Should I play the Pro V1 instead of the HX Diablo Tour?
Average Score: low 90's to very high 80's
SS: 90 MPH
What do you think?
I have an 87-90 mpf SS as well.
I have played both the Pro V1X and the Diablo Tour(got 4 doz last year for $10/doz)
Frankly, I prefer the Pro V1x.
Same distance and much better feel.
However, at $10/dozen vs $45/dozen I played the Diablo Tours pretty much all last year.....and still have one dozen left.
Academy Sports and Walmart both sell used PROV1 and V1x ($25 plus tax) and used "spin series" ($20 plus tax) balls for much cheaper than they are brand new. The "spin series" has a few NXT and NXT Tour balls which is a "step below" the PROV1/V1x. I like all four balls except that the NXT's scuff easier. I suggest you buy a box and see how it goes.
Also if you have a Golf Galaxy nearby, they will fit you for the kind of ball you should play with.
I play the Srixon Q Star but last time out I went birdie,birdie, par using a found ProV1, though I think it had more to do with me actually getting into somewhat of a groove than the ball itself. I really like the ball but my game is nowhere near where it needs to be to justify spending $45 for a dozen of them when I can get the Srixon's for $25 or even the Nike PD Soft for $15. I do seem to find a lot on the course though and I regularly encourage hackers like myself to purchase them so I can continue to do so.
I played ProV1x's for most of the year, then started to try other things. The only thing that came close for me was the 330RX-S. Actually, the KickX that I got from Erik was just as good, too.
Fooled around with the Gamer V2 as well. Its not in the same category but I did break 80 for the first time ever, using it.
I would say that if you don't lose a lot of balls off the tee, go premium.
Try that out and check out the regular Callaway Hex Chrome as well. I recently made the switch from ProV1X to Hex Chrome and couldn't be happier (both on the golf course and in my wallet). Chromes run about $31 a dozen, and they are the only ball under $40 that really "reacts" the way I want it to.
Ive been playing, "budget" balls lately mostly for straighter shots but my approach shots dont hold the green as well as Id like and I recently started using the Bridgestone B330-RXS. So far, so good! My approach shots hold the green much better and I havent really noticed a huge difference in terms of distance or accuracy off the tee.