I’ve always tried to support smaller golf companies and golf entrepreneurs, provided that I believe in their product and the way they operate their businesses. One such smaller company who is taking on the big players in the golf ball world is Monsta Golf. Monsta is one of several small and relatively unknown makers of premium golf balls whose product competes with the ProV1’s of the world, and even beats them. Let us take a look at the Monsta Golf ball.
Monsta Golf Balls
The Monsta Golf ball is a premium “tour” quality ball which has similar performance and materials to the Titleist ProV1 and other high end golf balls. The ball is a 3-layer ball consisting of a urethane cover, mantle layer, and inner layer.
The 318 dimple urethane cover is soft and produces the performance and spin around the greens one expects in a high quality golf ball. Urethane is the same material found on the cover of most high performance golf balls like the ProV1, Bridgestone B330 series, and many others.
The middle layer, also known as the “mantle,” promotes high initial velocity and produces less spin off the tee. Less spin off the tee means more accuracy and distance. This layer must balance well with the urethane cover which is designed to produce spin on shorter shots.
The core is the innermost layer. This layer transfers the most compression energy from impact to rebound, resulting in the largest distance component of the ball.
On The Course
I’ve had the Monsta ball in play for many many rounds. The durability of the ball is very good, allowing me to log as many as 4-5 rounds with one ball, provided I don’t lose it. I do have one ball which I’ve used for a good 4-5 rounds, and it barely has any signs of wear.
I’ve found the distance with this ball to be as long or longer than any other ball I’ve played. Recently I’ve picked up some clubhead speed and thus more yardage, and the Monsta definitely shines in the distance department.
Off the driver I notice an interesting flight characteristics with this 318 dimple ball. I may have a shot look as if it is going to just miss the fairway on one side, but it seems to “correct” in the air and straighten out. I can create different launches by changing the tee height as well. For instance, I can get the ball to climb late in the flight by teeing it lower, or I can get a high initial launch and a flatter flight toward the end by teeing the ball higher.
The spin characteristics of this ball are fantastic. Even on very hard greens the ball stops quickly on short to mid irons. In the full wedge game it is not uncommon to put some Phil “Mickelspin” on the ball and watch it back up. The key is to fly it far enough so the ball lands past the pin and spins back. Another term my pals use for this is “tour sauce.”
The first full round I played the Monsta was a few weeks ago. It was a crazy round in which I carded TWO eagles and four birdies, but also had some “others” which led to a 74. The next round was a solid 72 (even), followed by rounds of 73, 74, 73. There’s no doubt this ball works well for my game.
Monsta’s pricing is at $34.99 per dozen. That’s a great deal for a ball with such great performance and durability characteristics. At about $15 cheaper than a box of ProV1’s, it is a no-brainer in my book. But for the average golfer who has not heard of Monsta, the $34.99 price point I think is still too high. I think they’d fly off the shelves at under $30. $24.99 would be even better. My guess is though that their hard costs will not warrant that low of a price point. After all, there are only a few plants in the world which make golf balls, owned by the bigs like Titleist, Bridgestone, Callaway etc. Monsta’s are likely made in one of those plants.
The only critique I have is very minor. I’d like to see this ball come in a seamless version. The seam is quite visible. At the least I’d like to line up the ball’s decoration with the seam as I like to putt seamed golf balls with the seam lined up on the target line.
If you normally are willing to spend $40-60 on a dozen “tour” quality golf balls, pick up some Monsta Golf balls for $34.99 and you’ll have an extra $15 in your pocket you can spend on some frosty beverages at the 19th hole. Your score will not know the difference, but your buddies will.
In for review here at Hooked On Golf Blog is a new golf ball offering from the company 3UP Golf. Last summer I reviewed the tour performance ball from 3UP, the 3F12 golf ball.
The new 3UP ball is the S214 (yes, I’m not sure what’s up with the names). The 2S14 is a ball more suitable for a mid-handicap to high-handicap golfer who needs less spin and a lower compression.
This isn’t necessarily the best ball for my personal game, but I’ll give it a shot and see how it performs and post a review soon. I may give a few to a higher handicap playing partner and see what the results are as well, for part of the review process.
Monsta Golf Balls
Boy am I thrilled to be able to play golf without wincing in pain on every shot. Eight days ago I got a cortisone shot on the right tennis elbow. Yesterday marked the first pain-free round I’ve had in 1.5 months.
