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#1 DublAK2

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:00 PM

High handicapper here that hits the ball fairly far, albeit in the wrong directions.I learned a golf swing five years ago and since then my play has been casual at best, but this year I want to invest in golf a bit more. I'm on the other side of 30 now and my real sporting days are fading.

I know that buying the 3, 4, 5 piece ball is a waste of $ for me because I know that before long the ball is ending up in the drink. I don't know how to shape shots (on purpose). I just want to hit the tiny sphere straight.

I've done a little research I've learned that the "premium" two piece balls cost in the ballpark of $19-22. I also know that I can buy a bag of 25 Wilsons for $10 at Walmart. Also somewhere in the middle there is Nitro, Strata, and Noodle.

My question is what exactly is the difference in materials/quality between varying two piece balls if they are all made out of one rubber core layer with an ionomer cover. I have a Nitro Blaster at home that I putt around with on the carpet and I do notice that it feels/sounds cheap but why?


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:34 PM

Biggest difference will be cover hardness but even then the difference is minimal vs comparing to urethane. Just pick the one that feels best.

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:26 PM

Look online for premium PRACTICE balls, many times they've only been hit once or twice and are in AAAA/AAAAA grade. I buy NXT Tour-S balls this way and get them for less than 50cents a ball. Even tour balls are insanely cheap using this method. They are perfectly acceptable for tournament play and are every bit as good as their retail counterpart, so long as the printed word 'Practice', on the ball, doesn't visually offend you.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:46 PM

 DublAK2, on 19 April 2018 - 07:00 PM, said:

High handicapper here that hits the ball fairly far, albeit in the wrong directions.I learned a golf swing five years ago and since then my play has been casual at best, but this year I want to invest in golf a bit more. I'm on the other side of 30 now and my real sporting days are fading.

I know that buying the 3, 4, 5 piece ball is a waste of $ for me because I know that before long the ball is ending up in the drink. I don't know how to shape shots (on purpose). I just want to hit the tiny sphere straight.

I've done a little research I've learned that the "premium" two piece balls cost in the ballpark of $19-22. I also know that I can buy a bag of 25 Wilsons for $10 at Walmart. Also somewhere in the middle there is Nitro, Strata, and Noodle.

My question is what exactly is the difference in materials/quality between varying two piece balls if they are all made out of one rubber core layer with an ionomer cover. I have a Nitro Blaster at home that I putt around with on the carpet and I do notice that it feels/sounds cheap but why?

Not only are cores of the balls different sizes with different matterials, but the covers are also made at differing thickness and firmness. Combine this with the effects of different dimple patterns, you can end up with balls that feel and perform vastly different.

Take a distance ball like the new Titleist Velocity. It now has a slightly softer core but a firmer cover. These things combine to reduce spin and increase distance. But a ball like the Nitro distance ball uses a firm core and a fairly thick and firm cover. Both balls might be "long", but do so with a completely different feel.
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Posted 19 April 2018 - 11:54 PM

Yeah like A.Princey said, look for high grade used golf balls 4A or 5A and try a few different models.  I have played the Chrome SuperSoft, Srixon Soft Feel, Wilson Duo and they all seem like decent balls.  You can check places online that sell used ones like golfballsdirect as well as Ebay and others to find some great deals and even consider trying a dozen of some three or four piece ones just to try out.


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Posted 20 April 2018 - 06:05 AM

OP, stick with Wilson 50s. Best bang for the buck out there for 2 piecers.
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Posted 20 April 2018 - 08:14 AM

I've read a couple articles on used balls getting water logged and then resulting distances are unpredictable. I've got enough variables in my game as is. Is there a way to know if a used ball has been found in a pond or not? I don't really care if it's been whacked around for a few rounds as long as it stayed dry.

I'm looking for balls with less spin than the multi piece balls so that my hooks and slices are kept to a minimum, but I don't want it to feel like that Nitro Blaster when I putt it. Ironically I bought a box of Bridgestone e6 soft which I know is 3 piece, but the box said it's designed to keep it straight, not spinny. It feels very nice, but I think the price point is a little much for me to keep buying those. They're nearly $30.

I also putt around a Callaway Supersoft on the carpet. Though it feels nicer than the Nitro, sometimes I think it feels too soft like a ping pong ball or something.

Any low spinning, soft putting, two piecers out there for recommendation? Are the pricier Noodles any good?

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 08:30 AM

Wilson 50 elite is a good ball. And its only $12.99

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 08:38 AM

If you are looking for a good lower priced ball every thursday dicks(Or so it has been for the last month or so), online has been having topflite gamers on sale bogo. So it comes out to $7.50 per dozen for in my opinion a really good ball.

