter outside. The ball has good performance for the price. Don't care about losing one since you can get them 2 dozen for about $30 bucks. Once we get into late March / early April, I move back to Bridgestone B-RXS. 

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Like my reply on another ball thread, cheaper lower spin distance balls will check decently on soft wet greens unless you play Augusta National or Pinehurst #2...

G400 LST 10*, Tensei CK White 60S

TS2 15*, Tensei AV Blue 65R

0317X Gen2 19*, MMT 80S

0311 Gen1 4-5 & 0311P Gen2 6-PW, SteelFiber 95S

RTX4 Raw 52* & 58*, Mid, TI S400; HiToe 64*, HiRev 2.0
Red X2 35”/330g

Tour B XS (normal cond.) / LD V1x (windy cond.)

- Testing: 0811X+ Proto; Orig One 11.5*; SuperHybrid 17*; 0311XF #3; 2021 TP5x.

- Backups: TS3 9.5*; EFSZ 9* & 15*; 0317 Gen1 17*; 0211; TW-X; IC-601; 716 T-MB; Lucky 777CS; WHP 7CS & CSM 400g; Sigma G Kinloch C.

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Once winter season starts, I start grabbing from my random collection of found balls. Handicap season is over and too many other variables in play to worry too much about ball performance consistency (frozen ground, snow piles, variably thawed greens, dormant grass). In this assortment are almost always some sort of top-tier or near top-tier urethane ball that are not my regular, go-to ball for the warm season. Just gives me a chance to play around with other brands, and save my stock of my regular ball for the main season.

 

I've also decided I don't like super soft compression balls, even when it's cold out.

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Winter season at my home course is colder, wetter, but most importantly WINDY. I usually alternate Z Star XV in with my TP5 and Vice Pro gamers. The Z xv tends to hold its line better on the persistent 1-2 club wind days. 
 

I don’t feel like I have the same control on approach shots but when the wind is that strong you’re playing for the ball to release anyway. 

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13 hours ago, dubbelbogey said:

Once winter season starts, I start grabbing from my random collection of found balls. Handicap season is over and too many other variables in play to worry too much about ball performance consistency (frozen ground, snow piles, variably thawed greens, dormant grass). In this assortment are almost always some sort of top-tier or near top-tier urethane ball that are not my regular, go-to ball for the warm season. Just gives me a chance to play around with other brands, and save my stock of my regular ball for the main season.

 

I've also decided I don't like super soft compression balls, even when it's cold out.


Same here, time to try out the random balls I don’t usually play.

G400 LST 10*, Tensei CK White 60S

TS2 15*, Tensei AV Blue 65R

0317X Gen2 19*, MMT 80S

0311 Gen1 4-5 & 0311P Gen2 6-PW, SteelFiber 95S

RTX4 Raw 52* & 58*, Mid, TI S400; HiToe 64*, HiRev 2.0
Red X2 35”/330g

Tour B XS (normal cond.) / LD V1x (windy cond.)

- Testing: 0811X+ Proto; Orig One 11.5*; SuperHybrid 17*; 0311XF #3; 2021 TP5x.

- Backups: TS3 9.5*; EFSZ 9* & 15*; 0317 Gen1 17*; 0211; TW-X; IC-601; 716 T-MB; Lucky 777CS; WHP 7CS & CSM 400g; Sigma G Kinloch C.

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B RXS and TM Tour Response. The Tour Response is a surprisingly good ball.

 

Ping G400 10.5 (9.5*) Hzrdus Yellow Smoke 60 5.5 
Callaway Rogue 17* 4wd Atmos Blue TS 70  
Ping G410 19*, 22* & 26* Tensei CK Pro Blue 80
Cobra  Forged Tec Black SteelFiber i95cw R  
Mack Daddy PM 2.0 54/14
Mack Daddy PM 2.0 58/12

This Week's Putter: Mizuno Bettinardi BC 4 34"/ 343g
 TM Tour Response/ ProV1/ FG Tour

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