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Lovely_Jubbly

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Just joined the site, I have played golf on and off over the years and was member of a course near to me for a while but never got seriously into it and chucked it after a while as I was more interested in my football at the time. But due to injury and the beer belly forming I have hung up my boots and my interest in golf has picked up rapidly. I am currently in the process of looking to join another golf club near to me.

So getting to my point, I am looking to buy some golf balls and I have been looking at the Pro V ball which I have heard is probably the best ball around, but I have heard the Maxfli Noodle ball is a good ball to start off with before moving on to the Pro V. From looking through the posts most of you have very good experience and knowledge of this sport and was wondering what your opinion on this point would be?

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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It depends on your handicap, how straight you are off the tee, how much action you want on the greens, etc.

If you are wayward, ProVs are expensive to loose, and if you slice or hook, will take the spin more than other balls, and excentuate it.

If you hit a solid, straight hit most of the time, you won't get a better ball.

If not, something like the noodle or Srixon AD333 will do you fine.

Best bet is to try a few out, but don't just assume that because the ProV is popular, and expensive it is the best for you. It may not be.
 

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Your choice will depend on several factors...
How big is your wallet
do you loose alot of balls
which ball feels good to you
Most ball manufacturer makes 3 types of ball. Hard, medium and soft.
The hard is cheap and cheerful and bounces alot
The soft is expensive and spins alot, therefor stops quickly
And the medium is just....well.....medium
Most golfers start off with balls they find or are given, then progress to a medium ball and if you get good, then maybe the Pro V1
In these wintry conditions, I would suggest you stick with a hard cheap ball until the weather improves and take it from there.
 

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Thanks for the feedback, as said just getting back into the game so not got a handicap, that is why I am looking to join a club to try and get one and get hooked at improving it.

I'll purchase some noodle balls and see how I get on, your right, I have been reading reviews and Pro V balls have popped up as what most people us but it could turn out not to be the ball I am looking for.

Thanks for the help.

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Hi LJ,
my son and i are both learning the ropes golf wise and naturally get few a fair few balls. I find the Srixon AD333's to be of good feel, drive ok with them but best of all i can get them for £17 a dozen so it does not hurt too much when we lose some. The pro at my club recommended them. It seems to me the more expensive balls you use, the quicker you lose them! :)
I have decided to stick with these till i get a handicap sorted and i will reward myself by moving up to a more expensive ball then.
 

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There is certainly nothing wrong with the Srixon AD333 & also the Srixon Soft Feel offers another option.

As for the ProV1 its a ball renound for needing a high end swingspeed tocompress it. Whether this quite so true with the new series of ProV1 balls as it has been in the past, I couldn't say.

If you want Titleist the PTS Carry & PTS Roll are a good starting place. Of similar quality to the Srixon AD333.

Though if you are going to loose a fair few to begin with & your pockets are maybe not so deep there really is nothing wrong with say for instance Pinnical Gold, fairly soft feel without the outlay.

The Noodle ball is Okay & is probably a good enough ball for most.

I've recently been having a bit of an experiment & keep coming back to Taylor Made.

As has been pointed out

How deep is your wallet
What feels good to you
What ball goes well for you & gives you the performance in the departments that are important to you. How far, how fast the spin & how soft or hard the feel off the putter head or any other club for that matter.

No simple answer, as what is the right ball for one person will be an anathema to another.
 

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Start off with something fairly cheap as there will be a few going awol each round as you start. The thing to think about is that as the summer comes the harder type balls will run more and may run into more trouble. They also don't stop as well on firmer greens so you may not get the ball to hold. I'd suggest noodles for the time being and if the bug really bites moving onto AD333's or similar.

It may worth leaving the proV for a while unless your budget can stretch but maybe get a sleeve of three to use if you are playing ok just so you know how they feel compared to your normal ball
 

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Noodles are a great start not too hard or soft

When i started up again i got a sleeve of hx tours and lost them on the first 2 holes that was heartbreaking they cost more than the round of golf
 

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This is always a popular question!!

f.w.i.w. I've recently been playing with Top-Flite ti balls from Sports World (£9.99 for 18) and have no complaints whatsoever. Normally, I play with Wilson Staff Dx2 soft (£17 for 12) or Wilson Staff Px3 in the summer (£20-ish)

As for Srixon, I like the AD333 (but not as much as Dx2) but would not recommend the soft feel green ones.

If after a while, you feel you don't lose too many and can afford anything, move up to ProV or Z-urs.

Personally, I don't think anything other than ProVs by Titleist are worth the money. NXT are more expensive than Srixon or Wilson alternatives and not really any step up i.m.o.

The Px3 is an awesome ball, but noticeably less accurate with long clubs. I agree with the review on p.116 of March GM mag.....only, I will stick with them come summer.
 

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Just to prove how idiosyncratic we can be when it comes to balls, putters, drivers, irons, even bags,

I prefer Srixon's (at the moment - I'm fickle). The Soft Feel (green one) more than the AD333, though that is a good ball too. The Srixon Distance (red), I'd leave alone - not at all friendly - briquette.

Pinnacle Gold are cheap and not bad at this time of year, you can afford to lose a few.

Wilson PX3's spin easily, at least for me

Gone off Callies and the only Titleist I like are ProV's but
don't bother buying them, it's the one ball that you can guarantee to find!
 

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Just joined the site, I have played golf on and off over the years and was member of a course near to me for a while but never got seriously into it and chucked it after a while as I was more interested in my football. But due to injury and the beer belly forming ball at the time. I have hung up my boots and my interest in golf has picked up rapidly.

Hammy welcome to the forum, the above quote is very nearly the same as my first sub. (Injury and age comes to us all).

Back to the question, I use Titlest or Srixon's out of choice but if your just starting out you will find a few when your hunting for your's so put them in your bag a try them to. :)
 

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Noodle are a good ball, as are Srixon Soft-Feel, or Titleist SoLo. Reasonable distance off the tee, and a decent feel off the putter. A harder ball might (might) give you a little more distance (although this is likely to be negligible) but will feel like a pebble when you putt it.
Last thing I would be thinking of buying if fairly new to the game would be ProV1's. They will exagerate your slice or hook, and cost you a fortune early doors. The person that would benefit most is the single figure golfer following you around the course as he is lining himself up for a supply of decent second hand ones!
I've never tried ProV1's, but found a brand new one the other day while searching for a mates ball in the rough. I put it in my bag and there it will sit until I use up my "Soft Feels"...I'm in no immediate hurry to use it 'cos it won't help my game any more than the Srixons!
 

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Thanks for the information and all your views, it has been very helpful. I will buy a box of cheap balls and see how I get on as I have no doubt i will lose a good few on the course and I am requiring more golf equipment, so better to spend my money on this than pay for an expensive ball that may turn out no use to me.

Thanks again and for welcoming me to the site.

Cheers :)
 
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Another vote here for the Noodle or AD333's (both two-piece balls). Great balls even for the more experienced golfers.

You can also get last years Bridestone B330 ball for £19.99 which is a 3-piece ball, great feel, distance and durability.

I used a ProV1 for the 1st time last weekend and it was very good, but I have heard that to get the optimum performance out of them then you need a swing speed of 110mph.
 

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Until you are a lot better steer away from premium balls e.g ProV1, you will just worry too much about losing them due to cost and in any event they will not suit your game yet.

As mentioned the Srixons are very good for the money and the other options SoLo, noodle etc are all good, also look at taylor Made Burner.
 
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