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  04/28/2014

MAYBE THIS WILL HELP


Every golfer would like to have more distance but it is how a golf ball performs around the green that saves you the most strokes.  Golf Digest ran tests using both robot and player comments and here are the results.  All of these balls can be found at any of our wonderful golf retailers in the Myrtle Beach area.

Over $36.00

  • BRIDGESTONE B330/B330-S/B330-RX/B330-RXS

This series continues to be unmatched in its variety and commitment to ball-fitting.  An intriguing upgrade this year: water-infused cores designed to produce less driver spin.

GOLD RATING   $45

  • TITLEIST PRO V1/PRO VIX

The line-as reliably excellent in evaluations as ever-features the Pro V1 (feels softer and flies lower on iron shots) and Pro V1X (flies higher with a steeper landing angle).

GOLD RATING   $48

  • CALLAWAY SPEED REGIME (SR1,SR2,SR3)

Everybody has thought about matching golf-ball compression to different swing speeds.  But Callaway also found three unique dimple-pattern aerodynamics to maximize tee balls.

GOLD RATING   $48

  • TAYLORMADE  TOUR PREFERRED/TOUR PREFERRED X

As in previous Taylormade balls, both of these use multiple mantle layers to enhance performance for specific clubs.  A softer urethane cover is the major update this year.

GOLD RATING   $46

  • NIKE  RZN PLATINUM/RZN BLACK

Nike’s new resin polymer core features a waffled shape to improve energy transfer.  There’s also a softer cover on the Platinum (higher wedge spin) and Black (lower driver spin).

GOLD RATING   $46

  • SRIXON  Z-STAR/Z-STAR XV

Both balls feature new spin-reducing core technology, but it’s the outside that’s special: A new cover coating is designed to penetrate grooves for more short-shot spin.

GOLD RATING   $45

  • WILSON STAFF FG TOUR

Wilson study says two-thirds of golfers prefer “soft”.  So FG Tour’s new version has a compression 10-25 points lower than many tour balls.  A dual-mantle inside enhances speed.

GOLD RARING   $45

  • NICKLAUS  BLACK

This three-piece, urethane-covered ball is made for swing speeds of 95 miles per hour or higher.  The company will donate $20 to charity for every dozen purchased at this price.

Approach-SILVER RATING   $52

  • MAXFLI U/6, U6LC, U/6X

Each ball features six layers: a cover, four progressively denser mantles and a core.  The LC stands for lower compression.  The X is firmest to give faster swingers less driver spin.

SILVER RATING   $45

  • VOLVIK  WHITE COLOR S3/ WHITE COLOR S4

Both feature Volvik’s first urethane cover.  The main difference between the two is the S4’s firmer compression.  They’re the company’s best-spinning balls on wedge shots.

SILVER RATING   $45

$21-$36

  • TITLEIST  NXT TOUR

Both the dual-core and polymer-blend cover are softer than last year, but the ball still maintains low spin off the driver.

GOLD RATING $34

  • TITLEIST NXT TOUR S

Developed with input from average golfers, it has a soft core and polymer-blend cover.

GOLD RATING   $34

  • TITLEIST VELOCITY

The ball has been updated with a new dimple pattern that produces a shallower landing angle and more rollout on tee shots.

GOLD RATING   $27

  • SRIXON Q-STAR

A special coating on the cover helps increase friction to give you more short-game spin than typical Surlyn-covered , two-piece balls.

GOLD RATING   $25

  • TAYLORMADE  Rocketballz

The Surlyn cover on this three-piece ball is firmer than the 2012 version to provide more distance.

GOLD RATING   $26

  • TAYLORMADE  Project A

This three-piece ball’s urethane cover is designed to give you significantly more approach-shot spin than Surlyn-coverd balls.

GOLD RATING   $32

  • BRIDGESTONE E5

It’s a two-piece ball designed to launch high, but it’s the urethane cover that adds tour-level spin on short shots.

GOLD RATING   $27

  • BRIDGESTONE  E7

Of the three e-series balls, this is the one that emphasizes distance first thanks to a firmer core.  It also should fly a little lower.

GOLD RATING   $27

  • BRIDGESTONE  E6

The e6 is a consistent favorite in evaluations.  It’s also the softest e6 ever made thanks to a lower compression and softer Surlyn cover.

GOLD RATING   $27

  • NIKE  RZN RED

It’s got the waffled , polymer resin core of the tour balls but in a formula emphasizing distance.  Also, the cover is made of low-spin Surlyn.

GOLD RATING   $30

  • NIKE  RZN WHITE

The waffled core functions like it does on the Red, but it features a lower compression.  The cover is a softer Surlyn too.

GOLD RATING   $30

  • CALLAWAY  X2 HOT

The company’s softest three-piece ball has a dimple pattern designed to maximize ball speed for swings slower than 90 miles per hour.

GOLD RATING   $27

  • CALLAWAY  X2 HOT+

This ball’s dimple pattern is made for swings over 90 mph.  It’ also firmer than the X2 Hot, but softer than most tour balls.

GOLD RATING   $27

  • I NEED THE BALL  THE BALL

Laugh at the name if you want, but the cast urethane cover enhances wedge spin, and the tungsten-infused core helps control driver spin.

SILVER RATING   $35

  • RIFE  V-MOTION

It is hard to find these balls in most golf shops, but the cast urethane cover and inner mantle layer work together for short-shot spin.

SILVER RATING   $33

$20 AND UNDER

  • NIKE   POWER DISTANCE SOFT

This bargain favorite features a new, softer ionomer cover and a lower overall compression than its predecessor.

GOLD RATING   $16

  • TOP-FLITE  GAMER SOFT

One of the least expensive three-piece balls available.  The core and cover are softer than previous models to help

Golfers with non-tour swing speeds.

GOLD RATING   $20

  • CALLAWAY  SUPERSOFT

It’ Callaway’s softest two-piece ball in history and as soft as any we’ve seen ( the company says the core compression measures out at zero).

GOLD RATING   $20

  • WILSON STAFF   DUO

The Duo is designed with a softer compression rating that’s softer than typical two-piece distance balls.  It also will launch high on full swing shots.

GOLD RATING   $20

  • TITLEIST  DT SOLO

The two-piece design is still the Titleist standard for softness.  A new dimple pattern enhances surface coverage for a more consistent flight.

GOLD RATING   $20

I hope this help when you are here in Myrtle Beach and playing some great golf courses.

HINT:  If you keep it in the fairway you won’t need as many balls !!