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Best Golf Ball – So who’s Snell?

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

“Many of the DTC (Direct-To-Consumer) companies like Snell and Vice offer volume discounts. Many of the bigger brands offer early season incentives to encourage you to load up for the season. We suggest you commit to a ball and take advantage of the savings.”
That’s from myspygolf.com who advise us, “We are independent, unbiased and always put the #ConsumerFirst. We spend thousands of hours testing and researching products to help you get the most out of your game.”

2019 Golf Ball Buyer’s Guide

Mygolfspy recently released it’s 2019 “Top Performers” and what’s remarkable is that among the best of the bunch is the appearance of a DTC ball and a “cheapie” sold by Cosco; (In 2016, Costco started selling golf balls under its own Kirkland Signature brand logo for $29.99 for two dozen. It turns out that the balls are manufactured by Nassau Golf out of South Korea, the same company that makes TaylorMade golf balls.)

The Snell MTB-X is top of the list in two out of the three categories.
Distance but note that it is for those who have high swing speeds. For slower swing speeds it’s the Titleist Pro-V1x
The  MTB-X is also considered to be the best value.
The Volvik S4 is revealed as being the best for wedge spin.

Two worthwhile topics
I’ll pick just two from mygolfspy's comprehensive content.

2. ALL GOLF BALLS ARE NOT THE SAME
Have you ever been told that all golf balls go the same distance? A quick Google search returns over 19 million results on the topic. While the internet might be confused, we’re not. Golf balls do NOT go the same distance, and the actual differences from ball to ball might surprise you.

    Driver Distance (115 MPH): The average carry distance between the shortest and the longest ball in our test is 17.43 yards.
    Driver Distance (85 MPH): The average carry distance between the shortest and the longest ball in our test is 7.6 yards.
    Wedge Spin: There is an average of 1425 RPM difference from highest spinning to the lowest spinning ball in our test.

If that is not enough to convince you, consider this; at the fastest speed tested, the distance between the longest single ball and the shortest in the test was an astonishing 38.77 yards. For most golfers, that’s a 3+ clubs difference.

3. A Soft Golf Ball Is A Slow Golf Ball
A soft ball is a slow ball; it’s that simple. If you are playing a “soft” golf ball, it’s probably costing you distance off the tee (unless you swing under 85 MPH) and spin around the green.

A growing segment within the market, the soft (or low compression) segment of the market includes familiar balls like Callaway Chrome Soft, Wilson DUO, Bridgestone Tour B RXS, and Titleist AVX.

Firmer balls are faster, generally longer, and as an added benefit to many golfers, they spin more around the green.

We get that some of you love soft feel, but the reality is that the only golfers likely to see real performance benefits from low compression balls are high speed, high spin players. That’s probably not you.

Link to mygolfspy

Quote of the Day
“Snell Golf is not your typical value golf-ball brand. That’s because company founder Dean Snell has his name on the patent for the Titleist Pro V1. Combine that with nearly three decades of experience in golf ball design for Titleist and TaylorMade and over 40 patents and Snell brings a certain credibility to golf ball design.”- Golf Digest

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