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Summer 2018 - Your tournament golf ball this summer


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#31 yellowlover519

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 08:40 AM

View PostCTgolf, on 24 May 2018 - 05:13 AM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 23 May 2018 - 01:32 PM, said:

View PostCTgolf, on 23 May 2018 - 01:12 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 23 May 2018 - 10:14 AM, said:

View PostCTgolf, on 21 May 2018 - 10:31 AM, said:

Pro-V1/V1x

Other balls might be longer since his swing speed can't take advantage of compression, etc., but you can't really argue too much when your kid says "it gives me better feel around the greens"

A 7/8 year old doesn't even know what feel around greens is.  I don't care how old they are or how good they are, a 7/8 year old in no way shape or form should be using a ProV1.  Most amateur adults shouldn't be using a Prov1.  Titleist has done a great job of marketing.

You're probably right

Not a big difference in $ in the grand scheme of things (kids who hit it straight don't lose many balls); the happiness/$ ratio seems like a good value imho

Yeah, but if you were to switch to something like the Project A or Duo Urethane he would get the best of both world.  Longer ball, soft around the green with very good feel.

Itís very possible, but Iím not sure you can reason with a young kid about those types of things without sapping some of the joy out of playing the same ball as your heroes on TV

The reality is we are not trying to optimize every single aspect of game improvement at this stage; we still have a US Kids Tour Series (not even TS3) driver in the bag despite the fact that getting an OEM head with the right shaft could add 10-20 yards easily.  You can only make the switch once, so I am not sure whether adding the distance now vs later really matters as long as youíre still able to be competitive and win.

Kind of like Greg Rose talks about developing the overall athlete instead of early specialization and focusing on minor skills that might bring quicker success/results (long vs short-term focus): I see it as a marathon, not a sprint, and in the case of the ball, maxing out the happiness and excitement of emulating idols to develop a love for the game might be a better long term investment overall

I say play them if your kid is a fan.  Not like theyíre likely to lose them and they donít have the power to really scuff them unless they hit onto a cart path.


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Posted 27 May 2018 - 04:18 PM

View Posthangontight, on 18 May 2018 - 11:48 AM, said:

DuoSpin .  We switched from regular Duo (orange too - loves Clemson) at the beginning of year.  Good results - Didnt notice any difference in distance, but did notice more spin - Not a ton, but worth the switch.  Will be throwing in Duo U to compare.

Follow up- picked up some Duo Uís for on course comparison today (against the incumbent duoSpin).  We played a casual round- alternated balls and hit both from tee to green on several holes from same spots all the way in.  The short review:  no difference in distance off tee with Driver or FW metal.  DuoSpin was noticeably higher trajectory/steeper decent into greens SW-8.  7 and down couldnít tell difference.  The DuoSpin still grabs enough to hold greens well, and for now for him I believe the higher launch of the DuoSpin into greens trumps the higher spin of the DuoU.  He hit a ton of greens today so, no feedback on greenside shots.

Follow up- picked up some Duo Uís for on course comparison today (against the incumbent duoSpin).  We played a casual round- alternated balls and hit both from tee to green on several holes from same spots all the way in.  The short review:  no difference in distance off tee with Driver or FW metal.  DuoSpin was noticeably higher trajectory/steeper decent into greens SW-8.  7 and down couldnít tell difference.  The DuoSpin still grabs enough to hold greens well, and for now for him I believe the higher launch of the DuoSpin into greens trumps the higher spin of the DuoU.  He hit a ton of greens today so, no feedback on greenside shots.

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:08 AM

Haven't heard anyone mention the Bridgestone series yet.  I'd think the RX line might be a good fit for some of the juniors with higher swing speeds (relatively).

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:48 AM

View Postleezer99, on 31 May 2018 - 08:08 AM, said:

Haven't heard anyone mention the Bridgestone series yet.  I'd think the RX line might be a good fit for some of the juniors with higher swing speeds (relatively).

I have been thinking about buying a sleeve of them as well as a few others to try out.

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 02:28 PM

I don't play golf, so I get feedback from my 10 year old son.
Started out with Duo U, switched to Chrome soft as he tells me that the later actually feels softer.
The red on white pattern also saved his game from lost ball penalty so that's a big plus.

ProV1 - he says feels similar to Chrome soft in terms of feel.  My wallet doesn't agree with the high price tag.
ProV1x - feels very hard, doesn't like it.
Bridgestone B330** - feels very hard doesn't like it
AVX - felt fine, but no spin off mid iron.  Approach shots just rolls off of the green
NXT - I believe these were replaced by AVX.  Feels hard doesn't like it.  
Kirkland - feels hard.  doesn't like it.
TP5 - felt clicky with the putter.  doesn't like it.

