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#1 knudson81

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 07:32 AM

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We have 15 members testing out different Vice Golf models. The members testing the golf balls are...

JStang
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:34 AM

Congrats! I can’t wait to hear what y’all have to say about these balls.
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Posted 05 February 2019 - 08:56 AM

Thanks to Vice and GolfWRX. I will be updating this post along the way with SkyTrak data as well as on course thoughts. A little about me, I am a 7 handicap with a pretty quick tempo and aggressive transition. I get to parallel or beyond at the top in most cases. As you will see, I hit a push draw when practicing on SkyTrak although it is not as pronounced on the golf course as it seems to be on SkyTrak. My irons are Titleist 718 CB's with KBS Tour C Taper 125 S+ shafts so the lofts are very traditional by today's standards (PW - 47, 7 Iron - 35).

Here is a sample size of 5 shots with my PW and 7 iron comparing the 2016 ProV1 to the Vice Pro+. I am finding the Vice to feel more firm than the ProV1 and probably closer to the ProV1X. I was hoping these would be a touch softer than the ProV1 but not as soft as a Chrome Soft. As you can see from the data, they are performing very similar so far. I do not find this too surprising as the direct to consumer ball market has definitely proven that their balls are as good as their more expensive competitors.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:01 AM

Mine are supposed to be delivered today also. Not sure when I’ll be able to get out and test them due to our weather. Thanks again for choosing me

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 09:07 AM

Got mine a few days ago and got them on course yesterday.  Managed to finish the round playing one ball, so I'll have to assume the other 11 play the same. :taunt:

I'm a 66 year old 12 handicapper who traditionally plays a 2-piece soft core ball (Top Flite D2 Feel).  I do NOT have skill for "hop and stop" greenside trickery, nor do my approach shots back up off the wedges.  I look for a soft feeling ball (so I "think" I smashed the drives) that flies far enough for my driver clubhead speed (90-ish) and will hold a green on approach.  My game requires me to pitch, and bump-run a lot of shots as I do not reach a lot of par 4s in reg.  The Top Flite D2 Feel has been a favorite for my needs as well as the Srixon Soft Feel and the Callaway Super Soft & Wilson Duo.  For these needs, I chose the Vice Drive, a 2-piece surlyn cover ball designed for this geezer!

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Played 18 holes yesterday on a typical Florida bermuda track.  TIGHT, fast rolling fairways, with elevated, well-protected greens.  The Vice felt a little firmer off the driver than what I'd been playing, but distance was equal to or greater than my normal drives on every hole.  The cover it tough - played 18 holes with one ball and it still looks new.  Off the fairway metals and hybrid shots, I liked the ball a bit more.  Not sure why it felt better, but the firmness I noticed off my driver was not there.  Iron shots were my favorite in the feel department.  All of my short approach shots (9i and wedges) flew high and spun enough to hold the FIRM greens nicely.  Greenside chips were the same.  The ball really performed here for me and I'd say it was better off the wedges than my usual gamers.  Putting was also a pleasure with the Vice.  Very predictable distance control and great feel.  All-in-all this is a solid 2-piece performer.  I see no reason it wouldn't become my gamer!

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:48 PM

Excited to have been chosen for this testóhave been intrigued by Viceís product line for a while now but haven't had the opportunity to play them yet.  I asked to try the Pro Plus, and they are scheduled to be delivered today (and Iím headed out to the golf course shortly to enjoy the current 70 degree weather in NCócome on, FedEx!!).

I have consistently played the 2017 version of the Z-Star XV since it was introduced, even though I donít quite fit the profile in terms of swing speed.  I am currently playing the 2017 Z-Star, as I couldnít find any XVís in Tour Yellow and I prefer a yellow ball playing on dormant Bermuda in the winter months.  In reality, I could play either, but think the lower spin rate on the XV suits my game better.  My favored characteristics of the XV are the firmer feel, performance in the wind, price point for a tour-level ball, and overall durability.  These are the areas I most look forward to comparing with the Vice Pro Plus.

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Posted 05 February 2019 - 01:59 PM

Wow just received my Vice Pro Plus golf balls and all I can say is I am excited to take them to the course. I will be testing them during a 2 round day I have planned this coming week. The trial will be one of the VICE PRO + golf ball played for a whole round and another 18 holes where I will be testing them against my two other favorite go to golf balls which are the Taylormade Tour Preferred X and the Titleist Pro V1 X. I am playing later in the afternoon as I have a better chance of getting out as a single and I will be playing more than one shot off the tee box, in my approach, and of course with the good old Flat stick. A big Thanks to Vice for giving me this opportunity as well as GOLFWRX for picking my name at Random. Now on with the show. STAY TUNED!!!!!!!348F5BC5-B0E8-4194-9413-2E921074BFC3.jpeg B31D564F-4518-414F-8696-13C25C614757.jpeg image.jpg

Okay folks, got to the course today and lucked out being able to go out as a single and stacked between two foursomes. Which meant I was able to do some test comparison.
First off, the Vice ball has a very nice look. The cover, gloss and weight all seem to scream tour quality golf ball. There are other brands out there (cough) snell, kirkland where the covers has a dull finish and looks very cheaply made. Great weight over all for the Vice Pro.

