Originally Posted by Strandly
Like I've posted elsewhere I didn't mind the Top Flite D2s I was using this summer, I think they're an excellent ball for a new player and can be found for a dollar a ball or less. I'm really not a fan of balls in the $25-40 range, you're paying a bunch of money for balls and still not hitting Pro V1s so it's basically money down the toilet IMO. Either pony up for Pro V1s and try like hell not to lose them or get the best ball for your money and go from there.
Dick's has Top Flite Gamer Tour on sale for $20 for a dozen and that's what I've been using lately, I like them. They also had Srixon Q-star on sale, 2 dozen for $45 I think the last time I looked which I think are also supposed to be an excellent ball.
Sorry, but I'm going to respectfully disagree with this. I see where you're coming from, but I have had the opposite experience. I used to game the ProV1, then the ProV1X, but now I have switched to the Callaway Hex Chrome. I got them for $31/dozen, and they react just as good, if not better than the ProV's. (keep in mind, this is for my game and not necessarily for everyone). The Chromes seem to cut through the wind better, stay straighter off the drive, same spin on irons, and even MORE spin on wedges and partial wedges. However, I also tried some of the lower balls (D2/Gamer/Q-Star/etc.) and felt like they didn't have enough magic around the green...inconsistent spin, felt a little hard off the wedge, and ultimately didn't feel great off the putter. Everyone is different, so I would at least try a couple of the middle-tier balls - it worked for me on my golf game as well as my wallet.