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Do you guys think the same ball will play different off of different clubs. Meaning if you played a ProV1 with Titleist clubs, would a ProV1 play different off of say taylormade clubs? Or would it be preference on the way a ball checks, workability, etc. It seems as though ProV's are the platinum standard. You would think all the pros would play ProV's
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Do you guys think the same ball will play different off of different clubs. Meaning if you played a ProV1 with Titleist clubs, would a ProV1 play different off of say taylormade clubs?

Or would it be preference on the way a ball checks, workability, etc. It seems as though ProV's are the platinum standard.

You would think all the pros would play ProV's

Yes it would play slightly differently because different clubs can have different weight/CoG locations. But a Titleist MB will basically play the same as a TaylorMade MB,etc.

Not all pros play ProV1's.

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Do you guys think the same ball will play different off of different clubs. Meaning if you played a ProV1 with Titleist clubs, would a ProV1 play different off of say taylormade clubs?

Or would it be preference on the way a ball checks, workability, etc. It seems as though ProV's are the platinum standard.

You would think all the pros would play ProV's

I think the more substance is in your latter assertion. It is an interesting idea (logically a club and ball maker will test and develop using their clubs vs. the competitor, right), but I don't think you will find anything so unique in clubhead design that it is not present in other manufacturers. Some balls may be designed for particular types of clubs/players, but not anything specific to a manufacturer.

There is a lot of personal preference involved in ball selection. I always say, if you want a different ball, forget distance issues (the USGA distance standard pretty much places a ceiling for that and everyone is near it). Start on the green and work out from there. A lot of it is about feel. Titleist is the beneficiary from superior reputation and marketing. The #1 Ball in Golf is a bit of a tautology. If you grabbed one of the top-line balls of each manufacturer, you would probably find minimal performance differences. The question is if you could test several dozen of each, how consistent would those balls be.This is where both manufacturing and USGA testing has improved over the years (in my opinion).

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I think the more substance is in your latter assertion. It is an interesting idea (logically a club and ball maker will test and develop using their clubs vs. the competitor, right), but I don't think you will find anything so unique in clubhead design that it is not present in other manufacturers. Some balls may be designed for particular types of clubs/players, but not anything specific to a manufacturer.

There is a lot of personal preference involved in ball selection. I always say, if you want a different ball, forget distance issues (the USGA distance standard pretty much places a ceiling for that and everyone is near it). Start on the green and work out from there. A lot of it is about feel. Titleist is the beneficiary from superior reputation and marketing. The #1 Ball in Golf is a bit of a tautology. If you grabbed one of the top-line balls of each manufacturer, you would probably find minimal performance differences. The question is if you could test several dozen of each, how consistent would those balls be.This is where both manufacturing and USGA testing has improved over the years (in my opinion).

@JoePete ,

I admit I had to look up the definition of "tautology"  Well played!  I also concur that you should start at the green and work outward to chose a ball.  That being said, Titleist has earned quite a bit of their reputation with regards to their ball, marketing aside.

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I don't see how golf balls could get any better, it seems like they have it all. How much further would the best distance ball go over ProV, Zstar, etc..
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