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#1 SSS809

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 10:14 AM

I'm a female golfer with a swing speed of 70.  Last summer I was constantly playing different balls; Super Soft, NXT Tour S, Q Star Tour, you name it. I find that the softer golf balls annoy me.  I don't think I drive as far with them and I think they feel strange off the putter.  This season I want to find a ball that I like and stick with it.  I have done a couple online ball fittings, but they always want to recommend a women's ball for female golfers, even if that particular ball might not be suited best for the golfer.  Hopefully that makes sense.  

I did like Q Star Tour, but was curious what suggestions you might have.

It's still cold and yucky where I live, so I won't be able to test anything for a while, bummer.

Thanks


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Posted 05 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

I have a swing speed of 85-88 and like the feel of the lower compression balls and the one I have tried that has the most click is the DT Trusoft which you may like.  For my swing I get a bit more distance from the lower compression balls compared to a ball like the Gamer, NXT, or old e6, but they may work better for you.

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 01:46 PM

If you like the Q star tour, but think it is a little too soft, you could try the regular Z star, which to me feels a bit firmer.  I'm not sure if it'll work better for you off of the tee, but you will likely get more spin around the greens with the Z star.
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 05:50 PM

What do you think your strength/weakness is?  I think choosing a ball off of here is no better than those online ball fittings, you need to go try them out. See if there isnít a indoor fitting studio nearby where you could test some balls in a launch monitor to see how your swing vs their design affects the launch and spin of various golf balls. I also donít think that you should be afraid of a harder ball like a Pro V1X, give it a try and see what happens.
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 07:14 PM

Agree with the DT Trusoft. I have played many high end balls and for me the Trusoft performs just as well.


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 07:42 AM

Personally like the DTs vs. Q-Star, but sounds like OP wants something a bit 'clicker'?! Maybe start looking at some urethane cover balls? Snell, ProV, BRX/S for starters?! ;)
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 07:56 AM

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I'd grab some Z Stars and see how you like them.  Bridgestone B330RX's, previous generation, are all over ebay for about $25/dozen or less too.  There is no good reason to pay more than $25dozen for balls these days unless you have strong biases.
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 09:56 AM

Must try ball is the B330 RXS or the replacement Tour B RXS. Also recommend trying the Project (a).
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:13 AM

If you have a Dunhams around you, you can find Nike RZN Platinum Practice balls for 15.00 a dozen or less. These are premium Tour Level balls with the only defect being the "Practice" stamped on them. They are none too soft and I find them to be the best value for performance ball I've ever seen. To me they are very good at every phase of the game. 85ish compression IIRC.

Another option might be the Project(a) from TM. I've found these balls to have the most short game spin of any ball that I've played. They also aren't a marshmelllow. At 70ish compression they are slightly softer but nothing like some of the ultra low compression balls out there. Price is reasonable for a Tour Level constructed ball that's built more for amateurs and their swing speeds.

Final recommend, and you may sense a theme here, Top Flite Gamer Tour. These are almost always 2/30.00 at Dicks, same price as the RZN Platinum Practice. To me they feel almost the same as them as well. If I were to hit the two blind I don't think I could tell the difference, although on a LM I find they spin a little less (a couple hundred RPM's) when you want the spin in the short game and about 100 more when you don't off the tee. So basically the only time you'll even see the difference is is on a monitor and a 20 shot side by side comparison. My individual swings vary more than these amounts.

Three premium balls that should suit what you are looking for in feel without sacrificing performance for your swing. I play a lot of golf with my dad and stepdad (not at the same time!) and they're both mid 60's age. They both hit low draws and struggle to hold greens with full short irons. Less than full shots they would typically run them up. As I started to understand how balls perform I eventually talked them into trying something more suited for their game than whatever junk balls they would pick up cheap. Is a Urethane ball magic? No. Do they have a better chance of holding the green when they have to fly a bunker from 50 yards out? Absolutely. I've also found that unless you're in love with a particular ball, you can play a very good to great ball for 20-35 less than the number 1 ball on tour. I'm not a scratch or plus golfer anymore so take that into account with my opinion, but even when I was there wasn't enough of a difference among good balls and great balls to justify the price. If maybe 1/10th of a stroke can make the difference in earning 500k or more, spring for it. If you're playing for an ice cream cone at most, I'd recommend something with 99% of the performance for 30-60% of the price.

Good luck in your quest!

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 07:01 PM

Try the Callaway superhot 70 2 piece ball. High trajectory, sold as a bakers dozen for 25.00


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:04 PM

You kind of like Q Star Tour - perhaps, look at similar 3 piece urethane balls. Volvik Vibe, Project A, Cut Grey, MTB black. If you'd like to go a little cheaper, GamerSoft. Soft name. But, a medium feel.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:59 PM

Every so often, you can find some Nike RZN Tour Blacks. I personally think these are some of the best golfs that you can still buy now and are cheapish for the price. They are firm and fly far. Not to mention, they feel great off the putter and give great response on the shorter shots with wedges as well. If you can source them, jump on them.

Other than that, in terms of a good firm ball, Cut Blue is good, CSX, Vice Pro+, TP5x, etc. etc. Give them all a try.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:33 AM

I'll second the give them all a try.

The caveat I'll throw in is whatever the career round is played with will feel like ball #1. That speaks to one thing only, there just isn't that much difference in them. My best round ever played I bought a Callaway Logo ball for 2.00 from the counter prior to the round. I have no idea which one it was. The fact I played all 18 holes with it means a lot to my game. Spray and pray.

Not losing it probably had more to do with my score than the ball itself. From crappy ball to a fitted to your game Tour Level ball, I doubt there is a 1 stroke difference for even plus golfers. The less you spin irons and half wedges the more it matters. I can back up a rock hard 2pc distance ball so it matters a lot less to me than others. But still I feel compelled to hit the best ball I can find.

Interestingly I hit a few side by some on an About Golf sim not long ago. The bottom barrel 2pc distance ball was actually best for me from the tee. I hit it 10 yards more with the same strike as a Urethane ball. It didn't balloon as so many of them so for me. Irons averaged about 1k more spin. Driver was actually better with the 2pc. Spin was better (low) as was carry and total distance.

It's all a tradeoof. What do you want for your game? I'd prefer to know my shots stop quickly.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:53 PM

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