Off the tee box the Vice pro surprised me actually. I was expecting a clicky sound to it but it actually sounded very solid and heavy. Comparable to the Prov 1 for sure and a little softer feeling then the Tour preferred. The distance I got was what surprised me. Longer the the Taylormade by about ten yards and was pretty much neck and neck with the Prov 1 X. Over all feel was great. Solid sound and the yardage pick up was a plus. 10/10
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On the fairway I managed to hit two or three shots from various yardages as I was treating today as my on course practice day which I highly recommend to everyone wanting to improve your game. With the long irons, I felt the same solid feel as I did with the driver. I hit a couple of shots on a par five from about 220 in and dropped from 150 and another at the 100 yard mark. What I noticed a lot with the Vice Pro was the absence of being a clicky ball. Again I have tried many other manufacturers and by far, this has taken a big leap over those other brands.(Cut, Kirkland, Snell) The feel of the 8 iron on the approach settled in nice coming off the face and did notice that I did not get as much spin as I would with the Prov 1X . It had more of an active action as compared to the TP Taylormade ball which I expected anyways.
Over all feel and flight 10/10 , in terms of spin i would say 8/10 which I like.
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With all the time i had in between each hole, around the green is where I spent a lot of my time. Hitting little pitch shots as well as a few bump and runs just trying to get a feel of the ball. What I found with this ball whatís that I was not getting as much roll as I would like. Not sure why and try to replicate it over and over but it was as I i was playing a soft covered ball that was just grabbing the green. It was interesting also that on high pitch shots, this actually paid dividends. Nice tucked pins were actually a lot more fun to play as I was kinda throwing them at the flag stick knowing they would stick. Gonna definitely test this out more as I am think the softer greens might of had a part of it With that in mind, it was harder to figure out roll out so with that I would say a 7/10
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Finally we get to the green. Here is where i think I might have found my new ball. The thing that I look for when putting with any ball is the feel off the face and more importantly, the sound it makes. My putter has a softer insert and typically what I found with the TP was that plasticky sound. Not so much with the prov 1X. I tried replicating putts with all 3 golf balls thru out the round and the Vice ball was just a tad under the Prov 1 in terms of feel and sound. The Vice Pro definitely gave me a step up from the tour preferred X enough to completely kick it out of my rotation. The Vice Pro gave me good distance control with my lag putts and was easier and was close enough to the Pro V to make it a serious contender. In terms of rating I would say a solid 10/10
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Conclusion for this round really opened my eyes to Vice Pro Plus golf balls. Off the tee was eye opening in terms of performance both with distance and control. The approach on the green was an slight improvement with what i have now with the spin not becoming to much of a factor for me. Around the greens is where it will take some adjustments to know what my ball is doing. And last but not least, the Green is where you will see the biggest returns. Great solid feel, good sound with not too much clicky sounds and consistency in the roll of the golf ball.

Vice has stolen the starting rotation from the Pro V1 X and that is also a plus in the pocket book. Since the Vice Pro is about $20 dollars cheaper than the Titleist Pro V1X. I definitely recommend grabbing a dozen today and conducting your own on course testing. It was well worth the experience and it gave me the ball that I will be using moving forward.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 04:11 PM

Congrats! I know a few people who use the Vice Pro regularly.
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Posted 06 February 2019 - 07:45 PM

FedEx delivered a box of Vice Pro Plus golf balls to me fresh from Germany this afternoon.  Immediately tore the box open to take a look.  The packaging itself is very coolóeye catching colors and artwork.  Made me want to go play golf, so I grabbed the clubs and headed out the door.

I didnít have a whole lot of daylight to use, so none of my initial testing was exhaustive.  Instead, I tried to get a few initial impressions while leaving anything in-depth for later.  Spent a few minutes on the practice green rolling putts with the Pro+, a Srixon Z-Star XV (my normal ball), and a Srixon Z-Star in Tour Yellow (I prefer a yellow ball in the winter as it is easier to see).  Unsurprisingly, the Pro+ had a firm feel off the putter face.  I was using a Cleveland Huntington Beach #3 blade putter with a milled face.  Could definitely see the similarity between the Pro+ and the Z-Star XV, and the regular Z-Star was noticeably softer.

Headed to the tee to get a few holes in before sunset.  Immediately noticed what would be a recurring themeóthis ball felt really good off the face of the driver, fairway woods, and hybrids.  When squared up on the clubface, the ball feels like it jumps.  Distance and performance very comparable to the XV.  The evening got breezier as I went, but didnít notice any real loss of performance in the wind to speak of.

