I can say with some degree of certainty that my next golf ball review will focus on the Titleist NXT Tour golf ball – this opportunity has come along completely by chance.

My workplace is currently sponsoring a well-known diabetes foundation, and a knock-on effect of this is that there have been a lot of fund-raising exercises carried out within the building.

I received an e-mail this morning informing me that one of the guys in the office had been collecting golf balls from a local course over the past couple of weeks, and was selling them on, in order to raise funds for a good cause.

So me and a friend went along to see if we could pick up any bargains!  One of my colleagues managed to buy 8 or 9 Titleist Pro V1s for a great price, and I got my hands on three brand new sleeves of Titleist’s NXT Tour golf balls for a decent price.

I’m pretty sure that the guy selling the golf balls didn’t find the sleeved, brand new NXT Tour golf balls lying about on the golf course, but I’m not one to argue over semantics, so I bought the 9 golf balls and went on my way!

I have already reviewed the NXT Tour’s ‘cousin’, the Titleist NXT golf ball, so I am looking forward to test-driving the Tour version and finding out if there are any major differences between the two.  I plan to play on Thursday evening after work, so expect the review of the Titleist NXT Tour golf balls to be on the site by the weekend.

The Srixon AD333 golf ball is one of the more subtle brands of golf ball which promises the best of both worlds – excellent yardage coupled with a soft feel for those greenside shots.  Features of the 2-piece AD333 include the following:

  • A Srixon-unique Rabalon blended elastomer cover for greater resiliency
  • 333-dimple aerodynamic pattern, delivering further carry
  • Energetic Gradient Growth core for a soft feel

In my opinion, these golf balls feel similar to a Titleist Pro V1 off the face of the driver – it offers good feedback on a well-struck drive, and the ball flight does seem a little higher than others.  I didn’t experience any adverse effects on my driving distance though – catch one of these flush and you should expect it to max out around the top-end of your driving yardage.

On a couple of occasions (okay, maybe more than a couple…) I managed to slice the ball off the tee, but I think this was more to do with the fact that I was ‘test-driving’ the ball, and was keen to give it a 100% swing to see how it performed.  This isn’t a negative reflection of the ball, but an indication of my driving technique!  Overall, very happy with the distance the Srixon AD333 provides off the tee.

With an iron in my hand, the AD333 held up well, giving me a solid and sustained flight path on well-struck shots.  This ball feels very soft with a sweetly struck iron, which is what I look for in a golf ball, so I was very happy from 150 yards and in.  The ball sits down on the green quite happily – I found that with a 6 or 7 iron, upon landing it took a couple of bounces and trickled onwards, whereas with my shorter irons (kill zone!!) I was able to generate enough spin to make the ball sit down quickly.

On the green, the Srixon AD333 golf ball, for me at least, was a little bit of a disappointment, but this is purely because I prefer a little more feedback from a putt.  I just felt like it was a little too soft for my liking, but again, this boils down to personal preference.  If you prefer a soft feel with your putter, then you’ll enjoy putting with this ball.

On to durability then, and I am happy enough that Srixon have delivered where they said they would.  The ball holds up well after a round, with no obvious signs of damage over and above the usual scuffs that may appear.  So expect to use one of these balls for two or three rounds before you consign it to the practice bag.

Finally, the price – well, I enjoyed playing with these balls, much more so because they fall into the mid-price range.  You’d expect to pay around $25 for a dozen of these, which isn’t exactly breaking the bank for a ball which gives you solid distance and decent feel greenside.  I’m happy keeping a few of the Srixon AD333 golf balls in the bag for future use.

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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!

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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!

How many golf balls, on average, do you lose during a round of golf?  Be honest with yourself here – if you like to play golf with a specific brand of golf ball, how many of those babies do you go through in, say, a month?

If you are the type of golfer who regularly loses 3, 4 or more(!!) golf balls during a round of golf, is it harder to justify splashing out the cash on those high-end, expensive golf balls?

