However, if the t ball you are hitting doesn’t go as far but one likes the feel, one could always move up a tee. Many golfers prefer soft feel, and I suspect that’s how we got into what I would call the soft feel mess. Or is it more like -5? Congrats! After looking at data I decided to test the CS vs the Maxfli tour, a ball by the way I wouldn’t have even considered before seeing data from test. Compression is overrated; the mantle and dimple design matter a lot more. I never knew so much could affect the play of one’s game. Does any know what the Costco sold Callaway Tour Soft. What is with the severe test results with Srixon XV being way offline? Virtually the same price. Check out our list of the best performing balls to help narrow down your selection, buy a sleeve of each, and then try them out for yourself to see which is best for your game. Most “mid” balls are softer balls, and as we’ve heard many times: “Softer is Slower.” Also, Quality Control costs money, and the only ways to get the price point of a ball down are to minimize quality checks/testing and to use cheaper components and production methods. Great research and report. Thanks. I’m not sure I understood why Titleist pro v1x is for slow speed swing. Can’t wait to get it on the course. Unless there’s a specific reason to go soft, if you’re closer to 100 than 80, the data suggests you’d likely be better off in the mid to high compression range. The cores are visibly different. Would the lower launch, higher spin and compression balls create more carry problems? You didn’t happen to take advantage of any of those “special” offers recently, did you? Distance isn't the MTB-X's only advantaged, however. The numbers from the test appear to validate my suspicions. I’m more than a little concerned about the offline data for what we would believe are from top tier golf balls, that is just baffling that they can have that poor of control in manufacturing to result in data like that. So at 100 mph the combined Driver & 7i distance for a Bridgestone B rx is 411.44 yards. Did you know that there is a specific kind of golf ball designed for the way you play and your skill level? For the next level (VERY GOOD), the first part holds true, but there were things we saw during testing that raised a red flag or two. Bravo! As you state if you receive a poorly manufactured ball then it could be no fault of the player. as well as honest reporting on the latest issues affecting the game One question I do have however, pertains to the TP5 and TP5X. At 95-100, you’re probably not fast enough to legitimately benefit from a low compression ball, so I’d probably look at a lower spinning, mid-compression ball. seam/no seam, CG, etc.)? Reading some other forums I read a lot about the Wilson Duo Urethane, but based on the data above from the 85 115mph range they had a performance rating of fair. Golfers need to know how much difference there is and why it matters. Thank Gawd! Out how my average drive went from 230-240 all the way back to 210 or less. It’s not a sales pitch for The Snell MTB-X—it’s a wealth of data that you can use. Choose one ball, and play it every round and every shot. The Volvik S4, Kirkland 3-Piece, and Mizuno RB Tour and RB Tour X are notable for being lower launch, high spin balls, while the Srixon QStar Tour, Titleist Tour Soft (Ionomer) and Callaway ERC Soft (ionomer) offer high launch with low spin. I’ll bet the losers that believe in Science and statistical analysis who play Titliest ProVxs can’t claim any of that. Once upon a time, we had a sponsor finish DFL in a driver test. Do you refer to distance? In other words, it will hold the green better. Well looks like I have to test the PROV1 vs SNELL MTB based on my specs. Could you put the stats for the 4 piece into perspective? Many of the smaller brands are a step further removed from the process in that they’ve played minimal to no role in the design but instead have purchased and branded a white label factory ball. Since I started playing Chromesoft ™balls I haven’t missed a put from inside 20 yards, that my hair is thicker and more luxurious, I’ve lost 20 pounds in weight, I’ve beaten Vladmir Puttin in match-play, random women think I’m Phil Mickelson, and Stormy Daniels says I’m better in bed than Tiger Woods. It goes along ways out there but, has a fairly wide landing area. My swing speed is just at 100 on average and obviously sometimes reaches upwards of 105. The Top 5 distance balls at this speed were as follows (the data in ( ) indicates the rank vs. all 63 balls tested). Of course, that has to do with my swing. You don’t shave 10 strokes just from a ball… you had better hits, probably got the club face a bit more square, probably got some putts in sooner… the ball matters yes but I highly doubt you can attribute that much change that quickly to a ball. They also forgot zbout them. Golf balls are not 100% consistent, not perfect, and