I play about 6-10 times a month, mostly 9 holes as I usually get a 3 hour window to get golf in a couple times a week. I have been playing golf again since last spring. I played in High School but never really played much after that. I hate being bad at anything so I have kind of put myself into getting down to being a respectable golfer. Started off last year around a 15 and coming up next revision I'll be a 7.7. 3 Things I need to work on are 1) Course Managment 2) overall consistency 3) short pitches (40-90 yards). I am a pretty decent driver of the golf ball and a streaky but good putter. Swing speed is probably 115-120 depending on how hard i go at it. I made the switch to one length and am playing all one length clubs aside from Driver and 3 wood.
First Impressions in the basement. Man this feels/sounds soft for a two piece ball.
Putts seemed to be slightly hotter with the tour soft than the chrome soft | ProV1 | Vice Pro Plus |.
15 foot chips in the basement checked up slightly less than the the chrome soft and ProV1 and about the same as the Vice.
I do a test where i bounce the ball off the center of my driver and compare the sounds. By far and away the sound of the Tour Soft was much more muted than the other ball. It really was a noticeable margin which I found interesting.
I am really looking forward to putting it through its paces on Monday. Going to play a full 9 and then do some putting green and chipping/pitching with it.
Update #1 First time on Course
I wound up playing yesterday and only put a sleeve of balls into my bag with nothing else. Committed to the full round with the Tour Softs.
"How the heck is this a 2 Piece ball?"
Using arccos data from a round I played last week compared to this round for driver distance
Driver Distance was about the same, but that really awesome muted sound I heard in the basement transferred to the driver on the course and I loved it. (Combined with my Epic SZ it was like a wooden baseball bat... swoon)
3 Wood: I hit a couple of fantastic 3 woods that put me in scoring position both times. Great ball flight and it laded super soft.
Long irons: especially my hybrid had really nice trajectory. Not much roll off the tee but that was condition based (I'm in PacNW so its soggy all the time)
Mid Irons: Some good hop and stops
Short Irons: Again, pretty respectable hop and stops, but nothing compared to premium balls.
Pitches: I struggle with these so on the good ones got some decent check action but slightly less than other premium balls I play. It did feel a little firm with the pitches.
Putts: Basement putting had me thinking it was a bit hotter of a ball off the putter, I actually think it helped me a little as my usual miss is slightly short. Still seemed slightly hotter off the face. Feel was pretty soft, but not super soft. It sounded soft off the putter which was strange because it didn't feel as soft as it sounded.
After round 1 I am really willing to give these another shot and will probably play it side by side with my Chrome soft in a 2 ball challenge and will report back with the resuts
Update #2 The challenge vs the Chrome Soft
Only had a chance to play 2 holes but I wound hitting 3 balls on each hole (3 Tour softs and 3 Chrome Softs)
Honestly with the longer shots (Drives/Woods/Long Irons) the balls perform pretty similar and the differences are kind of due to margin of error on my swing and not the ball.
On the second hole I hit into a pretty decent headwind and both balls flew longer than i would have expected. I hit probably two shots as close to the same and the chrome soft had a slight draw and the tour soft went pretty straight. This was the result.
Both balls landed within a yard of their ball mark. On balance the Chrome Soft was a tiny bit longer from the 6 tee shots i hit with each ball, but not by much and not enough to draw any conclusions.
The biggest difference was pitch shots and how much more the tour soft rolled out vs the chrome soft. It is a noticeable difference and wound up affecting sand and short pitches as I kept finding myself unsure of how hard/soft to hit them with the Tour Soft.
This concern is something that can easily be rectified with some consistent use of the ball, but to be honest as a direct competitor to balls that have the urethane cover its an issue.
Other thing of note. There has been zero scuffing on any of my Tour Soft balls since i put them in play. The one gamer ball is going on 21 holes and looks new.
Edited by grew, 11 April 2018 - 12:23 PM.