Pros: Durabiltiy, distance
Cons: Short game feel
The Volvik White Color is not actually white, rather is a hybrid between white and a blue pearl which is supposed to help increase visibility. In your hand, the addition of the blue color is very obvious and definitely explains the “white color” name, however in play this ball looked as white as any other ball. My eye did not readily pick up on the added effect.
Overall, I found this ball to be easy to track and find in the rough, but did not feel the hybrid color increased visibility over a traditional white ball.
The S3 performed well on full swing shots. I did not have any loss of distance or excessive side spin. The ball provided great feel and sound off the driver and irons. The S3 seemed to have more run out, which was a plus off the driver but something I had to be conscious of for shots into the green.
In the short game area is where the S3 left me slightly unimpressed. Although it’s performance characteristics are similar to the Vista iS, this ball felt and sounded like it was harder. Short pitches and chips had a crisp click, but I was not able to get the ball to stop quickly. Putting provided the same type feel, a hard click, which was simply unappealing to me. I did not have distance control problems, it was purely the sound of impact with the putter.
Overall, the White Color S3 is a great ball with many positive attributes. I would definitely recommend this ball to a playing partner if they are against bold colors like orange or yellow. However, because of a few personal preferences and the fact the White Color and Vista are at the same price point, I would choose the Vista over the White Color S3.