$43 (per dozen),bridgestonegolf.com
IT'S FOR: All skill levels with swing speeds of 105 mph or lower.$43 (per dozen), bridgestonegolf.com
IT'S FOR: All skill levels with swing speeds of 105 mph or lower.
SKINNY: This Tour B330-RX has the same construction, performance characteristics, etc. as the existing ball in the marketplace. The paint job (yellow vs. white) is the only difference. The core is 8 percent softer than in the original Tour B330-RX from 2008, which contributes to a higher launch, steeper descent angle, and improved stopping power on scoring shots. Bridgestone brass believes that it's easier to see a yellow ball than a white one.
• Bridgestone ball-fitting information
2 of 7Schecter Lee
$26 (per dozen),callawaygolf.com
IT'S FOR: Accomplished players who want distance, feel and
control in a performance ball but won't pay for a "Tour" ball.$26 (per dozen), callawaygolf.com
IT'S FOR: Accomplished players who want distance, feel and control in a performance ball but won't pay for a "Tour" ball.
SKINNY: It offers better performance than HX Bite and more distance than HX Hot Plus. This 3-piece ball has a soft core (to reduce driver spin) that gets gradually firmer toward the perimeter (to increase greenside control). The inner cover bolsters ball speed while a soft ionomer outer cover enhances feel and short-game spin. The "HEX aerodynamic" dimple pattern reduces drag for a penetrating flight.
• Callaway ball-fitting information
3 of 7Schecter Lee
$46 (per dozen), nikegolf.com
IT'S FOR: Tour level players and skilled amateurs.$46 (per dozen), nikegolf.com
IT'S FOR: Tour level players and skilled amateurs.
SKINNY: The 4-piece ball, available by summer, has a story all its own. A lightweight rubber-less core (made of polymer) makes the mantle and cover 10 percent heavier. As a result, drives launch with less spin (100-200 rpm) but maintain spin longer for better carry and control. The 20XI-S (replaces One Tour) has Nike's softest urethane cover ever for max spin and feel on approach shots; the 20XI-X (replaces One Tour D) has a firmer cover for lower spin and more length.
• Nike ball-fitting information
4 of 7Schecter Lee
$45 (per dozen), srixon.com
IT'S FOR: Faster swingers (100+ mph) who produce
too much driver spin.$45 (per dozen), srixon.com
IT'S FOR: Faster swingers (100+ mph) who produce
too much driver spin.
SKINNY: The 4-piece ball has a new dual core (both the soft inner core and firmer outer core get progressively harder). The by-product is similar ball speed, yet less spin, off the driver than with Z-Star X (the ball it replaces). A new urethane cover material (softer, thinner than Z-Star X) should deliver more predictable spin from imperfect lies such as rough. Srixon claims the yellow ball enhances your ability to visualize flight.
• Srixon ball-fitting information
5 of 7Schecter Lee
$22 (per dozen),taylormadegolf.com
IT'S FOR: 0- to 15-handicappers.$22 (per dozen), taylormadegolf.com
IT'S FOR: 0- to 15-handicappers.
SKINNY: The 2-piece construction includes a slightly firmer, larger core and softer, thinner cover than its sister product (Burner). Expect Burner Tour to launch lower off the clubface, feel softer and spin significantly more on scoring shots from 100 yards and in. The Burner, by contrast, suits players who want a higher flight. The LDP (low-drag performance) dimple
design is engineered to help low-spin, off-center hits stay in the air longer and minimize distance loss.
• TaylorMade ball-fitting information
6 of 7Schecter Lee
$46 (per dozen),titleist.com
IT'S FOR: Golfers of all skill levels and swing speeds who want short-game control.$46 (per dozen), titleist.com
IT'S FOR: Golfers of all skill levels and swing speeds who want short-game control.
SKINNY: The multilayer Pro V1 and Pro V1x dominated the ball landscape during the past decade. The new Pro V1 boasts similar launch characteristics to "Pro V1 2009," spins slightly more throughout the bag and achieves similar distance and a more consistent, boring flight. It has a new core with uniform hardness, an ionomeric mantle (same material composition as Pro V1 2009) and urethane elastomer cover (same composition and thickness). The Pro V1x launches higher than Pro V1x 2009 and flies on a higher trajectory with the driver and long irons (shots peak farther downrange) for added distance. A new dimple pattern (with seven different dimple sizes) provides a more aerodynamic, consistent flight. The 4-piece balldual core (same material as Pro V1x 2009), mantle (same) and cover material (same with new aerodynamics)has similar spin attributes, feel and short-game performance as its predecessor
• Titleist ball-fitting information
7 of 7Schecter Lee
$16 (per dozen),topflite.com
IT'S FOR: Casual players who understand the benefits of a
softer ball (feel around green) and prefer a "value" price point.$16 (per dozen),topflite.com
IT'S FOR: Casual players who understand the benefits of a softer ball (feel around green) and prefer a "value" price point.
SKINNY: This 2-piece ball is softer than its predecessor, the D2 Feel, due to a softer core (overall compression is 5 to 8 points less). A proprietary "Dimple in Dimple" pattern maintains spin longer during flight to enhance carry distance. The D2+ Feel has a thinner, softer ionomer cover than its brethren (D2+ Straight, D2+ Distance and D2+ Diva) for greater control on scoring shots.
• Top-Flite ball-fitting information
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