The Wilson Staff DNA Distance golf ball promises the golfer amazing extra yardage off the tee, coupled with a soft feel – a combination which is a joy to find in a power golf ball.  Does it deliver on these promises?  The good news is, I would say it certainly does.

The “DNA” part of the catchy sounding name stands for “Distance aNd Accuracy” (well, it almost fits…) but if you can get over the snazzy sounding acronym, this golf ball pretty much gives you what it is offering.  This ball fairly pings off the driver, and does seem to hold the original trajectory a lot more than others – good news for me then.  And it will add extra yardage to your tee shots, which is of course exactly what you’d expect from a distance golf ball.

Off of those mid iron approach shots, the ball feels nice and soft (it certainly feels better than, say, a Quadra Link) but don’t expect to see a lot of spin generation.  Same goes for your pitches and chips from 100 or so yards out and closer – the ball will sit down when pitching, but expect a degree of roll after the carry.  If you’re the type of golfer who prefers to run your shots into the green, then this ball will suit your game down to the ground.

On the putting surface, you’ll most likely find the Wilson Staff DNA Distance golf balls to feel really nice – I was really impressed with the way this ball feels when putting.  This isn’t up there with the most expensive balls on the market, but for the price you’ll pay for these, expect to be pleasantly surprised by the way it feels.  If your very first shots with this golf ball were on the putting surface, you’d probably think it was a high-end ball, built for spin, touch and feel.  Not so, and a mark of how versatile it actually is.

This golf ball has dropped in price over the past year or so – you can now buy a dozen of these for the princely sum of around $12 or £13 – in my humble opinion this is an absolute bargain for a ball which happy delivers extra distance and feels excellent too.

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Titleist Pro V1First things first – power golf balls are more advantageous for those of us who play off a handicap of anything around the 15 mark or higher.  For the majority of golfers, a handicap of 15 is something to strive for, and not a handicap which most golfers will quickly pass on the way down.  The upshot of this is that most golfers worldwide play off a handicap of 15 or higher.

The good news, then, is that a power golf ball will give most golfers the best possible chance of shooting better scores.  Why?  Because a lot of golfers will invariably struggle with keeping the golf ball on the fairway during the course of 18 holes (and I include myself in that bracket – at the time of writing, my handicap is 14.5).

As a general rule, the better a player you are, the softer a golf ball you should be using.  If you can consistently hit the golf ball straight off the tee, then your game may be suited to a softer golf ball, which will give you more control, feel, and spin around the greens – the perfect recipe for taking advantage of your excellent driver and long iron play.  For most of us though, the ability to at least give ourselves a chance of hitting greens in regulation, this means going with a power golf ball.  One which will reduce the hooking and slicing off the tee to keep you on the fairway more often, and in with a chance of hitting those par four greens in two.

Nike Power Distance SoftA power golf ball is one which will invariably provide more longer and essentially straighter drives – if you can keep your golf ball in play for the majority of holes, then you are giving yourself the best possible chance of hitting those greens in less strokes, which is what we are all striving for.

Another piece of excellent news is that there are many, many power golf balls available to us which are incredibly varied in terms of distance, feel, spin and price.  With a little experimentation, you should be able to find a distance golf ball which will strike the perfect balance between the aforementioned four factors, i.e. one which will suit your own personal preference.

There are power golf balls available which will give you mammoth drives and exceptional distance with your irons, but may give you less spin, and feel less responsive than others.  If that’s what you’re after, then hopefully my reviews will give you an idea of which type of golf ball to try.

Alternatively, you may be the type of player who requires a distance golf ball which also gives you good feedback around the greens, in which case a more subtle brand of power golf ball may be what you’re after.  Again, there are plenty balls out there which will suit your individual game.  Hopefully, this website will give you a good indication of which type of golf ball you are seeking.

Finally, the price of a power golf ball is something which must be considered – if you’re losing a few balls per round each time you play, then there’s not much point in splashing out a lot of money on the more expensive types of golf ball available – golf should be a game which is played for fun, and there is not much fun to be had in spending silly amounts of money every two or three rounds!  Unless you’re rolling in dough, you should be factoring in the cost of your golf balls when considering which type of ball to buy.

