I saw this one coming for a while. I don’t normally write much about the “tour” anymore. There are so many millions of blogs and sites out there doing it. But I feel compelled to post about Tiger Woods switching to Bridgestone Golf balls. Obviously Tiger has read Hooked on Golf Blog and gathered how awesome the ball performs for my granny over the top dual chicken wing golf swing.
All due respect to Nike Golf, can you imagine how many more tournaments Tiger Woods would have won with the B330 or B330-S in the bag instead of the Nike ball? But now I wonder if it is too late. Time will tell.
It will be interesting to see where Rory McIlory and Tony Finau end up ball-wise too. A switch to the B330, or numerous other balls not the Nike ball could really help their consistency and performance.
The full Bridgestone Golf Press Release regarding Tiger Woods switching to their ball is here.
Found this in the bushes a couple of days ago:
Kirkland Signature Golf Balls
After holding this ball in my own hand I now confirm that Costco/Kirkland brand Signature Tour golf balls are not a joke. It looked and felt like a Titleist ProV1. How can I tell if a ball “feels” like another just by holding it? It’s a skill only the top golf geeks and bloggers on the planet have I suppose. The cover feels soft and tacky, just like any tour-level golf ball. The dimple pattern is similar to a ProV1. And we all really know how Kirkland operates. These may very well be ProV1’s, made by Titleist for Kirkland. Or they may be made in one of the other, very few, golf ball plants in the world that make the balls for all ball brands.
I can see the next Costco shopping list now:
- 14 year supply of toilet paper
- 2400 pack of tampons
- 16 pound block of cheese
- 55 inch TV
- Tour level golf balls
- 400 pack of AA batteries
- Honda Accord
- Box of 12 frozen pizzas
I gave this ball to a buddy who plays ProV1’s and he’s going to try it out and give me some opinions.
If you’re reading Costco, you can send me a couple dozen and I’ll post an honest review of them.
Golf balls can be insanely expensive. $40-$50-$60+ per DOZEN? $5.00 per ball? Damn. At that price I could lose $50 in golf balls on the first 4-5 holes on my tight, hazard-ridden home course if I don’t hit it well. That’s why I had to institute a “3-premium-ball lost limit” there. That’s a blog post for another day.
When I used to live next to the 1st tee on my home course I could sneak onto the course after hours and find literally hundreds of balls. I knew all the places to look because, well, I hit them there. Now I don’t have that luxury since moving a little farther away from the course.
There’s nothing better than finding a nice Titleist ProV1, or Bridgestone B330, or TaylorMade tour ball in the bushes. It’s like found money. No golfer other than perhaps PGA Tour pros is above playing that newly found ProV1 either. Hand raised.
So if a person is more than willing to play that pre-owned ball in the bushes, a look at LostGolfBalls.com is probably a good financial decision. LostGolfBalls.com has every model golf ball a golfer would ever want, slightly used, for a fraction of retail.
LostGolfBalls.com Golf Balls
LostGolfBalls.com offers several “levels” of used golf balls.
Refinished golf balls are balls that have been reconditioned at a factory that actually makes new golf balls. This is as close to a new golf ball as one can get without it actually being new.
AAAAA/1st Quality golf balls are mint used balls, not reconditioned. One may not be able to tell the difference between this and a new ball.
AAAA/2nd Quality golf balls are still in very good condition and may appear to have a little wear, similar to a ball that has been played for a few holes.
AAA/3rd Quality golf balls are still very playable but may have some smudges, scuffs, and blemishes.
Pricing for the different levels of balls is proportionate to their quality level. I chose to go with a couple of boxes of my current gamer ball, the Bridgestone B330 or B330-S. Let’s do some comparing.
On Bridgestone’s website a brand new box of B330’s costs $44.99, plus shipping.
The highest quality AAAAA/1st Quality B330 from LostGolfBalls.com’s website is listed at $23.99, about HALF of retail. For a golf ball that performs the same, the golfer can literally be paying around half the money. Great deal.
The next level ball is the AAAA/2nd Quality. These balls are priced at $15.99 per dozen.
Finally, there are refinished B330’s available for $12.99.
As a decent amateur golfer with a low single digit handicap, I see no difference in playability or performance between the AAAAA/1st Quality balls, and a brand new B330 I’ve played for a few holes. Well, there is a difference actually. It’s in my wallet.
“Can you pick up a 12 year supply of toilet paper, a 2,400 pack of tampons, a giant bottle of Kalamata olives, a 55-inch flat screen TV, a 9,000 foot roll of aluminum foil, and a couple dozen urethane covered 4-piece golf balls for me when you are at Costco?”
This is hilarious.
But if you look at the specs the ball should perform just as good as a Titleist ProV1. It has almost the exact same compression and spin rates, four layers, urethane cover. It’s a tour ball. LOL. What’s better, is in standard Costco fashion, TWO dozen of their golf balls costs lest than one dozen ProV1’s! Who’s going to be the first tour player to sign an endorsement deal?
Nike Sumo “Mickey” Driver – Didn’t sell too well…
I’m not one to post the same over-hashed topics that most other golf sites post but today I have to. Nike is going to “transition out of equipment – including clubs, balls and bags.”
For many years Nike was a great sponsor to HOG, especially the fantasy golf leagues. They provided some huge prizes. They also sent me a bunch of clubs, bags and balls to test over the years. Some I liked. Some I didn’t like, especially the golf balls. Apparently with no more Tiger Woods fueling sales and buzz, the likes of Rory McIlory and a few others aren’t enough to keep interest at a high enough level to drive sales.
BEAVERTON, Ore. NIKE, Inc. announced today that it will accelerate innovation in its Golf footwear and apparel business and will partner with more of the world’s best golfers. With this new focus, Nike Golf will transition out of equipment – including clubs, balls and bags.
“We’re committed to being the undisputed leader in golf footwear and apparel,” said Trevor Edwards, President, Nike Brand. “We will achieve this by investing in performance innovation for athletes and delivering sustainable profitable growth for Nike Golf.”
“Athletes like Tiger, Rory and Michelle drive tremendous energy for the game and inspire consumers worldwide,” said Daric Ashford, President of Nike Golf. “Over the past year the MM Fly Blade Polo, the Flyknit Chukka and Air Zoom 90 have all connected strongly with golfers. We’ll continue to ignite excitement with our athletes and deliver the best of Nike for the game.”
The golf equipment market is already flooded, so in the long run I think this is good. Sometimes businesses branch out too much and go away from focusing on their strengths. Nike’s apparel sales are so huge, golf equipment was really not worth it. They tried to be groundbreaking and cutting edge with their designs in golf clubs, like the square “Sumo” driver. In the long run those quirky, weird looking clubs just made Nike look bad. The Nike Sumo “Mickey” was one of the worst (pictured).
It’s better not to produce a product than it is to just produce one that makes you look bad, or desperate.