Wednesday, May 29, 2013
We Tried It: Volvik Crystal & Vista iV
Color has never felt so good
Volvik Vista iV; Volvik Crystal
One of the best perks that comes from being an equipment editor is having the chance to test and try different pieces of equipment. Among the most fun things to try are golf balls, mainly because it means I can use my regular golf equipment. (I know, hardly a problem to complain about.) That said, I was excited to try two new golf balls from Volvik: the Crystal and the Vista iV.
Tech Talk: The Volvik Crystal is a 3-piece, Surlyn with Zirconium compound-covered golf ball, designed to favor golfers with moderate to slower swing speeds who want the ideal blend of distance, a soft feel and higher than average spin rates. The ball comes in a variety of semitransparent, high-visibility colors (pink, orange, yellow and green), each of which stands out in the air and on land (yes, even the green is easy to spot). My favorite actually was the pink, which for whatever reason, was easy on the eyes.
Feel: To be fair, remember that this isn't an apples-to-apples comparison, rather it's a firsthand account of how these balls felt during my trial. That said, the Crystal actually felt pretty soft off the tee with longer clubs, thanks to the ball's 80-compression rating. On shorter shots, the ball felt a little firmer, and when putting, the ball felt the firmest. I happen to like that, since when putting, firmer golf balls help me feel my putts a little more. They're not the softest balls I've tried with a driver, and not the firmest with short irons and the putter. They're somewhere in the middle of the pack among the balls I've tried this year.
Performance: Because I happen to swing a little harder than the golfers this ball caters to, I tended to hit shots a little more on the higher side. This was especially true with the driver, as I hit a few shots that spin more than I desired. But get this: The distance that I got with these balls, even on the higher, spinning drives, was flat-out awesome. Quite
surprising, actually. With shots from the fairway, I actually was able to control my ballflight pretty decently with a moderate amount of spin. With chipping and short pitches, I probably would have preferred a little more softness in the cover to add some extra bite. But for the golfer who seeks big distance with a soft feel, this golf ball is a top contender. There's nothing better than outdriving your mates with a pink ball. I did just that, and it was a blast.
Conclusion: The Volvik Crystal is a great ball that, I forgot to mention, is ridiculously durable, as well. Its vivid colors make it fun to play with, and the length off the tee, in my opinion, is comparable to other soft-core, distance-minded, 3-piece golf balls on the market today. For me, I swing a little too hard to get the most out of the Crystal, and I probably would have wanted more spin with shorter shots, but for golfers who want serious distance with a soft feel and moderate spin, you can't go wrong here.
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