Originally Posted by colin007
I would love to see Golf Digest use this to do objective club and ball reviews instead of their woefully subjective Hot List garbage.
Not likely to happen, besides GD uses a panel of players of various golf levels. Some of them I know and would trust their opinion. Golf balls are so subjective anyway. What may feel great one 85 degree day may not feel quite right on a 65 degree day. One day you are hitting it flush, the next day you are missing a few. The difference from a quote "long distance " $20 a dozen ball and a premium $50 per dozen is about 3 yards, maybe 5. Spin rate off the driver for the same " might be " 150 RPMs or less than 7% for a so called spin ball.
The biggest difference between the $20 per doz vs the $50 per dozen is 8,9,pw and wedge on in. The spin rates are much higher, a majority of golfers can not activate the spin, therefore what they really feel is the cover both on their scoring irons and putter. The ball, companies want you to believe their is a bigger difference, they want us to believe we can feel a core difference, maybe <1% maybe able to.
I think the USGA stopped using Iron. Byron in 1998 for testing in favor of more accurate and readily available data thru technology.