Callaway Warbird PlusI hope you enjoy reading through my power golf ball reviews – each review gives marks to each ball for the four factors of power, feel, spin and price – so you should be able to get a good idea of the type of ball you require based on your own individual preferences.

The Precept Laddie X golf balls, apart from the truly excellent name (!!), is one of those power golf balls which a lot of golfers will swear by, and will be loath to use any other type of ball.  It’s the type of golf ball which has smitten many an unsuspecting player.

Why is this?  Well, it is the type of golf ball which really “compliments” your average golfer, and will keep him or her straighter between tee and green, whilst giving a not-too-bad putting feel.  This 2-piece golf ball won’t be seen furiously spinning back off the green with your mid to short irons, but at the level most golfers are playing at, this is definitely NOT a reason not to at least try them out.

Also, this golf ball produces a nice, soft feel off the tee, on the fairways, and most importantly, on the putting green – it gives good feedback with each putt you’ll make.  As I’ve stated in another one of my reviews, I prefer a golf ball to be responsive to my putts, and a hard ball just doesn’t really do it for me.  The Precept Laddie X gives me a nice feel which is always a great bonus to have with a power / distance golf ball.

The Precept Laddie X golf ball comprises a set of core features such as:

  • An enhanced velocity muscle-fibre core
  • A “touch and control” ionomer cover
  • A 372 “wind cheating” dimple design

These golf balls will give you further yardage off the tee, because they are designed to compliment a wide range of swing speeds.  Those golfers with slower than average swing speeds may be pleasantly surprised to find that the ball will respond to your swing off the tee.  No matter your level of play, you will benefit from these “Laddies” between the tee and the fairways.

Finally, you’d normally expect to shell out somewhere in the region of $10 for a dozen of the Laddie X golf balls.  You’ll find that a lot of golf ball retailers tend to sell this ball in individual sleeves of 3, so there’s even less reason not to take a chance and see if this is your own “holy grail” golf ball.  In my book, the price you’ll pay for a power golf ball which may just help you fall in love with your golf all over again is excellent.

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The Callaway Warbird Plus golf ball has, for the first time in the construction of a Warbird, been designed and constructed with HEX Aerodynamics in place of the conventional dimple construction. This design reduces the overall drag on the golf ball in-flight, giving you longer drives with further carry and roll. Callaway themselves promise that this golf ball is the longest one they have ever created.

This power golf ball also comes with the “power ball standard” durable ionomer cover, adding further length and giving the golfer longer playability with each golf ball – essentially adding extra value for your hard-earned cash.  This golf ball will scuff and may cut a little after playing a few rounds with one, but unless you are playing with a virtually cut-proof ball (there are a few varieties out there) then this is to be expected.

At the heart of the Callaway Warbird Plus is a high-power, high-resilience rubber core which also adds vital yardage off the tee, while providing a softer feel than its predecessor, the Callaway Warbird. Note, however, that greenside, this golf ball will roll further with pitching and chipping, with spin generation a little harder to muster. Small price to pay for a golf ball which promises AND delivers extra yardage with the driver and long / mid irons.  Once you’re on the green, you may find the Warbird Plus a little harder than others – while putting with this ball, I thought it felt a little “heavy”, but the feedback received from each putt generally felt nice.

The price for these power golf balls falls firmly into the category of mid-range – there are more expensive golf balls available which give a similar level of overall performance.  The Callaway Warbird Plus golf ball is worth taking a chance with if you are looking for a steady power golf ball which will keep you longer and straighter during a round.

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Callaway’s HX Hot Plus golf balls are an upgrade to their predecessor, the Callaway HX Hot.  The result?  A power golf ball which has undergone an overhaul, and attempts to improve upon the distance delivered and feel experienced, with this ball providing a good, penetrating ball flight.

This 3-piece golf ball includes the following key performance features:

  • A high-speed, polybutadiene core which assists in generating maximum ball velocity across the spectrum of swing speeds
  • A durable ionomer cover providing a longer golf ball shelf-life and increased driving distance
  • A HEX Aerodynamics dimple pattern, which reduces the drag experienced in-flight and helps to give a more penetrating ball flight

As with the majority of power golf balls, the Callaway HX Hot Plus golf ball provides semi-decent feel greenside, but don’t expect the type of feedback from the golf ball experienced with other high-spin, high-feel golf balls out there.  It does feel quite hard off the putter – it’s not one of my favourite golf balls to be using on the green.

