Reviews: Golf Balls

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Review – TaylorMade LETHAL Golf Ball

For the guys who need…or just like 4 (or 5, or 6) piece golf balls, Lethal is definitely worth a look. From the driver to the mid-irons is as good as any ball on the market, and when it comes time for short irons and wedges, I’ve believe the TaylorMade Lethal is the best golf ball on the market today (full disclosure, we haven’t tested the new Srixon Z-Star line yet). Greenside, where performance matters most, the Lethal is nothing short of exceptional. [READ MORE]


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Can Volvik Golf Make 2013 The Year of the Colored Ball?

Hi, my name’s Dave and I play a colored golf ball.

That’s right, I said it. I prefer to play golf with a non-white golf ball. No, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the increased visibility or maybe the color just improves my mood. All I know is that I just really like playing colored balls. Right now it’s the yellow Wilson Staff Duo, but I have also dabbled with the Yellow Callaway Hex Chrome and Srixon’s yellow Z-Star. I know that some of you white-ball-purists are already tuning out, but you get to like what you like. For me, it’s color.

As a lover of colored golf balls, my attention is usually drawn to new ones that I see in the shop. That’s how I first became aware of the Volvik brand. The bright colors caught my eye. [READ MORE]


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Golf Ball Review – Nike 2013 Line Up

For anyone that tried the original version of the 20XI, the biggest question is probably, “Does the new version feel better?” Let me answer that with an enthusiastic, “YES!” I often described the original 20XI as hollow feeling; others used “hard,” “brittle,” and a couple other words I can’t write here. The new 20XI feels nothing like that: it is solid, maybe a touch firm, but generally quite pleasing.

I’m a big fan of what Nike has done with their 2013 golf ball line up. I think the sound and feel improvements to the 20XI line will put it in the conversation with the best tour-level balls in golf. Nike has produced four very distinct balls that should fit many different players and budgets.


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GOLF BALL REVIEW! – 2013 Wilson Golf Balls

Having now tested almost every major golf ball offering of 2012, I can confidently say that if you’re not taking Wilson’s golf balls seriously, you should be.

The Duo is hands down my favorite two piece ball of the year, purely because it’s so much fun to hit. Combine the great feel with solid performance and you have a ball that one of testers immediately put in his bag.

The FG Tour and FG Tour X can easily stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any other brand’s tour ball. For me, the FG Tour X offered the best of both worlds: lower driver spin and higher wedge spin. Other testers found the FG Tour was slightly longer for them throughout the bag. Regardless of which version you end up gaming, you owe it to yourself to pick up a sleeve of these to test against your current gamer. {Read Review!}


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GOLF BALL REVIEW! – Bridgestone B330 Line-Up

If nothing else, you have to admire the stones (haha, a pun) required to market a golf ball to “people with less than tour-level club head speed.” I never thought it would work, but it did, and I think that golfers are better for it. Bridegstone has put together a family of tour level balls that is unlike anything else out there: they offer a higher spinning and lower spinning model to both high swing speed players and low swing speed players.

The big question I wanted answered is: does it make a difference? Is this the same ball in four different colored boxes or would golfers really benefit from being fit for the best ball? Read on to see what I found. {READ REVIEW!}


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GOLF BALL REVIEW! – Nike XI-S, XI-X & Vapor Black

Now, whether you get their ads or not, Nike is trying to bring some real innovation to the golf ball market. By using a core made out of RZN instead of rubber, they believe that they can make the “spin slope” steeper. Did I lose you there? I’ll try again: LONGER OFF THE TEE, MORE SPIN AROUND THE GREENS. See how simple that was, Nike? Of course we can’t just let a claim like that be, we have to test it. {READ REVIEW!}


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GOLF BALL REVIEW! – Callaway Hex Black Tour & Hex Chrome

Callaway introduced their 2012 golf ball line up with a bang: Phil Mickelson credited the Hex Black Tour’s performance as a major part of his victory at Pebble Beach. Will the Callaway Hex Black Tour or the Callaway Hex Chrome lead your game to the winner’s circle this year? Read on to find out… {READ REVIEW!}


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GOLF BALL REVIEW! – Taylormade TP3, TP5 & RocketBallz

When my father-in-law, who doesn’t have cable, doesn’t read magazines, and rarely finds his way into a golf store, asks me about a product, I know it has a lot of buzz. I knew that TaylorMade had turned up the hype machine to 11 when he recently asked me, “So, what do you know about those TaylorMade Rocketballz?”

In this review, I’ll tell you exactly what I know about those Rocketballz golf balls. I’ll also break down the performance Penta TP3 and Penta TP5 and let you know which ball will be the best fit for your game. {READ REVIEW!}


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GOLF BALL REVIEW! – Nike 20XI Golf Ball

The ball speed of the 20XI-X was approximately 2-4 MPH higher than the Nike One Tour and 1-3 MPH when compared to the One Tour D at the higher ball speed player level. Driver spin for both balls compared the same with the One Tour and One Tour D but reduced launch angle of 1-2 degrees was seen across all ball speeds tested.