Tuesday, February 28, 2012
2012 Buyer's Guide Balls
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BridgestoneKey Feature: Features a new mantle layer and Dual Dimple Technology for longer distance, better accuracy and optimized greenside performance. The softer urethane cover allows slower-swinging players to achieve great greenside spin and the newly formulated mantle layer reduces spin for longer drives.
Who It's For: Golfers who swing less than 105 mph.
Specs: Three-piece, urethane cover that's slightly firmer than its B330-RXS cousin.
bridgestonegolf.com | $45
CallawayKey Feature: Callaway engineers say that the HEX Chrome is the best three-piece ball the company has ever made, and for $36, it's definitely one of the most affordable. Look for a low-compression core called s-Tech, which helps reduce spin off the tee and add it around the greens.
Who It's For: Golfers with moderate swing speeds (approximately 90-100 mph) who want a responsive ball but don't want to spend a ton for it.
Specs: Three-piece, DuraSpin cover technology and improved HEX Aerodynamics.
callawaygolf.com | $36
CallawayKey Feature: Callaway's most highly engineered Tour ball ever. Innovative dual-core construction, durable cover material called DuraSpin and HEX Aerodynamics all combine to create a ball with optimum "spin separation" or rather the difference between how the ball spins on full and short shots.
Hex Black Tour
Who It's For: Let's put it this way: Phil Mickelson plays it. If you desire a high-performance ball with exceptional distance control, then it's for you.
Specs: Five pieces, HEX Aerodynamics.
callawaygolf.com | $46
CallawayKey Feature: Its proprietary, resilient core and ultralow compression complement the thin ionomer cover that helps keep driver spin low to maximize distance. It's long and soft—and everyone likes that combination. Its HEX Aerodynamic design reduces drag. It felt like balls just flew forever
Who It's For: Golfers who want to hit it longer, but don't want to buy premium balls.
Specs: Two-piece ball with a thin ionomer cover and HEX Aerodynamics.
callawaygolf.com | $20
CallawayKey Feature: Its core is firmer at the outer edges and softer in the center, helping tee shots fly longer with less spin, and approach shots have more spin for better stopping power. Hard not to like a ball that performs like a premium offering but costs little.
HX Diablo Tour
Who It's For: Golfers seeking a Tour-style ball for less than $20.
Specs: This three-piece ball sports an ionomer cover with HEX Aerodynamics in its dimples.
callawaygolf.com | $20
DixonKey Feature: The world's first eco-friendly golf ball made of recyclable material, the Earth also is a venerable distance ball with exceptional durability. All full shots feel soft and fly with a long and high trajectory.
Who It's For: Eco-concerned golfers who appreciate recyclable stuff.
Specs: Made of 100 percent recyclable material, and can be traded in for new ones at a discounted price.
dixongolf.com | $40
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