Balls Buyer's Guide 2006
As golf balls become more advanced, the majority have adopted the three-piece design. The question becomes ?What mantle fits your style??
|Ben Hogan Tour Deep |
(866) 834-6532 | $39/doz.
The Tour-quality flagship model in the Ben Hogan line of golf balls.
Features: An extremely thin urethane cover, multilayer construction and a unique dimple pattern enhances low-speed lift and driving distance for a solid combination of high, soft-landing wedge shots and a piercing trajectory with the driver.
Advantages: The dimple design, with some dimples “deeper” than the rest, maximizes spin when you need it and lessens spin when you don’t.
Benefits: Faster swingers with a strong all-around game.
What We Like: The Tour Deep’s durable cover and impressive distance.
Lineup: Tour Deep, The Hawk
(800) 358-6319 | $25/doz.
Customized performance, driven by the latest in urethane and core technology, is what makes the new e5 and e6 golf balls ones to watch.
Features: The e5 is designed for golfers who want more height and distance by generating the optimal spin rate for maximum lift and carry. The e6, on the other hand, is designed for players who want to combat excessive sidespin.
Advantages: The e5 has a 432 Seamless Double Dimple design for quick lift, while the e6 has only 330 dimples for less spin and a more boring trajectory.
Benefits: Mid- to high-handicappers who crave distance will like the e5, and better players who want a durable golf ball that minimizes sidespin are in for a treat with the e6.
What We Like: High performance, great value.
Lineup: B330, B330-S, e5, e6
Construction: Two-piece (e5), Multi-layer (e6)
Core: Kinetic Energy polymer
Mid-layer: Linear Velocity mantle (e6)
Trajectory: High (e5), Mid (e6)
Spin: High (e5), Mid (e6)
|Bridgestone Tour B330/B330-S|
(800) 358-6319 | $39/doz.
Bridgestone’s answer to the Pro V1 and Pro V1x.
Features: The thin urethane cover, ionomer mid-layer and Speed Elasticity core combine to produce a ball that’s both long off the tee and deft around the greens.
Advantages: When the B330 was introduced, it was an instant hit, and so, too, was the softer, higher-spinning B300-S.
Benefits: The B330 optimizes performance for fast swingers; the B330-S is for everyone else (though it’s no less impressive).
What We Like: There’s no seam, resulting in a uniform dimple pattern and great consistency.
Lineup: B330, B330-S, e5, e6
Core: Proprietary polymer
Spin: Medium (B330),High (B330-S)
Feel: Firm (B330), Soft (B330-S)
|Callaway HX Tour/HX Tour 56|
(877) ELY-BALL | $39/doz.
Callaway’s premium golf ball model gets significant improvements.
Features: The hexagonal aerodynamics of the HX Tour produces a Tour-desired trajectory, and the deeper sub-hex dimples effectively reduce drag for a very consistent, penetrating ballflight. The softer, higher-spinning HX Tour 56 is the perfect combination of feel and distance.
Advantages: The improvements made on the cover durability are just what this ball needed to catapult Callaway into the premium ball stratosphere.
Benefits: While both versions of the HX Tour are suited for fast swingers, the HX Tour 56 is a solid option for average swing speeds as well.
What We Like: Did we mention how happy we are to see improvements in durability? This ball is officially among the best in every category.
Lineup: HX Tour, HX Tour 56, HX Red, HX Blue, HX Hot, Big Bertha, Warbird
Spin: Mid (HX Tour), High (HX Tour 56)
|Dunlop LoCo Motion|
(800) 235-5516 | $16/doz.
The LoCo Motion not only has one of the most fun names in golf, it’s also one of the most enjoyable balls to hit.
Features: The unique 402-dimple pattern is designed for maximum distance for average to slow swing speeds, and the soft core is optimized for better greenside feel.
Advantages: Added spin equates to a higher trajectory, which, for slower swing speeds, is critical for more distance.
Benefits: Seniors, ladies and those with slow swing speeds will notice more carry and a softer feel around the greens.
What We Like: At $16 a dozen, what’s not to like about an affordable, high-spin golf ball?
Lineup: LoCo Pro, LoCo Dart, LoCo Motion, Super LoCo, LoCo
|Maxfli Noodle Ice|
(800) 456-8633 | $16/doz.
Maxfli’s newest low-compression model comes in a variety of neon colors.
Features: The new core is designed to spin less with a driver but more with short irons and wedges, making the Noodle Ice not only cool to look at, but a strong performer in the two-piece ball category.
Advantages: The special Noodle 442-dimple pattern promotes a high, long-carrying trajectory with soft landings and softer putts.
Benefits: Watching the iridescent colors streak across the sky.
What We Like: Finding golf balls in the rough has just gotten a whole lot easier.
Lineup: Noodle, Noodle Ice, Noodle Long & Soft, Noodle Longest, Noodle Softest
Core: High-optic rubber
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