Caesar Golf Ball Review
By Kickntrue on 2/19/08
Reviewed by Andrew Brown
10.0 - 9.5 Would Help Tiger
9.4 - 8.5 Awesome
8.4 - 7.5 Very good
7.4 - 6.5 Above Average
6.4 - 4.5 Solid
4.4 - 3.5 Below Average
3.4 - 2.5 Save Your Money
2.4 - 0.0 Pay NOT to own
IntroductionI first mentioned the Caesar Golf Ball over a year ago (here) and mentioned that I thought they could change the golf ball industry. They are finally available for public consumption and the company was nice enough to let me have a sleeve to try out.
What makes the Caesar golf ball unique is that it has no dimples. Dimples do a lot of things for golf balls, but overall their worth is summed up in one word; spin. While spin does give you more distance it also creates and exaggerates bad shots when you slice or hook your ball. The Caesar Featherie (named after some of the first golf balls made out of stuffed feathers) claims that since there are no dimples you can hit it straight with no fear of a slice or hook and all you have to do is sacrifice a bit of distance.
The company is very clear up front that they are not for everybody. They are made for high handicappers and people with slower swing speeds. Because they don't fly as far, they are also targeted for executive courses and private resorts.
For more information from Caesar check out their website at CaesarGolfCompany.com.
Look - 7.0
The Caesar Featherie looks unique, there is no question about that. It's basically a cue ball (there is a history of pool in the creator's past), shaped and weighted as a golf ball. Straight out of the box, the Caesar has a great shine, much more so than a traditional golf ball. You can decide for yourself if you like or dislike how it looks but it has been fun to have in my bag. The last few times I've carried it along in my bag and pulled it out- everyone wants to see it and ask a lot of questions. It's definitely a conversation starter and you'll look pretty good being at the forefront of technology and golf toys when you use yours. The pictures on the right do it justice with the exception of a few marks and scratches that were on the balls in the sleeve I tested. Very minor things that don't effect the ball from what I could tell.
After using the ball for multiple holes, I just popped it into the ball washer and it looked as good as new. No scuffs or club marks, then again- I didn't get to try one off the cart path like I do with most balls.
Experience - 2.0
Unfortunately, after the fun of having the Caesar Featherie in the bag and on the course most of the fun was lost on me. I tried the ball off the tee, in the rough, in the fairway, just off the green and I putted with it. The only place I'd ever choose to use Caesar is on the green putting, and even then I'd argue it's not worth it because you'd have to completely get used to putting it over a traditional ball. Plus- the rules of golf don't really allow you to switch balls mid-hole.
In fairness, I'm not 100% in the target audience for the Featherie. I don't have a slow swing and I like distance a lot, but even so it seemed to have major flaws. I hit it a couple times off the tee with both hybrids and high irons on par 3's. It felt like I was hitting a rock and while it does indeed not slice or hook, it will still shank with the best of them. I couldn't get the ball up in the air- so most of my shots were low rollers. While some may like to play the 100 yard bump and run shots, I wasn't really feeling it.
Around the green the ball was at least fun. It chipped and pitched pretty well but if you're used to playing a ball that spins and stops when you want it to this will drive you crazy. I could probably learn to hit it ok around the greens but you're still putting a lot of your shot's fate into the green and your control of the roll. You won't get this ball to short hop and stop like a Pro V1.
Putting is fun. Putting inspired the creation of the ball and it makes a lot of sense. Dimples make the ball wobble. No dimples make it roll 100% true. We've already mentioned why this is problematic though. You can't use it just for putting- and even if you did you'd have to learn how to do it better than you've already learned a traditional ball.
Value - 1.5
Here is the ultimate problem with this ball. It's a fun novelty item, it's fun to carry in your bag, but it's also retailing at $10 a ball, $30 for a sleeve of three. Just because a ball doesn't hook or slice doesn't mean you can't lose it (shanks, rough, water, etc). At $10 a ball, you'll actually shed tears when you lose one.
Anytime you're standing on the tee box deciding what ball you can or cannot afford to lose based on its cost, the answer should be clear. It's too expensive. I feel that way sometimes with water carries and the afore mentioned Pro V1's, so I really can't justify playing with a $10 ball. It makes much more sense to go the driving range 3 times with your $30 bucks and work the slice or hook out of your game with good old practice. Plus you may still have money left over to buy a sleeve of your favorite golf balls.
Overall - 2.7 (not an average)
I wish I had better things to say. I really don't think anyone could have been as pumped up as me about these balls when I heard about them a year ago. I'd been telling my friends and family about how I was going to be cured when they hit the shelves (seriously, I kind of was).
That said, I'm not losing hope. Part of the price paid of being an early adopter is bumps in the road (a small shout out to all of you HD DVD owners). Caesar's first effort falls a bit flat, but maybe version 2.0 will bring new opportunities and advancement in their technology. The idea is still very good and unless someone else comes along and makes their idea better than them, Caesar still has control of its destiny and its future in the golf industry.
If you're bold or think I'm full of crap, please feel free to get your own sleeve. Actually, also buy this if you're a mini-golf professional and are ready to change your sport forever. Windmills will cower in fear.
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[ comments ]
Straight forward honest opinion on a product... that's what I love about this site, if it sucks say it sucks. We all know it's an opinion, hell I might even try a sleeve of these balls myself for the sheer novelty of it (although probably not at $30 a sleeve!)
i hit it a few times as well. i'm closer to the target audience (high handicapper), and it was okay. definitely takes a lot of distance off, but the few shots i took were straight--unlike the majority of my shots. based on that i would bump the overall up a point.
I just ordered some....look for the handicap to start dropping.
I have to agree with Andrew's assessment of these...feel like a rock, lots of lost distance...but hey they roll nice on the green ;)
I got my sleeve and found them to putt very very well. Problem was some people didn't like my changing to a putting ball.
I figured these would just fly like a knuckleball, not go straight. I had a few golfballs that were worn down in a paper roller and were smooth. They had the most bizarre unpredictable ball flight, but fun to hit.
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