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My opinion on this somewhat sensitive subject is that, at the end of the day, people can do what they please.  Hey, it’s not my hard-earned cash being spent.   But, by definition, if you are losing balls hand over fist at a generous rate, then you are not a great golfer.  A harsh statement, but the truth nonetheless.

So if you are generally struggling with your game, and can’t seem to score below, say, 100, then it’s fair to say that you’re probably spending a lot of your time on the course mis-hitting your shots, i.e. you’re not putting the golf ball where you are intending to put it.

Don’t get me wrong, not one golfer on the planet can hit a golf ball and know exactly where it is going to stop to the exact square yard – but most decent players are fairly consistent, in that the difference between the “ideal” outcome and the “actual” outcome is not that extreme.

As an example, if a pro hits a mid-iron into a green 160 yards away, his ideal outcome may be to have the golf ball come to rest, say, a foot from the hole.  But they know for a fact that, around 9 times out of 10, this isn’t going to happen.  What they DO know, though, is that the vast majority of the time, the actual outcome is that the ball will either end up on the green, or in the vicinity of the green.  What I am trying to get across here, is that they are in control of where the golf ball is going to end up.

If you find that you are not controlling where you want to put the golf ball (to, say, a diameter of around 50 yards between the ideal and actual outcomes), then inevitably you are going to lose a few golf balls during a round.  Which leads me to the question which has spurred me to write this article:

If you are a high-handicap  golfer, should you be spending your money on expensive golf balls?

When I say expensive golf balls, I am referring to the higher-end balls on the market, where you might expect to pay in excess of, say, $30 – $35 for a dozen.  In general terms, higher priced golf balls will probably give you better spin and feel, i.e. a level of control.  But if you are simply not good enough to take advantage of this, what’s the point of buying them?  After all, there are tons of low priced golf balls out there which will provide a decent overall level of playability.

They may not give you great spin generation, or feel fantastic off the face of the putter, but if you’re not good enough to take advantage of the additional features, then you’re not missing out on anything anyway, right?  And by using cheaper golf balls, then you’re saving money into the bargain – it’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?

Like I said earlier in the article, I don’t really care whether someone wishes to spend money on expensive golf balls – that’s entirely their prerogative.  I am asking the question, and essentially “opening the floor” for your opinions on the subject.

So please feel free to leave your comments below on the subject:

Do you think that there should be a direct correlation between the level of golfer ability and the type of golf ball he / she plays with?

Should below-average golfers play with less expensive golf balls?

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Based on my reviews of the many power golf balls available to you, here are, in my opinion, the best power golf balls for power / distance. If you are after the type of golf ball which will guarantee you massive distance both off the tee and on the fairways, then you may want to consider picking up any of the following power golf balls.

Best in Class: Power

Nike Power Distance Long Golf Balls

Nike Power Distance LongThere are a few candidates for the title of longest power golf ball, but for me the Nike Power Distance ball just shades it.  Hit one of these flush and watch it go!

Best of the Rest: Power

Titleist NXT Golf Balls

This durable golf ball also gives you exceptional yardage with decent feel and spin into the bargain.

Srixon Distance Golf Balls

An excellent power golf ball at a very affordable price.

Callaway Warbird Plus Golf Balls

Another excellent power golf ball which ensures that you’ll maximize your driving and iron distance.

Spin

If you are after a power golf ball which also delivers excellent spin, then you’d do well to consider purchasing one of the following types of golf ball. These balls will give you great distance, as well as the ability to control the ball on and around the business end of the hole.

Best in Class: Spin

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls

Titleist Pro V1The daddy of the power golf balls when it comes to spin generation – I don’t think there is another ball out there which matches the Pro V1 golf ball.

Best of the Rest

Pinnacle Dimension Golf Balls

The Dimension ball delivers excellent spin on and around the greens – this ball will sit down with ease.

Nike Power Distance Soft Golf Balls

This ball will travel further, spin faster, and stop where you want it to.

Titleist NXT Golf Balls

The NXT provides a good level of control with the short irons and wedges.

