Monday, January 1, 2007
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??
(800) 456-8633 | $20/doz.
A distance-oriented ball with a soft feel to complement the Tour-designed BlackMAX.
Features: A lively Surlyn® co-polymer cover designed with a high COR for pure distance. A soft proprietary core delivers the goods in terms of feel, distance and control.
Advantages: Players of all swing speeds can take advantage of the RedMAX’s low-spin, high-launch formula.
Benefits: If more distance is what’s most important, the RedMAX is a solid alternative for players of all skill levels.
What We Like: Most low-spin distance balls have a firm feel, but not the RedMAX. It feels like a premium multi-layer ball.
Lineup: BlackMAX, RedMAX
Cover: SurlynÂ® co-polymer
|Nike Golf Ignite|
For those who demand big distance off the tee but also require some shotmaking capabilities around the green.
Features: The 408-dimple design promotes a penetrating ballflight with less spin when it comes to a driver, but with iron play the ball actually spins more, thanks to its three-piece construction.
Advantages: The Ignite is priced far below other comparable multi-layer golf balls, giving serious players a more affordable alternative.
Benefits: All skill levels will see big distance, but it’s up to average to fast swing speeds to take advantage of added spin with irons and wedges.
What We Like: The Ignite is huge off the tee, and surprisingly responsive from the fairway, too. A great all-around golf ball.
Lineup: One (Black, Platinum), Ignite, Mojo
|Nike Golf One|
The reinvented One Series is better than ever.
Features: The One Platinum features an enhanced core that’s now softer in the middle and firmer toward the edges, which reduces spin with the driver and increases it with iron hits. The One Black has a new, thinner cover and a re-engineered 408-dimple pattern to minimize drag and maximize distance.
Advantages: The new One balls are obviously longer than ever. Plus, the difference between the balls’ spin rates is more noticeable.
Benefits: Both balls are suited for faster swings, but that won’t stop everyone from trying Tiger’s.
What We Like: The Platinum is an excellent spinner around the greens.
Lineup: One (Black, Platinum), Ignite, Mojo
Spin: Mid (One Black), High (One Platinum)
(888) 358-6319 | $30/doz.
A high-performance two-piece model designed to provide all golfers with Tour-like distance and feel.
Features: An X-Polymer core with an X-shaped molecular structure that’s said to produce an enhanced transfer of energy at moderate swing speeds. Available in white, yellow and orange.
Advantages: The X-Polymer core is designed to produce significantly enhanced distance for average swing speeds, while the soft Surlyn® cover is designed to provide a combination of feel and durability, as well as added consistency.
Benefits: Golfers with swing speeds under 100 mph who want more distance plus feel.
What We Like: Seamless Cover Technology.
Lineup: XP3, U-Tri Tour, U-Tri Extra Distance, PWRDrive, Laddie Xtreme, DForce
(888) 4-SRIXON | $25/doz.
A new and improved version of Srixon’s low-compression performance model.
Features: A new, resilient Energetic Gradient Growth (EGG) core and Rabalon elastomer blended cover, which is said to be 35% more resilient than regular ionomer, make this a highly competitive two-piece golf ball.
Advantages: The low compression and formulation of the AD333’s EGG core allows slower swingers to produce maximum ball speed.
Benefits: Value-minded golfers who want a blend of distance and soft feel.
What We Like: Lots of legit technology in a model that’s reasonably priced.
Lineup: Z-UR, Z-URS, AD333, Soft Feel
Cover: Rabalon elastomer
Core: Polybutadiene, Energetic Gradient Growth
(888) 4-SRIXON | $55/doz.
Srixon’s premium-quality, three-piece golf ball provides more spin than the companion Z-UR.
Features: Thin proprietary urethane-elastomer cover, PBDS-enhanced core (which has an approximately 10% lower compression than the Z-UR) and a 330-dimple pattern that’s designed to provide both stability and a penetrating ballflight.
Advantages: Tour-like performance for accomplished players, including low driver spin, high wedge spin and a soft feel on the putting greens.
Benefits: All-around excellent performance for better players—distance, feel and spin.
What We Like: A lesser-known competitor challenging the big boys with an outstanding product.
Lineup: Z-UR, Z-URS, AD333, Soft Feel.
Spin: Low (driver), High (wedge)
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