I didnít have a chance to test much in the way of greenside or bunker spin, but the ball backed up nicely on a couple of wedge shots.  One in particular was about a 3/4 swing with a 56* wedge off of a downhill lie to a downhill green.  The ball flew past the hole and spun back about 5 or 6 feet.  Rolled in an eight footer for birdie.  

Also managed to make a mediocre swing off the tee with a 3 wood that resulted in the ball hitting the cart path on the fly.  The photo I have attached shows the bruiseóessentially superficial with no deep gouges and no noticeable loss of performance.  In fact, the next swing I made with it was a flushed 3 hybrid that was the best feeling shot of the day.

One other thing that I noticed was the color.  The white is a little bit duller than the Srixon white.  I would say it is much closer to a Titleist white.  I only got seven holes in, and the cover seemed to be holding up well (aside from the cart path kiss, of course).

No complaints whatsoever about this ball so far.  It did exactly what I expected it to do, and Iím looking forward to playing it more to really get a feel for it.  Far too early to say if it would knock the Srixons out of my bag, but the price point of this ball when bought in bulk would be hard to ignore.  At $25 a box when ordering a bunch, this ball is a deal.

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:07 AM

The Vice Drive is more in line with what I'd need, so it's really nice to already see a solid review on that ball. Hoping there's more to come.


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Posted 07 February 2019 - 07:58 PM

Received my dozen Vice Pro+ today.  Looking forward to testing these golfballs out.  Sunday will be my first round with them and Iíll give a review.  Thank you again to GolfWRX and Vice for allowing me to test these golfballs.  
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 05:52 PM

Iím going to give a brief review from my round today with the Vice Pro + golfball.  Iím not attaching any pics because several other testers have taken plenty of photos.  To give a brief description of my game maybe will help with why and how I choose a golfball.  First and foremost how does the golfball fly off the driver face?  My golfball has to be plenty long, Iím not the longest driver in the world and being a high spin player it needs to help more than hurt.  I can tell you for 100% accuracy that this golfball is long.  It flys off the driver face with the best of them.  Feel from the driver face felt as good if not better than a pro v1 and was longer for me for sure.  Second, how does the golfball fly and feel with iron shots?  This is where the golfball was not the best for me, as a high spin player I have got use to the flight of Bridgestone E6 straight flight golfballs than Iíve been using for the last 3 years.  I was putting too much spin on the golfball for my liking,  Itís not the golfballs fault it was doing what it was supposed to do.  Third, how does the golfball react to wedges?  This golfball absolutely shines with wedges.  I hit several shots into greens today and put more spin than any golfball Iíve ever used I think.  I hit high shots, low shots and flop shots.  This ball was very well controlled and did exactly what I want my golfball to do with a wedge.  Last but not least how does it feel with a putter and how was the distance control?  I have zero complaints from this golfball.  It feels soft but has excellent speed control and holds a line as good as any golfball Iíve ever used.  Durability on the golfball was excellent from my round today.  It cleaned up well and looks like it has never even seen a round or golf.  I didnít hit any cart paths or trees today and Iím sure that helped.  This was my first round as stated and there will be more reviews to come.  This golfball is fighting for a place in my bag since the original E6 balls are no longer made.  The first round was very positive so far with just the flight on my irons being my only concern so far.  One more thing on my review, Iím not a writer or professional reviewer and Iím sure there are lots of grammar errors in my review.  Thank goodness they didnít require that when picking reviewers for this golfball.  
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:21 PM

Spent a little time today rolling the Vice Pro+ indoors as it was damp and cold out today.  It might be an underrated feature, but I really like the alignment aid line on this ballóit is visible in some of the photos above.  Simple but effective, and having the writing inside the line gives it a straight and bold look.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:23 PM

I got my balls a few days ago. Unfortunately my work schedule has not allowed for golf yet and the next two days look like rain. I'm itching for the chance to get them on the course.
I'll do some putting indoors tonight and see how they feel for that.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:15 AM

I am not one of the "official reviewers" but wanted to add my experience with the Vice balls. I was a former Srixon Z-Star player both the XV and regular Z-Star. I have played the Srixon for a long time. Last year I was having a hard time finding the Srixon's in yellow so on a whim I ordered the Vice Pro Neon Lime. I was very impressed with the ball. I have since ordered another 5 dozen for the upcoming season. I was always Switching between the Z-Star and the XV. I wanted the performance of the XV and the feel of the regular      Z-Star. That is what I have found with the Vice Pro. For me the ball falls right in between the two. Off the drive the Vice Pro is great. Long Irons hold the green Short irons and wedges spin back but not off the green. Chipping and putting are a dream with this ball. I absolutely love everything about this ball for my game especially the price when you order 5 dozen at a time. I currently have 7 dozen on the shelf and am set for this year. I know that is hard for some of us to do here at GolfWRX but it is a nice feeling to know one thing in the bag is locked in for the year. If you have always been one of those Goldilocks players looking for just right between the regular and X version of your favorite ball try the Vice pro!

