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A high handicap, slow swing speed golfers observations on golf balls.


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#1 bwhitish

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 03:00 AM

I am a 20 handicap who drives it about 200-210. I hit a 6 iron from 150. For the last few years I have been using the Callaway Super Soft.I got my only hole in one with it. Prior I used the Bridgestone E6 for about 4 years. This year I decided to try a urethane ball. Played a box of Srixon Q-Star Tours. Also got a sleeve of Pro V1's at a course with our round. I have been using one Pro V1 for two rounds now and broke 90 both times which is great for me. It does feel harder to me than the Super Soft or Q-Star Tour. I hit a very high ball so I have been able to stop my Super Softs very close to the ball marks. I am still not sure if the urethane balls really helped my game that much, but I have not lost any distance or sliced or hooked the ball any more than surlyn covered balls. So still undecided, but the more I play with it, the more I really like the Pro V1. Did this help anybody? Probably not because I am still very undecided. I did back the Pro V1 up about a foot on a 9 iron shot to a par three that I parred. I like the feel of the Pro V1 better than the Q-Star Tour, which I did not expect. Now I am going to order some Snell Blacks and continue the experiment. I have putted better than normal with the Pro V1 as well. Unfortunately I am way too inconsistent to really make valid comparisons.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 05:15 AM

I can get softfli's for $8, so I'm not going to pay $48 for pro v1's
The ball I use doesn't seem to affect my score

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 05:58 AM

If you stop your approach shots OK with lower spin balls and you don’t attempt to play “low spinner” shots astound the green then you aren’t really needing the main advantages of Urethane balls. That said, as you have noted, off the tee with a driver the Surlyn balls are NOT going to help slices and hooks, that’s a myth.

So for you it comes down to feel, preference and cost. Doesn’t seem like the ball construction matters as much as it does for those of us who need more spin to keep a 150-yard approach on the green. I hit my clubs about the same distances as you and anything longer than an 8/9 iron tends to run out a lot with a SuperSoft type ball because my course has extremely firm greens most of the time.
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:20 AM

High handicap and slow speeder, too. I was sucked into the very soft balls craze. Softfli, SS etc. Then experimented with Zstars and thought the green side spin was cool. Then I saw the balls check up too soon. Two piece soft balls are too soft now for my liking. Now, I am going with a 3 piece surlyn ball, which has a nice mid soft feel and low-mid priced. The best ball in this category is the Gamersoft. No one seems to know if it is coming back. I'll try the E6 soft if the GS is gone.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:22 AM

View PostNorth Butte, on 25 August 2018 - 05:58 AM, said:

. I hit my clubs about the same distances as you and anything longer than an 8/9 iron tends to run out a lot with a SuperSoft type ball because my course has extremely firm greens most of the time.

I replaced my 4 through 7 irons with woods.. They are easier to hit, and make the balls fly high and land soft on the greens

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 07:26 AM

Another example of play what works best for you. Thats whats fun about the gane. So many options.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 09:24 AM

My dad loved Pro V1s. He had a bad ankle/leg that kept him from having anything close to a great swing. But that ball matched what he was looking for in a ball. Never bought new but blemish balls. Loved that man and I miss him today and his like for Pro V1s.
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 10:52 PM

I am a 8 handicapper and average swing speed at 90 - 95. I have tried Pro V1's and TP5's in the past. I liked them but I cannot justify the price. I usually play Supersofts and Chrome Softs. I usually buy used golf balls online. I am cheap, I know.

Off the driver, I cannot see any difference. Off irons, not a lot. Off my wedges and 100 yards in and around the green, there is where I can see the difference. The urethane golf balls do spin more. Sure it does help me control my shots around the green and make the ball stop on a dime. But I have also recorded my lowest scores in my life using a Supersoft and sometimes, the beat up and used ones.

A few days ago we played a very hard course but a beautiful one. So many OB's and hazards so the el cheapo in me, brought my Supersoft's to the game. Well I shot 50 the front 9, thanks to the trees and the deep forest. The back 9 I shot -1. Again I just used my Supersofts. Greens were soft though, so the approach shots did stick a lot. But even on dried up greens, my Supersofts can hold them with no problem.

Try what works for you. What may work for us may not work for you. For me, going forward, I'll stick with my two piece golf balls.

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:48 AM

I am a 9 handicap, used to be 6.  I hit the ball pretty straight, and I don't lose many balls.  I tried the AVX and like it; I was playing Pro V1x last year along with NXT Tour in softer conditions.  

I might buy some Srixon Soft Feel for the Fall - hopefully that El Nino thing works out and i can play in November and December like I did a few years ago.

I also need to try the TP5.
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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:49 AM

I only buy ProVs or ProVx when I get gift money so I'm playing free balls with those. Otherwise, I'm buying cut rate premiums and, when the day turns south, cut rate mid-range balls come into play.


