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Switched from Pov's to Pinnacle Soft!


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#1 Chowdah86

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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:11 AM

I've played pro v 1s for years.  I love the control they have around the green.  You can really count on them to stop like a lawn dart, no matter the conditions.  Accuracy has always been a stretngth of mine, and I can often hold onto a ball for several rounds, gettting rid of it when it gets too scuffed up.  Im not a bomb it and find it guy.  Thats why I have always justified buying the ProV1 or its cheaper version, the pro v practice.  Its just such a great ball and I tend not to lose too many balls.  

Recently, I've been playing at a really narrow, tough course.  Water hazards everywhere, super tight, condo/treelined fairways etc.  Im a frugal guy, and after watching a couple fresh, still dewy, prov1's roll off the back of a green into the water or catch a limb and dissapear into some mysterious leaf covered stone wall, Im done with them.   Thats $5 bucks, every time that happens!  I graduated college in the midst of the recession with 90k in student debt.  I ate condiment sandwiches and slept on a futon in a garden level apartment that had a rodent problem for three years while I hustled my way up the corporate ladder.  Those days are over, I have a great job now and the loans are nearly paid off.  But those experiences have left me cheap for life.

Anyway, I could have tried hawking some cheaper previous season urethane balls, or going the used route etc, but I prefer to play with new balls and I like the consistancy of using the same ball all the time.   So a couple of weeks ago, I went to the other end of the spectrum and grabbed a 15 pack of pinnacle soft's and gave em a go. They're great!  I tested them against the pro v's in all sorts of situations.  Even on super fast greens, the differences are not as monumental as I assumed.  Sure, if Im shortsided out of the bunker, I miss the pro v.  But its not an absolute disaster.  The ball just rolls a couple more feet.  Not 15 feet.  Like 2 or 3 more feet!  I can adjust for this.  Its really not that big of a deal to me.  Yes, they birdie!  You can Birdie with a pinnacle.  I have had some awesome rounds with them.  My score has not gone up at all!

The real test for me is a 6 iron to the green.   The pinnacles rolled 2-5'  from thier mark,  the prov's stopped around 2' from where they were.  I may be slightly higher spin and tradjectory than most so YMMV.  I say give em a try.

I never thought I'd be a pinnacle guy.  But Im really excited about this cheap a$$ ball.  I've really started to look at the equipment differently recently.  Im really starting to see that the differnces in equipment are really minute.  Just for fun, I played a round with my GF's graphite shafted ladies blades from the 70's or 80's.  These things are a world apart from my super heavy s300 shafted irons with +1/2".   The round was just like any other.  

Anyway, just rambling here I guess.  Back to work.... Gottta pay the rest of those loans.

Edited by Chowdah86, 16 July 2018 - 09:25 AM.


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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:14 AM

One of the best balls that I've played was the Noodle Spin. I called it the poor man's ProV1. Of course they stopped making them.
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 03:47 PM

So agree with pinnacle soft! Kinda like a chrome soft actually. Cheap tour ball performance
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 08:37 PM

Pinnacle is a Titleist brand anyway right?  Regardless there are lots of good balls that can be had for less than $2 a ball.  Unless you are playing on a tour and being supplied ball for free, I see no reason to pay $50 a dozen.
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Posted 16 July 2018 - 09:41 PM

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 06:56 AM

Try Wilson 50s. Best bang for the buck out there, IMO. DDZ. are $30 here. ;)
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Posted 17 July 2018 - 08:15 AM

Another very good Pinnacle ball is the "exception".  I played it many years ago and it still can be found at places like Golfballsdirect.com which sells new ones I think, not used for cheap.

There have been alot of deals lately on new balls like the Srixon Z-Star's for $20 a dozen.  Topflite Gamer for $15 for two dozen, etc.  Just have to look around.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 08:18 AM

I've switched to Maxfli Softfli's and I see no downside. Great all over the course.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 03:34 PM

 lil, on 17 July 2018 - 08:15 AM, said:

Another very good Pinnacle ball is the "exception".  I played it many years ago and it still can be found at places like Golfballsdirect.com which sells new ones I think, not used for cheap.

There have been alot of deals lately on new balls like the Srixon Z-Star's for $20 a dozen.  Topflite Gamer for $15 for two dozen, etc.  Just have to look around.

I used to use the pinnacle exceptions and played some of my best rounds with them. Never found a pinnacle like it since but I have not tried many

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 05:07 PM

I found a Noodle Long and Soft Friday the higher compression one not the +.  Started playing it to save my Pro V 1x. I hit a 3 iron on 200 yard par 3; it hit the front edge bounced once pretty high and stopped. I hit the ball pretty high and play United SBB1 blades so I may get more spin than others, but I was impressed. I was chipping pretty well that day but was also impressed with chips there was some roll out but I played for it using a 56 MD3 and the Noodle performed exactly as expected. Off the tee and on longer fairway shots I didn't notice much difference if anything it flew straighter and thus a bit longer. GG has 15 packs for $14.99 right now; for $1 a ball I think once I'm out of Pro Vs and the bulk pack of Vice Pro Plus I got as a gift I may just switch to the Noodle. Leaves more cash to play the market 😉


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Posted 17 July 2018 - 05:28 PM

 Clifford, on 17 July 2018 - 03:34 PM, said:

 lil, on 17 July 2018 - 08:15 AM, said:

Another very good Pinnacle ball is the "exception".  I played it many years ago and it still can be found at places like Golfballsdirect.com which sells new ones I think, not used for cheap.