it’s pretty disconcerting when you realize that through no fault of your swing, a near perfectly struck ball can still go OB. Watch out for the killer rabbit. He is the designer of the original Pro V1…..which is why his balls do compare…often favorably in performance and they are generally $12 less per dozen….if you buy in bulk. Thanks. So this is where the “Aha Moment” happened. Needed it to warm up a bit to see consistent results. But starting out with a ball that goes perfectly straight etc. Deemples has listed 7 best golf balls of 2019 to save your time and play golf without any hassle. I think you’ll want to look at the standard deviations tab in the raw data table, and look for the smallest standard deviations in whatever category is most important to you. As for your question, I believe MGS already stated they’d redo the tests every year. If your ball is too cold, or too hot for that matter, you may lose speed and control. 1. I played on a course last weekend that I have never played. Wanna know how I know that this is a comprehensive, unbiased & well presented report? Try the Snell balls gents, you will NOT be disappointed! I know it’s not the focus of the article, but knowing the variables does provided added context to the results. From an actual performance perspective, it’s not something we’ve looked at. Until Callaway released the new CSX Triple Track (a ball that’s significantly different from the non-TT CSX), next to none of its PGA Tour staff played the retail ball. social media departments in marketing and PR firms are hiring! At Fair, we don’t think the performance is competitive AND there are consistency red flags I think there is a problem with this, could you please check this. Flight accuracy is the top priority for a golf ball in my opinion, but obviously it’s not in your opinion. Awesome study. Heck, even the illegal fly straight Polara Ball can’t prevent that slice once the arms start overruling the hips. Otherwise, I have no clue which ball is best for ME based on robots hitting balls. My junior plays both Wilson DUO pro and Chromesoft. TaylorMade has a factory in the USA, but they use it only to put the cover on the balls. This is why I continue to donate – if you don’t – do – Thanks and love the charts and conclusions. I ve tried them all, and i only consistently break 80 with xs or pro v1x even though i dont care for the feel of v1x. Then a year or so ago Golfworks had a discontinued urethane cover at stupid price. Here they actually disprove that low speed stuff with greater distances in the longer irons. We are independent, unbiased and always put the #ConsumerFirst. Callaway should have never stopped making the TOUR IX. I am in the middle of the ball testing process right now. Terrific article MGS! Brad, I let my playing partner play with the Kirkland last week. Swing speed: 120-125+ You could have asked. To me the most important spec would be flight direction accuracy. Started with Chrome balls, after I did one of those online ball fittings. I know it is only two rounds and yes the Chrome soft feels better. new ball. DB says “All it does is give you a sample of test data to look at and compare” Exactly consider before this test it was like a state secret how one golf ball compared to one another. That said, when a ball goes significantly offline in a robot test, it’s plenty obvious. Maybe with this additional data from MGS, that soft balls are also short, the facade of feel will become less relevant. Believe me—I’ve watched video reviews, read thousands of reviews, and wrote 100’s of them myself. I have a question about the raw data though. There are 3 game types in Deemples: Single flight, Multi Flight, and Driving range. You broke the internet, the charts aren’t coming through. I would really like to hear what he has to say about this test. Thanks again for all your hard work! My guess is most people on here are somewhere closer to the middle of that range and would need that data to make this review more applicable. Some balls are gamers. MGS, I meant no disrespect on my comment, I love the work you guys do. 70 MPH Driver The Bridgestone 2019 e6 Golf Balls are a triumph of golf ball technology and single-handedly demonstrate just how much progress developers have made throughout the years. No feel and distance was lacking. With that being said, congrats man, that’s a helluva score shave, Dave before you attack the ball results, run your own test. If you hit your pitching wedge 120 yards on average, you want it to go 120 yards when you hit it; what you don’t want is a ball that flies 120 yards and sucks back 15 feet. I think they’re going to become very popular in short order. Would you be willing to help by giving a donation? What where the references or guidelines for dividing the balls into the different catagories? The next level down are balls that we had one or two minor concerns, but nothing entirely