Have you ever hit two shots to go 400 yards, and then 4 more shots within 100 yards of the green for a delicious double bogey?
That sticks with you, and usually affects the rest of the round too.
The secret to better golf is being lethal inside 100 yards and I want to help you become lethal inside 100 yards.
So what I've done is found the best wedges for high handicappers and beginners to give you some suggestions to get more joy on the course without breaking the bank and splurging on unnecessarily expensive equipment. I should also mention, I LOVE saving money on golf equipment so I don't usually recommend the expensive stuff.
If you're unsure what kind of wedge you need, if you’re only going to buy one wedge, get a great sand wedge with either 56 or 58 degrees of loft and at least 10 degrees of bounce. Keep reading to find out why.
From our experience and taking inspiration from master club fitter Tom Wishon , we recommend a sand wedge with a wide sole to take your short game to the next level. This bigger sole gives the wedge what is called bounce. More bounce means it's easier to get the ball airborne.
But you’re probably thinking “what the hell is bounce”? Before we get into that, understand that it’s the most important characteristic of a wedge to give us more forgiveness. Forgiveness is our priority as higher handicappers so we can get the ball off the ground and going where we want when we want. Bounce helps us do that.
To help you find the best wedge for high handicappers & beginners, I focused on bounce as the main criteria.
“Bounce refers to the lowest part of the sole, that part of the wedge sole that is actually in contact with the ground at address and that causes the front of the sole to be off the ground at address.
Bounce angle is a measurement, expressed in degrees, of the angle between the leading edge of the sole and that lowest point on the sole. The higher the bounce angle, the more the leading edge of the sole is off the ground at address.”
Do you find it difficult to hit the ball out of bunkers first time? I know I used to. There's nothing more embarrassing than taking 4 to get out of a bunker. But check out my guide to hitting bunker shots for beginners.
For 90% of golfers, the wedge should have a lot bounce to literally bounce off the surface of the sand and float the ball out on a pillow of sand.
When we start golf we all hit a lot of fat shots. Fat means you hit the earth before your ball.
If your SW has too little bounce, it will dig into the ground on a fat shot and your ball will go nowhere.
If the wedge has more bounce, it will literally bounce off the earth and make good contact, sending the ball to your target. This will help your shots inside 100 yards.
Cleveland has been the foremost name in wedges for years. They’ve really thought about the higher handicap player with the way they've designed this wedge. Thick bottom and 58° so you don't even have to open the face up.
Their data analysis showed that golfers with a handicap over 12, find the green only 54% of the time out of the bunker so they've created a sand wedge that will get you out 100% of the time.
The Smart Sole S wedge gets you out the bunker in one shot with almost no effort with the very wide sole. The weird looking underside is unnoticeable from the top when addressing the ball and actually looks like a standard wedge. The face is already 58° of loft so there really isn't much need to open the face like you do with other wedges.
But if you do want ti, you can because that big fat booty is not going to let you dig into the sand. It's going to bounce right out and get the ball floating out on a magic pillow of sand.
The weight behind the sweet spot has been distributed around the perimeter of the club like a standard iron. The Tour style wedges are designed with all the weight behind the sweet spot which makes them harder to hit.
This perimeter weighting makes the wedge even more forgiving and will more than likely match your cavity backed irons in design.
These things work, period.
You can find me using both C and S wedge in this video on my Youtube channel. The newest version of these wedges now includes a G wedge so you have C, G and S for a full complement of wedges.
Add the C wedge and G wedge in unison with the Smart Sole range and you have two potent wedges that are going to severely lower your scores. The C wedge is 42 degrees which is pretty much an 8 iron while the G wedge is 50 degrees to give you a nice gapping between the C and S wedge These 8 degrees allow for a lot of versatility for the shots inside 100 yards.
With the large sole of the club, you're going to glide through tall grass and fairways alike. Around the green you're not gonna hit those duffed chips that go a a foot or two. You know, the ones you hit and look around to see if anyone noticed...
The C wedge has less loft at 42°and has been designed for playing around the green but can be used just as effectively from 125 yards with a full swing. While it looks quite radical, this club gets the job done every time. The G wedge at 50° is the between club for more chipping precision and a bit of a shorter full shot than the 42° club.
Easily the best wedges for a high handicapper or beginner struggling with the short game or looking for their first wedges. These two clubs have the potential to rapidly revolutionize your short game from bunkers to green side to pitch shots within 100 yards. No BS.