This golf ball is a great choice for those in the mid to high handicap range, where the extra stability / straight flight off the tee more than compensates for the lack of spin and feel experienced with the mid irons, short irons, wedges and putter.  If you’re the type of player that struggles maintaining consistency (in terms of keeping the ball in play) off the tee, but are generally good from 150 yards in, then this golf ball may be worth giving a chance to.  However, if you are happy with your driving distance and feel that you don’t need extra yardage (or decreased feel and spin to compensate for it) then it may be best to avoid this particular power golf ball.

In terms of the price, the Callaway HX Hot Plus golf balls fall somewhere around just above average for a dozen of these, so expect to pay somewhere around the $25 to $35 mark for a dozen of these.

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The Srixon Distance golf ball has been designed with one thing in mind – power and distance off the tee.  It is aimed primarily at the golfer who seeks explosive distance off the tee, with a low-spin modelling which ensures longer and straighter drives.  And after playing a round of golf with two of these, I can vouch for Srixon.  This ball delivers exactly what it promises – the simply titled Srixon Distance gives the golfer exactly that – distance.

This power golf ball features the following key characteristics:

  • A cut-proof ionomer cover
  • A 432 dimple pattern for increased aerodynamic performance
  • An Energetic Gradient Growth core

This golf ball is incredibly durable – you’ll have a hard time cutting / scuffing up this ball.  I can usually scuff a ball up over the course of a round (I am a low-teens handicapper, so I don’t make perfect contact each time with each and every shot) but after playing 18 holes, the Srixon Distance golf ball was still in remarkably good shape.  A major plus.

This golf ball doesn’t have fantastic spin or feel greenside, which may not be the best formula for those lower handicapped / scratch golfers, but will definitely suit those who shoot scores of anything around the mid-80s and over.  I found it to be quite decent with regards to controlling my short irons into the green, and the feel of the golf ball on the dancefloor was actually quite decent.

In terms of value, you can pick up a dozen of these brand new balls for anything around $13 or $14 – an excellent price for those who prefer the type of ball where power and distance are the priorities on the golf course.

Overall, the Srixon Distance golf ball provides a low-cost alternative to other, more expensive power golf balls which may differ only slightly in terms of overall quality.  Definitely worth the cost of a pack to discover whether these balls are the ones you feel most comfortable with.

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There would be absolutely no point in considering buying power golf balls if they did not give you some kind of advantage, or enhance certain areas of your game. The question is, what type of advantages are gained by using these golf balls instead of regular, non-power balls? Advantages include:

Longer Tee Shots

Probably the main reason why golfers indulge in power golf balls – the fact that they can add more juice to their drives to take the ball another 10 or 20 yards (or more) further down the fairway off the tee. And it’s not just for aesthetic reasons that this gives the golfer an advantage – a good drive with a power golf ball could be the difference between a long iron approach and a mid iron approach to the green. I would rather hit a mid-iron in to the green than a long iron, and I think most golfers share this preference.

Straighter Tee Shots

The majority of power golf balls made share a set of common characteristic – one of them being that they are generally of the low-spin variety. What this means for the golfer is that he or she is less likely to experience extreme slices or hooks from the tee. High-spin balls will exaggerate any type of spin imparted onto the ball, while low-spin balls will do the opposite. This means that your tee shots should fly a little straighter off the tee, helping you to keep the golf ball on the fairway and give you a chance to get to the green in as few strokes as possible.

Good For Mid To High Handicapper

The power golf ball is generally aimed at the golfer with a mid to high handicap. Low handicappers and professionals will almost always use a golf ball which is softer, to provide more feel and control around the greens, while mid to high handicappers are more concerned with keeping the ball in play, with the ultimate aim of getting the ball on the green in as few strokes as possible. A power golf ball will provide this, by keeping the ball straighter than a soft or high-spin golf ball.

More Durable

Power golf balls, by their very nature, consist of firmer materials than their softer counterparts, and are harder to scuff or cut – a great advantage to this is that these balls will ultimately “live longer” and so assuming you don’t lose any(!!) you are getting a lot more value for money.

