What Is The Best Golf Ball For Me?

Best Golf BallsI like golf. You probably like golf too if you’re reading this.

And if you’re reading this its probably for a reason. You are trying to find an advantage when it comes to your golf game and the first place many golfers go to is their equipment.

Heaven forbid any of us start a workout plan which would make immediate and long term gains on the golf course regardless of what golf club or golf ball we are using. But that’s no fun.

And that is what I am doing here. I am going to find the best golf ball for me which in turn should (probably not) give me an edge in tournaments, scrambles, and skins games with friends.

This isn’t some crappy review post either. You know what I’m talking about. Those sort of reviews where the pictures are copied off the golf ball manufacturers website and put into the post with some drivel about how great the golf ball is. I hate those sort of reviews. In most cases we don’t even know if the person writing the post even played a round with it. Thanks for the review bro (or bro chick)!

We (me) at BradGibala.com have a better idea. I will buy a sleeve of brand new golf balls and play 18 holes at Rackham Golf Course in Huntington Woods, MI (my local course) from the white tees which I typically do once a week during the summer.

Lowest score wins the title of best golf ball. Thats it. That’s all that matters anyways, right?

I call it the Super Bowl Testing Method. Much like the Super Bowl, each golf ball gets one shot to win the title. All the variables which can be controlled (course, clubs) are the same. But like in the Super Bowl you cannot control the weather, energy levels, if I partied the night before, etc.

If the golf ball truly wants to be the winner than it will need to overcome those factors which cannot be controlled in some silly testing facility. This is the real world and this is un-science.

And just like the Super Bowl, your crown as defending champ can be taken very quickly. As I play more rounds I will update the charts below.

Other awards outside of “The Best Golf Ball” are “Greens In Regulation Monster” , “Fairway Finder” , “Lowest Putts” , and “Value”.

And the winner is….

Best Golf Ball For Me

Rank Score Golf Ball Date Review
1. 77 Titleist DT Wound 100 9-28-17 Titleist DT Wound 100 Review
2. 80 Vice Pro Plus 6-21-17 Vice Pro Plus Review
3. 81

Titleist Pro V1

Vice Tour

Volvik Vivid

7-28-17

5-17-17

9-22-17

Titleist Pro V1 Review

Vice Tour Review

Volvik Vivid Review

4. 82

Nike Crush Extreme

9-5-17

Nike Crush Extreme Review

5. 83

Slazenger Raw Distance

10-13-17

Slazenger Raw Distance Review

6. 84

Vice Drive

Bridgestone Tour B330S

6-2-17

10-19-17

Vice Drive Review

Tour B330S Review

7. 85

Titleist Pro V1x

Nike Mojo

Titleist NXT Tour

7-21-17

8-4-17

8-25-17

Titleist Pro V1x Review

Nike Mojo Review

Titleist NXT Tour Review

8. 86

Vice Pro

Titleist Velocity

Nike PD Long

XXIO Aero-Drive

6-8-17

9-1-17

9-8-17

9-15-17

Vice Pro Review

Titleist Velocity Review

Nike PD Long Review

XXIO Aero-Drive Review

9. 87 TaylorMade TP5x 9-14-17 TaylorMade TP5x Review
10. 88 Bridgestone Tour B330RX 8-11-17 Tour B330RX Review
11. 89 Bridgestone e6 Soft 8-18-17 e6 Soft Review

 

Best Greens In Regulation Golf Ball

Being a “Greens In Regulation Monster” is a big deal. This is how many GIR’s each golf ball had during its 18 hole round.

Rank GIR Amount Golf Ball Date
1. 10 Titleist DT Wound 100

9-28-17

2. 9

Vice Drive

Vice Pro

Slazenger Raw Distance

6-2-17

6-8-17

10-13-17

3. 8

Titleist Pro V1

Titleist Velocity

7-28-17

9-1-17

4. 7

Vice Tour

Nike Mojo

TaylorMade TP5x

Volvik Vivid

5-17-17

8-4-17

9-14-17

9-22-17

5. 6

Vice Pro Plus

Titleist Pro V1x

Nike PD Long

XXIO Aero-Drive

6-21-17

7-21-17

9-8-17

9-15-17

6. 5

Bridgestone Tour B330RX

Titleist NXT Tour

Bridgestone Tour B330S

8-11-17

8-25-17

10-19-17

7. 4

Bridgestone e6 Soft

Nike Crush Extreme

8-18-17

10-5-17

Best Putting Golf Ball

The amount of putts taken during one 18 hole round.