Wilson is a very underrated but excellent golf club manufacturer. They’ve designed a winner with this range of wedges and it’s going to be very difficult to find better value than the Wilson Harmonized Golf Wedge at this price.
The 56° option has optimal bounce of 12° which promotes forgiveness and helps you strike clean wedge shots consistently. For this price, it's going to be difficult to get better bang for your buck.
The leading edge of the club is designed to get under the ball and prevent too much digging. The feel off the face is responsive and the ball flies high and drops with spin to stick on the greens.
If you find you enjoy your 56°, Wilson produce 52° and 60° models to add to your set. For very little money, you can get your hands on 3 wedges: 52°, 56° and a 60°. That makes a perfect 4° gap between the pitching wedge in your set (48°), the Gap (52°), Sand (56°) & Lob (60°) in the Wilson Harmonized wedges.
One warning though. As a new player or high handicapper, banish the thought of a 64° wedge. These are not recommended if you are learning with wedges. They are INCREDIBLY difficult to hit consistently even for skilled players and while Wilson make one, I would avoid it like the plague.
These are the best wedges for beginners to start with and getting the consistent gapping between your wedges will help with hitting the right distances from 120 yards down to 70 yards time and time again. The confidence you’ll get by not having to hit half shots into greens will change your outlook on life.
Once again Cleveland appears on this list. There’s no escaping the quality of their wedges. I really like the 56° Cleveland CBX wedge. This wedge is really easy to hit because Cleveland have put 12 degrees bounce on this club with a nice thick sole to glide through the turf, getting the ball into the air easily.
The cavity-back design in the CBX is more forgiving than the blade wedges most often found nowadays. Forgiveness is the magic word for high handicappers and beginners and in a wedge, it's even more important so you can get onto the green easily to putt for some pars.
With the cavity back and chunky sole on the CBX, it's going to be much easier to get out of the bunkers, prevent chunked chips around the green and improve approach shots onto the greens.
Like with irons, the cavity back allows for more perimeter weighting which is unique for a premium wedge.The perimeter weighting means you’ll still get distance and spin on off-center strikes because of the extra weight behind the ball even on mishits.
This premium wedge functions as a game improvement club by bringing all the elements of forgiveness to the club head. It's always a safe bet with Cleveland wedges but this is easily of the best wedges for high handicappers and beginners looking to upgrade.
PING make superb irons and drivers but their wedges are just like the rest of their clubs - easy to hit and easy to use.
The PING Glide comes with a specially designed grip with white markings on it to use as a guide for where to put your hands when gripping down. They designed the wedge from the hands down so you an be in control as much as possible.
Weighting has been shifted to the perimeters to improve the off center strikes on the longer shots so there is less distance variability. This is a massive help because those partial shots are everyone's worst nightmare.
Not everyone is looking for expensive premium wedges or wants to spend a ton of cash on golf. You might be someone who plays very casually, for business or on a shoestring and this might be the first time you've looked for wedges.
Whichever way you play this game, the wedge set kills three birds with one stone.
The wedges are an incredibly popular club and for the price it’s easy to see why. You get a set of 52°, 56° and 60° with wide soles and sleek stainless finishes.
The Pinemeadow Wedge set are the best wedges for high handicappers and beginners looking for a one stop solution. For a low investment, you can punish and put these through their paces. You can learn the ins and outs of wedges with this set and once you've learned enough, you can go ahead and get yourself a premium wedge.
There are 4 confusing options when selecting one of these wedges. The S-grind option will suit most golfers with 10° of bounce. It's perfect for use on multiple styles of turf and for the majority of people's swings. You can use it in the sand, the rough, the fairway and hard pan.
What you'll notice with premium manufacturers is they will offer wedges in many increments instead of the standard 52,56, 60 configuration of the other manufacturers. Callaway offer this Mack Daddy in 2° increments from 50 degrees up to 64 degrees.
You can get your gapping really fine with all these options. Start off with a 56° or 58° and see what you need after that.
The 4 holes drilled into the sole allow some weight to be moved to make the wedge more forgiving and create a ball flight that stops quickly. Phil Mickelson uses these wedges with Roger Cleveland behind the design, you'll find that you buy these wedges and keep the for a very very long time.
What defines a wedge from an iron is loft. The 9 iron normally has around 44° of loft. Anything above 45° is considered a wedge.
