Longest premium ball; XV, Pro V1X, B330, TP5, Hex BlackSS 98MPH
Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:58 AM
Distance wise both balls were within a couple of yards of each other but my primary criteria for ball is its performance around the green. I prefer the Hex Black.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:24 AM
I have compared these balls pretty extensively and they are all really good. I know that is probably not the answer you were looking for but it's the truth. I think the Callaway, Bridgestone, and Srixon are superior in the wind. the Hex black is very similar to the Pro V1x in terms of greenside spin and distance off the tee. The Pro V1x feels the best off the putter and for short chip shots around the green. I play Titleist because it seems to give me the most CONSISTENT distance from all of my clubs. Remember that you only hit your driver, at most, 14 times in a round of golf. Picking up 5 yards is not going to mean a whole lot if you don't stick the ball on the green close to the pin. I would advise you to get a sleeve of each and experiment with the balls by practicing approach shots, chips, flops, pitches around the green. Putt with all the balls as well - you'll notice difference in sound/feel. For me a lot of it is mental as well and i just like the class look of a titleist ball. Good luck.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:13 PM
Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:57 PM
Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:50 AM
For whatever reason, I just could not get the same distance with the B330. It was always well short of the others (based on GPS and course markers). I was going to blame it on compression but I think the XV has a higher compression rate. Swing? Maybe, but with a consistently bad or good swing it is still shorter ... Not sure what it is.
Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:55 AM
Those are are good balls, just need to find what feels best and performs best overall, including full and partial wedge shots, chipping and putting.
Overall, I like the Hex Black and Penta (new one, not so much the original).
V1 is too spinny off irons, XV not enough around greens.
Hex Black is best in wind, then Penta/330
Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:05 PM
Maybe that's a function of my swing and angle of attack. As I've gotten older, my swing speed, of course, has decreased. It's right around 101-102 mph now. I've tried the lower compression balls, like the B330 RX, but find they are not any longer and don't perform for me as well around the greens. So, I choose my ball based on short-game performance and feel off the putter.
Well said, when peeps finally figure out that you score with irons, short game and putter, and distance isn't the entire game, they'll do as we have and choose ball based on overall performance.
I have to agree, I think that since USGA limits how far any ball can travel, it comes down to matching your swing to ball that performs best for that swing. I've tried about every tour ball ever released, at least 2 sleeves, and ultimately they are all pretty close on well struck drives when it comes to distance.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:55 PM
Spin - Probably the B330
I like the XV and the B330 in the wind best . I playerd the ProV-1X for many years and found it to be a great ball for both of the above. Actually all the balls that you mentioned are great balls and can perform for anyone as each swing is so very different.
The thing for both distance and spin for me is the quality of the contact. If I'm hitting it pure I find that the ball I play doesn't make a lot of difference. I played some rounds in the low 70's with Slazengers and done the same the next day with a XV.
Posted 31 October 2012 - 07:42 AM
Edited by ceasterb, 31 October 2012 - 07:42 AM.
Posted 31 October 2012 - 08:15 AM
I just prefer yellow balls.
Edited by goobers80, 31 October 2012 - 08:16 AM.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:50 AM
This is a love it or hate it ball. I thought it didn't fly as far as the V1X. I have found the XV do everything just right.
Longest: V1X, Hex Black
Greenside: V1, TP5
Feel off Irons and Wedges: TP5, XV
Best all around: XV hands down!!! It's not the top ball in any category for me but is a solid performer in all categories and can hold its own with the best of 'em.
Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:21 PM
Posted 07 November 2012 - 01:02 PM
Pro V1X was longest (except for Black) on Irons and Woods. Almost half club with 7 iron than Srixon and Nike. 3-5 yards difference even with SW. Penta feels good and smooth with driver but Wedges don't react consistently. Bridgestone is way shorter and no spin or feel. Hated it.
So I go with the PRO V1X as it has the best overall feel with reasonable distance. If don't need extra distance, then PRO V1 due to short game improvement. I don't spin a ball a lot (seldom back one up) but do hit drop and stop (within 2 feet) shots and hit lots of short pitches where feel is critical. Typical old fart - up and down, up and down.
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