Greshmahg wrote:Proven science: Recycled golf balls achieve 9% LESS distance than new balls. This is due to the recycled balls being exposed to things such as water logging, as well as damaged dimples that result in increased drag.
I dunno, maybe you can all hit a ball 500 yards and are OK with losing 45 yards, but personally, I'd rather maintain maximum distance. Yes, every time I lose a Callaway Warbird I curse myself and the 4 dollars I just threw away, but at least I'll get the most out of every feeble swing I make with them.
Maximum distance? You hit maybe 15 drives per round max. That's 1/5th to 1/7th of your golf shots (maybe less if you're that good, in which case you won't be buying these anyway.)
If you really need that extra 15-20 yards off the tee, I urge you to practice other aspects of your game. If you can find a ball that helps you with the shorter shots, that's great. Most people shoot their best scores when they minimize the approach shots, the chips, the wedges shots, etc.
Sacrificing a couple of yards off the tee for a ball with good greenside control, better feel with wedges and irons, that doesn't cost a ton of money is a good bet for most higher handicappers. They'll definitely notice the difference, especially if they've been playing top flite or pinnacle gold balls.
Also, despite what you may have read elsewhere, there is really only a 4-5 yard distance difference between the v1's and the v1x's (according to the titleist website)
Also, a good golf ball doesn't make a good golfer. I've known tons of people that play pro v balls that shouldn't be playing them. They can't control the extra spin, and don't know what to do with it. You're best bet is to hit a bunch of different shots with all sorts of different balls. Find the one that you can play consistantly and provides you with the response that you want. There is no 'right' ball for every golfer, and it's incredible how many people just buy the most expensive balls because that's what they think they should have.
Me? I'm a 4-5 handicapper. I play the Titleist NXT tour. Why? They provide me with the feel that I want. I've played Pro V's a lot. They're a good ball, but they just don't feel right TO ME off the clubface.
Overall, this is a great ball. Questionable quality for those that are used to playing pro v's straight out of the sleeve. If you've been playing a cheaper ball, try a bunch. See what you think.