Wedges can be used on fuller shots from 140 yards and in depending on your swing speed. It’s often said that a wedge should not be hit at full power. The idea behind wedges is to use them for controlled shots instead of power shots. Their job is to get you close to the hole, not long distances.
The higher loft produces higher ball flight and often more spin.
If you only own the Sand Wedge from your set, you can definitely try a stand alone wedge. But you need to know what you're looking for. Then you can narrow down what you should purchase and try out.
There are a handful of reasons people have for needing wedges in all skill levels. I will list them here in order most applicable to higher handicaps down to what is more applicable to lower handicaps.
HERE IS MY MAXIMUM WARNING FOR ALL HIGH HANDICAPPERS AND BEGINNERS!
Forget the 'flop shot' and the high lobber. You DO NOT need to learn this shot at this stage. Learn the very basic chipping and pitching move which you can find on Mr Short Game's Youtube channel as well as my Youtube channel and just GET THE BALL ON THE GREEN. Those flop shots you see the pro's playing took YEARS to create.
Our goal as normal golfers is to get it on the green and then try make a putt and at worst, two putt. EASY LIFE.
We use wedges from bunkers and for chipping around the green. Most golfers end up finding one club they like to hit out of bunkers with, chip greenside with and hit ¾ shots with. Personally I like a pitching wedge for greenside chipping, lob wedge from the sand and sand wedge for ¾ approach shots as well as chipping from the rough.
The choice is yours and there is no right or wrong way when you find what works but starting with the above best wedges for high handicappers and beginners will make life a lot easier.
We also use wedges inside 100 yards. This is the absolute most important part of golf and most professionals will tell you that if they took over the game for a 24 handicapper inside 100 yards, that 24 handicapper will play off no more than a 12 handicap.
Armed with a decent wedge and a LOT of practice, you can significantly SLASH strokes off your score. Treat yourself to a nice investment in a wedge and watch how you quickly nip and tuck a stroke from the bunker here, a stroke from a chip there and some more from inside 100 yards here and there.
The pitching wedge is most common and has a loft between 44° and 48° which you will get in your set of irons. These are great for greenside chipping.
50° to 53° which fills the gap between PW and SW for when you need to close the gap in distance.
The sand wedge normally has 54° to 58° loft with fat soles that have 10° to 12° bounce which is essential for bunkers and shots within 100 yards. The thick underside helps to glide through longer grass and sand while also getting the ball airborne off shorter grass. In our opinion, the best wedge for high handicappers and beginners is a sand wedge.
The lob wedge at 60° to 64° loft is perfect for hitting it over bunkers around the green, short bunker shots and within 80 or 90 yards. It can add another dimension to your game allowing you to take fuller swings inside 100 yards instead of those tricky half swings with sand wedges! Lob wedges over 60° are not practical for the average golfer.
Here is how all four wedges work:
Yes. Specialized wedge clubs are a dream to play and the number of shots you'll hit with a wedge will surprise you:
If we add up the total shots you play per round with these few clubs in these situations, you’ll see it can be up to 40% of your of the game.
The best wedge for high handicappers and beginners is one with maximum FORGIVENESS.
My main aim is to help you pick the best clubs for your game without breaking the bank or being lured into buying crappy clubs that will disappoint you. I hope this guide was helpful and you find yourself a decent wedge or set of wedges to take your game to the next level from within 100 yards.
The biggest handicap drops I've seen in my group of 40 or so golf buds after they sorted out their short game, have come from introducing one club into the bag - a great driver.
Brian on my channel, was having a torrid time and learned to hit his Cobra F-Max. He went for one lesson and it changed his whole world. I highly recommend getting a lesson or two from a good pro when you consider using a driver if it costs you more strokes than it helps you.
I am a firm believer that you can get into the mid teen handicap with nothing more than a fairway wood and hybrid, but if you do want to get some more distance off the tee, for some more "in with the crowd" feeling, make sure you can hit it well at least 7 out of 10 shots before bringing it to the course.
Of course you can get around the course and shoot brilliant scores using your irons and hybrids. The short game is equally important with good course management but getting into more advantageous positions off the tee will help you to get into better positions near the green.
Introducing the driver on wide open holes is a great way to break it out on the course with minimal frustration. Once you're confident with a good driver for high handicappers, you can start slashing that score down further.
