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Best ball in the wind

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#31 ph00ny


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:00 PM

 ph00ny, on 17 July 2017 - 12:36 AM, said:

 TollBros, on 16 July 2017 - 10:28 PM, said:

 ph00ny, on 16 July 2017 - 10:00 PM, said:

 TollBros, on 16 July 2017 - 02:05 PM, said:

Tp5x or B330 tour.

Everyone seem to love tp5x quite a bit. I loved the old TPX (2015?) balls quite a bit. How do they compare?

I liked it too, a lot. The new ball checks a little less into the greens on shorter shots, but spins less off the driver and long irons. Irons are legitimately 8+ yards longer for many players. If you generate a lot of spin on your wedges and short irons you may love it.

Awesome. Sounds like it's exactly what i'm looking for in a golf ball.
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I should also add that i'm not a consistent spin player. So having it spin too much or too little as a "casual" golfer really doesn't do it for me. I would rather have it drop and stop or roll back in inches rather than feets

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:52 AM

 tsecor, on 17 July 2017 - 08:04 AM, said:

Wilson duo.....cut through 30MPH winds like a laser beam through hot butter......

Heís not lying. For some reason I donít want to like the Wilsonís Duo because the feel is a little too soft and doesnít perform well around the greens for me, but into the wind it held its line so much better than the Q-star tour. The Q-star tour I LOVE in normal conditions, but any fade or draw spin gets exaggerated a 5-10 yards more with my long irons. I spent last round hitting the two consecutively.


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Posted 28 April 2018 - 09:43 PM

 taylormade4life, on 16 July 2017 - 10:04 AM, said:

 Trap Draw, on 15 July 2017 - 01:26 PM, said:

Easy question to answer.  The ball the fits YOU the best.  I have played in the wind more than most folks.  My best advice is to forget about changing balls and instead go with the rules of playing wind.  The best thing you can do is hit the ball solidly.  Balls hit in the center of the face handle wind the best.  Also, you can "club up" a bit and choke down on the handle.  This helps remove backspin, lowers trajectory a bit, and stops most of the ballooning issues.

This. A well executed shot works best.

Old post but I just want to chime in and say that I canít stand answers like this. Not because itís factually inaccurate necessarily, but the OP is looking for recommendations on which balls play well in the wind irrespective of how itís hit, or put another way, assuming all shots are being hit the same way. Good Lord. Posts like this defeat the purpose of having a forum. If you want to give shot advice thereís another sub-forum where you can go and wax poetic about the virtues of ball striking.

Edited by Need4spd, 29 April 2018 - 07:06 PM.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:12 PM

 Trap Draw, on 15 July 2017 - 01:26 PM, said:

Easy question to answer.  The ball the fits YOU the best.  I have played in the wind more than most folks.  My best advice is to forget about changing balls and instead go with the rules of playing wind.  The best thing you can do is hit the ball solidly.  Balls hit in the center of the face handle wind the best.  Also, you can "club up" a bit and choke down on the handle.  This helps remove backspin, lowers trajectory a bit, and stops most of the ballooning issues.
Easy question to answer? Well then it's too bad that you didn't answer the question and instead decided to give "expert" advice.
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Posted 01 May 2018 - 09:30 PM

Whatever ball flies the lowest and has the least spin will be least affected.
The higher the altitude, the higher the wind speed. And the higher spin the ball, the more the forces have to grab onto so to speak.
So look for a low launch, surlyn rock. Maybe a wilson ultra or something.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:52 AM

What do people think separates the performance of the various urethane balls in the wind? Iím honestly curious, because Iíve seen this topic debated a ton and I donít see how different balls of the same size, mass, exterior material, etc can actually be affected by the wind differently if theyíre traveling at the same speed, trajectory, and spin. The only variable I can think of is dimple patterns but that would also have a large impact when there was no wind too.

Has there ever been a study or anything conducted in a controlled environment or is it all just anecdotes?

Edited by suprfli6, 02 May 2018 - 11:54 AM.


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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:19 PM

your favorite ball would be the best ball in wind.


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 10:49 AM

The 2014 B330 was my favorite ball in windy conditions. I haven't played the newer versions nearly as much, so I don't have an opinion on how they compare.

I think highly of the Wilson FG Tour in all types of conditions. I prefer balls on the lower end of the trajectory spectrum and in general, think that type of ball works best for me in the wind. YMMV.


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 05:48 PM

Stumbled upon this and thought I would chime in with my recent experience.  As background, I've ranged from a 5 to 9 handicap over the past 4-5 golf seasons, have a lowish (not super low) ballflight, and don't have any issues with being high spin.  Swing speed is about 108 with the driver.  In general, I've been a pretty good wind player and never thought much about the topic until this year.  

I played the B330S for 3-4 years before switching to the Srixon XV last year.  I made the change simply to try and reduce spin a bit on longer clubs, as I am not a straight driver of the golf ball.  I did not score well last year and decided to switch once again.  Obviously, it wasn't the golf balls' fault - was just thinking I'd switch it up.  I read up on Bridgestone's new offerings here on GolfWRX and decided to go with the Tour B XS.  I read some concerns re: wind performance but wasn't really a believer it would matter that much - especially considering I don't have major spin issues and tend to hold my own in the wind.

All that said, I wanted to share my results here given that the B330S and XV are mentioned many times.  I was also thinking many golfers may be looking at the new Bridgestone offerings just as I was.  It's finally been warm enough to golf here in Chicago, and I've gotten out on a couple of days with mild (10-20 mph) wind.  Here goes:

Bridgestone Tour B XS - I hate to say it, but for me this thing was TERRIBLE in the wind.  I like to curve the ball both ways off the tee and everything was noticeably exacerbated by this golf ball.  I hit similar shots with other balls (mostly the XV) and it was night and day.  To be honest, I didn't believe the ball mattered that much either (as some other posters have alluded to) before hitting this ball.  I regret not buying the standard Tour B X.  If anyone in the Chicago area wants to trade let me know :)

Srixon Z Star XV - Noticeably good performer in the wind.  After really paying attention against other balls (also including ProV1 and TP5) I'm comfortable saying that is a major strength of this golf ball.  I'm not saying it is definitely the best but am fairly certain it is darn close and worth considering if that is something that is important to you in a golf ball.  FWIW I thought the TP5 was solid too but I only have limited experience with it.

Bridgestone B330S - Going mostly off memory here but would put this in the middle.  In my experience it is similar to, but slightly better, than the ProV1.  Could just be my bias against ProV1.

Overall, I learned a bit through this experience.  First, don't buy 3 cases of a ball you've never hit lol.  Second, wind performance can differ materially.  If that matters to you be wary of the Tour B S.  I'll look to try the regular Tour B X and report back on that.  For now, I'm going back to the XV.

Edited by b3barron, 03 May 2018 - 09:16 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 07:50 PM

Like b3barron, I’ve had good success with the Srixon Z Star XV in the wind and any other Srixon offering.

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Posted 03 May 2018 - 07:56 PM

Drew Bledsoe's


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Posted 03 May 2018 - 09:00 PM

The larger the dimple the less "lift" and "spin";  the better it'll be in the wind !


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 03:27 PM

Tour BX is best in wind, b330 is great too.
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