Rank Putts Golf Ball Date
1. 29

Titleist DT Wound 100

Vice Pro Plus

9-28-17

6-21-17

2. 31 Titleist Pro V1 7-28-17
3. 32

Titleist Velocity

Nike Crush Extreme

Bridgestone Tour B330S

9-1-17

10-5-17

10-19-17

4. 33

Titleist Pro V1x

Titleist NXT Tour

7-21-17

8-25-17

5. 34

Bridgestone Tour B330RX

Bridgestone e6 Soft

8-11-17

8-18-17

6. 35

Vice Tour

Nike PD Long

Volvik Vivid

5-17-17

9-8-17

9-22-17

7. 36 Vice Drive 6-2-17
8. 37

Nike Mojo

TaylorMade TP5x

XXIO Aero-Drive

8-4-17

9-14-17

9-15-17

9. 38 Vice Pro 6-8-17
10. 39 Slazenger Raw Distance 10-13-17

Best Fairway Finder

Not hitting the fairway isn’t the end of the world but it is nice to be hitting from there. Amount of fairways hit during one 18 hole round.

Rank Fairways Hit Golf Ball Date
1. 10 Nike PD Long 9-8-17
2. 7

Vice Pro Plus

Bridgestone e6 Soft

6-21-17

8-18-17

3. 6

Vice Tour

Nike Mojo

Titleist Velocity

5-17-17

8-4-17

9-1-17

4. 5

Bridgestone Tour B330RX

Titleist NXT Tour

Nike Crush Extreme

Bridgestone Tour B330S

8-11-17

8-25-17

10-5-17

10-19-17

5. 4

Titleist Pro V1

Vice Drive

TaylorMade TP5x

Volvik Vivid

Slazenger Raw Distance

7-28-17

6-2-17

9-14-17

9-22-17

10-13-17

6. 3

Titleist DT Wound 100

Titleist Pro V1x

Vice Pro

9-28-17

7-21-17

6-8-17

7. 1 XXIO Aero-Drive 9-15-17

Best Value Golf Ball

To figure this out I will take the price per ball (assuming a dozen golf balls bought without a quantity discount) divided by the amount of strokes.

Rank Golf Ball Price Per Ball Strokes Cost Per Stroke
1. Vice Drive $1.24 84 $.014
2. Slazenger Raw Distance $1.50 83 $.018
3. Vice Tour $1.82 81 $.022
4. Nike Mojo $2.06 85 $.024
5. Titleist Velocity $2.25 86 $.026
6.

Nike Crush Extreme

Bridgestone e6 Soft

$2.25

$2.41

82

89

$.027
7. Nike PD Long $2.50 86 $.029
8.

Volvik Vivid

Bridgestone Tour B330 RX

$2.50

$2.66

81

88

$.030
9.

Vice Pro

Bridgestone Tour B330S

$2.91

$2.81

86

84

$.033
10. Titleist NXT Tour $2.91 85 $.034
11.

Titleist DT Wound 100

Vice Pro Plus

$2.83

$2.91

77

80

$.036
12. TaylorMade TP5x $3.75 87 $.043
13. Titleist Pro V1x $3.99 85 $.046
14. Titleist Pro V1 $3.99 81 $.049
15. XXIO Aero-Drive $5 86 $.058

Check out the value with the Vice Tour vs the Titleist Pro V1. Same score for half the price.

(I understand the chart above is silly, but, whatever.)

Best Golf Ball For Distance

No testing facility needed for this critical piece of information. Going 100% off how I remember driving, hitting fairway woods, and hitting irons with the ball that day. And that’s whats important.

Rank Golf Ball
1. Nike PD Long
2. Slazenger Raw Distance
3.

Bridgestone e6 Soft

Titleist Velocity

4.

TaylorMade TP5x

XXIO Aero-Drive

Titleist Pro V1

Vice Pro Plus

5.

Titleist Pro V1x

Vice Tour

6.

Titleist NXT Tour

Nike Crush Extreme

Vice Pro

Nike Mojo

Volvik Vivid

7.

Vice Drive

Bridgestone Tour B330 RX

Bridgestone Tour B330S

Titleist DT Wound 100

What the chart above tells me is the balls designed mostly for distance do just that. They go. The premium golf balls like the Titleist Pro V1 and Vice Pro Plus are just barely behind in distance but excel in other areas.

But if none of those other things matter to you and all you care about is hitting bombs then buy the golf balls in the #1 spot.

Favorites

Sometimes the score doesn’t tell the complete story. If I had to make a list of my top 5 favorite golf balls with only how I liked it taken into consideration than this would be the list.

Rank Name Why?
1. Vice Pro Plus A complete golf ball at half the price.
2. Titleist Pro V1 The original complete golf ball.
3. Volvik Vivid A very durable and forgiving golf ball.
4. Nike PD Long Hitting bombs.
5. XXIO Aero-Drive Because its a tank of a golf ball.

Summary

There is no rhyme or reason as to what golf balls I buy before heading out to play. Once or twice a year I head to the golf store near my house and buy a bunch of different sleeves of golf balls. When I go through those I go back and repeat the process.

I play enough golf outside of my weekly round to use up the golf balls. Sadly, I do lose a golf ball from time to time in my testing which I outline in each individual golf ball review.

If I truly hate a golf ball I will use it on my backyard target green I built as I hit those quite a bit when I’m back there with the kids.

Hopefully all of this un-science will help you in picking the best golf ball for your game.

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