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Mid-Handicappers: What Ball Do You Play?


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#1 EZCUSE

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 02:17 PM

I love trying out new balls.

With that said, I try to keep a dozen under $30 USD.

Right now I play the Project (a) and I like them. They are a great price point at $27 USD on Amazon.

I am unwilling to step to a tour ball (Pro V1, Chomesoft) because I lose about 2-3 balls a round and it's just throwing my money down the drain.

I've played NXT Tour S, Q Star Tour, Snell MTB.  

I like a softer ball but can't be too soft due to my swing speed. I would choose accuracy/feel over distance any day.

Any recommendation of balls I should try out?


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#2 Double Gee

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 02:20 PM

Without question, the Wilson Zip. Very soft feel, enough spin around the green to check a ball, lasts well and around 75% cheaper than the premium offerings.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 02:44 PM

On Thursdays, last year's Chrome soft can be had for $28 on Dicks website. A few others in your price point I would look into are:

Wilson FG Tour ($30 budgetgolf), MG C4 ($20, plays almost identical to ProV), and the Maxfli Ufli series.

Vice is the best deal on balls if you don't mind buying 5dz at a time. $25 a dozen if you buy 5.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:19 PM

Thanks for the replies. Not trying to buy 5-dozen balls so the Vice are out.

The FG Tour's seem like they could work.

Anyone else have any other recommendations>?

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:25 PM

Besides the Chrome Soft which is my choice, others that I have played and liked are the Z-Star, Z-Star XV and the Bridgestone B330-RX.  All of these can be had for cheaper if you shop the used sites like Golfballsdirect.com and buy them in a 4A or 5A condition!


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Posted 21 May 2018 - 04:49 PM

View Posttheedge27, on 21 May 2018 - 02:44 PM, said:

On Thursdays, last year's Chrome soft can be had for $28 on Dicks website. A few others in your price point I would look into are:

Wilson FG Tour ($30 budgetgolf), MG C4 ($20, plays almost identical to ProV), and the Maxfli Ufli series.

Vice is the best deal on balls if you don't mind buying 5dz at a time. $25 a dozen if you buy 5.

Yup 2017 Chromesofts on Dicks for $29. I've been playing the Chromesoft X recently and really like it.

You might be interested in CUT balls at $20 a dozen https://www.cutgolfco.com/shop/

Kirkland Balls if you are a member

Edited by pappaf2, 21 May 2018 - 04:49 PM.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 05:09 PM

I am zeroing in on the 3 piece low priced balls. Gamersoft, and Wilson Spin. The Spin can be had for 10 a dozen in store at Academy Sports.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 07:13 PM

Been playing the both the Q Star and Q Star Tour lately.
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 07:21 PM

Project a for me but still contemplating switching to chromesoft. I found the 2018 project a spin less off the driver which is keeping me leaning that way. I don't have an official handicap but usually shoot high 80s low 90s
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 07:45 PM

If I could settle on a single option I'd toss a firm suggestion but so far this year I've used -------- Project (a), Bridgestone B330RXS (used), Bridgestone e6 soft, Cut Grey, Srixon Q-Star & Snell Get Sum.

The used were just more of a trial --------- have a tough time thinking I could use them full time (big time mental thing with me)

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:17 PM

View Postwkndhack, on 21 May 2018 - 07:13 PM, said:

Been playing the both the Q Star and Q Star Tour lately.

After going back and forth between QST, rxs, and both zstars I think I've finally settled on the QST. Think it's the beat all around ball at a reasonable price

Edited by Phil_I_am 84, 21 May 2018 - 08:17 PM.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:39 PM

View PostPhil_I_am 84, on 21 May 2018 - 08:17 PM, said:

View Postwkndhack, on 21 May 2018 - 07:13 PM, said:

Been playing the both the Q Star and Q Star Tour lately.

After going back and forth between QST, rxs, and both zstars I think I've finally settled on the QST. Think it's the beat all around ball at a reasonable price

For whatever reason just couldn't get a good feel for them.........have a dozen I'll likely never use
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:04 PM

Titleist velocity
Callaway XR Pro 9.5
Titleist 915 F2 15
Titleist 913F 19
Mizuno MP 57
Mizuno T7 50
Mizuno T7 55
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 09:14 PM

I think the Callaway Super Soft is a really good ball for a reasonable price....
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Posted 21 May 2018 - 11:25 PM

Vice Pro. They have every flavor you want, except a durable soft. The Pro Soft’s matte finish never stays clean, and gets banged up a touch more.