Drivers have advanced so much in the last 20 years that big and straight bombs off the tee are accessible to everyone. But always remember, if you have trouble and the club costs you more strokes than it helps you, do not be afraid to put it back in the bag and use something else until you can figure out the problem!
They're easier to hit than ever but selecting the best driver for beginners and high handicappers can be confusing. I hope this guide helps you select the best, most forgiving driver possible.
I've included some budget options and second hand options so you don't have to spend top dollar on a club that works the same as the newest model. Drivers are limited in what they can do by the rules of golf. Most clubs in the last 4-5 years perform exactly like the newest models in the manufacturers range.
PING is the go-to name for so many golfers when it's time for a new driver. Their range of clubs never disappoints. You will almost never hear a golfer telling you the latest PING is crap. The simple fact is, PING drivers are brilliant.
The Taylormade Aeroburner and the Ping G400 are probably the two most popular drivers I have seen in my golf groups.
PING have made this G400 launch high and with that, you get more carry than other drivers. I've hit it myself a few times to try out. There is no mistaking the ease of use with a PING.
When you center strike the G400, you can feel a deep THWACK - it feels like a cannon. There's no more cake tin "ping" sound. The ball comes off the face hot and while you may look up wondering where it's gone, the answer is, it's probably going straight and at a higher launch angle than you expect.
The head is a little smaller and features a matte finish with some spines on the crown. If your preferred look is shiny and plain on a very LARGE crown, this one isn't for you. You could look at the G400 SFT which is larger and assists in negating a right to left ball flight.
Rickie Fowler has done a lot as Cobra's marketing tool on the Tour in the last few years to raise brand awareness. But Cobra's been in the game for ages. They've always been known to make drivers like the King F9 that maximize distance for the average Joe.
Once you find the right settings for you, it's difficult to miss fairways and distance is one of the longest in the Game Improvement driver category. Some golfers report that even on toe hits the is out-driving their previous drivers.
A pleasant pop sound at impact rounds off the show-stopping looks of the driver. JMac from the channel uses one of these and has reduced his handicap from 19 down to about 15 at the moment with this bad boy in his arsenal.
You can easily adjust the loft of the F9 at the hosel between 9 and 12 degrees at increments of 0.5°.
What's more is you can also change the ball flight by switching the heavier weight on the sole to the front and the back. Putting the weight in the back will produce a higher ball flight while putting it in the front will lower it.
Cleveland may seem like a name that is not heard much on tour, which it isn't. Jamie Sadlowski and Shane Lowry play Cleveland and Srixon (the same company) but the truth is that Cleveland make EXCELLENT clubs for the high handicapper. Their drivers are also in the game improvement category to help launch it higher and longer.
I used a Cleveland driver back in the day to get down to a scratch handicap. They've always made very simple-looking driver faces and very forgiving hitting areas. They fit high end shafts and you can pick one based on your swing speed to maximize your abilities.
Looking down at the club, it looks like a PING with the matte finish and spines running across the crown. It's simple to swing and easy to hit but mainly for slower swingers. If you swing like a brute, there will be minimal benefit for you.
If you are not looking for an offset driver, just a reminder that this one has offset to help eliminate the slice.
The club comes in 9, 10 and 12 degree versions. Usually I would say anyone with a slower swing speed would do well to pick a higher lofted driver to get it launching longer with more carry.
The Taylormade M range has gone all the way up to M5 and M6 but with the release of the SIM, that means the M4 is a couple models old but offers brilliant value to the high handicapper and beginner. Technology is creeping along slowly and with the release schedule of Taylormade so regular, these types of deals should be snapped up.
Taylormade's M4 offers forgiveness and also superb looks. The twist-face technology ay be a laughing point among golfers, but have they ever hit one? That's the difference. Once you hit one of these M4's the laughing stops because the club works.
The twist-face has been design to reduce action from toe and heel strikes, straightening up the ball flight and keeping the ball speed high for more distance.
There is a weight in the back o the sole but it's not moveable. This is great for the high handicapper as we don't need to get too involved with adjusting weights if you're looking for a simple driver. With a Hammerhead" slot behind the face, the face can be more flexible yet be reinforced for a springier impact.
Wilson are making some top notch clubs lately and while not the premium brand that you'll see plastered everywhere, it's a solid choice for budget and introduction to drivers.
The face is super simple which is always nice. The graphics they're putting on the faces of drivers nowadays detracts from the look at address. Wilson have also made a lightweight crown on this one that has that carbon look, similar to the Callaway Epic.
