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  1. Mizuno’s first American golf balls: RB Tour and RB Tour X If you live in the U.S. you might have heard rumors of Mizuno golf balls over the years or even seen images of some on the web but most likely never played one. Those days are about to end. The new Mizuno RB Tour and... I think Mizuno is underrated for a lot of things, like drivers, but… I think I'll pass, mostly because of the price.
  2. I'm looking for recommendations on balls, grips, or other types of equipment that you all like that are not from a big name company. Most people will use Taylormade, Titleist, Callaway clubs, etc. but there is a growing market for smaller name companies. For example, four years ago, not many people knew what Parsons Golf (PXG) was and now they have a dozen or more tour pro's on staff. What recommendations do you all have?
  3. I first met with and talked about golf with Dean Snell when he was the main man at TaylorMade's moderately lavish TP Red/Black launch event the weekend before the 2006 Masters at Reynolds Plantation (coverage here, here, here, here, and elsewhere on the The Sand Trap .com). Dean had been snagged by TaylorMade after helping Titleist introduce the Pro V1/V1x to the golf world. A little while ago, we solicited questions from you, the members and readers of The Sand Trap .com, and what follows are Dean's responses to the first chunk of those questions. You'll notice that we jump right in to the Q&A. If you'd like to read more about Dean Snell, you can do so here. If you'd like to check out Snell's golf balls, they're right here. And of course, everything else is available at http://snellgolf.com/. One last note: Dean broke up a few of the questions so that he could more clearly answer pieces of them the way he wanted. Aside from editing for spelling/grammar, we've left these changes as is. Now, right into the Q&A… Technology Questions 1) How big of a difference is there between premium golf balls? DEAN: The biggest difference today between premium tour balls is the short game spin and control. Typically, when spin is controlled with mid and short irons, you can prevent the ballooning and problems in the wind… and when you get closer to the green, the thinner urethane covers allow for more short game spin and control. 2) Reducing SKUs seems wise but what percentage of golfers do you think you cover with only two models? Bridgestone has four B330 models but you have just one urethane ball. DEAN: I think two to three models is sufficient for entire market. The tour level players can really tell the difference in performance from one ball to another. some like more, some less spin… some firmer, some softer feel… so maybe two balls at tour level. As for the general public, I think if they choose to play a low compression, low spin ball, then the difference is so small that adding more for them is not worth it… also, when some companies talk about swing speed, I do not think this is worth having 3 SKU to fool consumers into thinking they need this in their game. 3) Bridgestone (and I think Callaway) has come out with tour caliber balls for players who swing under 105mph. Is it possible to design a tour caliber ball for a specific segment of swing speed or is this just mostly a marketing thing? DEAN: The whole swing speed story to me is one of the most over-rated stories in golf. Companies force or teach golfers to play low compression balls so their low swing speed can compress the ball. The problem with this is that low compression balls have the lowest spin in all shots, so they are pushing players to play a ball with no performance at all… and when you need that spin around the green, it's not there… 4) Since the four piece urerthane seems so hot in the ball industry right now, is there any chance that Snell will come out with a four-piece ball? DEAN: Stay tuned… I am working on several types of protos to address performance. I think when there is a performance target, then we adjust to the layers and materials to meet that target… so layers to help in meeting these targets… let it develop… ha ha… 5) How much diminishing returns are there on the number of layers? DEAN: Every time you add a layer, you add cost and some level of new performance. When I did penta (5 layers) it was to address concerns with the tour players on certain shots that they were seeing. So I always recommend that players do 100 yard and in testing, and see what they like in the ball… choose the ball from the short game testing, as this is where they are different. 6) From your perspective, will you follow the market trend and produce a soft golf ball? DEAN: The GET SUM is very low compression, very soft feeling golf ball. The issue in tour balls going too soft is you lose the feel of hitting good solid shots… players think soft means more spin at that level, so we have to balance this in design. 7) And would you describe why the market is "Hot with Soft or Softer" golf balls? DEAN: The soft golf ball market has taken off due to the lower spinning balls means players can be longer in distance. Today, softer balls means lower spinning, whereas in the past tour balls were higher spinning if softer… 8) Given what we now know about the relative importance of the full swing (driving, approach shots) and the short game and putting, does the old concept of fitting yourself for a golf ball by starting at the green and working backward still apply? DEAN: Absolutely… you should really spend a lot of time from 100 yards and in when testing different golf balls. This is where they are different, and where you would be able to see performance differences. If you test here and cannot tell, then buy the cheapest one. 9) Or should more importance be given to how the ball performs off the driver and irons, which are now understood to be the true scoring clubs? DEAN: No chance. Fitting a ball with a driver is a big mistake… you hit one drive, but you have to finish the hole, and play most of your golf around the greens, so choose a ball around the green, not off the tee. They will all go about the same difference off the tee today. 10) Is electronic technology embedded within the golf ball ever going to happen? For instance are we likely to see trackers or sensors anytime soon? I have tested this concept several years ago. Problem is that it is illegal to the rules of golf. The USGA will not allow, as you would have an advantage over someone else who did not have it. The other problem is that it was super expensive — over $4 per ball to have technology put into the ball — so it added $48 per doz, plus you had to buy the controller to find it… it does not really speed up play unless everyone on the course has it… which will be tough to implement. We look forward to bringing you the additional parts of this Q&A in the coming weeks. Thank you to Dean Snell for taking the time to answer these and the other questions still pending. Again, if you're looking to pay less AND get the best ball on the market today, https://snellgolf.com/.
