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AskMyGolfSpy Vol. 41 | MyGolfSpy

AskMyGolfSpy is a chance to submit inquiries to our consultants right here at MGS.  

It’s ball take a look at week, so all of this week’s questions are about golf balls.  

If you happen to’ve bought a query for a future version of AskMyGolfSpy, you possibly can move it alongside to the workforce on Twitter,Fb,  Instagram , or proper right here within the feedback part beneath!   

Q: What’s one of the best ways to search out the fitting golf ball? I’m selecting mine primarily based on the field and my swing pace. The rest I ought to think about?  

There are just a few faculties of thought on how to decide on a golf ball. Most producers will inform you to start out on the inexperienced and work your manner out. On condition that common golfers miss extra greens than they hit, having a ball that matches your brief sport wants is paramount. 

With irons, you ought to be seeking to optimize flight and spin primarily based in your swing traits.  

Lastly, given that almost all drivers are adjustable, there’s doubtless one thing to Titleist’s philosophy of becoming the ball to your irons and your driver to the ball. 

The one exception is perhaps for these seeking to the ball to assist cut back driver spin. If that’s your largest concern, you would possibly wish to toss all the pieces else out the window. Holding the ball in play will prevent extra strokes than the rest you are able to do through the golf ball. 

So far as what it says on the field, I wouldn’t put an excessive amount of inventory in that. The descriptions are sometimes solely relatable to the producer’s personal lineup. One model’s highest-flying ball is perhaps nearer to a different’s mid and, after all, everybody claims no worse than excessive greenside spin for each ball within the lineup. 

Q: At what level ought to I be switching my golf ball? Between delicate and tougher compression when is it time (if any) to change it up?  

Anytime your swing modifications, it’s most likely price a glance. It’s additionally price having a look any time a brand new ball comes out. For all of the speak of “higher”, more often than not a brand new mannequin is a bit totally different than what got here earlier than it. 

Generally that may be higher however, in different circumstances, modifications to your favourite ball would possibly imply it gained’t work as effectively for you. 

Q: Is delicate nonetheless gradual?  

Sure. The legal guidelines of physics stay undefeated. 

Q: How a lot does value have to do with efficiency?  

Urethane/multi-layer balls are extra pricey to supply than ionomer constructions so there’s going to be some correlation between value and efficiency

The larger correlation goes to be value and high quality. That’s to not say each costly ball is made to a tighter high quality spec than an affordable one however tighter tolerances value extra and never everyone seems to be prepared to pay for them. 

Q: Coloured golf balls…any efficiency distinction?  


It’s one thing we’re taking a look at. Through the years, there’s been chatter that yellow variations of common balls spin a contact lower than their white counterparts. Whereas I suppose we might argue we discovered a small distinction with Srixon Z-Star’s we examined just a few years again, it was, at most, minimal.  

We must always have knowledge on the yellow Professional V1 quickly. 

Q: There are a whole lot of new golf balls this 12 months – any surprises or disappointments? 

the core of the PXG Xtreme golf ball

It’s most likely too quickly to say with any certainty (there’s a whole lot of new stuff we’re working by Ball Lab) however, for probably the most half, issues have been as anticipated.  

Q: How a lot does the end of a golf ball need to do with efficiency? Matte vs. gloss?  

A custom-made MGS Volvik Vivid Black Matte Golf Ball in our take a look at facility.

There’s a purpose why there aren’t any matte balls in play on Tour. When moisture is launched, and that may come from dew or from grass compression between the face and the ball because it does with pictures out of the tough, launch and spin properties of matte balls change considerably greater than they do with gloss end balls. 

Q: There’s no manner I’m adequate to note a distinction in my golf ball. Proper?  

Perhaps however we should perceive there’s a world of distinction between not noticing one thing and that very same one thing not current. Simply since you don’t discover one thing doesn’t imply it isn’t actual or that you simply don’t profit from it. 

Whether or not you discover {that a} shot flew 10 yards offline due to the ball, it nonetheless did. So why not play a higher-quality ball that rewards your finest pictures no matter your ability degree? 

Q: Sure or No: Kirkland golf balls? 

On the threat of repeating myself, I’m usually a “no” as a result of the excessively excessive spin properties make it extra of a distinct segment ball. It’s not going to be match for many golfers. 

Our preliminary measurements additionally recommend high quality management isn’t as tight correctly. Name it a traditional case of getting what you pay for. 

All of that stated, in order for you a urethane ball (and you need to) and don’t wish to spend any actual cash to get it, it’s an choice. 

Q: What’s the essential metric I must be in search of when selecting a golf ball? Distance? Spin? Dispersion?  

Flight and spin are what issues most. 

Q: How can I run a fast take a look at for myself (with no $200,000 robotic) to see how my golf ball is performing?  

How a lot time do you could have?  

There are just a few other ways to do it. On target, the perfect strategy is to play two balls for a whole spherical (or a number of rounds) to see which performs finest. Simpler stated than completed however when you’re the final one out and chasing daylight, you would possibly be capable of do it. 

One other strategy is to think about it as a strategy of elimination. Work from the inexperienced out (a launch monitor would possibly assist) and, as you progress from one shot sort to the following, you can begin dropping the balls you don’t like. 

As with the rest price doing, it’s a course of. 

Extra Questions?    

As at all times, in case you have any questions for the MGS crew (and so they don’t need to be in regards to the golf ball), drop them beneath for an opportunity to be featured in subsequent week’s #AskMyGolfSpy!   

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