What makes a driver easy to hit is a nice tall face, enlarging the hitting area which means more forgiveness up and down the face. The Wilson has a lovely deep face.
The driver is not adjustable and that's perfect for people who want a simple point-and-shoot driver. Adjustable weights and hosels can confuse people and leave you wondering if the setting you have it on is hurting or helping your game. That's not a thought you want to have while playing a round of golf.
9, 10.5 and 13 degree options are available and for a newer player, I would er on the side of higher loft while a high handicapper with some experience can decide if he needs more or less launch angle and select the loft accordingly.
Wilson's D7 is on the friendlier side price-wise and for the money, it's hard to argue better value in another option. The technology is good and the ball goes straight and long. The only thing to get over is whether you are okay jamming a Wilson and not a Big Name Brand.
Forgiveness refers to how much or little a driver punishes a bad strike. If you miss the sweet spot of the club, there'll be a loss of distance and direction. Forgiving clubs lose much less distance and promote straighter ball flights on mishits than tour spec drivers.
Luckily, modern drivers aimed at the casual golfer are the most forgiving ever made. Mishits are very common for new golfers. Older drivers used to punish mishits with pain in your fingers, shots that went nowhere and lost balls. Mishits now go further and straighter than ever before making it easier to find the best driver for beginners and high handicaps.
A driver has the lowest loft in the bag. Automatically that makes it harder to hit in the air and keep straight. An easy analogy is the difference between a 3 iron and a 9 iron. The 3 iron (24° loft) is difficult to control while a 9 iron (44° loft) is very easy to hit high and straight due to higher loft.
Pros use lower lofted drivers (7°-10°) and because their swings speeds are incredibly fast (110+mph), they are able to get the ball flying 280+ yards.
Amateurs generally swing at 80-90 mph and require much more loft to make up for the slower swing speed. The additional loft also creates more back-spin which prevents too much movement left or right in the air.
For maximum forgiveness for a beginner, we recommend loft of 10.5° to 14°
The shaft is the most important part of the driver. It will determine how the ball flies through the air and consistency of your shots. Shafts in the driver are all graphite now and steel is used only in irons and putters.
Shaft flexibilities are labelled in the following ways:
The faster your swing, the stiffer you need the shaft to be, so you can hit a consistent ball flight. A shaft that is too stiff for your swing produces a ball flight that goes low and to the right. A shaft too flexible for your swing causes an inconsistent shape on your shots
In general, beginners’ swing speeds are between 80 and 90mph so we recommend a Regular ( R ) flex shaft to help promote a straighter, consistent ball flight.
Nowadays, all drivers’ heads are between 440 and 460 cubic centimeters (cc). This has increased the club face size and with it, the sweet spot. It is always advisable for newer golfers to go with a 460cc driver head because well, it’s the maximum!
Adjustable & Fixed Weights
In the latest drivers there are weights attached to the sole of the club head that can be adjusted by sliding them around into different positions to alter the shape of the shot. This technology sounds good, but it can be highly confusing for a new player to grasp all the combinations and effects on center of gravity and MOI and all the other jargon terms used to market the clubs. We don’t recommend these expensive drivers for new golfers.
On the other hand there are weights that can be replaced or moved to fixed locations which are much easier to play.
For the purpose of this guide, which is to find you a simple-to-hit and forgiving driver, this is the technology that can help you most. Some of the recommendations here have this technology.
The shafts can be unscrewed from the head and rotated to increase or decrease the loft of the driver from 9° to 14°. This is very valuable tech for a new player to adjust the loft to their preferred number.
10.5° to 14°
7° to 10°
Club Head Size
It's tempting to think the clubs the pros play on TV are the ones we should be playing. There is a massive difference between pros and amateur golfers so there is no shame in playing different clubs to the guys who do it for a living. Play what works for you. That could be a used club from the junk store or it could be the latest Titleist 8.5° monstrosity.
Also remember, the clubs on television are "Tour Issue", that means they have been made available only to the Tour players. The driver you find in a retail shop is NOTHING like the one the pro's are playing. I only state this so you can make a selection based on performance and looks to YOU, not what brooks or Dustin or Tiger is hitting.
I hope this guide was useful and if you decide to get a driver to take your game to the next level, always have it fit with a shaft by a professional club fitter to fully maximize its potential. It can literally change your life.
