The great debate continues about whether a more expensive ball plays better than a less costly one. As a rule, I use an expensive ball (Pro V1 and Pro V1x) in the warm days of summer and a Wilson 50 in the early spring and fall. Much of my choice depends on the weather; actually the temperature of the day is the critical factor. Playing in the best ball tournament last weekend proved that I was a bit quick changing to the Wilson 50 during the warm wet weather.
The first day of the tournament I played the Wilson 50. I thought with the wet weather would impact my ball flight more than it did. The temperature was about 20° C (68°F) but it felt cooler. I hit the ball well and had a good handle on my distance control. There was very little roll, but I expected that because of the wet conditions. I thought that I was using the proper ball that is until the next day!
I decided to switch things up on the second day and what a difference it made. I was hitting the ball much farther with every club. In fact, I was hitting the so well that it got me in trouble because I was over clubbing a few shots. Our three over was the result of three penalty strokes I made because the ball rolled out much farther than I had expected. I was amazed the difference using the two different quality of balls made to my game.
I always knew that playing Titleist Pro Vs were a great ball, but I did not realize the difference they actually make to my game. I was hitting the ball longer, put more spin on approach shots, I putted better and the ball felt great off my clubs. I wondered if this great improvement of my game was a one of or do I need to use my Pro V1s more often.
I used my Pro V1s on Tuesday during my match play event. And to no surprise, I was hitting the ball very well and closed out my match early. So, I am happy to have notice that hitting a better quality of ball does make a difference to may game because I was thinking about switching to Wilson 50 full time. Well, I am happy to say that I will keep my previous strategy and to only use the Wilson 50 during cool weather in the spring and fall.
My experiment of using two different balls during the same conditions paid off. To be fair, it was a fluke, but I am happy it happened. So, for now the Pro V1s stay in my bag.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!