Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Balls & Shafts
Great golf balls and high-tech new shafts
RifeKey Feature: The E Motion is a 3-piece high-performance ball with a progressive Dual Motion Core and 392-dimple pattern. That aside, if you haven't heard of RIFE's balls, you're missing out. They're really great.
Who It's For: Golfers who want solid performance from a very durable cover. And by the way, it's not only durable, but also exceptionally long off the tee.
Specs: 3-piece construction, Surlyn with Aeroblend cover.
rifeputters.com | $18
RifeKey Feature: Three-piece, cast Urethane-covered, Tour-level golf ball for the optimal blend of distance and spin. The 318-dimple pattern is designed to reduce drag and improve carry distance for longer shots.
Who It's For: Seriously, folks, these new balls by Rife are fantastic, and we bet it's only a matter of time before more golfers take notice. They're that good. Nice price, too.
Specs: Three-piece construction, 318-dimple pattern, cast Urethane cover.
rifeputters.com | $32
SrixonKey Feature: This soft-feeling ball from Srixon is designed to launch the ball high with low spin for maximum distance and control. Its soft core is ideal for golfers with less than 100 mph swingspeeds. Srixon also claims the ball has a higher MOI, meaning greater accuracy on off-center hits.
Who It's For: Golfers with moderate to slow swings, who want to get every ounce of distance they can muster.
Specs: Two-piece with a soft, smooth feel.
srixon.com | $19
SrixonKey Feature: Its Urethane cover is very soft, so you get added spin control without sacrificing distance. Also, it pierces through the wind—thanks to its core and aerodynamic dimple design—so more shots go where you aim them. Easy to stop on approach shots, but doesn't spin much off the tee. That equals big drives.
Who It's For: Folks who want Tour-level performance.
Specs: Three-piece ball with new Urethane cover and 324 dimples, available in pure white and Tour yellow. Look for a four-piece Z-Star XV version, too.
srixon.com | $45
SrixonKey Feature: STAR performance technology. What's that? Spin, Trajectory, Acceleration and Responsiveness. Srixon has combined all four so this ball performs well for golfers with midrange swingspeeds. The result is a Tour-caliber ball with a high launch angle and exceptional greenside spin.
Who It's For: Folks who don't possess Tour-level swingspeeds (less than 105 mph), but demand the precision of a Tour-quality ball.
Specs: Available in white and Tour Yellow.
srixon.com | $29
TaylormadeKey Feature: The new Lethal has a 5-piece construction and a seamless 332-dimple pattern for what TaylorMade says is its most wind-defying golf ball. Oh, yeah, it also
has the type of greenside spin that Tour professionals demand. What more could you want? It's the "ultimate Tour-performance golf ball," says TaylorMade (and us).
Who It's For: Better players who want improved distance and control without giving up much-needed control on shorter shots around the green.
Specs: Five-piece, 332-dimple pattern, Urethane cover.
taylormadegolf.com | $45
TaylormadeKey Feature: This new and improved five-layer ball features a 28% lower core compression. That equates to lower driver spin (and, hence, longer shots) and a softer feel around the greens.
Who It's For: Developed for Tour pros, the TP5 can be played by golfers of all abilities. Of course, better players will really notice the benefits of its multiple layers.
Specs: Urethane cover and a five-layer construction that's engineered to improve performance on every shot, from tee to green.
taylormadegolf.com | $46
TitleistKey Feature: Delivers increased spin control and a more consistent flight, thanks to a ZG process core technology, responsive ionomeric casing layer, Urethane elastomer cover and dimple design.
NPro V1 & Pro V1x
Who It's For: This year's balls have been refined for even greater distance and durability. Really? How much better can these balls get? We're impressed (as always).
Specs: Three-piece ball with Urethane elastomer cover, bearing a spherically tiled 352-tetrahedral-dimple design. The four-piece Pro V1x produces less spin on full shots.
titleist.com | $58
VolvikKey Feature: he new ProBismuth from Volvik is a three-piece, high-performance golf ball with a soft Z-1 cover for enhanced feel and playability on shorter shots.
Who It's For: Mid- to low-handicappers who want a solid blend of control and distance in a ball that has a soft, silky feel both off the tee and with iron shots. With such spin around the green, you'd swear they had a Urethane cover.
Specs: Three-piece construction, soft Zirconiuim cover, 446-dimple pattern, Bismuth-infused core.
volvikgolfusa.com | $32
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