Best Golf Ball Leaderboard

Best Golf BallsWelcome to the most important leaderboard in golf. A leaderboard so important that to get on it you only have to try once.

In what could be the most scientificy science testing of golf balls I will try to find the best golf ball out there.

And how I’m going to do that it thus. I will buy a sleeve of brand new (never played) 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.

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 sciencey science.

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

We must now find out how good these golf balls are which means we must hand the golf balls over to our tamed golf ball driver.

Some say that when he has a kick in birdie his leg grows. And that when any cart girl sees him her leg shrinks. All we know is that he’s called the Brad Gibala.

Our Tamed Golf Ball Driver

Leaderboard

Rank Score Golf Ball GIR Putts Fairways Date Review
1. 77 Titleist DT Wound 100 10 29 3 9-28-17 Titleist DT Wound 100 Review
2. 78 FLOATER 7 30 5 6-1-18 FLOATER Review
3. 80 Vice Pro Plus 6 29 7 6-21-17 Vice Pro Plus Review
4. 81

Titleist Pro V1

8

31 4

7-28-17

Titleist Pro V1 Review

5. 81

Vice Tour

7 35 6

5-17-17

Vice Tour Review

6. 81

Volvik Vivid

7 35 4

9-22-17

Volvik Vivid Review

7. 82

Bandit SB

6 30 7

6-21-18

Bandit SB Review

8. 82

Nike Crush Extreme

4

32 5

9-5-17

Nike Crush Extreme Review

9. 83

Slazenger Raw Distance

9

39 4

10-13-17

Slazenger Raw Distance Review

10. 84 Vice Drive 9 36 4 6-2-17 Vice Drive Review
11. 84 Bridgestone Tour B330S 5 32 5 10-19-17 Tour B330S Review
12. 84 Bandit MD 4 29 3 6-28-18 Bandit MD Review
13. 85

Nike Mojo

7

37 6

8-4-17

Nike Mojo Review

14. 85

Top Flite XL 3000 Super Long

6

32 7

5-23-18

XL 3000 SL Review

15. 85

Titleist Pro V1x

6 33 3

7-21-17

Titleist Pro V1x Review

16. 85

Titleist NXT Tour

5 33 5

8-25-17

Titleist NXT Tour Review

17. 85

FOO-KING-LONG

2 30 4

7-6-18

FOO-KING-LONG Review

18. 86 Vice Pro 9 38 3 6-8-17 Vice Pro Review
19. 86 Titleist Velocity 8 32 6 9-1-17 Titleist Velocity Review
20. 86 Nike PD Long 6 35 10 9-8-17 Nike PD Long Review
21. 86 XXIO Aero-Drive 6 37 1 9-15-17 XXIO Aero-Drive Review
22. 87 TaylorMade TP5x 7 37 4 9-14-17 TaylorMade TP5x Review
23. 87 Srixon Z-Star 5 32 4 6-8-18 Srixon Z-Star Review
24. 87 Wilson TC2 Tour 5 34 6 5-17-18 Wilson TC2 Tour Review
25. 87 Schwetty 4 32 4 5-1-18 Schwetty Balls Review
26. 88 Bridgestone Tour B330RX 5 34 5 8-11-17 Tour B330RX Review
27. 89 Dunlop DDH Deep Distance 7 36 6 5-25-18 DDH Deep Distance Review
28. 89 Titleist AVX 5 35 5 6-6-18 Titleist AVX Review
29. 89 Bridgestone e6 Soft 4 34 7 8-18-17 e6 Soft Review
30. 91 Pinnacle Gold Long Drive 4 37 4 5-8-18 Pinnacle Gold Long Drive Review

 

Tiebreakers are determined by Greens In Regulation (GIR) then Putts, and finally Fairways Hit.

Value

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.

Wilson TC2 Tour

Schwetty

Bandit MD

$1.66

87

 

84

$.019

 

$.0197

4. Pinnacle Gold Long Drive $1.83 91 $.020
5. Vice Tour $1.82 81 $.022
6.

Top Flite XL 3000 Super Long

Dunlop DDH Deep Distance

$2.00

$2.05

85

89

$.023
7. Nike Mojo $2.06 85 $.024
8. FLOATER $2.00 78 $.025
9.

Titleist Velocity

Srixon Z-Star

$2.25

$2.33

86

87

$.026
10.

Nike Crush Extreme

Bridgestone e6 Soft

$2.25

$2.41

82

89

$.027
11. Nike PD Long $2.50 86 $.029
12.

Volvik Vivid

Bandit SB

Bridgestone Tour B330 RX

$2.50

$2.50

$2.66

81

82

88

$.030
13. FOO-KING-LONG $2.75 85 $.032
14.

Vice Pro

Bridgestone Tour B330S

$2.91

$2.81

86

84

$.033
15. Titleist NXT Tour $2.91 85 $.034
16.

Titleist DT Wound 100

Vice Pro Plus

$2.83

$2.91

77

80

$.036
17. TaylorMade TP5x $3.75 87 $.043
18. Titleist AVX $3.99 89 $.044
19. Titleist Pro V1x $3.99 85 $.046
20. Titleist Pro V1 $3.99 81 $.049
21. 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. What a deal!!

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

Bandit SB

2.

FOO-KING-LONG

Slazenger Raw Distance

3.

Bridgestone e6 Soft

Titleist Velocity

Bandit MD

4.

TaylorMade TP5x

XXIO Aero-Drive

Pinnacle Gold Long Drive

Titleist Pro V1

Titleist AVX

Vice Pro Plus

FLOATER

Srixon Z-Star

Wilson TC2 Tour

5.

Titleist Pro V1x

Top Flite XL 3000 Super Long

Vice Tour

Schwetty

6.

Titleist NXT Tour

Nike Crush Extreme

Vice Pro

Nike Mojo

Dunlop DDH Deep Distance

Volvik Vivid

7.

Vice Drive

Bridgestone Tour B330 RX

Bridgestone Tour B330S

Titleist DT Wound 100

There were some ties but 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. Bandit SB Can’t tell you why.
4. FLOATER Yes. A floating golf ball.
5. Volvik Vivid A very durable and forgiving golf ball.
6. Nike PD Long Hitting bombs.
7. 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.

About the Author: Brad Gibala

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