disqualifying. This is so awesome; both the mygolfspy review and but BernieZ40’s post. Same with the ZStar XV and in similar respects, the Tour BX S. Just wondering why the b xs would get a ding for dispersion when it had tighter str dev on offline than the b x which got the excellent rating…. So if you have two balls that are, for example, not perfectly balanced, and one his hit with a slight fade, and the other with a slide draw, you’re going to get a wider shot area than you would for two balls that are really out of balance, but just happen to be hit with a draw bias (or with the heavy side tilting left). Because it ensures consistent contact from swing to swing. Used Pro V1x practice balls all winter. THANK YOU for your hard work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1_YllqrEE8, TXG Tour Experience Golf However in all your metrics, they seem to be slower/shorter/wilder/less consistent than the competition. Interesting to see where my current ball (Chrome Soft X) places on the ball speed chart. Our data suggests that the golf ball might be the single most important decision you make about what goes in your bag. I fell like I am hitting the ball thin with the bx. I understand that testing takes time but wouldn’t be prudent to show the slower swings speed people how they can benefit from this type of information. Thanks. We know this is a strong statement to give! Is it far better/longer in your opinion? While environmental factors may have played a small role, some balls were shown to be consistently straighter than others. While some models are positioned at the fringe of the category, the goal was to include a majority of 3, 4, and 5-piece balls generally classified as Tour Balls. I fall in the middle with 102mph swing. I’m thinking lostgolfballs ProV1-X, You should have tested the titleist Velocity. Who the heck swings it like that outside of tour pros? Analysising the data a bit further for my SS ~107 and need of low spin, close dispersion and low offline (for driver, 7 iron and wedge), the Vice Pro arrived on top by a big margin! Quite a popular urethane ball and would have been great to see the differences between the Project A, q star tour, and the tp5. Like you stated, not many tour players use off the shelf balls which should tell people a lot about the QC of said products. (Low to mid 90,s SP) It just has a higher flight. We’ve heard they’re working to bring a new one to market, but it hasn’t materialized yet. Best Golf Balls to Buy in 2021 In today's guide I'm excited to highlight our picks for the best golf balls 2021 discussion. My husband got me golfing, and for someone like me, working to be average, I do actually believe different golf balls have improved my play. Thanks for the test information. I’ve just moved to CSX TT and I love it so v interested to hear you say that it’s different to the CSX. Tremendous work here. My swing speed is about 90mph, and I normally play the 2016 ProjectA and previous generation QstarTour. My comment was that the pricing for the TP5 was getting 4 dz for the current price of 3. What seems to have been otherwise lost is that we quite literally ranked 4 balls ahead of it while rating 8 others exactly the same. Just a little excel spreadsheet that calculates the linear equation for each ball and then i have a separate table that calculates new values based on the linear equation for whatever club head speed you want. Pretty much all of them are within 3 StdDevs (99.5%). Maybe I got a bad batch of these Kirklands, and my theory certainly isn’t scientific in any way shape or form, but it just seems odd that this Kirkland ball tested out well in your tests and only shows a few yards behind the Bridgestone in carry. Great Read and congrats on all the hard work. So really well done! That would be a brilliant widget; give those three boxes to enter the weights and have it pop out the suggested ball. Like it or not—what My Golf Spy has done here is quite possibly the most excellent review and guide I have ever seen. The TT CSX was announced the week after we completed testing. I don’t buy anything in golf without checking MGS first. I’d have to look up the AoA, don’t have it in front of me. It’s making a big impact on Snell’s sales, and if they are increasing enough to cause backorder somebodies sales are decreasing. They can’t make a recommendation for you on which is the best ball for you. But i will say when i “hit it right, the ball flew. I was a Titleist AVX user because I liked the lower iron spin but I am not willing to sacrifice consistency for a few extra yards off my irons! Many thanks to the MGS crew for putting this out. Pro V1x has been consistently better than the regular Pro V1 that they keep updating it to make it more and more like the x. I loved the Chrome Soft and just tried the new ProV1x and I am probably going to stick with them and send the Chrome Soft to my son. That’s right; golfers