GolfBallSelector.com Could Be Cool
By Kickntrue on 7/21/08
This forum post triggered my memory about a website I read about in GolfWeek that helps you pick the perfect golf ball for your game.
GolfBallSelector.com is an independent golf information company that specializes in helping you pick the right equipment (specifically golf balls) for your game. You sign up and it asks you a series of questions about your game and then says, "Use X." The idea is that there is a pefect ball for everyone- and that the best ball for you isn't a Pro V1 just because it costs the most (to make).
The downside of course is that by being independent they don't get big money from big industry golf so they charge to use the site. It's $20 for a month or $30 for the whole year. This of course means I haven't tried it. I sure hate to pay to use the internet. If anyone wants to "split" the membership with me let me know. You pay for the membership and I'll be happy to log into your account and find my perfect ball... fair?
Seriously though- if anyone has tried this- let us know. I'd love to know if it works.
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Ben Crane says:
Golf Magazine had a really nice article about choosing the right golf ball in their Feb '08 issue. Sadly, it is no longer available online. What I took from it was that most high spin balls are within 10 yards of the low spin balls off the tee, but offer much greater control.
I was very excited to read that Golf Magazine article, but was disappointed after sifting through it. While they did give some interesting information, there wasn't anything that helped me picked the perfect ball for my swing/game (aside from a 4 question tool that told me to use one of a dozen choices).
I did just see that Golf Galaxy does a ball fitting for $19.95. I'm trying to find out exactly what this involves, and if it is worth trying out. In my mind I'm assuming that they put you on a launch monitor w/ your driver and a stock ball. Once they get your ball speed/backspin rate/launch angle they plug them into a program that spits out the ball that would bring your numbers into the "optimal range". This is exactly what I'm looking for, but I find it hard to believe this is all provided for $19.95.
Ben Crane says:
Agreed HotBacon. And think of how each year the manufacturers come out with new balls making your $19.95 investment good for one year.
Very true. My first thought when I saw this offering was that I'd much rather spend $19.95/year to get fitted for a new ball to complement my driver than $50-75 (launch monitor) + $400 for a new driver every couple years.
-What do you shoot? -high 70's, low 80's.
-How far do you hit your 8 iron? - 155yds.
-What's your swing speed? - ~100mph
Hmm, you should be playing ProV1, ProV1x, HX56 tour, i-series, B330, B330s, Z-URC, TP red, TP black... umm, basically anything over $40/dozen.
Yeah, thanks for nothing.
70's with a Wal-Mart ball, 70's with a ProV1. I dunno. Short game control is important to me, but unless you have zero green to work with, you just have to know to let it run out a little. That being said, I still play urethane balls, but then again I can play a whole round with the same ball(usually).
Feel off my irons (and price) is the biggest factor for me. I tried the Hogan "Tour Deep" ball. It's the cheapest urethane cover ball I have ever seen at $25/dozen, but I hated them off my irons so guess what? Back to the ProV1. Find me a $20 ball that's butter off my irons and I will switch tomorrow.
I've heard amazing things about the new Top Flite Gamer balls. Anyone else?
Just bought a box for about 24 bucks. I compared them to a sleeve of Pro V1's I had and saw very little difference. I plan to keep using the Gamer. I have heard nothing but good things about them.
Wow - You'd compare the Top Flite Gamer balls to Pro V1's? I remember playing a Top Flite D2 Feel and being fairly impressed at its playability. Typically I play NXT Tour, Pro V, Nike One Black or Platinum's.... Any other golfer thoughts on the Gamer?
I played a sleeve of them. I don't know about "amazing" but it's a great $20 ball. They are no ProV, but for the price it's either the Gamer or the Srixon Soft Feel. For 5-10 bucks more you get a lot more ball with the NXT or the Bridgestone e5+. Actually, the e5+ is the best ball I have found for the money. $25/dozen, thin urethane cover and good distance.
I have done some reading on the subject and here's a good article. (Can I link in here?)
The Gamer's arent that bad. For a Top Flite they really do feel soft. If you want a butter soft ball off of the irons and putter, as well as one of the truest rolling balls I have ever played, the Wilson Staff 50 and Wilson Staff Zip are good choices. The only problem I have with them is they don't have the stop and drop control like a Pro V1 does.
One note I forgot to throw in about ball selection with a launch monitor. Don't believe what they tell you. Bridgestone is trying to convince everyone that they can put you in a better ball based on that and it's simply not true. I would give up 5 to 20 yds off the tee any day of the week for greenside control. Launch monitors should be used for club fitting, not ball fitting.
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