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I play the Titelist Pro-V1 and the only reason, and I do mean only, is feel,,nothing more nothing less, I could care less how " far " it goes or how much bite, spin etc. etc. it has.

Nothing ( I have found anyway ) compares to that ball off the face of my driver, I love it off the face of my short clubs when hitting approach and chip shots and a very nice feel off my putter.

I don't use the Pro-V during cold weather,,certainly it has a " clunky " feel in cold conditions I use a " Noodle " for a lower end ( price wise ) it is an exceptional ball and one that is overlooked a great deal.

I have a golf buddy who plays off a 12 handicap,,,uses a Top-Flite " Gamer " on a regular basis, he loves the feel and it performs well for him.

So forget all the stats. and technical B.S. the ball manufacturers throw at you,,we're amateur golfers and most of us play on courses that are not even close to PGA tournament conditions.

Many of us wonder how the pros. can make the ball bite and impart backspin ( which is great to watch ) first of all they are hitting off fairways that are cut probably as tight as the greens we play on.

The caddies make sure the clubs ( especially the grooves ) are spotless and of course the players choice of ball,,,they could probably make a range ball back up out of knee high weeds.

So find a good ball that feels good,,,totally ignore the price,,just feel comfortable teeing it up a smack it !

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With you all the way on the feel thing provided it's a ball which grips well for approach shots/pitches into firm greens. That tends to mean I'm always after a urethane-coated ball. Disagree on the Pro-V1 thing though. The current V1 iteration is an abomination IMO; feels like a rock off my putter and on chips. Shame as some of the older versions were excellent, if over-priced, balls.

Been playing the Bridgestone B330-S and the Srixon Z-Star a lot recently, both of which I like. Also really like Wilson's FG Tour which is a bit softer feeling again - great value though.

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Originally Posted by misty_mountainhop

With you all the way on the feel thing provided it's a ball which grips well for approach shots/pitches into firm greens. That tends to mean I'm always after a urethane-coated ball. Disagree on the Pro-V1 thing though. The current V1 iteration is an abomination IMO; feels like a rock off my putter and on chips. Shame as some of the older versions were excellent, if over-priced, balls.

Been playing the Bridgestone B330-S and the Srixon Z-Star a lot recently, both of which I like. Also really like Wilson's FG Tour which is a bit softer feeling again - great value though.


I like the Bridgestone 330 (whichever version has the highest compression), TM Penta, Gamer V2 (lets call every version the V2 like Titleist does with their ProV1 even though it's "updated" all the time),  Titleist V1x, and I just read Wilson has the FG-Tour X at 93 compression which I'll probably prefer to the regular FG-Tour which felt really squishy and balloony to me. Yup, really looking forward to giving that Wilson a "spin".

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I progressed from the Gamer V2, to the Pro V1, and finally to the Pro V1x. I like the feel of the V1 off the putter, but I score better with the V1x. I can stop it just fine and I don't get that crazy spin I was getting with the V1. I have also been using the Nike 20xi x ball that seems very similar to the V1x.  I got a great deal on the Nike ball because my cousin is leaving Nike and is back on staff with Titleist so he gave me his supply.

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Penta is hands-down the best ball I've ever played.  Cuts through the wind, doesn't balloon up into the wind, and it holds the green with a 4-iron or a gap wedge.  I can also hit chips that hop-and-stop, or roll out, depending on what type of shot I want.

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I've played a bunch of different balls and brands this past year to find the ball I like the best. I played anywhere from a 2 piece to a 4 piece, cheap brands like slazenger to good brands like srixon, callaway, taylormade, nike. So far my favorite ball is the srixon z-star. Feels great off of every club and I just like the overall feel of the ball. The next would be a 4 piece nike I hit. Biggest thing for me is feel as well. The callaways are ok for the price but if im going to spend the money I might as well get what I like to hit.

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I've tried a wide variety of balls over the years.  For me the Titleist NXT Tour is the best bang for the buck.  But when I've got the money, my favorite ball is the Bridgestone B330RX.  For me at least, it performs just as well as the ProV but more durable.  A few weeks ago, I played a full round with only one B330.  Walking off 18, it was a bit dirty but not a single scuff.  I don't seem to play more than 6-7 holes without scuffing ProV's.

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