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 11:10 AM

Play the wilson duo. I'm a 20. If I hit it well, it's a fine ball and the price isn't bad. Usually I can find 3 dozen for $48. Plus it comes in orange for  spring and fall. lol
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Posted 26 August 2018 - 08:54 PM

Similar speed was using Callaway super soft and hot 70 but now ive switched to the Cut 3 piece surly, goes straighter and about 5 yards farther for me. I cut the trial pack and liked them the best. They are $20 a dozen.

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 06:29 AM

View Postjohnnythunders, on 26 August 2018 - 08:54 PM, said:

Similar speed was using Callaway super soft and hot 70 but now ive switched to the Cut 3 piece surly, goes straighter and about 5 yards farther for me. I cut the trial pack and liked them the best. They are $20 a dozen.

Cut White? How do they feel? mid soft or firm?

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 11:00 AM

View Postjohnnythunders, on 26 August 2018 - 08:54 PM, said:

Similar speed was using Callaway super soft and hot 70 but now ive switched to the Cut 3 piece surly, goes straighter and about 5 yards farther for me. I cut the trial pack and liked them the best. They are $20 a dozen.

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View Postjohnnythunders, on 26 August 2018 - 08:54 PM, said:

Similar speed was using Callaway super soft and hot 70 but now ive switched to the Cut 3 piece surly, goes straighter and about 5 yards farther for me. I cut the trial pack and liked them the best. They are $20 a dozen.

Cut White? How do they feel? mid soft or firm?

They were the white and were 14.95 which is a deal, they felt firm. Not soft like Callaway got used to them in a few holes.
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Posted 27 August 2018 - 11:00 AM

I swing similar 90ish with driver. 9-11 cap depending on the day.  
Iíve always played 2pc low compression balls like the Supersoft and Soft Feel. Shot decent scores with them.  

This season I wanted to give Urethane a try. Right now Iím hooked on the Chrome Soft Truvis. Like the OPís results I am seeing the same thing off the driver.  Perhaps even approach shots too. The major difference I see in is my chipping game. The Urethane balls have that slight bit of check and the hop and roll seems more predictable.  

Perhaps the other advantage I see is if you need to play a short sided flop. Does seem to stop quicker.

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 11:07 AM

View Posterock9174, on 27 August 2018 - 11:00 AM, said:

I swing similar 90ish with driver. 9-11 cap depending on the day.  
I've always played 2pc low compression balls like the Supersoft and Soft Feel. Shot decent scores with them.  

This season I wanted to give Urethane a try. Right now I'm hooked on the Chrome Soft Truvis. Like the OP's results I am seeing the same thing off the driver.  Perhaps even approach shots too. The major difference I see in is my chipping game. The Urethane balls have that slight bit of check and the hop and roll seems more predictable.  

Perhaps the other advantage I see is if you need to play a short sided flop. Does seem to stop quicker.

Bunker shots is one place it seems to matter a lot too. Maybe even more than chipping or lob shots. Not that a Tour ball will spin and stop on a dime but they'll give you a fighting chance of keeping it within 10 feet of the hole instead of rolling out a long way.
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Posted 27 August 2018 - 03:57 PM

I have similar stats as you and enjoy playing the higher end balls. I love the feel and feedback from them. However I adjust my ball choice on the course. If I'm likely to lose a lot of balls at a course, I play a cheaper ball.
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Posted 27 August 2018 - 11:07 PM

It has a lot to do with your swing, too.  At a 20 handicap, you're probably not hitting down with your irons as much as some.  I'm not judging, I'm a 13 and I've just been able to get some backspin on my shots.

I do find urethane balls are easier to stop on the greens now, as opposed to a few years ago. I've grown to like the predictability.

It does take a bit of getting used to, as I used to get a fair bit of rollout. However, it really helps on distance control.

And I'm a bit of a ball ho. That sounds awful. But I've tried a lot of golf balls.

At a 20, it didn't matter what I played. It was more about getting a good swing on the ball. I loved the Hex Soft from Callaway.

Now, I prefer a softer ball with decent spin. I really like the Titleist AVX, but it's ridiculously expensive. The Vice Pro Soft has worked well for me, too. I'm currently giving the Top Flite Gamer Urethane and Cut Blue's a try. Both are much harder than I like, and the Gamer Urethane durability is awful. The Cut Blue performs very nicely for the price, though.

Then again, I have a buddy who's a 9/10hcp and plays anything he finds in the trees. He just goes out and shoots decent scores. Doesn't hit it far, but is really consistent.

At the end of the day, finding a ball is an expensive experiment. People always say grab a sleeve and try them out for a round. At a 20, I lost two from a sleeve in two holes. Took a lot more than a sleeve to figure it out...