Finally I had the chance to begin testing the new Monsta Golf balls, another premium golf ball offering from a small manufacturer. This one can certainly compete with the big boys in terms of feel, performance, and durability.
I had intended to take a snap of the Monsta ball I played with yesterday, but now I can’t find the damn thing! I played 18 holes with it, then lost it in my garage! You’ll have to take my word for it. The ball has almost NO sign of wear from 73 shots. Ok sure, I don’t typically scuff golf balls with my putter, but you get the point.
More testing to go before I can post my review but initial results and impressions are that this is a great golf ball. My +1 score of 73 would back that opinion up nicely.
By popular demand I’m posting the official “what’s in the bag” for my 2014 club championship at Sandy, Utah’s splendid River Oaks Golf Club. It took me a while to get the photo because I needed it to be “official,” thus having the Golf WRX watermark on it. The photogs at WRX are so busy shooting every golf club and golf bag on the planet and putting their watermarks on them, that it took me a while to get this photo. As you can see, this photo is true and authentic since it has that WRX watermark. Enough about high end photography and on to the meat of this journalistic brilliance.
I’m very happy to have won the 2014 club championship at River Oaks. I’ve been a member of the club for many years and won my first championship there in 2005. This year’s championship seemed to fall in my lap as the field was narrowed down to a few left standing, and I managed to outscore the closest competitor by 13 shots. Yes, 13 shots. In the land of bogeys, the par man is king.
WITB – Tony Korologos 2014 River Oaks Club Champion
Let’s take a look at the winning sticks and the other crucial script items…
Driver: Cobra Amp Cell
3-Metal: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta
Hybrid: 19 degree Cobra Baffler XL
Irons (4-PW): Hogan Apex Edge Pro, circa 2002
Shafts: KBS Tour 90
52 and 56 degree wedges: Eidolon V-Sole
60 degree lob wedge: Vokey Spin Milled
Putter: Dornoch Putters Bird Dog 1, handmade in Scotland by Grant MacKay
Bag: Nike Sport Lite
Ball: Bridgestone B330
Head Cover: Sumi-G with custom Black Mesa Golf Club embroidered logo
GPS: Golf Buddy VS4 talking golf watch GPS
Laser Rangefinder: Callaway (Nikon)
Club Brush: Frogger BrushPro
Golf Accessory Accessory: Snap Hookz
Golf Polo: Bobby Jones XH20 Aero
Golf Shorts: Tattoo Golf shorts
Golf Socks: Kentwool Tour
Golf Shoes: FootJoy DNA
Cigar: Gurkha Centurian
Green repair tool: Champ Flix
Toothpaste: Crest with mint sparkles
Hat: Pukkha custom Hooked on Golf Blog/The Golf Space hat
Glove: Don’t wear a glove, but for the sweaty shots it was the Asher skull glove (RIP James)
Tee: Tornado Tee
Grips: Golf Pride CP2
Sunglasses: Under Armour Phenom Sunglasses
Rain Jacket: Nike Hyperadapt Storm-FIT
Push Cart: Sun Mountain Micro Cart Sport
Ball marking device: Tin Cup Utah Utes stencil
Beer: Slammin Sam Snead Premium Lager
Spikes: Champ Scorpion Stinger
Travel bag: Sun Mountain ClubGlider Journey
Belt: Switch Belt rubber custom
Towel: Frogger Amphibian
Driver: Bombtech Golf Grenade
3-Fairway: Nike VR-S
Hybrid: Bobby Jones
Irons: Bridgestone J40 Dual Pocket Cavity
Wedges: SCOR, Miura
Putter: Ping Scottsdale ZB S
Bag: Datrek Go-Lite
Shoes: Ecco Golf Shoes
Tee: Champ Zarma Fly Tee
If you were to ask my opinion, I’d say the golf ball market is pretty saturated. We don’t really need more brands and models. That said though, perhaps we could use more (or some) “affordable” high performance golf balls. Perhaps these new Monsta Golf balls fill that niche.
Monsta Golf Balls
The Monsta ball is a 3-layer ball with a cast urethane cover. Most “tour” level golf balls like the Titleist ProV1 feature the same cover material.
I will put these balls into play soon. I take many rounds to work up my reviews so stay tuned.