might have a legitimate excuse the next time they play. this result kinda contradicts the result from 2013 test on low coMpression balls. “Feel is meaningless” – Tony Covey The dispersion is also significantly different. Keep up the great work shaking up the industry!!! At 100 mph, those are your consistently top performers in all categories. Single flight is designed if you want to get a quick foursome in. I’ve started one by hand already. WORD. Interesting test. Will need to do it all over again in January when new product comes to market. I think the average for all balls was about -8. I think people get too technical about balls and clubs. A place where we share our journey, updates, promotions, announcement, and more. Carry is the critical number, you can make sensible guesses at roll based on the launch angle and backspin, but due to external factors they will always be guesses. So, The Chrome Soft is a short inconsistent ball. So…what do the numbers show for a 100mph swing? But when it comes to pure metrics, the analytics does not have measure for “feel”. If I were sending a dozen balls to MGS for a test, I would make darn certain it is a hand picked dozen. Weather has been sketchy but I’ve got 8 rounds in with them. Play around the green. They also appear to be on offer from Amazon and on eBay. That’s my plan for this year at least, but this definitely gives good info if I decide to change things up. Anybody want to buy some Chrome Soft’s on the cheap? Are you sure there isn’t anything else you’d like to add or criticize MGS for. I’m a Snell guy and buy the value pack once in a while. Generous offer, but really – no point. Again, Great Work! Vokey SM6 50*/8 F grind DG S200, 56*/14 F grind DG S200 (spring) 55*/10 S grind (summer), 60*/8 M grind DG S200 If compression is wildly inconsistent, your distances will be too. Let’s continue this journey together and help more golfers find their new golf partners. If that is accurate, buying 2 dozen Snell would be a “higher quality” ball for less than the “big brand, mid range” ball. The differences are probably more exaggerated at very high and very low ball speeds where a “smash factor” would be measurable – or not. Thank you. I had a large folllowing and over 2 million hits to my reviews. Thanks for the effort and info, great work. The opposite, however, is true. I can tell looking at everything that I should be playing a pro v1x or a mtb-x, I could probably do fine with several other x models but these 2 stand out to me. I agree with the data that compression has very little affect on my shots. That being said I think you did a great service to the golfing public or should I say the non pro golfing public who don’t have the resources to know the inside info on golf equipment like the pros get. I’m sure the data is correct, so i wonder if the yellow paint has a minor effect on aerodynanics? As we approach the fall/cooler months, I have read that as the temperature drops below 50, a lower compression golf ball is better for distance. It has increased lately with SuperSpeed and pushes around 61-63 now. I would also like to what what model of 7 iron and driver and wedge. You mentioned in several comments here that the Chrome Soft X Triple Track (2019) is a different ball than the non-TT CSX. Thanks for sharing your findings. Because some of these balls are VERY close in performance, and some are just pumpkins. I wish I had a perfect answer for you. If we look at the Srixon Z-Star in comparison, at about a premium of $10 per dozen you are getting a tremendously consistent, high-quality ball. That only means the ProV1x was the longest ball in the 85 swing speed test with the driver. Love the info here!! Consider this: a significant number of Titleist PGA Tour guys play the retail ball. Sure, the clubs need to fit you, and modern equipment seems to be better than stuff from 10 years ago, and the ball is important to a certain degree, but your swing, your decision making/game plan and your mindset/attitude have way more to do with your results than your equipment does. Well as a matter of fact I have never bought any item(whoops, one) that MGS has ever stated as the “best”. Love the numbers and the testing!!! Just wish they’d bring back the Pro’s to run their golf departments. Most drive the ball between 180 – 240 and score mid to low 90’s to mid to low 100’s if they’re scoring honestly. You’re getting 4 dozen golf balls vs. 3 dozen if what you wrote is correct. Maybe I am doing something wrong? I’m sorry, but this data is worthless for most golfers who have an “average” swing speed. Our testing found some major inconsistencies in some ball models that resulted in shots that flew 20 yards or more offline (in high-speed testing). Looking at the conclusion/performance breakdown this ball recieves a “Fair” rating. To say players are giving up to much performance opting for a soft feel golf ball is one thing but