It was always inevitable that eventually I would get around to reviewing the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. The Pro V1 is probably the most recognisable brand currently on the market, and based on the conversations I’ve had with various golfers (both on and offline) it seems that everyone is playing with them.

I would suggest there is an element of truth in this, as a high percentage of golf balls I find in the trees (a frequent occurence, I’m not good enough to call myself a regular “greens in regulation” golfer….) are Titleist Pro V1s. This may suggest that there are too many hackers playing with these top-of-the-range balls, but that’s a topic I’m saving for a future article – on with the review….

The Pro V1 ball delivers (at least for me) the types of distance off the driver which I would expect from a power golf ball – I usually hit my driver around 260 yards, but I find with this golf ball I can regularly add an extra 15 or so yards to this, sometimes more. The feel of compression off the face of the driver is great, and really gives me a sense of “crushing” the ball off the tee.

Take heed, however, that the Pro V1 golf ball will respond to misaligned swing paths (a pretty way of saying hooks and slices!) with venom – I can generally keep the golf ball straight with my woods, but on the occasions when I generate side-spin, I have ended up in the trees / water / out of bounds.

I find that it’s a similar story with my irons – I’m adding an extra 10 or 15 yards on a cleanly-struck mid-iron. I’m not ashamed to say that the Pro V1 golf ball feels magnificent on the fairways, it’s amazingly soft and gives the average golfer an opportunity to attempt their shot-shaping. This golf ball is one of, if not the best, at accepting the flight path which you are trying to give it, and it will hold it’s line with an eagerness which other golf balls may struggle to match. It will also hold up very nicely post-carry with cleanly struck shots – an obvious advantage when playing on fast or dry surfaces.

Down to the nitty-gritty then – my wedge play is one area where I sometimes struggle. But hitting the Pro V1 ball with a wedge from 100 yards and less provided exceptional spin generation. On the whole, I am not generally known as someone who can stop a ball dead on the greens – but on more than one occasion with this ball I have stuck a full-blooded pitching / sand wedge onto the green, and, miracle of miracles, the ball has bounced, checked, and spun back 5 or 6 feet! A rare sight indeed, and one which instantly made me very, very proud!

With chips around the green, the ball also checks nicely after landing, adding a further level of control which enhanced my short game further.

On the dancefloor, the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball performs in all the right areas – it feels fantastic when putting, holds it’s line really well and provides excellent feedback up the shaft. It also has the Alignment Integrated Marking sidestamp, allowing you to line up your putts. Little wonder this is one of the best golf balls I’ve putted with.

In terms of durability, this ball may struggle to keep up with other types of power golf ball. After playing one ball for 18 holes (not often that happens…) there were one or two minor scuffs across the face of the ball. I’ve heard other golfers complain that these balls just can’t withstand more than a couple of rounds before becoming unplayable – I can’t agree with this, but I understand where they are coming from – if you’re playing these balls all the time, expect to buy new sleeves / boxes fairly regularly.

Which brings me on to the price of the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls – unfortunately these are amongst the most expensive golf balls on the market, not just within the distance / power golf ball subset. You’ll have to splash out around $30 for twelve brand new balls – a hefty price to pay for a golf ball, but if you love these balls for the reasons I have outlined above, then this may be an ongoing cost you’re willing to accept.

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The Bridgestone e6 golf ball is the type of power golf ball which golfers with an inconsistent swing will love – it promises to minimize those wayward shots off the tee, by reducing the effects of hooks and slices, whilst delivering great distance.  The Bridgestone e6 is comprised of the following features:

  • A large, soft, gradational compression core
  • A thin, anti-side spin inner layer
  • A soft, surlyn-based cover
  • A 330 seamless dimple design

This golf ball feels soft off the face of the driver – the compression core and the anti-spin inner layer do seem to help with getting the ball further and straighter down the fairway.  I consider myself to be semi-decent with my driver, but I always seem to have one or two lapses in concentration at some point during a round which results in wayward drives.  The Bridgestone e6 definitely helps to keep the ball in play during these times, so it will help with your driver consistency.  Even with slightly fat / thin strikes, the ball holds its course relatively well, albeit with a loss of distance.

