Friday, February 16, 2007

I recall bygone days when guys like Jerry Pate and Wayne Levi played fluorescent balls on the PGA Tour. Well, what's old is new again—colored balls are back. There's orange, pink and yellow, of course. But you'll also find fun variations like purple, blue and raspberry-colored balls gracing putting greens near you. The big difference is that the color craze today mostly targets slower swingers such as senior men and women. \n

Two others worth mentioning are Wilson's Hope and Precept's Tour Lady SIII.

Did you know?
Jerry Pate was the first Tour pro to use a colored ball in competition. The year was 1980. The ball: An orange Wilson ProStaff. \n

So what's your ball of choice? Are you loyal to a particular brand? Your fellow readers at reveal their ball DNA below.

1. Which one of these player types best describes your game?

High handicapper You have potential but must solve fundamental problems. 27.3 %
Power hitter You hit the ball a long way but your game needs control and consistency. 22.5 %
Low handicapper You play well but want to shave those last few strokes off your handicap. 22.3 %
Senior player You've lost some flexibility and power but you can still play well. 14.5 %
Straight hitter You keep the ball in play but lack of distance puts pressure on your game. 13.2 %

2. Which brand of ball do you play?
Titleist 44.5 %
Maxfli 11.5 %
Callaway 11.1%
Nike 8.1%
Bridgestone 4.7%
Precept 4.5%
Top-Flite 4.5%
Pinnacle 4.1%
Srixon 2.4%
Wilson 1.7%
Ben Hogan 0.9%
Slazenger 0.7%
Dunlop 0.7 %
Volvik 0.1 %

3. Which ball type do you most-often play?
  • Multi-layer high-performance 42.7 %

  • 2- or 3-piece ball 24.0 %

  • 2-piece performance 21.6 %

  • 2-piece value 11.7 %

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