  4. The “2017 Snell PGA Championship Prediction Contest” got me thinking about golf balls. When I first starting playing golf, I pretty much paid no attention to the brand or model. A golf ball was a golf ball as long as it wasn’t damaged. The only brand/model that I can recall from my youth was the “Wilson K28.” Someone (perhaps the club pro?) told us that the “Wilson K28” was a good golf ball so every Father’s Day for several years we bought my father a dozen. He was never much of a golfer and my guess is a few decades later, there were still one or two Wilsons rolling around in his golf bag. Some of you older golfers might remember the “British Open Ball” prior to 1974. The R&A’s minimum diameter was 1.62 inches versus the USGA conforming 1.68 inch minimum diameter. All the professionals who played in “The Open” prior to 1974 would switch to the smaller version as it was believed to go farther and was less affected by the wind. Beginning in 1974, “The Open” switched to the larger ball and by 1990, all conforming golf balls were 1.68 inches or larger in diameter. I once found a “small ball” and while I can’t state whether it went further, it was visually smaller. Today, many of the non-conforming maximum distance balls (e.g. “Bandit”) are made with smaller diameters. After graduating from college I began to become aware of different golf brands and models. My ball selection primarily involved superstition. If I had a particularly good round or two playing a Maxfli DDH, that became my ball until I lost all the Maxfli’s. Eventually I would have another nice round while playing a Wilson Ultra and that would become my ball until that supply was exhausted. The nice part about the cheaper brands and models was they were “cut proof” because of the Surlyn cover. If one played a Titleist Professional, with its balata cover, a thin 3-iron could almost cut the ball in half. We amateurs had lots of experience putting a “smile” on the ball with poorly hit shots. With the introduction of the ProV1, the consensus was that it was the “best”. I avoided playing ProV’s for a long time because my game wasn’t good enough (plus the $50 a dozen cost). Eventually, I found enough pristine ProV’s that I decided to give them a go. I am sure I do not get all the performance an excellent player might get, but more often than not, one will find me playing Titleist. The grandkids give me a dozen each Christmas, decorated with Christmas and Winter themes (no Snowmen!!). I am looking forward to trying out what Snell has to offer when I win the contest. Sorry fellas, you are all playing for 2nd place.
  5. Hey guys, I know there is a thread about Vice Pro and Pro+ balls, but Vice now has a new ball, the Pro Soft. These balls come with a "matte" finish, not a glossy finish, and also are available in colors. They are supposed to be designed for slower swing speeds, and since I'm 63 and have lost some speed and flexibility, thought I'd order some. So...I thought I'd ask if anyone else has tried them. My first impression was this balls looks weird (because the finish is flat, no shine), but after a few swings that didn't bother me. What struck me was this ball is like soft butter off my putter, but felt very firm off my driver. It seemed to have really good spin...a 7 iron from ~148 yards out stopped about six inches from its pitch mark, and a 6i from ~160 to an elevated green ended up about four feet from where it hit. Wedges checked up very nicely on short pitches, when sometimes I get roll out with my regular ball. The ball feels really good off my irons, and like I said above, it feels firm off my driver but like soft butter off my putter, and I've never played a ball that felt like that before. Am I crazy, or can a ball feel that different with different clubs? Overall, I think like this ball better than what I was playing (Wilson Duo Spin). Has anyone here played these?
  6. http://www.titleist.com/teamtitleist/b/tourblog/archive/2016/05/13/inside-titleist-the-story-of-the-script
  7. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Srixon-Q-Star-Balls-1-Dozen-White/dp/B00B1MZ22C/ref=gbps_tit_s-3_0842_845b76eb?ie=UTF8&qid=1453152633&sr=8-3&keywords=srixon+golf+balls&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=2338600842&pf_rd_s=slot-3&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=gb_main&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=002EBB7XZ7E71K1YEWCP
  8. I recently purchased a sleeve of pro v 1's. I have been playing the x model. I heard Adam Scott plays the pro v 1 regular. Not sure if this is true or not. Anyway, not sure if it was just me, but I did not seem to lose any distance on my driver or irons. The ball seemed to play well around the greens too-plenty of spin. I would be interested to see what others experience has been with these two balls.
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