The Bridgestone e6 golf ball also travels well with iron shots – in my case, I was adding around half a club length to each of my shots.  As with the driver, the ball feels quite soft off of the face of the irons, and I believe that this ball will keep you straighter with your approach shots then usual.  The trade-off here though, is that it is quite hard to produce any decent level of spin on your approach shots, apart from those full-blooded short irons.  As a result of this, a slight change in tactics are required for a lot of shots into the green – aim for the front of the green and allow the golf ball to run into the putting surface, as opposed to attempting to stop the ball dead by the hole – it’s just not going to happen with this ball.

It’s very much the same story with your wedge(s) and chipping greenside – allow yourself a little room to maneuver when approaching the flag, as you’ll have to factor in the roll of the ball after landing.  This is a common feature of many power golf balls out there though, so is not something which I am prepared to mark the ball down on.  It still feels nice and soft, but maybe doesn’t perform as you think a lot of soft golf balls might do around the greens in terms of spin generation.

Because of the soft feel, this ball (for me anyhow) feels great when putting – it does seem to hold it’s line very well, probably due to the dimple design.  The ball also has a pretty cool-looking alignment aid which gives assistance to the putting alignment – overall, this ball is superb on the greens.

The Bridgestone e6 golf balls are not cheap – you’ll pay somewhere in the region of $25 for a pack of twelve.  But these balls are quite hardy, and withstand playing a couple of rounds before any scuffs or cuts become apparent.  Couple this with the overall playability and standard of the ball, and the result is that I believe these balls are definitely worth the price.

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The Pinnacle Dimension golf ball is one of the Pinnacle family’s newest additions, and promises excellent distance coupled with an exceptional feel.  Key features of this power golf ball include:

  • A 2-piece construction with a large soft core
  • A durable “3D” ionomer cover
  • A 332 icosahedral dimple design

Pinnacle have named the cover a “3D” ionomer cover – the 3D standing for distance, durability, and dispersion.  It seems that there are a lot of golf ball manufacturers out there who delight in creating fancy new names for essentially the same set of characteristics, but hey, if it sounds good, then all the better.

The Pinnacle Dimension golf ball also comes with an alignment side-stamp aid – again, an increasingly common feature which will undoubtedly assist us to line up those tricky putts (and the straight ones…).  The durable ionomer cover also gives the ball a toughness which ensures a longer shelf life.

So how does it perform?  Well, this golf ball does travel further than your average ball – for such a soft golf ball, it is almost surprising that it holds it’s line really well too.  It’s not going to save you or me from a slice or a hook (what ball will?) but with slightly off-centre or misaligned swing paths, the golf ball will try admirably to keep you in the game.  It also seems to have a higher trajectory than most balls I’ve played with, which is a good thing if you’re the type of golfer who sometimes struggles to get the ball cloud-bound.

So how about spin generation?  I’m delighted to tell you that this ball will give you a level of control with your irons which other power golf balls on the market just cannot match.  Granted, it won’t sit down like a Z-Balata, but I think this ball gives you a great chance of producing those “TV shots” – hit one of these up in the air with a short iron or a wedge, and watch it land and stop with minimal roll.  A major plus.

The Pinnacle Dimension golf ball also feels like butter off the face on the greens – you’ll get really nice soft, solid action while doing the business with your putter.  Couple this with the aforementioned alignment aid, and you’ve got a recipe for a ball which really performs on the greens.

Finally, the question to ask is “Okay, these balls sound great, how much will I pay for them?” – I’m pleased to report that these balls fall on or around the mid-priced bracket – you’ll fork out around $14 for a pack of a dozen – to me, this is a superb price for a golf ball which performs with gusto in all areas.

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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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Do you play with Wilson Staff DNA Distance golf balls?  Feel free to leave your own comments below!

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.