Pros: Everything you expect from a tour-level ball, except the price. Low spin off the driver and ample spin around the greens.

Cons: Lack of presence at green grass accounts and major outlets means you can’t just pick up a sleeve to try at your local course.

Who’s it for? All golfers, especially those looking for a more affordable tour ball. They’re available exclusively through SnellGolf.com and sell for $31.99 per dozen.

Overview

What the Snell is going on here? Actually, it’s quite simple. Dean Snell, founder of Snell Golf, is on a mission to provide golfers with access to tour-quality equipment at a fraction of the price.

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Snell Golf’s “My Tour Ball” sell for $31.99 per dozen at SnellGolf.com.

First, a little bit of background on Mr. Snell. After graduating with a degree in plastics engineering, Snell went to work for Titleist where he had his hand in models such as the Professional, HP2 series and Pro V1. He then took a job at TaylorMade as VP of Research and Development, creating models such as the TP, Penta, Lethal and Tour Preferred balls. Needless to say, he has his name on many, many patents. Then last year, Snell decided to use his 25 years of experience in the ball business to found his own company.

Suffice it to say, Snell knows ball design like Eminem knows rap music. It doesn’t take more than several minutes of conversation to realize Snell’s passion for the game is exceeded only by his experience and desire to make a difference for the amateur golfer. His endeavor is “something more than a hobby, but something less than a career,” he told me.

Performance

Let’s get down to brass tacks. Ball compression is overrated. Swing speed plays a role in ball fitting, but not nearly as much as people want to believe. The crux of the matter is that every ball can be long off the tee as a result of lower compression cores. Low compression leads to low spin and (generally) greater distance. But that’s not unique. You can get that in an affordable 2-piece construction or in a tour ball with several more layers.

So what are you paying for in a “tour level” ball, exactly? It’s those extra layers.

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“My Tour Ball” uses a cast urethane cover, which contribute to its impressive spin and soft feel.

Premium golf balls have at least three layers, each with specific performance attributes: A core that regulates driver ball speed and spin, a mantle layer that is key to iron performance and a cover that drives spin and feel around the greens.

Snell’s “My Tour Ball,” which I’ve tested extensively over the last several weeks, is a 3-piece ball with a low-compression core, a mantle designed to optimize iron performance and a cast urethane cover for optimal green-side control.

Off the tee, the My Tour Ball is fast. Cheetah fast. Given the combination of a low compression/low spin core and exceptional ball speeds, the My Tour Ball is mostly likely as long, if not longer, than what’s currently in your bag.

Compared to my current gamers (Bridgestone B330S and B330) the My Tour Ball consistently had 1-2 more MPH of ball speed and 50-150 fewer RPM of backspin. At a swing speed of 110 MPH, that translated into a couple extra yards on well struck shots. As for feel, it was firm and dense without being clicky.

A few extra yards is nice, but the performance off the tee isn’t ultimately the reason you should try this ball. As Snell told me, “If someone says they’re getting 12 more yards off the tee, I’m skeptical.” The salient point here is the amount of leverage the industry continues to place on using distance to sell product. Not only is it misleading, but strictly using driver numbers and a couple swings to fit for a ball is incomplete and “inconsistent with what we know about ball design and how to score well,” Snell told me.

Off the Irons

Now that we’re off the tee and down the fairway, let’s grab a 7 iron and see how we do.

In designing the mantle of the My Tour Ball, Snell refers to the “artistry” involved and specifically the interplay between the mantle and cover thickness. The balance has a direct impact on trajectory. You’ll often hear better players speak of “hitting windows” with their irons. Being able to hit specific shots with irons is critical to hitting greens and putting golfers in a position to make putts. The My Tour Ball was delightfully true and predictable. I could hit every shot I needed to and the ball held its line: high, low, draw, fade. This ball is capable of doing whatever you want it to.

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If you play in windy conditions, expect the MTB to hold its line and bore like a carpenter bee. For me, it took a two-club wind and turned it into a 1.5 club wind.