to say feel is meaningless is another. There were some differences at 115 MPH of the driver that I’m going to look at more closely when I have some time, but as we’d expect, most everything else was margin of error/manufacturing tolerances worth of difference. Best Golf Balls 2020: This data will help you choose the perfect golf ball. Fitting for the golf ball absolutely matters – in fact, it matters every bit as much as club fitting, and likely more. I think what you are concluding is to pick a “not very soft” ball that I get good performance from around the green and from 150 yards in. This was one of the best articles I have read in a long time but I do have a few questions. It’s the sole reason why we classified it as Very Good, but not excellent (the excellent balls are those for which we have no significant performance concerns). Just sayin’! Regarding the rankings, no ball was perfect. These “tests” and Most Wanted series sell just as many clubs, balls, gloves, rangefinders, whatevers, as the manufacturer’s own marketing campaigns, and they love every minute of it. Yes the robot takes out swing variables so we have as close to apples to apples data as possible, however each individual golfer has unique swing characteristics and variables play a big part. I couldn’t find where you stated how many shots you did for each ball. Because of the linear nature of performance (there’s no such thing as a ball that’s low spin at 85, high spin at 100, and low spin again at 115), you can basically draw a line between the two numbers and extrapolate performance at any point (speed) in-between. I said this about one of the putter Most Wanted tests a while back. I always knew the Chromes Soft X wasn’t the longest ball but what I couldn’t quite figure out was why my 110 mph swing was carrying it farther than the 115 mph robot. Honestly meaning no mulligans, penalties count and no gimme putts. I tested about 15 top end balls on my simulator and did a ton of data stuff (I work in big data) and the Vice Pro was my best ball (I tested both Snell MTB, but MTB X was not out yet), and Chromesoft X was 3rd best…better than both Snells and Titleists. Titleist Pro also feels very soft and durable. Bottom line, the CSX TT is a different ball than other CSX flavors on shelves, but the new CS Stars & Stripes is the same as other CS balls. No. Bluntly – probably not. To make yellow, you have to tweak both the cover formulation and the casing layer formulation – and apparently the core formulation as well. If you can’t buy them, then why bother? Srixon ZStar XV Thanks! Recently picked up the Maxfli Tour golf balls and was surprised how well they performed. Full flight data was captured using a Trackman 4 launch monitor. They have been a runaway retail success since the original Chrome Soft came out and people of all abilities play them regularly. On the course, I’ve been using Bridgestone e6 soft. Firmer balls are faster, generally longer, and as an added benefit to many golfers, they spin more around the green. Low Compression balls are for guys who need shot shape correction and for high speed, high spin players. First off, this is incredible information and love it. Best point to glean from the above mountain of data is PLAY ONE BALL AND ONE BALL ONLY. At $28 a dozen (when purchased in bulk), the MTB-X is the ultimate high-performance value ball. Fitting a ball to carrry isn’t what most people do in a ball fitting. The dispersion grades were fantastic across the board, spin was +.5 STDEV… the only issue was not only was the carry short (-1 STDEV) the consistency for the carry was roughly -1 STDEV. The Best Golf Balls Whether you’re looking for something to improve your distance and consistency or increase your short game spin, the right golf ball is vital to helping you achieve this. Switched mid-round to the Bridgestone Tour B RXS and immediately started getting my 240 again. looked at this in 3 different browsers and all the tables are missing and all the stats. How much of a difference in ball response (distance/spin/accuracy) is there between ball price ranges? You will get a great forceful spin because of its perfect construction. Best article I have ever seen written on golf ball testing! Golfers love to talk about it, but it has no actual bearing on performance. Please note: we call our dispersion metric Shot Area. Not only is it reasonable to assume that performance differences won’t be as obvious, I’d wager that in some cases companies rely on the fact that you won’t notice – or attribute poor performance to human error. With the USGA placing firm limits on the ball, there’s admittedly less innovation, and as patents enter the public domain, white label makers are able to compete, though it’s important to note that quality/consistency differences can vary significantly between brands and factories. Me Three agree! My driver spin avgs around 2800-3200, my 7 iron spins