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 11:44 PM

2018 TM Project A. Everything you could want in a ball. 15 packs at Carl’s for $32.99.
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Posted 22 May 2018 - 12:00 AM

Callaway Hex Chrome $21.99/dozen
https://www.mggolf.c...away-hexchrome/

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 08:09 AM

Titleist DT Tru Softs are great! They feel a little funny at first, but they’re great bang for your buck!

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 08:17 AM

I would second the TruSofts and also include the Gamer Softs and e/6 Soft.  That being said I have a dozen Duo U's and 2 dozen KSigs to try out this year and do like some of the moderate spinning urethene balls like the old U/3.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 09:40 AM

View PostNJpatbee, on 22 May 2018 - 08:17 AM, said:

I would second the TruSofts and also include the Gamer Softs and e/6 Soft.  That being said I have a dozen Duo U's and 2 dozen KSigs to try out this year and do like some of the moderate spinning urethene balls like the old U/3.

I like the e6 soft but how would you or anybody that's played both compare them against each other?

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 09:42 AM

View PostEZCUSE, on 21 May 2018 - 02:17 PM, said:

I love trying out new balls.

With that said, I try to keep a dozen under $30 USD.

Right now I play the Project (a) and I like them. They are a great price point at $27 USD on Amazon.

I am unwilling to step to a tour ball (Pro V1, Chomesoft) because I lose about 2-3 balls a round and it's just throwing my money down the drain.

I've played NXT Tour S, Q Star Tour, Snell MTB.  

I like a softer ball but can't be too soft due to my swing speed. I would choose accuracy/feel over distance any day.

Any recommendation of balls I should try out?
We sound similar. For a long time I played the Project a. I've since played the Snell MTB Black, Snell Get Sum, and Srixon Q XV. I really like all of them. Just ordered some more Get Sums. I think this ball is overlooked, probably since it's not a urethane ball. But, I have shot my lowest scores with it as a mid-handicapper. I also pay attention to price...

Edited by BeerPerHole, 22 May 2018 - 09:44 AM.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 10:19 AM

The best bang for the buck for me has been the QStar Tour.  Great feel, predictable around the greens, and most of all 29.99 a dozen.
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Posted 22 May 2018 - 10:20 AM

KSig. They just can't be beat for the price and have nice spin around the greens at least with my swing.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 10:59 AM

QST, scored 5 dozen for $84.  Hard to beat that and I haven't noticed much difference vs. Z Star.
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Posted 22 May 2018 - 11:18 AM

View PostEZCUSE, on 21 May 2018 - 02:17 PM, said:

I love trying out new balls.

With that said, I try to keep a dozen under $30 USD.

Right now I play the Project (a) and I like them. They are a great price point at $27 USD on Amazon.

I am unwilling to step to a tour ball (Pro V1, Chomesoft) because I lose about 2-3 balls a round and it's just throwing my money down the drain.

I've played NXT Tour S, Q Star Tour, Snell MTB.  

I like a softer ball but can't be too soft due to my swing speed. I would choose accuracy/feel over distance any day.

Any recommendation of balls I should try out?

Your search should end at the 2018 TaylorMade Project (a).  Urethane ball for moderate swing speeds with great feel.  You truly arent missing anything else that will be better at that price point since you are already playing them.

Edited by JaNelson38, 22 May 2018 - 11:18 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 11:33 AM

If you're a Costco member, you might want to take a look at their 3-piece urethane ball ($28.98 for 2 dozen, including shipping).  While I haven't played them yet, many people are comparing them Chrome Softs.

So far, despite the fact that they are only available online, the availability of these balls appear to be more consistent than that of the 4-piece balls.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 12:29 PM

View Postob18, on 22 May 2018 - 09:40 AM, said:

View PostNJpatbee, on 22 May 2018 - 08:17 AM, said:

I would second the TruSofts and also include the Gamer Softs and e/6 Soft.  That being said I have a dozen Duo U's and 2 dozen KSigs to try out this year and do like some of the moderate spinning urethene balls like the old U/3.

I like the e6 soft but how would you or anybody that's played both compare them against each other?

I find the e6 Soft and Gamer Soft to be identical - very good 3 piece Surlyn golf balls.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 01:22 PM

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Snell MTB is my main ball.  I do have some Kirkland 4 pc that I started trying out.  Switched from Chromesofts.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 02:46 PM

Whatever I find in the bush while looking for the last ball I hit.


Luckily I play the same course as bad golfers with lots of money so it ends up being almost exclusively ProV1s
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Posted 22 May 2018 - 02:59 PM

I was incredibly surprised by the Wilson Duo balls I tried on a whim last year. They feel great, as long as anything else I've hit, spin enough around the green.

For the price, I have ZERO issues with them. Absolute sleeper of a ball.

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