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#1 Ace2000

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 11:49 AM

Here in the Midwest, it is lucky to have a day in the mid-50s this time of year... so, the quest to find the perfect fall/winter/early spring ball is on!

I absolutely love both the Z-Star and TP5X (check this thread out for how I settled on them: http://www.golfwrx.c...g-2017-edition/ ) but do not want to be spending $40-45 per dozen for rounds which a) will not be handicap-able and b) will be played in cold weather. My budget is $30/dozen or (preferably) less.

SS: 101-105 driver

The options I'm considering:

Srixon Q-Star Tour: $30/dz (performed well in the test above but do not seem to spin incredibly well around the greens compared to Z-Star and lost slight distance in hotter conditions - but might suit 40-50* temps nicely)

Maxfli U/Fli Soft: $25/dz (have never hit before but seem like they could be a good option)

Maxfli U/Fli Speed: $25/dz (have never hit but could be a good option if U/Fli Soft is too soft for me)


I also have some Volvik Vivid's (which I'll use occasionally this winter- but they don't spin much and I want a urethane option if I so desire that day)


Any other options I should consider which meet the criteria? Or am I overthinking this? :swoon:

Edited by Ace2000, 10 November 2017 - 04:44 PM.

DRIVER - Cobra Bio Cell+ 10.5*D, Matrix Red Tie 6Q3, stiff, SuperStroke S-Tech grip
3 WOOD - Tour Edge Exotics E8 Beta 15*, Aldila Rogue Silver 70, stiff, Lamkin Exotics grip
4 WOOD - Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta 16.5*, Matrix Red Tie 6Q3, regular, Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip

3 IRON - Air Force One AFX Pro, Apollo Steel, stiff, stock grip
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#2 Mtngolfer1

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:03 PM

I tend to like a lower compression ball with some added spin when conditions are cooler with firmer  fairways and greens, I still tend to get some good roll in the fairway but I have added stopping power on the green. I found the Bridgestone B330RXS to be  a very good ball in these conditions.  On a total budget approach the Wilson elite 50 is a very decent ball for a $12.00 dozen price tag. It wont have the stopping power but I tend to launch it higher andplay it for it a minimal roll into the green.

Edited by Mtngolfer1, 10 November 2017 - 12:13 PM.


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 12:55 PM

I really like the U/6 Tour Soft.  I feel it does everything very well.  it is the softest of the U/6 line, yet is no Supersoft.  I find it to be slightly clicky off the putter and on short chips (personally I like the feedback) yet soft off of the irons.  The price cannot be beat when they are running the 2 for 1 deal, which they do frequently.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 02:06 PM

Last year I pretty much played the pink Callaway Supersofts.

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:34 PM

http://www.golfwrx.c...22-winter-ball/

Taylormade M2 ('17) 11* Fujikura Speeder XLR8 Pro 63
Taylormade M1 ('17) 3HL 17* Aldila Rogue Silver 70
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:41 PM

View PostAvgjoeTheDuffer, on 10 November 2017 - 12:55 PM, said:

I really like the U/6 Tour Soft.  I feel it does everything very well.  it is the softest of the U/6 line, yet is no Supersoft.  I find it to be slightly clicky off the putter and on short chips (personally I like the feedback) yet soft off of the irons.  The price cannot be beat when they are running the 2 for 1 deal, which they do frequently.
I'll second this because I've already made my decision and loaded up.  Where else can you find a urethane multi layer ball for $17.50 a dozen?  It's a really good ball.  Several guys at my club (including myself) were playing it this fall.  The U6X feels pretty hard but the other two balls are great for the price.  I have plenty on hand to get me through the winter now.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 01:15 AM

I like Wilson 50 Elites a lot during the fall/winter season.  There are quite a few inexpensive 2 piece balls out there that are excellent for this time of year.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:51 AM

Urethane seems like overkill in the Winter.  The greens are either soft and receptive to any ball or frozen and will bounce any ball off.

Wilson Duos + a hand warmer are the way to go.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 11:13 AM

View Postlspky_muskie, on 12 November 2017 - 10:51 AM, said:

Urethane seems like overkill in the Winter.  The greens are either soft and receptive to any ball or frozen and will bounce any ball off.

Wilson Duos + a hand warmer are the way to go.

I have to agree with Urethane being over kill in the winter. Greens are either have a very soft top layer (Sun warming the top layer of a frozen green) or they are frozen and all balls bounce off. I usually switch the Bridgestone TreoSoft in the winter. I can usually get them for a great deal, and with all the leafs and debris, you can lose balls easily. I just soon not look for an expensive ball. I usually play with 3 balls, and keep two in my pocket and rotate them out to keep from playing a totally frozen ball.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 06:51 PM

I played the 50 Elite yellow today and it wasn't bad. I've had a left to right ball flight all season when I used B330s and Taylormade TP but today I was hitting it straight or a nice draw.

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