In testing, there was no discernable difference between my B330, B330S and the My Tour Ball on iron shots from the tee or fairway. If there was 1-2 yards of difference, it was due to user error and nothing more. From both light and deep rough, the higher spinning B330S was a couple yards shorter, and the B330 was spot on with the MTB. More than anything, it indicates that the My Tour Ball and is on par with the best premium balls on the market.

From 100 Yards and In

When you fork over $45+/dozen for a tour ball, this is where you really find out if it was worth it. With the My Tour Ball, you can put the extra money back in your wallet and buy the first round instead. Long story short, the My Tour Ball was more impressive than I anticipated.

Given the emphasis placed on this part of the game for players who would likely try the My Tour Ball against their gamer, this was both the most exhaustive and compelling part of the test for me. I went through my normal practice routine hitting every conceivable chip, pitch, lob, bump-run and bunker shot. From there, I continued to test the ball on the course and even put it into play under tournament conditions.

With every shot, the My Tour Ball felt softer and had slightly more bite than the B330. Keep in mind, I’ve played both the B330 and B330S with great success for the past three seasons and until I tried the My Tour Ball, there was absolutely no impetus for me to change. However, after testing, there’s no reason I shouldn’t.

Two shots in particular cemented the MTB as my “go-to” ball moving forward:

The 30-40 yard pitch/hop/stop: This shot is a litmus test for my short game. If I can get a ball to behave appropriately from this distance, it’s a harbinger for the rest of my green-side chips and pitches. The thinner and softer cast urethane cover gave this shot more bite on the second hop than my B330 and in this regard, performed much like the current version of the Pro V1x for me.

90 yards — A full 60-degree: The greatest concern I have with full wedge shots is controlling the amount of spin I put on the ball. Too much and you risk ripping the ball off the green, and too little makes and it hard to predict how the ball will react when it hits the ground. The MTB sits comfortably in the goldilocks zone: not too much, not too little… just right.

Odds and Ends

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  • Snell Golf offers a Trial Pack ($26.99) with two sleeves of both the My Tour Ball and its Get Sum ball. When Callaway introduced the Rule 35 ball, they offered a 5-ball trial pack. This was because research showed the average golfer lost 4.5 balls per round. If you really want to see if a ball is better for you, a 2-ball trial sleeve might not make it through the front 9, let alone several rounds.
  • Some users report durability issues with the Snell logo. In testing over several weeks, multiple rounds and testing sessions, the My Tour Ball didn’t fair any better or worse than comparable tour level balls.

Final Thoughts

If you currently play a premium ball, you owe it to your game and checkbook to give the “My Tour Ball” a run. The golf ball is the only piece of equipment used on every shot, and if you can get everything you need at a fraction of the cost, I’m not sure there’s a downside.

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  1. Bought two dozen. Loved the ball when chipping and they had a soft and great feel putting. The iron play was consistent with the Bridgestone S ball.

    But I did experience 10 fewer yards off the tee. And this was on center hit drives. I was shocked after I read the reviews. I’m a 4.5.

  2. I don’t understand why people feel the need to compare a used ball to a new one never used. I bet if you found a MTB used it would be $12 per dozen….. Let’s be responsible here. We also all know that you can buy last year’s models for less…. Comparing new balls, this is probably a great ball for a great price, and because of this review I’ll probably try a dozen. Playing the B330 currently and the offer they usually have is buy 3 get 4th free. Well most of the time, I don’t feel like spending $135 plus tax all in one shot.
    A quick look into my game. I’m a 9 handicap and drive the ball on average 280-300 yards. I’m not bragging at all but if this ball has less spin off the driver then my current ball that could be the difference of a playable shot and a punch out of the trees. It’s usually windy when I play because most courses I play are on the water or a links course. If I can get a ball that spins less off the driver making my mishits a little less severe, it’s worth a try.
    Chris, thanks for your review! It was informative and helpful.

  3. Been using Snell MTB for about 2 months now. I seriously love them!

    I used to be a ProV1 guy and occasionally the Tour Preferred. Each ball has its pluses and minuses, but the Snell for me has been great and does everything and every shot I need it to.

