The Ball Test: Part One


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Whether you’re using at Titleist ProV1, a Callaway Big Bertha, or something you found in the rough, you will understand that the golf ball is one of the vital pieces of kit in the game.

Odds are, that instead of investing in a new £300 driver to cure ‘that slice,’ the same problem could be cured by choosing the correct ball to match your game.

The golf ball is something that I have constantly changed, trying to solve the eternal mid to high handicappers’ problem; finding a ball that feels great in the short game, whilst going miles off the tee.

This test tracks my progress in finding that perfect ball, and I’ve thrown in a premium ball for short game comparison.

Srixon AD333 – Current ball of choice

Hailed as one of the most popular two piece balls, the AD333 aims to solve the distance/feel issue. Straight and long off the tee, the AD333 has remained my ball of choice for a while now. It suits my moderate swing speed down to the ground, and short game feel is not bad either. The ball will not stop and spin back like the premium balls on the market, rather take a couple of hops and stop; perfectly adequate for my kind of game, which often sees me short of the pin anyway. The benchmark, and the one to beat.

Srixon Soft Feel

The soft feel is marketed as a ball for slower swing speeds, around the 70mph mark. My swing speed is around 85mph with the driver, so was not the perfect combination for me. It feels slightly softer than the AD333, but at the same time did not spin too much more around the green. Due to this, the ball also launched slightly higher and shorter, not a brilliant combination with my high launch Callaway FTI driver. Would work better for those with the recommended slower swing speed. The large arrow shaped alignment aid was also ridiculous, and did not work well due the size of it.

Srixon Trispeed

The Trispeed is a three piece ball, which compares well with the Titleist NXT Tour. It seems to be marketed as a more versatile ball for a range of swing speeds, so should fit well with my swing profile. It was comparable with the AD333 in terms of ball flight and distance, with perhaps feel characteristics in between the Soft Feel and the AD333. On the green, the Trispeed felt a little ‘dead’ and a little lighter feeling than other balls. This was something that was not suited to my taste. At a higher price than the AD333, it is hard to justify the extra cost, as there is little benefit over its cheaper cousin.

Bridgestone B330-RX

I went to the local golf shop in the hope of procuring either the Bridgestone E6+ or E7+, designed for a similar market to the AD333. I instead left with the B330-RX, which is allegedly the premium B330 ball, with a lower compression for slower swing speeds. Initial testing of the ball showed that the ball compares well to the AD333 for distance, perhaps a little longer when hit well. In addition to this, the short game feel sat nicely in between the top premium balls and the AD333. Finally, a ball that truly satisfies the issue. However, the one concern is cost. The premium feel translates into a £30 a dozen price, something I cannot justify. It would be my ball of choice tomorrow…if I could afford to lose them!

Srixon Z Star

Used as a short game comparison, this ball was buttery soft and span more than any other ball tested. A great option for the low handicapper.

For now, the AD333 remains the favourite. Watch out for further ball tests, with the NXT Tour and Callaway HX Hot Bite up for review…

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