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 01:19 AM

I am a sweeper of the ball for sure. Thanks for all the views and responses! More than anything I just love to play and enjoy the company of my friends. But I have broken 90 5 times this year and I am very happy. Biggest reason I am hitting the ball better is tempo. I try to get to the course early so I dont feel I am rushing.
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Posted 29 August 2018 - 06:41 AM

View PostNorth Butte, on 25 August 2018 - 05:58 AM, said:

If you stop your approach shots OK with lower spin balls and you don’t attempt to play “low spinner” shots astound the green then you aren’t really needing the main advantages of Urethane balls. That said, as you have noted, off the tee with a driver the Surlyn balls are NOT going to help slices and hooks, that’s a myth.

So for you it comes down to feel, preference and cost. Doesn’t seem like the ball construction matters as much as it does for those of us who need more spin to keep a 150-yard approach on the green. I hit my clubs about the same distances as you and anything longer than an 8/9 iron tends to run out a lot with a SuperSoft type ball because my course has extremely firm greens most of the time.

Surlyn covered balls DO help reduce hooks and slices...for players that have a tendency to hook or slice their shots.  Players who usually hit the ball pretty straight wont notice much of a difference of course, but lower spinning balls are straighter...that's not a myth.


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Posted 29 August 2018 - 06:51 AM

View Post1badbadger, on 29 August 2018 - 06:41 AM, said:

View PostNorth Butte, on 25 August 2018 - 05:58 AM, said:

If you stop your approach shots OK with lower spin balls and you donít attempt to play ďlow spinnerĒ shots astound the green then you arenít really needing the main advantages of Urethane balls. That said, as you have noted, off the tee with a driver the Surlyn balls are NOT going to help slices and hooks, thatís a myth.

So for you it comes down to feel, preference and cost. Doesnít seem like the ball construction matters as much as it does for those of us who need more spin to keep a 150-yard approach on the green. I hit my clubs about the same distances as you and anything longer than an 8/9 iron tends to run out a lot with a SuperSoft type ball because my course has extremely firm greens most of the time.

Surlyn covered balls DO help reduce hooks and slices...for players that have a tendency to hook or slice their shots.  Players who usually hit the ball pretty straight wont notice much of a difference of course, but lower spinning balls are straighter...that's not a myth.



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Posted 29 August 2018 - 10:30 AM

A baseball with seams more raised will bend more than one with lower seams at the same spin rate.

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Posted 29 August 2018 - 01:34 PM

Im still a 18 handicapper - (I don't play many comps and don't relax into that environment, tend to save my worse scores for them) - although I have improved my golf quite significantly this year. I have shot a couple of 40 & 41 for 9 holes and 82 for 18 holes (par 71).

I suppose I have become a little more discerning. I have started to appreciate the qualities of Urethane balls and have played with them quite a bit this year (pro v1 and Chrome Soft. I like the way they stop more quickly on the green and don't roll out as much, and think they have improved my putting consistency.

I tend to start of every round with a "tour" ball, and see how things are today. If I am having a good day all is well. If not my stock ball is the Titleist/Callaway/Srixon two piece soft ball which I pick up whenever theres a two for one offer.

Once I start keeping balls for 18 holes more regularly Its urethane all the way. I think theres a point when they make a difference but they won't knock ten shots off your score.
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Posted 29 August 2018 - 02:55 PM

View PostLancj1, on 29 August 2018 - 01:34 PM, said:

Im still a 18 handicapper - (I don't play many comps and don't relax into that environment, tend to save my worse scores for them) - although I have improved my golf quite significantly this year. I have shot a couple of 40 & 41 for 9 holes and 82 for 18 holes (par 71).

I suppose I have become a little more discerning. I have started to appreciate the qualities of Urethane balls and have played with them quite a bit this year (pro v1 and Chrome Soft. I like the way they stop more quickly on the green and don't roll out as much, and think they have improved my putting consistency.

I tend to start of every round with a "tour" ball, and see how things are today. If I am having a good day all is well. If not my stock ball is the Titleist/Callaway/Srixon two piece soft ball which I pick up whenever theres a two for one offer.

Once I start keeping balls for 18 holes more regularly Its urethane all the way. I think theres a point when they make a difference but they won't knock ten shots off your score.


Very well put. I feel the same. Prefer my ProV1 but if Iím not getting it done may as well play with a lesser ball and not risk my best.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:54 AM

Not sure if I qualify as a high handicapper (8 index) but I am definitely a short hitter. Check out my mini 'review' of the AVX in that thread. It played great for me...