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 10:32 AM

For my game the the 3 piece Gamer Soft and the e/6 feel and play exactly the same.  The Gamer Soft is about half the price and is long and straight and good on the greens and losing a few is not a big deal from a cost point of view.   According to those that know more than myself the extra mantle provides a little better holding capability on the green.  If you want a 2 piece low compression ball that is very good on the green I would recommend the DT Trusoft and is you want one that is long, straight, and rolls out the Maxfli Softfli is a good choice.  Have fun!


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Posted 20 April 2018 - 01:16 PM

Try the Snell “Get Sum” 2-piece.  Great ball and $22 a dozen.  Cheaper if you buy the value pack.

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 01:29 PM

Never tried, but isn't the Vice Drive $10.95 a doz and a 2-piece? (that's if you get 5doz). Anyone play this?
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Posted 20 April 2018 - 02:40 PM

As noted above, cover hardness will be different, but not hugely different between 2 piece balls.  Overall compression will be different, causing some balls to feel soft and mushy and some hard as a rock, and others in between.  Trajectory will be different, with some designed to fly higher than others, which may help you, or might cause balls to balloon up and lose distance, depending on your swing speed.

Yes, the noodle is a good ball for what you are looking for.

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 04:00 PM

 Pawtucket, on 20 April 2018 - 01:29 PM, said:

Never tried, but isn't the Vice Drive $10.95 a doz and a 2-piece? (that's if you get 5doz). Anyone play this?
Get Sum is $85 for 6 dozen.

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 10:08 PM

 DublAK2, on 20 April 2018 - 08:14 AM, said:

I've read a couple articles on used balls getting water logged and then resulting distances are unpredictable. I've got enough variables in my game as is. Is there a way to know if a used ball has been found in a pond or not? I don't really care if it's been whacked around for a few rounds as long as it stayed dry.

I'm looking for balls with less spin than the multi piece balls so that my hooks and slices are kept to a minimum, but I don't want it to feel like that Nitro Blaster when I putt it. Ironically I bought a box of Bridgestone e6 soft which I know is 3 piece, but the box said it's designed to keep it straight, not spinny. It feels very nice, but I think the price point is a little much for me to keep buying those. They're nearly $30.

I also putt around a Callaway Supersoft on the carpet. Though it feels nicer than the Nitro, sometimes I think it feels too soft like a ping pong ball or something.

Any low spinning, soft putting, two piecers out there for recommendation? Are the pricier Noodles any good?

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 10:29 PM

Srixon Soft Feel can usually be had for $29.99 for 24 balls I think.  

   Also Costco usually has Callaways for 4 dozen for $59..99
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Posted 21 April 2018 - 12:37 AM

The TF D2 Feel is IMO one of the best 2 piece balls out there.  The fact you can get 30 for $25 is even better.  I play this ball 6+ months of the year.

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 02:17 PM

Appreciate all the info and recs. I look into all of them (on company time). What's the difference between a Wilson 50 elite and a Wilson Duo? Seem fairly similer

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 03:49 PM

 DublAK2, on 23 April 2018 - 02:17 PM, said:

Appreciate all the info and recs. I look into all of them (on company time). What's the difference between a Wilson 50 elite and a Wilson Duo? Seem fairly similer

Wilson Duo is 29 compression. It feels very soft
Wilson 50 elite is 50 compression.So its soft, but not as soft

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 03:28 PM

I find the wilson 29 compression balls to be way too soft. Distance loss on drives, ball seems to fall out of the sky. I'm around a 100mph swing speed on driver. The 50 elites are money for me if I'm playing a 2 piece ball.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 12:24 PM

Lots of great info in this thread. Thanks!

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 12:39 PM

 DublAK2, on 23 April 2018 - 02:17 PM, said:

Appreciate all the info and recs. I look into all of them (on company time). What's the difference between a Wilson 50 elite and a Wilson Duo? Seem fairly similer

Try different balls and see if you prefer hard/mid/soft feel.  Then you could easily narrow down the option.

My go 2pc ball is Pinnacle Soft(ps).  Long & soft.  It was sold for 50% off msrp @ dsg. Ladie's PS (white with pink number) has the same performance too.  Plus, nobody will pick up your ball.
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Posted 26 April 2018 - 07:20 AM

 DublAK2, on 19 April 2018 - 07:00 PM, said:

High handicapper here that hits the ball fairly far, albeit in the wrong directions.I learned a golf swing five years ago and since then my play has been casual at best, but this year I want to invest in golf a bit more. I'm on the other side of 30 now and my real sporting days are fading.

