I recently learned a new lesson: don’t judge a golf ball by its cover. Typically I can tell if I will like a golf ball by simply feeling the cover. I can feel if the cover is soft and tacky, and if I can dig a fingernail into it a bit I know I’ll usually like it. When the Vision ProSoft golf balls came in for review they almost went to the giveaway pile because the cover didn’t feel soft. Almost.
The covers on the ProSoft are not as tacky or soft feeling to the hand, but then again you don’t hit golf balls with your hands. I’m glad I gave these a shot, so to speak. This is definitely a ball worth taking a closer look at.
Vision Golf Balls are originally from Australia. They’re fairly new to North America. They make all sorts of highly visible balls in a few different colors, thus the “vision” name.
Typical “tour” balls, the higher-end balls with more spin, have urethane covers. The cover on this ball is what Vision calls “durathane.” As in durable. I have a ball which has gone 45 holes and it looks like new, so yes these are very durable.
The core or center of the ball uses similar technology found in golf clubs, perimeter weighting. Moving the weight more toward the outside of the ball and away from the center reduces driver spin and increases distance.
The dimple pattern of the ball provides aerodynamic qualities to the flight, carry, dispersion, and helps with distance.
I’ve felt no drop in performance after switching from a large brand’s best “tour” ball to the Vision ProSoft. I’ve gained a ball that lasts longer as the durability of the ProSoft is remarkable.
I love the feel of this ball off of about every club in the bag, putter included. The ball compresses well on the driver, providing some great feedback. You know when it is launched. Chipping and pitching the ProSoft around the greens is nice as well.
This ball is as long as any I’ve played. Last Sunday I had a record 400 yard drive on the par-4 10th hole at Valley View with the ProSoft… Pin high in one. Yes, the ground was hard and the shot was slightly downhill, but still. 400 is 400 no matter how you slice it. No I’m not that long. No I don’t hit them 400 every time. My average is 289.
One last and cool thing: The logo and numbers on this ball are large in size and unique color/style. This ball is very easy to identify, even from a distance. “Mine’s the long one in the middle of the fairway, Bob.”
Can Vision Compete?
This ball is more durable than any tour quality ball I can think of, and the performance is not compromised as is usual with more durable golf balls. Performance-wise this ball can compete with or beat any performance ball from Titleist, Bridgestone, Srixon, Callaway or TaylorMade.
Whether the company can compete for shelf space in an already flooded golf ball market is unknown. I hope they can. At $39.99 a dozen their price point might be a little too high for regular golfers to be willing to take that chance.
Man do I have a lot of golf balls to review! I may do another “HOG Golf Ball Week” soon to cover them all. The latest in the large and growing golf ball review queue is the TaylorMade Project (a).
TaylorMade Project (a) Golf Ball
I’ve been hearing about these TaylorMade Project (a) golf balls. The (a) is for amateur, which is the target player for this ball. Just how they do that I have yet to discover, but my guesses would first be a lower compression and more spin around the greens.
I’ll be putting these into play soon and doing a full compliment of test rounds before my review. Stay tuned.
Regarding the photo above: I swear I almost have as much fun capturing cool images of golf equipment as I do playing it…
What’s In The Bag/WITB Week Continues! So fun…
Previous WITB Week Posts:
The Truth About What’s In The Bag Photos/Articles
Why Is This Boring? What Does WITB Really Mean?
What’s In My Bag? Thanks for asking…
I field many requests asking what’s in my personal bag. Because I review so many clubs throughout a given season, my bag changes often. There are positions in my bag which are very solid, and it is doubtful that a new club will replace them. That does not mean a particular club will not be given the opportunity to oust a starter from the gamer lineup. The most solid position is the putter. Mine is hand-made by Grant Mackay in Dornoch, Scotland. I’m in the middle of reviewing an entire set of irons, a new wedge, and a new driver. Therefore my WITB is in a test mode. I’ll post both versions of my WITB below, the first being my 2014 gamer set. This is a valid WITB because of the WRX watermark. Don’t be fooled by imposters. Real WITB photos must have a watermark, since they’re such valuable assets and one must protect them from theft or misuse.
WITB – Tony Korologos 2014 River Oaks Club Champion
The Gamer Bag Above Features
The Current WITB with test clubs includes the following below:
Photos of Current Test Gear – Reviews coming soon…
Mizuno MP-T5 Wedge
Mizuno JPX850 Forged Irons
Powerbilt Air Force One Driver
New ZStar Golf Balls for 2015
Bridgestone Golf e7 Flower Pattern Dimple Highlighted
FootJoy Hyperflex Golf Shoe
Vision Golf has been selling golf balls to some 300 green grass outlets down under for about eight years. This premium Australian golf ball brand is looking to expand to north America so where do they turn? HOG!
These are “pro” or “tour” model balls, but the cover is not urethane. I’m anxious to test these out in real conditions and see how they feel and perform. They’re in the queue, and weather-permitting my testing will start soon.
Bridgestone Golf has been doing a lot with dimple design in their eSeries. The eSeries includes the e5, e6, and e7. Previously, they did a dimple-in-dimple design, which carried over into their tour balls, the B300 series. I’ve enjoyed the performance of said dimple pattern in the B330 model.
I just received some samples of the new eSeries for 2015 which feature an even more interesting dimple pattern. Below is a photo of the neat sample box.
These balls have a flower-leaf-like pattern where there are circular dimples in the center with irregular hexagon shaped leaves around them. Bridgestone calls it “Web Dimple” technology. The circular dimple still features the dimple-in-dimple pattern. See the image below, with the hexagonal leave shaped dimples highlighted.
Bridgestone Golf e7 Flower Pattern Dimple Highlighted
The dimple patterns between the e5, e6, and e7 are slightly different to the naked eye. That’s likely how they get the different flight characteristics.
New 2015 Bridgestone Golf eSeries Golf Balls
Look for my reviews of the 2015 Bridgestone Golf eSeries golf balls later this spring.