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:03 AM

View PostNoTalentLefty, on 25 August 2018 - 09:24 AM, said:

My dad loved Pro V1s. He had a bad ankle/leg that kept him from having anything close to a great swing. But that ball matched what he was looking for in a ball. Never bought new but blemish balls. Loved that man and I miss him today and his like for Pro V1s.

Your Dad probably viewed Titleist balls as the ultimate golf status symbol, as I did when I was growing up.  Imagine, playing a dollar ball.  Finding a Titleist back then was real luck, but usually, they had a big smile on them.  One day (age 15 or so) I spied a new Titleist in a sand trap.  Elated, picking it up, I found it had a massive cut, not even usable for a penniless boy.

I play the Pro V's, when I find them.  Only bought one dozen of Titleists in over 50 years of golf.  They were still balata, at $20.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 08:48 AM

I got caught up in buying the premium balls for years until I went and got a full bag fitting after solid hours spent with my fitter on the sim. I'm a 13 cap and found I am a naturally high spin player.

I've played all the big name tour level offerings and couldn't really settle on anything I was happy to keep spending the money on. I picked up a dozen stock as a rock Q Star's on special one day after spinning my last handful of Pro V's off the planet and my game has improved as well as my bank account.

The Q stars feel great off the putter, give predictable release off the wedge on pitch shots and can hop and stop on the best full wedge & iron shots a recreational player like me can muster. There is no remarkable distance off the driver but I'm more often in play on a bad swipe and if they do go astray it's a cheap lesson. My distances off all clubs are also more consistent and dare I say it reliable.

For someone like me I don't need the extra rpm or the ability to zip the ball back onto a pin because my ability and game style don't need it.

People go to the effort to get fit for clubs but I'm also an advocate for getting a ball fitting done as well as it would have saved me a heap of cash. Something extra to talk about with the fitter when we are all whacking away at the screen with the shop supply of brand balls maybe not the same as in your bag. Better yet bring your ball to the fitting and get two fittings for the price of one. Long live the Q Star.
Driver: Ping G400 Max 8.4*, VTS silver S
Fairway 5: Ping G400 17*, VTS silver S
Hybrid 4: Ping G400 22*, VTS silver S
Irons 5-PW: Srixon Z765, Steelfiber i110cw
Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 50, 54, 58 V-MG TT DG s200, Callaway MD PM Grind 60* KBS Tour V
Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Fetch
Bag/ Buggy: Bagboy Hybrid Chiller/ Caddy Tek EZ Fold
Ball: Q Star Tour

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#28 bwhitish

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 02:16 AM

Thanks Dueller! I need to get a ball fitting.
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 04:09 PM

View PostDueller, on 17 September 2018 - 08:48 AM, said:

I got caught up in buying the premium balls for years until I went and got a full bag fitting after solid hours spent with my fitter on the sim. I'm a 13 cap and found I am a naturally high spin player.

I've played all the big name tour level offerings and couldn't really settle on anything I was happy to keep spending the money on. I picked up a dozen stock as a rock Q Star's on special one day after spinning my last handful of Pro V's off the planet and my game has improved as well as my bank account.

The Q stars feel great off the putter, give predictable release off the wedge on pitch shots and can hop and stop on the best full wedge & iron shots a recreational player like me can muster. There is no remarkable distance off the driver but I'm more often in play on a bad swipe and if they do go astray it's a cheap lesson. My distances off all clubs are also more consistent and dare I say it reliable.

For someone like me I don't need the extra rpm or the ability to zip the ball back onto a pin because my ability and game style don't need it.

People go to the effort to get fit for clubs but I'm also an advocate for getting a ball fitting done as well as it would have saved me a heap of cash. Something extra to talk about with the fitter when we are all whacking away at the screen with the shop supply of brand balls maybe not the same as in your bag. Better yet bring your ball to the fitting and get two fittings for the price of one. Long live the Q Star.

Which Q Star did you go with?

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Posted 27 September 2018 - 03:09 PM

Try a dozen of the Wilson Elite 50's, best ball at a buck apiece.
12 dollars a dozen, soft , long, and if you lose it,  your out a hell of a lot less then these other balls. Do a search on these boards, good write up on the performance of this ball.

Michigan Bag                                     Florida Bag
Callaway XR Pro 16  9.5                    Mizuno  850 9.5
Callaway Rouge SZ 15*                     Tour Edge Exotic CB Pro F2 15*
Callaway Rouge SZ 18*.                    Tour Edge Exotic  CB Pro F2 18*
TEE CBX Hybrid 22*                          Tour Edge Exotic CB Pro U 21*
  Callaway 18 X Forged  5 - PW          Callaway 18 Apex MB 4 - PW
  Callaway MD Forged  50*, 56*.         Mizuno Forged 51*, 56*
  Evnroll ER2                                       Odyssey 9HT
  Taylormade TP5X.                            Taylormade TP5X

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