My ‘taste’ in different golf balls changes all the time, but right now my favorite golf ball is the Nike Power Distance golf ball (or ‘Nike PD Soft‘ for short). I’ve been playing golf frequently over the past few months, and so I’ve had a chance to trial many different types of power golf balls. For the past couple of weeks though, I’ve stuck exclusively with the PD Soft, and it’s a golf ball I’ve really grown to love!
After running out of Titleist Pro V1’s, and having little time to buy another batch online (because they’re a LOT cheaper online) before my next round of golf, I went to a local golf store which sells, amongst other things, lake balls.
Now I know there are arguments for and against using lake balls, but the store is currently selling a dozen PD Soft lake balls for £8.00, or around $12. I thought, what the hell, I’ll give them a bash, and if I find that they’re no good, then at least I’ve not spent a small fortune to find this out.
The results? Well, I’ve been using these balls for the last three rounds, I’m delighted to tell you that I cannot find any difference between the PD Soft lake balls and the brand-new-in-box variety. They travel for miles off the tee, hold their line, feel really nice, and putt well – 4 excellent reasons for me to stick with them for a while longer.
So right now, I’m playing with the Nike PD Soft golf balls – and I plan on going back to the store for more supplies before they either put the prices up, or run out of stock!
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.
Do you play with Nike Power Distance Soft golf balls? Feel free to leave your own comments below!
The Nike Power Distance Long golf balls are made for those with a medium / high swing speed both off the tee and on the fairways – and these golf balls really, REALLY travel when struck! There are specifically designed balls out there which have been manufactured, and are marketed at, those looking for extra power and distance – and Nike have managed to deliver what they have promised where others have failed.
This isn’t necessarily a slur on other power golf balls – what I mean is that the Nike Power Distance Long golf ball is an extremely satisfying ball to strike off the tee – it has managed to merge the combination of delivery of extra distance, with a soft feel on contact with the ball.
For those full-blooded short iron shots, you’ll have a bit of trouble gaining any back-spin on the green (unless you’re up there with the Tour players in terms of consistent ball striking), but the ball will happily land, bounce once or twice, and come to a stop without rolling an extra 10, 15, or 20 yards to the back of the green and into the fringe, or, god forbid, a greenside bunker.
Once you’re dancing, the ball actually feels quite nice when putting. There is no “clunkiness” off the putter head during the stroke – I know different golfers prefer different feeling while putting, but I like a ball which doesn’t “clack” off the head, or feel too hard. Softer balls give me greater confidence when putting, and the Nike distance ball gives me exactly that.
The specifications behind the Nike Power Distance Long golf ball include:
- A high-velocity core, leading to a faster ball speed;
- A 432-dimple pattern, which cuts down on the drag experienced off the tee;
- A durable ionomer ball cover, for increased distance.
- These max power golf balls will cost you around $28 for a dozen brand new, which represents decent value for a ball which will work with you and not against you, from teeing off to putting out.
If you are after a similar golf ball which provides a little more control while at the same time giving excellent distance with those tee shots, then the Nike Power Distance Soft golf ball may be better suited to your game.
Do you play with Nike Power Distance Long golf balls? Feel free to leave your own comments below!