Like its “cousin” (the Nike Power Distance Long golf ball), the Power Distance Soft golf ball delivers longer distance with those tee shots and long irons than regular balls.

The added bonus here though, is that with the soft version, the golfer can easier manipulate the golf ball to shape the type of shot required for the occasion, i.e. drawing or fading a shot as required by the approach.

Also, the feel of this golf ball on and around the greens is more pronounced than the Long ball version, leading to increased feedback and control.

This is a 2-piece ball, with a low-compression core and a softened ionomer cover.

I would say that the Nike Power Distance Soft golf ball is for those golfers who can maintain a handicap which hovers around the 15 mark, i.e those who can maintain a steady consistent swing off the tee and on the fairways.  The Power Distance Long golf ball will squeeze a little more yardage out of your shots than the soft version, but sacrifices the feel which better golfers may require for the pitching and chipping aspects of the game.

I’ve also found that the Power Distance Soft golf ball seems to provide excellent durability.  I’ve used the same golf ball during the course of 18 holes (not unheard of, but still a rare occurence!!), and found that upon inspection, there are little or no scuffs on the cover.

These power golf balls come in at the same price as the long version, around $22 for a dozen – decent value for a very decent golf ball.

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Top Flite have been producing their brand of XL golf balls for almost three decades now, and, for a high percentage of golfers, the Top Flite name is one which is possibly the most familiar to them.  Their range of XL golf balls have been consistently popular over time, which is an excellent barometer of the trust given to the Top Flite brand.

The Top Flite XL Distance golf balls incorporate key features such as:

  • A firm ionomer cover, providing a good level of durability and a high level of cut protection;
  • A high-energy core at the heart of the golf ball, designed to squeeze out every last inch of distance from your drives off the tee, and;
  • A high surface area dimple coverage, delivering less air resistance and ultimately further carry off the tees and fairways.

This particular golf ball has never tried to convince golfers that it will deliver great greenside feel.  It’s attraction lies in the power and distance it gives the golfer – I wasn’t overly impressed with the spin and feel of the golf ball, but others may find that it feels good enough greenside to justify these golf balls becoming their favourite “go to” ball.  It is an honest golf ball which will give you exactly what it promises – a durable, long golf ball which will increase your driving and iron distance.

A major plus with the Top Flite XL Distance golf balls is the price.  Expect to pay around $15 for a pack of 15 – this represents tremendous value for a golf ball which has been tried, tested, and is trusted by a large percentage of golfers worldwide.

You definitely won’t worry about losing one of these balls due to the expense – this power golf ball is quite fun to play with, and if you know beforehand exactly what to expect with it, then I’m sure you will enjoy a round of golf with these too.

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The Titleist NXT golf ball promises extreme distance off the tee with a straight flight, coupled with great golf ball durability.  This ball was released in March 2010, so is a relative newcomer to the power golf ball category.

The features of this golf ball include:

  • A high velocity, low spin, solid polybutadiene core
  • A durable cut-proof ionomer cover
  • An advanced dimple design
  • An Alignment Integrated Marking sidestamp

The sidestamp on the golf ball really helps me to line up my putts, as I sometimes have trouble striking the ball towards my predefined target.  It is a really nice touch, and one which is now becoming increasingly popular with other power golf balls, due to the assistance it provides on the putting surface for those who may struggle with their alignment.

The Titleist NXT golf ball is softer than other balls available, with a real feeling of compression off the tee.  I also feel more able to manipuate this ball with draws and fades (at least when it comes off!!) and am able to generate a good degree of spin with my shorter irons, adding a level of control to my approach shots.

What does all this mean for the golfer?  Well, the Titleist NXT golf ball WILL give you greater distance off the tee and on those mid to long iron approach shots to the green.  You’ll also find that it has a soft feel too.  Couple this with the fact that the cut-proof cover will give a longer life to the golf ball, and you have a formula for a power golf ball which falls firmly into the category of “up there with the best”.

The one drawback with this golf ball?  Nothing to do with the ball itself, but expect to pay out more than the average price for these balls.  But at the end of the day, you’re getting exactly what you’re paying for, and these power golf balls are definitely amongst the highest quality you’ll play a round of golf with.

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