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Golf Equipment Review: THE BALL

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
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THE BALL

Lately there are small golf ball companies popping up which compete directly with the big boys. One great example is THE BALL.

THE BALL is a new golf ball which can be found at www.ineedtheball.com. This golf ball stands toe-to-toe with any premium golf ball on the market with regards to distance and short game control.

Technology

THE BALL is a three piece (three layer) golf ball. Each layer features materials and properties which contribute to the ball’s performance.

The core is the first layer. The core is the largest layer, in the center of the ball. This layer contains Tungsten, chemical element 74, a hard steel-gray metal. The core is primarily responsible for the distance and compression of the ball.

Layer two is the mantle layer. The mantle layer construction promotes high initial velocity (ball speed) and a low launch angle with lower spin. The low launch angle and lower spin promote longer distance off the driver.

The outer layer is known as the cover. The cover of THE BALL is made from cast urethane, the same material found on the cover of 90% of the premium golf balls on the market. The cover is responsible for the spin of the ball and the control it has in the short game.

THE BALL

THE BALL – Layers

There are 318 dimples on the cover of the ball. The dimples promote lift and help the ball carry farther and straighter.

Specs

Driver spin is 2745 revolutions per minute (RPM), lower than the leading brand (they say “leading brand.” I’d guess they mean the Titleist ProV1), which his 3022.  Lower driver spin is good.

Carry for THE BALL is 266 yards compared to 263.

Carry + Rollout for THE BALL is 277 compared to 272 for the leading brand.

Short game spin with the ball is 7410 RPM’s compared to 7500.

On The Course

Specs and techie stuff aside, how is this ball on the course, where performance really counts? I’ve played every premium ball known to man and this ball has no weaknesses compared to any of them. In fact, it outshines many premium brands for my game in the distance department.

Two weeks ago (before it snowed) I played a couple of rounds in some very cold and wet conditions. We’re talking low 40’s and even upper 30’s toward the end of the round. In these cold conditions golf balls go much shorter as the ball does not compress easily. That was not the case for me and THE BALL. In fact, I was pleasantly amazed that I was out-driving my regular distances by 20 to even 40 yards!

Case in point was the 468 yard 2nd hole at my home course, the toughest hole on the course. Normally my drives end up around the 200 yard marker, give or take 10 yards. My yearly average approach is about 275. With a nice solid drive I found THE BALL way up the fairway at the 160 mark. Ding ding ding! Winner. Much more fun to hit 8-iron into a green than a 4-iron.

The Ball

The Ball – click to zoom

300+ yard drive in the cold? I couldn’t believe it. But by the time the round was done, I believed it. Same case on the 15th hole, the hardest hole on the back. Normally once again I’m looking at a 5-6 iron approach on this tough hole. Instead, I was at the 150 marker debating a 9 or 8-iron.

Distance isn’t the only strong point of THE BALL. I found the feel to be fantastic around the greens, even for my very mediocre short game. I had nice control on short shots inside 100 yards and especially chipping and pitching. THE BALL feels great off the putter too, easy to control distance.

Conclusion

At a retail price of $34.99, THE BALL clocks in at $10-20 less than premium brand name golf balls.

THE BALL is golf’s equivalent to a car that costs as much as a Honda, but outperforms a Porsche.

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