Edited by mrshinsa, 31 May 2018 - 02:29 PM.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 05:41 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 31 May 2018 - 08:48 AM, said:

View Postleezer99, on 31 May 2018 - 08:08 AM, said:

Haven't heard anyone mention the Bridgestone series yet.  I'd think the RX line might be a good fit for some of the juniors with higher swing speeds (relatively).

I have been thinking about buying a sleeve of them as well as a few others to try out.

Four years or so ago My son got on the Bridgestone bandwagon with the B330 RX.  I think he was playing Titleist Velocity or NXT Tour before that.  He quickly switched to the B330 RXS as he felt they went about the same distance off the driver but was much better around the green.  He played those for quite a few years before going to the normal 330 S.  He only recently changed to the B XS ball.

I think the RX and RXS are outstanding balls for juniors - especially as you can get the 2014 model for around $22 a dozen!

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 05:43 PM

Used to play pro V's, but switched to Chrome Soft for the last several months.  Not sure it is the best ball for my son, but it has worked pretty well thus far.
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Posted Yesterday, 03:27 PM

So got my kid out for 9-holes on Father's Day I had him hit his regular ball the Wilson Duo , Wilson Duo Spin and Callaway Chrome Soft off the tee every hole and for approach shots.  Off the tee, the distance was the same for each ball over the course of the round. For pitch shots (typically P or SW) from 30-45 yards, the Chrome Soft had the best holding-the-green/spin.  All of this seat-of-the-pants feeling and highly unscientific. Given the Urethane on the Chrome Soft, I guess you would expect that it could potentially have the most spin.

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Posted Yesterday, 04:48 PM

View Postwildcatden, on 18 June 2018 - 03:27 PM, said:

So got my kid out for 9-holes on Father's Day I had him hit his regular ball the Wilson Duo , Wilson Duo Spin and Callaway Chrome Soft off the tee every hole and for approach shots.  Off the tee, the distance was the same for each ball over the course of the round. For pitch shots (typically P or SW) from 30-45 yards, the Chrome Soft had the best holding-the-green/spin.  All of this seat-of-the-pants feeling and highly unscientific. Given the Urethane on the Chrome Soft, I guess you would expect that it could potentially have the most spin.

Did you try the Duo U?  weíve been going back-and-forth between the Duo U and the chrome soft for a couple weeks now . He loves the cool look of the CS Truvis (soccer ball pattern) , esp the Stars and Stripes one, but he plays better  with the Duo U- higher launch off irons , softer around the green (he has always played Duo- first the Duo, then Duo Spin, I think that soft cushy feel is familiar), and same if not more spin than CS, especially a fresh one right from the box.

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Posted Yesterday, 04:59 PM

View Posthangontight, on 18 June 2018 - 04:48 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 18 June 2018 - 03:27 PM, said:

So got my kid out for 9-holes on Father's Day I had him hit his regular ball the Wilson Duo , Wilson Duo Spin and Callaway Chrome Soft off the tee every hole and for approach shots.  Off the tee, the distance was the same for each ball over the course of the round. For pitch shots (typically P or SW) from 30-45 yards, the Chrome Soft had the best holding-the-green/spin.  All of this seat-of-the-pants feeling and highly unscientific. Given the Urethane on the Chrome Soft, I guess you would expect that it could potentially have the most spin.

Did you try the Duo U?  we've been going back-and-forth between the Duo U and the chrome soft for a couple weeks now . He loves the cool look of the CS Truvis (soccer ball pattern) , esp the Stars and Stripes one, but he plays better  with the Duo U- higher launch off irons , softer around the green (he has always played Duo- first the Duo, then Duo Spin, I think that soft cushy feel is familiar), and same if not more spin than CS, especially a fresh one right from the box.

No, didn't have a Duo U handy.  I got the Duo Spin and the Chrome Soft balls at a vendor sponsored scramble tournament last week. I am definitely interested in trying out the Duo U still. I'm getting the feeling it will be similar enough to the Chrome Soft.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:23 PM

I'll add this to the mix. My daughter pushing 8 has no business playing some of these balls but they were given to her. Hit a prov1, duo 29, AVX. All three were the same distance with in yards of each other. AVX might have been the longest. Around the green you could tell the AVX/Prov1 had the best check and spin. Same on par 3 shots.  Interesting to see, granted I know for a fact she can't compress these balls but interesting to see the distance drop off isn't what I thought it would be.

More testing to come with Duo -u and project a, even the titleist tour soft but she loves any ball with the word titleist on it go figure. I blame her coach for giving her some sample balls.

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