- Distance is largely the same across different ball types.
- Spin rate will be higher with premium balls and lofted clubs.
Within the limitations of my indoor setup I tested by capturing 5 solid shots (not blatant mishits) with 4 balls and three clubs. Shots were struck from a soft range mat. Using this mat I have noticed shots launch higher and travel less distance compared to a firmer mat or turf.
The 4 balls were:
- Titleist Pro V1x
- Callaway Chrome Soft
- Titleist DT Trusoft
- Callaway Supersoft
- PW (46.5°)
- 7 Iron (33°)
- 5 Iron (26°)
Results and Analysis
Distance was similar especially when ball speed was taken into account:
Looking at the data the Prov1x was slightly lower spinning and slightly shorter than the other balls. At the time of testing I thought this was because it was the first ball in each set. However, as I am now discovering testing indoors (and not losing golf balls) is extremely punishing on golf balls. A day after this data was collected the Prov1x started showing very low ball speeds and shortly after this it sounded strange. Upon inspection I noticed the ball had fractured!
The wet ball testing is where things get interesting...