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What is the longest ball? Don't care about spin, feel, etc...


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#1 danattherock

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:13 PM

What is the absolute longest (legal) golf ball out there?



Surely a hard ball that has little spin, feels like crap off irons, and putts like a rock.


But still, answer the question as it is, what is the longest ball?




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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:17 PM

Feels weird to say but for some reason if I am thinking long, and long only, regardless of feel, spin, etc... Pinnacle Gold Distance....... There I said it
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:22 PM

That is what I am looking for man. Thanks.


LONG. That is all I want to know.


Feel matters not. Less spin is preferred, long and straight drives is the only goal.


Ignore all other aspects of ball design that we care about. Crappy feel is fine. Putt like a rock is fine.


What is the LONGEST ball?




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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:28 PM

Out of all the balls I've tried, I'd say the Callaway HX-Hot. Hit some nasty long drives with one but wouldn't hold a green.
Never tried Pinnnacles, at least not in the past 8 years or so but I reckon they're similar to the Callaway.

For tour level balls, one of the older versions of the Bridgestone B330 went pretty far for me.
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:33 PM

Swings are so unique that this will greatly vary from person to person. for me personally, the Bridgestone e7 is the longest.


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

Agreed. All depends on the swing.


Don't know my SS as I stay away from monitors and such. I hit my drives about 250-270 on average. When I try, I can hit a few close to 300.


Looking for an all out distance ball. An experiment of sorts in the making.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 09:56 PM

I am pretty sure that the Pinnacle Gold Distance and the HX Hot are the two longest balls for most everybody when all other variables are equal.

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:18 AM

The Snake Eyes SDF (made by Wilson, sold by Golfsmith) is awful long.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:38 AM

Ditto Cally HX Hot. Stays in the air for ages, especially with iron shots. And yet it is actually playable around the greens and feels fine for putting. Ideal Winter or soaking wet course ammo. By all accounts the new Velocity does exactly what it says but haven't hit one yet.



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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:26 PM

top flite xl  -peerless in the long department. pinnacle gold is close

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:31 PM

Not gonna lie here... The Nike 20Xi X is pretty damn long...

Another one which I tried, but was in cold weather, is the Rocketballz.  That thing felt extremely long.
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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:55 PM

Slazenger Raw distance. Not the new ones these came in an antique looking box. I have never hit anything so dang long.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:07 AM

top flite makes some good balls... like the gamer v2 (not sure if they still make them or not)

But spin, compression, etc makes up distance so it comes down to your swing speed, ball speed, launch angle, etc

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:43 AM

View Postbenforeagle, on 11 April 2012 - 10:55 PM, said:

Slazenger Raw distance. Not the new ones these came in an antique looking box. I have never hit anything so dang long.
+1


I hit the longest drive of my LIFE with a box of Raw Distance Feel (blue box) I picked up on clearance. It was a 307y par4 with a nice breeze tailwind and I magically got it all on the sweetspot. I will refrain from posting how long I hit it because we all know WRX posters are full of crap and exaggerate everything {sarcasm} but it was so long my partner wanted to see the box to see if they were legal conforming balls and said it was longest drive he has ever seen in 25 years of playing golf.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:44 AM

Thier is no longest ball if you go by the USGA rules on golf ball.

All "legal:" golf balls have to pass the "initial velocity" and the "overall distance standard".

From most golf manufacture statement that I see, every ball is "at" or "nearly at" the the two USGA standards.

That being said, manufactures are now designing balls for specifice swing characteristcs.

Best thing is go on a launch monitor and find a ball that will give you the best performance according to your current swing.

The best overall numbers for a launch monitor is a 12 to 13 degree launch angle and 2200 to 2400 rpm of backspin.

Finding the ball that will give you those characteristics would give you a good start on finding YOUR longest ball.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

The new Titleist Velocity is pretty long.  Started using them right after they came out, easily getting 1 more club from all my irons and it absolutely bombs off the driver and it''s super straight.

Edited by WilburnLong, 12 April 2012 - 09:46 AM.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:52 AM

Oops, saw your post from April 8, don't understand why you want to stay away from a luanch monitor.

Saw where you want an experiment of sort in the making.

An experiment according to Webster
  • A test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis, or determine the efficacy of something previously untried.
Their is not better "controlled conditions" than with a launch monitor.  The numbers don't lie.



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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:36 AM

View PostToph84, on 08 April 2012 - 09:17 PM, said:

Feels weird to say but for some reason if I am thinking long, and long only, regardless of feel, spin, etc... Pinnacle Gold Distance....... There I said it

I would second, third and 4th this. These babies are mega-long. The older ones with the red/black triangle were the longest balls I'd ever hit. They had some that were gold distance "long drive" balls that are right there as well.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:47 AM

Long drive pinnacle goldspinnacle.jpg
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:04 PM

View PostToph84, on 12 April 2012 - 10:47 AM, said:

Long drive pinnacle goldsAttachment pinnacle.jpg

yep those are the ones!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:22 PM

A few mentioned the Callaway HX-Hot - my vote goes there.   I'll pull one of these out if i'm tryin' to win the long drive contest in a Captain's choice golf tournament.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:25 PM

This year's offerings?  Look at the Callaway Hex Black Tour or Chrome.  Those balls are insanely long.  My playing partner put the Black into play and he's murdering that thing.  I just put the Chrome into play (review posted in the golfball section under "Throwdown") and it was the longest ball I used in my test.

Yeah I was shocked too.  :D

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:47 PM

I remember the Top Flight Freak from a couple years ago...  I drove more greens with that ball than any other ball since.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:17 PM

View PostWilburnLong, on 12 April 2012 - 09:45 AM, said:

The new Titleist Velocity is pretty long.  Started using them right after they came out, easily getting 1 more club from all my irons and it absolutely bombs off the driver and it''s super straight.

i tried the velocity's for the 1st time this week. its was only 9 holes, but im buying a dozen more, they jumped off the face and were super long. ive been playing the hx hot for a while now, but the velocity may be replacing that ball.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:36 PM

Those blue ones from Put-Put.  Those things go a mile, even when you hit them as hard as you can with putter.



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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:41 AM

Callaway HX Hot
Pinnacle Gold
Vision X3 UV

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:30 PM

View Posttbowles411, on 12 April 2012 - 01:25 PM, said:

This year's offerings?  Look at the Callaway Hex Black Tour or Chrome.  Those balls are insanely long.  My playing partner put the Black into play and he's murdering that thing.  I just put the Chrome into play (review posted in the golfball section under "Throwdown") and it was the longest ball I used in my test.

Yeah I was shocked too.  :D

I agree, today I played 18, front 9 with a Bridgestone 330, back 9 with a Callaway Hex Black Tour. I thought the Hex Black was very long, it seemed much longer than the 330 and REALLY seemed to play well in the wind, especially off the tee, I hit some real bombs with it. BUT, I liked the 330 better overall, chipped and putted better with it. Like all things in golf the difference was probably mostly between my ears!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:37 PM

For me:

Pinnacle Gold
Top-Flite Freak
HX Hot


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:42 PM

The NIKE ONE BLACK is a long ball. I play it when it's hot out here in FL. To me, it has a cheap plasticky feel to the outer core, yet it compresses nicely against the driver face.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:22 AM

Anybody else playing the velocity?? What do you think of them?



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