There have been alot of deals lately on new balls like the Srixon Z-Star's for $20 a dozen.  Topflite Gamer for $15 for two dozen, etc.  Just have to look around.

I used to use the pinnacle exceptions and played some of my best rounds with them. Never found a pinnacle like it since but I have not tried many

I haven't tried many Pinnacle's in my life but when I found the Exception back then and I am talking about many, many years I thought it was a great ball and they ran only about $15 or so a dozen. I played some great rounds too back then.  Me and a few guys basically only played them as our ball of choice.

Now I am not sure if the ones offered today are the same ball spec wise but if it is, for about $1 a ball its worth it.  I never knew if they were a three piece or two piece or what either!  Still don't but they just worked.

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 08:29 PM

I am glad to find out another fan of PS like myself.  I saw some wrxers mentioning how great PS is.  Never believed it.  One day I found a stray PS and played.  I became a believer and converted a dear friend of mine as well.  IMO, better than Srixon SF, Bstone Extra Soft and Titleist DTsoft.  Yet to compare Snell GS and some other balls in the same league.  PS indeed carries and bites.  

@ dsg, I grabbed the last PS in stock for $6.25/dzn.  Unfortunately dsg no longer carries PS. If you see PS either GG or DSG, try it for yourself.
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Posted 23 July 2018 - 07:10 PM

My big thing this year was clearing everything out so I just own my set of golf clubs. Very liberating I have to say.

The other thing I have settled on is as long as you are using a proper (2 piece/surlyn upwards) golf ball it really won't make that much difference to your game unless you are playing at a high standard, so going as cheap as you can is sensible if you are still losing a few.
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 09:16 AM

I normally use Wilson DUOs or Callaway Supersofts.  I have also used different Pinnacle models in the past.  Yesterday, I found a Pinnacle Rush on the course (looked new).  Put it in play and at impact, it felt/sounded like I was hitting a weighted whiffle ball - very plastic like.
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 11:36 AM

 propman, on 05 October 2018 - 09:16 AM, said:

I normally use Wilson DUOs or Callaway Supersofts.  I have also used different Pinnacle models in the past.  Yesterday, I found a Pinnacle Rush on the course (looked new).  Put it in play and at impact, it felt/sounded like I was hitting a weighted whiffle ball - very plastic like.

Rush and Soft are pretty different in feel.  I hope you find Soft next time.  

IMO, PS is not as bouncy as DUO and slightly clickier than Supersoft.

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 11:43 AM

The low compression balls have great feel, go a long way with the irons, and fly plenty long with a driver.  But if you think they will spin around the green like a ProV, not even close.....

This may be just fine for a lot of players who either play slower greens, rely on softer floating pitches that don't spin, or more running shots.  To each his own, and the price is certainly better.  

I play them in the winter when it's cold, the greens are soft and mushy, and haven't been mown in 2 months.
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 12:38 PM

I played Pinnacle Gold's for a while and had the same experience. Once you adjust, you are good to go. A golfer worth their salt can get around the course with any ball, right?
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Posted 15 October 2018 - 11:09 PM

Exceptions were great balls.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 12:26 PM

Good for you for digging your way out and working your way up.

I'm a bit frugal too. I looked very closely at a box of the new Srixon cheap distance ball last night... Never bought any Pro Vs.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 01:00 PM

 heathnichrrn, on 16 July 2018 - 09:41 PM, said:

“It’s the Indian....Not the Arrow”

This statement gets so annoying.  It's a completely false and overused generality.   Proper equipment, ball or otherwise, can have huge impact to a person's game.


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 04:32 PM

Are they still making this ball? The reason I asked was because last week while playing vintage golf I found one. Decided to try it. Was actually getting 3 to 5 yards more out of the persimmon Cleveland driver I was hitting. What impressed me was the feel and spin hitting a set of 1954 Hogan Precisions. Actually lost that ball 4 holes later on a 3 iron lay up that I hit too far on a Par 4 and drove it into a hazard. I have not had time to check but what kind of price range are they in?
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Posted Yesterday, 07:14 AM

View PostBIG STU, on 18 October 2018 - 04:32 PM, said:

Are they still making this ball? The reason I asked was because last week while playing vintage golf I found one. Decided to try it. Was actually getting 3 to 5 yards more out of the persimmon Cleveland driver I was hitting. What impressed me was the feel and spin hitting a set of 1954 Hogan Precisions. Actually lost that ball 4 holes later on a 3 iron lay up that I hit too far on a Par 4 and drove it into a hazard. I have not had time to check but what kind of price range are they in?

About 15 bucks at Walmart. They are available on Walmart.com as well. I thought they were average. For a low cost soft two piece ball with low-medium compression, I prefer Srixon Soft feel or Bridgeston Extra Soft.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:33 PM

New ones (15 pk) sell for 19.99
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