Boom! That feeling when you nut one down the middle and everyone's staring in wonder as you pick up the tee casually. Just another day in 100 mph plus heaven.
But with great power comes great responsibility. And by hitting booming drives with no short game, wedge or iron play, you're letting down the rest of us big bombers. We're being painted with the same brush worldwide... big hitters with no finesse, no touch!
So I'm here to help you long hard swingers out there. Hulking brutes without a delicate touch, heavy hammer swingers lacking tenderness at their finger tips. I've found the best golf balls for high swing speed to help you hit it long, knock it closer and shoot lower scores. Go forth and prosper. Keep reading below.
I swing at around 100 mph and was up to 117 mph when I was 22. A desk job and less playing time has reduced it a bit!
The number one ball in golf is Titleist. But does that mean their Tour balls are the best for amateurs too? If you're a consistent 2 handicap through to + handicapper, then I say a firm MAYBE. For everyone else, I don't think so at all.
You're going to be able to get great performance out of the Titleist at your swing speed but only....ONLY....if you're a consistent player. If you're shooting 78 one week and 86 the next losing 4 golf balls, I don't see the value in playing Titleist Pro V golf balls.
Golf gets expensive like that and with the options that are available out there, you can get the same benefits as the Pro V range for much less money. As amateurs, we can't really tell the difference between a Bridgestone B330, a Pro V and a Vice Pro Plus. They're all multi-layer balls with urethane covers. They all spin the same and travel the same distances. The results are almost identical between premium golf balls for us.
Only the scratch and '+' handicaps will be able to truly use the Pro V to the maximum value. Overall, I don't recommend the Titleist Pro V range at all for amateur golfers and urge you to give some new ones a try. You'll be very pleasantly surprised.
I recommend that you play off a solid 15 handicap or less to benefit from using the balls on this list. Check out this list to find some more budget friendly, yet acceptable balls to try first.
Of course, the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x are the most famous and probably the trend-setters in professional level golf balls. While they are the number 1 ball on Tour, supplying that many balls, to that many pros, pushes the costs onto you the consumer. Below are my best alternatives to the Pro V1 golf balls.
The Callaway Chrome Soft is the most popular ball at golf shops but you know, there's something additional they want to give us high speed swingers. So Callaway produce the Chrome Soft X.
They've used a four-piece construction with a harder Dual SoftFast core to get the ball to go as straight as the Chrome Soft but when your high speed swing makes contact with the Chrome Soft X, it goes further and gives you more control over the shot shape.
A compression of 90 makes the Chrome Soft X the same as the Pro V1 but as usual the Callaway ball features hexagonal dimples. Truth be told, we don't know why they didn't just call this the Callaway Harder because it is a harder version of the Chrome Soft.
Bottom line is the ball works well for higher swing speeds. Callaway needed to create a supplement to their popular Chrome Soft range to have something that big bombers and tour players can use and provides an all-round good performance.
These balls are for people swinging the driver faster than 105 mph. The 'S' on the end of the name stands for Spin. The Tour B XS has a soft feel to it for golfers wanting more feel and spin around the greens.
In the B XS, you get oodles of control and feel. Distance is equal to any other premium golf balls with the swing speed above 100 mph. But the feel and spin from wedge shots and short irons is something to behold. A redesigned SlipRes cover keeps it gripped to the club face longer for more spin and high trajectory.
Overall, one of the best golf balls for high speed swings. I did notice the balls scuffed easily on harder driving wedge shots. Along with that came up to 6 feet of zip backwards when hitting the greens.
You'll need to control that spin when hitting these. The dimple pattern is a little different to what you may be used to and seems much shallower. Sometimes these looks put us off. But you have to hit them to understand it makes no difference and the ball performs just as well as others in the premium category.
The balls have the fifth layer to help golfers who trap the ball against the ground with their irons instead of sweep it away. Results of every shot become predictable with this ball. You know where the ball is going off the tee, you know where it's going on approaches and you know it's going to stop near the pitchmark.
An interesting observation using the TP5x for a round was how the ball held a straight shot shape in the air.
But what I also noticed is that it's a bit firmer and the wedge shots didn't spin quite as much as the TP5. They've made the feel a bit firmer and reduced the spin. As you know, when you crunch one with a wedge, at high swing speed, you want the ball to stop near the pitch mark instead of ripping back 10 feet. That's what the TP5x does. It feels pretty much like a Pro V1x.