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 02:55 PM

Post updated with some SkyTrak data.
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 03:24 PM

View PostVA golfer, on 11 February 2019 - 08:15 AM, said:

I am not one of the "official reviewers" but wanted to add my experience with the Vice balls. I was a former Srixon Z-Star player both the XV and regular Z-Star. I have played the Srixon for a long time. Last year I was having a hard time finding the Srixon's in yellow so on a whim I ordered the Vice Pro Neon Lime. I was very impressed with the ball. I have since ordered another 5 dozen for the upcoming season. I was always Switching between the Z-Star and the XV. I wanted the performance of the XV and the feel of the regular   Z-Star. That is what I have found with the Vice Pro. For me the ball falls right in between the two. Off the drive the Vice Pro is great. Long Irons hold the green Short irons and wedges spin back but not off the green. Chipping and putting are a dream with this ball. I absolutely love everything about this ball for my game especially the price when you order 5 dozen at a time. I currently have 7 dozen on the shelf and am set for this year. I know that is hard for some of us to do here at GolfWRX but it is a nice feeling to know one thing in the bag is locked in for the year. If you have always been one of those Goldilocks players looking for just right between the regular and X version of your favorite ball try the Vice pro!
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Posted Yesterday, 11:52 AM

I was fortunate to be chosen for this test, the ball I picked was the Vice Pro in neon lime. I'm a 10 handicap with a swing speed of 90-95 mph. I don't have access to a launch monitor so everything I'm reporting is a result of actually playing the ball, I've got 4 rounds in with them to date. I played several balls each round and the ones I compared them to were: Pro V1, B330-RX and Project(a). All balls except the Vice were last years balls.
  Driver: Let's be honest - they all go the same distance. To me the Pro V1 felt the hardest, the Project(a) felt the most lively and the Vice Pro felt really solid in a good way. While I never played in a gale the Vice Pro seemed to hold its line well in the wind and didn't balloon on me.
  Irons: It was pretty much a wash, they all work. The Pro V1 and the Vice Pro spun a bit more but nobody is spinning off the green and everyone is stopping in ~ +/- 5'.
  Chipping/Pitching: Here there was more of a difference - the Pro V1 and the Vice Pro clearly spun more. If you needed a hop and stop they would do it, the other 2 not so much.
  Putting: It was weird, here again, to me the Vice Pro felt really solid compared to the others, I liked it.

As far as durability goes I played 36 holes with the first ball and it still looked like new. The finish didn't lose its luster and the irons/wedges didn't chew it up. I never thought I'd play a colored ball, but I found the lime easier to see.
This ball worked well for me, I liked its feel and it had enough spin that I could choose what I wanted to do with the ball. The thing about this ball that is most unique is its price, it's competitive with tour line balls at a bargain price. It is well worth your time to give this ball a look.

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#19 GSDriver

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Posted Yesterday, 03:12 PM

Planning on trying out the Pro Soft Lime and Pro (I bought 6 doz since they had on sale), as not sure how I like the matte finish.

Putted both the Soft and Pro indoors to compare to current Pro V1 and current Chrome Soft.  The Vice balls feel just as good as the others.  Looking forward to see how they do on real greens.

Tossed a few out in the yard today (since rain has prevented playing the last 2 weekends in a row) and definitely visible in dormant bermuda and the green winter rye.  I really like the color.

Report back more if we actually get to play tomorrow morning.  I plan on course testing and comparison over couple rounds, but I'm stocked up on the Pro Lime for a while, at least this year.
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Posted Today, 10:38 AM

Got in a round playing the Pro+ yesterday.  The golf course was pretty wet, as we had a rainstorm come though the night before, and it was windy and cold.  There was very little run out on the fairways, so I got a pretty good idea of what my carry distances were off the tee.  By flight characteristics, feel off the club face, and distance, the Pro+ is very similar to the 2017 Z-Star XV.  If there is a significant difference between them, Iím not a good enough player to notice it.  In fact, the ball consistently feels like I have clobbered it like the old man in the GX7 commercial (ďthatís crushed!Ē).  No question that my favorite thing about this ball is the feel off the face at impact with the longer clubs.

Tougher to tell about short game feel, as it has been so chilly that most of the shots Iím playing around the greens are dead-handed pitches and chips.  It does seem to want to hit and stop or hit and chase more than it will spin back (again, very similar to the 17 XV).

I definitely think that this ball is a great value for the level of performance it provides.  Buying them in bulk for $24.95 a box is a deal.


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