    8 HC golfer..

  4. Great review. I just placed my order. For $32 and free shipping I’ll give Snell a try. I loved the price of the Chrome Soft, but not the ball. Hope to find a winner with Snell, or back to $47 a dozen.

    • 3 handicap that has used Chrome Soft (previously 1x) since they came out – i got curious about the Kirkland ball – which got rail-roaded by the big name brand boys – just ordered the 4 dozen Christmas pack with a shirt and a hat for $127. Looking forward to hitting them once they arrive. Forbes article on googling Kirkland situation mentioned Snell FYI. Once I lose them – I will at least have a shirt and a hat – hopefully a few routine rounds along the way.

  5. In recent years I tried every ball under the sun to try to replace my Titleist Pro V1’s. I was always disappointed. You can’t tell me that this ball plays as good or just like a Pro V1. What if I said I played Nike RZN Black? Would you claim it played as good or just like that one? “Good,” in this scenario, is moot. The Pro V1 is an exceptional performer while consistently behaving predictably. I know this because I have learned to play with this ball (not well enough yet, though!), and learned its distinctive characteristics. It is neither good nor bad. I have merely put a tool to “good” use. I wouldn’t refuse a free sleeve though… Just to try, of course.

    • Ken – I would hope you understand I’m simply speaking from my perspective as an equipment editor – Hence the comparison to balls I’ve played over the past couple years. I don’t know that “good is moot” as much as good is relative to you, your game and what you need a ball to be able to do to help you play better. Thanks for the read and comments!

  6. With the exchange rate being so poop it makes these roughly $42 + shipping canadian that’s Chrome soft price not bad… but is it worth going online and waiting over a week for? at $35 I would be more of a player. I might just try the trial sleeve and if it’s good order a couple boxes at once for the rest of the season. Great article keep it up!

  7. ill definitely give these a try. i recently was given a sleeve of Vice Tour Pro balls and gave one of them the whirl on the back nine. MTB and the VTP seem to be preaching the same message. after reading the extensive background on Snell, i can’t help but try these out. looking forward to it. ***as lame as it sounds though, the logo looks amateur. Snell may be a tech guy, but he’s allegedly worked with and had a hand in significant product in the golf ball market. i’m just curious as to how aesthetics are left out? to each is own, but thats the truth. I guess the ball itself doesn’t look half bad, the box however definitely looks cheesy. hopefully these balls are like subaru’s!

  8. OMG! I just stumbled upon the reason for slow play. The final paragraph of the article claims research shows the average golfer loses 4.5 golf balls per round. At the rules approved 5 minutes per ball hunt that equals 22.5 minutes per player. With a foursome that’s jacked up to 1.5 hours of ball searching. Though, given some overlap where two are more players are looking for their lost ball, we can probably reduce that to 1.2 hours of delay per round.

    The USGA needs to change the rule regarding looking for lost balls to 1 minute! That should take roughly one hour off our rounds. Eureka!

    • The one factor that your time calculations doont take into account is that not every lost ball resulrs in a search. Many lost balls are in water hazards or other places where looking for the ball does not occur.

  9. I have played this ball and it is Ok. I did not find it super durable or better than anything else there. it was shorter and spun less than the other tour caliber balls that i enjoy playing. Nothing bad or outstanding about it. It is a good value at $25 dollars. great ball for the 80-90 shooter that does not want to fork out for the balls out there that are better.

    • Cody – This is exactly the reason it’s important to try different balls and see what performs best for you – If I can ask, what is your HC and what ball do you usually play? As a scratch player, I don’t agree with your last sentence and I think the technology in the MTB is on par (if not better) than a lot of the higher priced premium balls out there. Which balls do you feel are better and what, specifically, about those balls make them better?

      • I can’t speak for him but these balls were a dissapointment. The following performed better with my game 8 index… pro v1x, TM project a, wilson duo spin, wilson sl9000 feel, and several callaway balls. I hate to say it but sl9000 feel @ 12 bucks for 18 balls were better. Sorry.

  10. This is a great write up/review (like usual from WRX) and Im always excited to see something new, especially in balls since I have been playing the same thing for like 10 years.