over 7000 and my log wedge spins over 12,000. But one of the benefits of softer (low compression) balls is that they still compress on off-center hits (i.e. Totally my bad actually. Please explain why you think the MTBX should rate so high with a stat like that. Golf ball performance is largely linear. Specifically chrome soft balls… I don’t think soft balls are for me. No longer available and we didn’t have any on-hand. I always have balls from prior years I understand new models of balls come out, but there the same balls year after year, and old stock in stores. It’s hard to beat that. Even if all of us switched away from soft balls tomorrow, it’d take years before the masses moved away from softer balls. If this test was really all about data and its up to the end user to determine what factors are important to them, then why even pick a winner, or multiple winners in this case? There are only so few golfers around the world, why not connect all of us together so that we all have more liquidity in terms of games, which will further benefit the golf industry in all ways! Vice’s paint analogy doesn’t really hold up as coloring a golf ball is more complex than latex paint. Is it possible that golfers might not see these same results on the course because we are imperfect swingers of the golf club and therefore our own failings may negate certain properties (poor quality) of the golf ball? These golf balls are best known for its two salient features. It actually would be very simple. Compression testing of urethane covered ball models also uncovered significant variation (standard deviations above 2.5) in several models, including Callaway Chrome Soft, Cut Grey, Maxfli Tour X, Vice Pro Plus, and Volvik S3. Best Golf Balls for 2019 – Your Ultimate Buying Guide. Even the best human testing on golf balls is inherently flawed because extremely small swing differences translate into significant differences at mid to high swing speeds. I was curious on this as well – as I play exclusively Cut Blue and love them. The srixon q-star tour had an average offline for 115 mph driver swing speed of -1.71 yards (one of the best in the test) but the standard deviation of offline was 20.05 yards which i think is one of the worst. It’s really interesting data nonetheless. True to the Golfspy Test the 70 being a somewhat firmer ball got a few more yards for me. I play two balls exclusively. These neon colors help golfers to locate their balls easily. Any data suggesting that may cause a change in performance? Driver-7i-Wedge (like on a par 5) the MTB-Xis about 4.5 yds shorter than the best (Tour B RX again). Having read and reread MGS’s ball test several times and then the link to Callaway’s response twice, I’ve am wondering if challenging the use of mechanical hitting is easier than trying to argue the ball design and it’s characteristics, especially MGS’s article also talks about how balls have inherent flaws. I was playing tp5 until i tried these, they just didnt have the distance with mid irons IMO. Excellent info. I completely embrace your takeaway that on-center hits at almost any swing speed get more distance with high compression balls. I’ll ask a few of the ball guys. An off-center club strike costs you 5% of ball speed. Played another round yesterday and decided to test out my theory. I don’t know what the Snell bulk discount is like in the US, but in Canada you can’t beat the Z star for $2 a ball. So yeah, a lot of marketing driven by an awareness that once consumers decide they like a product, they’ll be inclined to accept responsibility for the deficiencies…things like “I guess I didn’t catch that one as good as I thought”. Every dollar will help. I think before anyone runs out and buys a gross of balls based on these numbers, they should consider where they need the most help in their game first. Tony C – you are absolutely right, and even Ian at TXG said there had to be more to the story than compression alone. Sad to not see the Taylormade PROJECT (a) on the list as I constantly see it compared to the tour soft and q star tour, based on a guess, do you think there would be much difference in terms of distance and dispersion with the project (a) compared to those? No advertising to look at here. During the spin you mark it. But if any of you are running out and buying new equipment based on these tests then the only thing they are really accomplishing is getting consumers to go do more consuming. The best golf balls to buy in 2019 1. If you look at the raw data and select both 85MPH and 115MPH, it will provide an average of the two swing speeds – 100MPH. Start at the green and work your way out. For my own edification, I’d like to have seen all 3 swing speeds documented (85, 100 & 115mph). Thanks and keep up the good work. Like a lot of balls in the Golfspy Test—it “FEELS” great, but it is no better than the SuperHot55 which is the prevous model at COstco.