GolfNews - Golf Ball Showcase 2017
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What’s round, sometimes white, flies through the air at speeds of more than 150mph, and rarely listens to the person that hits it?
TITLEIST PRO V1/PRO V1x
£52 for 12, titleist.co.uk
TITLEIST PRO V1x
£52 for 12, titleist.co.u
CALLAWAY CHROME SOFT
Offering tour-level performance at a mid-price point, the new Chrome Soft boasts a four-piece construction, with a dual speed core that promotes even faster ball speed with low driver spin, while offering higher short iron spin on all shots to the green. A soft urethane cover delivers all-round feel, while Callaway’s HEX dimples provides aerodynamic control in all conditions.
CALLAWAY CHROME SOFT X
£32.99 for 12, callawaygolf.com
The Chrome Soft X has been designed to offer a lower spinning, more penetrating, and slightly firmer feeling alternative to the Chrome Soft. Boasting a four-piece design, it features a Dual SoftFast core that increases speed for improved distance, while HEX dimples reduce drag to help it stay in the air longer. A soft urethane cover increases spin control and feedback for better chipping and putting feel. It comes in white, yellow and TruVis colours.
A new dimple pattern and redesigned cores help the new Z-Star and the firmer-feeling Z Star XV carry farther and perform more consistently in the wind. The core has a harder outer layer and a sorter inner layer, which encourages a higher launch angle and lower driver spin, while the new dimple pattern increases lift after the ball reaches it apex. A new cover coating increases friction on short shots, especially from the rough. The XV is ideal for faster swing speeds (100mph+).
SRIXON AD333 TOUR
Price: £60, honmagolf.co.uk
Featuring more layers than any other ball on the market, the six-layer TW-G6 features a core, four inner layers – which become firmer from in to out – and a urethane cover. They combine to produce a high initial velocity and a higher ball flight off the long clubs, while the ultra-soft outer cover increases spin and soft feel on approach shots.
WILSON STAFF FG TOUR
German golf brand Vice Golf has la range of balls that bypasses the traditional distribution channels to be purchased online directly from the manufacturer. The new Pro+ is a four-piece design that features a urethane cover that offers the high levels of spin on short iron shots, and low spin off the driver. A dual casing and a 338-dimple design offers lower ball flight and extra distance. The balls are sold on volume, so a dozen costs £29.88 (£2.49 per ball), while five dozen costs £107.40, which is £1.79 per ball.
Price: £39, brandfusion.co.uk
Aimed at golfers with mid-level with swing speeds (80-90mph), the three-piece Vivid has a compression of just 65, which helps slower swingers gain more distance through lower spin, while providing a softer feel on shots around the green and more consistent flight. It comes in a choice seven different eye-catching colour options of red, orange, pink, green, lime, blue and white.
TAYLORMADE PROJECT (A)
The Project (A) is designed to bring tour-level technology – multiple layers, urethane cover and increased short-game spin – to mid-to-high handicappers. Boasting a low compression of 70 (compared to 88 in the original model), which comes from a 33% softer core, it delivers more spin on mid and short irons, while a soft urethane cover provides higher greenside spin, softer feel and improved durability.
TITLEIST NXT TOUR
WILSON DX3 SPIN
CALLAWAY SUPERHOT 70
A three-piece model featuring a ionomer cover, the SuperHot 70 features a slightly higher compression than its predecessor, the Superhot 55, and is aimed at players looking for more velocity off the clubface. The middle layer helps control spin so longer shots fly straighter, while a re-worked Hex dimple pattern produces stable ball flight. It comes in a 15-ball pack.
SRIXON SOFT FEEL
The new 60-compression Soft Feel features a softer cover and a lower compression core, and offers improved greenside spin and enhanced accuracy. A re-worked Energetic Gradient Growth Core results in even softer feel on all full shots, without sacrificing distance and accuracy. The Ionmer cover is 11% thinner and 5% softer than the previous model, and features a new dimple design that results in less drag, and more penetrating ball flight.
TITLEIST DT TRUSOFT
A long-standing staple in Callaway’s ball arsenal, the two-piece Warbird has been relaunched with a new, livelier core engineered to transfer impact energy into ball speed with greater efficiency, promoting more distance. A new HEX dimple configuration reduces drag to increase carry and encourage stable flight in the wind.
Pinnacle's softest ball ever produces low spin for distance. pinnaclegolf.com
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