    But here is my problem, hesitation, etc…

    It seems to me that the majority of reviews of a new piece of equipment, balls, shoes, etc…is raving. I dont see many reviews on WRX that is along the lines of “6/10, was a good club but not something I would put n the bag, shoes looked cool but were not comfortable and gave me blisters, this ball had great distance but the cover tore off on the 5th hole, etc…”

    Im not saying you need to be like a food critic and add some sort of criticism into every review just for sake of being “critical” but its just hard for me to say “oh wow, this ball must be the real deal because WRX gave it a raving review” because all the reviews are that way.

    Im hoping someone will send me like 10 links to articles/reviews that were negative that I somehow missed over the years…meanwhile I will probably order a dozen of these balls cuz Im a HO

    • Thanks for the read and your comments – As a reviewer, it’s always a challenge to articulate what worked well/didn’t work well for you and give readers something which serves to inform them.

      The reality is there’s so much good equipment out there – it’s less about being super critical and more about trying to let readers know what types of clubs, balls, shafts, etc. might be more likely to fit certain types of players. That said, there are still key differences between OEM’s and products and I’d love to hear any additional feedback you have. Thanks!

  11. Sorry but $31 is still expensive to me. I can get 2014 ProV1’s for $20 in mint condition if I buy them used. Or whatever ball I want – I like the TM Lethal the most. Those are about $14 mint condition.

    • If you’re accustomed to buying used balls, then $31 might seem high – But for the majority of people who regularly drop well over $40/doz, I think a 35% discount seems quite attractive!

  12. Played the My Tour Ball for the first time today and absolutely fell in love with this ball ! I’ve been alternating between Wilson Duo, Bridgestone E5 and Callaway’s Supersoft and Chromesoft but there is simply no comparison to the Snell MTB. Drives weren’t significantly longer but the ball flight was wonderful. It’s the approach shots and around the green where these balls just impressed the heck out of me. I normally could not get a ball to check up and stop on the green but these balls would take a bounce or two and just stop dead. My goal this season was to break 90 and wouldn’t take know, today I shot an 86. Maybe the lessons are starting to pay off but I definitely think this ball helped shave a few strokes off the round today. I’m definitely a convert and will be playing these balls from here forward !! Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.

    • Kyle: I’ve been using the My Tour Ball for about a month now. I use a SC Newport 2 Dual Balance putter. Prior to using the Snell ball, I was using the Prov1. From my experience, the feel of the ball off the putter with the Snell has been as soft, if not a bit softer, than I experienced with the Titleist. Putting-wise, my consistency and accuracy has been the same with both balls. As an added note: I’ve given each of my playing partners a Snell ball to try. They have since ordered their own. Hope this helps.

    • For me, the feel off the putter was solid, but not marshmallow soft – Also b/c of the length of the stroke, the type of putter (insert, no insert, etc) can have a dramatic effect on how a ball feels off the putter face.

  13. This is my gamer. I used to use the B330S also.
    I tried this ball just out of curiosity, but it was the best performing ball for me.

    Personally, I do not like the name of the ball. lol.

    • Thanks for the comments – Again, you can’t just single out swing speed and determine which ball is best – It’s a starting point, but nothing more. Prior to the MTB, I really liked the feel of the 330S around the greens -

  14. Durability is about the same as the B300…it performs about the same as the B300. I live in Iowa so we get wind and the B300 was always the ball that cut thru the wind the best. MTB does a good job as well. Overall a great ball for a great price!

  15. love the ball and i agree with the logo comments, its a big too large for my eye and it scrapes off easily thru play or even with a finger nail, not that big a deal though.

  16. I have tried them and found the durability to be the same as the ProV1X balls that I use. I would have to agree with everything that was said in this review. You order the balls directly from the manufacturer.

    • Durability was fantastic – No issues there at all – In terms of shipping overseas, contact Snell directly and see what they can do. Dean also posts fairly frequently on WRX and I’m sure if you reach out to him via PM, he’ll get in touch with you. Thanks!

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