An alternative and more value option is the older Taylormade Tour Preferred model which is very similar in performance to the TP5x.
The Germans have produced a minimalist and slick-looking four-piece urethane covered golf ball with the Vice Pro Plus. But look at that logo. If that doesn't scream sexy, nothing does.
The Vice Pro Plus feels firmer than the Titleists - pretty similar to the B XS from Bridgestone reviewed a little higher up. With a four-piece construction, golf balls fly a little lower, so if you're looking for a more penetrating flight, the Vice Pro Plus works beautifully.
Sound off the driver is also different to Titleists Pro V1x. It gives a bigger smack and with a faster swing, the Pro Plus feels firmer and hotter off the face than a lot of Tour balls.
For you big hitting beasts who want some finesse into the greens from inside 150 yards, this ball stops where it drops. The trajectory is high, generating a lot of spin, making the ball stick right where it lands. Can I say it's identical to the market-leader? No, but how about 90% as good? Yes. For so much cheaper, this is a tough competitor to the best golf ball for high swing speeds, the Pro V1x.
Dean Snell, the man behind the Snell golf brand is a golf ball superhero. He holds 40 patents in golf ball manufacturing. Then there's his resume.
He's been in the business of designing golf balls for 28 years. 18 of them were at Taylormade where he created the Burner, Noodle, Rocketballz and Project (a) golf balls. Before that, he worked at Titleist and is the inventor and co-inventor of the Pro V1, Professional and Tour Prestige! In 2015 he started his own company and now produces some of the best golf balls for high swing speeds in the premium category.
The cast urethane cover on this ball is the same as what you find on balls like the Pro V1 and Taylormade TP5 giving it that soft, thin and durable property.
It's a three-piece golf ball and boasts a low compression to reduce the spin with the longer clubs giving you handsome distance. Around the greens, the ball is a star. The check on chips and pitches is comparable to the very best on the market.
I noticed a gain in yardage off the tee with the MTB-X. It wasn't a huge difference but around 5 yards or so. With my long irons, I noted the usual clubs I hit on the par 3s at my regular course were overshooting the usual landing areas by no more than 3 yards on each hole. Off the putter, the ball felt firm with a little 'give' from the soft cover.
I must say I don't play these balls because I did hit them out of bounds during a bad round and even though it's not their fault, that is my mental state with them. They are superb golf balls, probably the most similar to a ProV1 golf ball out of all o them.
Srixon make some great golf balls and even the Q-Star Tour is a great choice but fits more along the lines of the Taylormade Project (a).
What makes this golf ball a contender for the high swing speed basher is the construction where the core is softer and the inner layers become firmer toward the outside.
The compression in the ball has been lowered to 102 from 105 in the previous models but that remains in the higher range for the fast swings. The feel around the greens is exceptional but remember, your short game needs multidimensions to take advantage of that. If you swing it fast but have little feel around the greens, the ball will be softer but that's all.
If you're more of a bump and runner, and rely less on spinny shots, you really could consider one of their more medium range balls like a Soft Feel. But if you're looking for holding power inside 120, and better spin from bunkers and stop and drop style shots, this is definitely the ball you'll prefer in the Srixon range.
I jam these balls any time anywhere. This and the Q Star Tour.
These balls are rare to find where I am so I ordered some online and I have to tell you, if I lived in the US, this would be my ball of choice. It's so cheap yet goes like a rocket. I don't really like to proclaim too much distance off the tee with a ball but this one was really quite phenomenal. I noticed distance gains, but I was skeptical about their stopping power.
In this Youtube on my channel, I was playing with Steve and included a couple of my shots with the Kirkland signature and on the 10th hole, it was amazing to see how quickly the ball stopped. On the 11th hole, I hit the longest driver I have ever hit on that hole and then followed it up on the 12th with a 6 iron that stopped BEHIND the pitch mark.
I can safely recommend this ball to anyone who is on a budget, hits it hard and doesn't want to lose expensive premium balls!
Most of the top end balls will suit your game it just depends on your skill level. If you are consistent and don't lose many balls, the premium balls are for you. If you're a bit erratic, it's going to be best to test a few balls. The urethane covered premium balls will give you more feel and spin around the greens which the harder balls won't do with your fast swing.
At the moment, I alternate between Srixons, Kirklands, Vice Pro and Taylormades.