I know that buying the 3, 4, 5 piece ball is a waste of $ for me because I know that before long the ball is ending up in the drink. I don't know how to shape shots (on purpose). I just want to hit the tiny sphere straight.

I've done a little research I've learned that the "premium" two piece balls cost in the ballpark of $19-22. I also know that I can buy a bag of 25 Wilsons for $10 at Walmart. Also somewhere in the middle there is Nitro, Strata, and Noodle.

My question is what exactly is the difference in materials/quality between varying two piece balls if they are all made out of one rubber core layer with an ionomer cover. I have a Nitro Blaster at home that I putt around with on the carpet and I do notice that it feels/sounds cheap but why?

For a two piece ball, I'd recommend Bridgestone Extra Soft. You may have to buy them on line. They come in yellow too. They're soft. But, I believe their compression is in the 50's. So, not too mushy. In my opinion, the gamersoft should be what you're looking for. It is 3 piece ball with great feel and cheap. Dick's has the flash sales on Thursdays or they always run two fers and on Black Friday, they are bogo. D2 feels are ok, a bit firm for my liking. With DSG, you can buy them on line and pick them up at the store with no shipping charge.

Since, you are a Walmart shopper. I just picked up the Wilson Duo Spin prior gen for 13.00. It was in their clearance section away from the golf balls. They are similar to the gamersoft. 3 piece and they have an even lower compression.

My Academy Sports has a clearance section, they have the 50 elites for 10 bucks.

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 09:31 PM

 DublAK2, on 19 April 2018 - 07:00 PM, said:

High handicapper here that hits the ball fairly far, albeit in the wrong directions.I learned a golf swing five years ago and since then my play has been casual at best, but this year I want to invest in golf a bit more. I'm on the other side of 30 now and my real sporting days are fading.

I know that buying the 3, 4, 5 piece ball is a waste of $ for me because I know that before long the ball is ending up in the drink. I don't know how to shape shots (on purpose). I just want to hit the tiny sphere straight.

I've done a little research I've learned that the "premium" two piece balls cost in the ballpark of $19-22. I also know that I can buy a bag of 25 Wilsons for $10 at Walmart. Also somewhere in the middle there is Nitro, Strata, and Noodle.

My question is what exactly is the difference in materials/quality between varying two piece balls if they are all made out of one rubber core layer with an ionomer cover. I have a Nitro Blaster at home that I putt around with on the carpet and I do notice that it feels/sounds cheap but why?
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I've heard good things about the Noodles. I like the 2-piece Snell Get Sum. Isn't the Titleist Velocity a 2-piece? That's a very good ball for us weekend warriors.
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Posted 27 April 2018 - 02:20 AM

The Q Star is kind of unique in this category as it has the attributes of a soft 2 piece but with the addition of the spin skin you get a little but extra spin in the short game.

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 04:21 PM

If you're not too concerned about any particular ball or brand, go used.  I buy balls from a local guy who has all kinds of balls for sale, most of them without a scuff or mark on them.  Still bright, shiny and white or yellow like they just rolled out of the sleeve.   Most weekend duffers can't play more than a few holes without losing a ball which is why a lot of found balls are in great condition.  I just picked up 60 balls, including 48 B330's and a handful of Chrome Softs and QStars for $30.  You can find these guys on Kijiji or Craigslist or whatever your local online classifieds are.  Big box stores like Walmart and Canadian Tire will sell bags and plastic containers of used balls very cheap as well.   In new balls there are still lots of brands to be had for $12-20.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 05:28 PM

So based on a little research and the right price. I went with the Maxfli Softfli mainly because it was two piece, I wanted to try a "soft" ball that wasn't the Callaway supersoft, and it was two dozen for $30. Anyone have any experience with this particular ball?

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 08:32 PM

 DublAK2, on 13 May 2018 - 05:28 PM, said:

So based on a little research and the right price. I went with the Maxfli Softfli mainly because it was two piece, I wanted to try a "soft" ball that wasn't the Callaway supersoft, and it was two dozen for $30. Anyone have any experience with this particular ball?

For me, Softfli is a bit too soft, 35 compression I believe. But, they do have some amazing colors to choose from in their latest model. The green looks awesome. Also, they are long and straight too. So, not a bad purchase. You might like a very soft ball. I like a mid soft 3 piece, like Gamer Soft or Wilson Spin. Compression is still on the lower side, with a little more firmness to it.

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