I just got my Skytrak about a week ago, but I’m already finding it incredibly useful beyond just getting swings in during the workday.
One of my biggest equipment questions coming into this year was which ball I wanted to play. It’s so hard to test balls on the course because you need time and space to do so and not many courses are going to block off spots for you to do so.
Last year I played the Snell MTB-X the second half of the year and I really liked the performance of the ball, but I find I have less spin close to the green with them than I do with the ProV1, which I’d been playing for the better part of 20 years. I’ve stuck with the Snells so far this year and my scoring has been as good as it’s ever been. Not once have I found I’m missing anything with my golf ball.
I still wanted to do some testing, though, because even though the Snells are performing well I want to make sure I’m playing the absolute best ball for my game.
Yesterday I started head to head testing the Snell MTB-X versus ProV1 with my driver and the numbers really matched what I’ve experienced on the course with these balls. I hit 20 balls each starting with the ProV1. Now, I should preface this with this was at the end of a practice session, so I’d already hit about 60 balls with my irons. I didn’t find this affected much of anything. My cruising speed with my driver was about 3-4mph slower than when I’m fresh, but still fast enough to yield valid results. I messed up and didn’t export my results so I don’t have my screen shots. I won’t forget in the future - but below are the meaningful results. I removed the five best and five worst swings from each.
ProV1 (avg of 10 shots)
Clubhead Speed: 111
Ball Speed: 165
Backspin: 2389 RPM
Side spin: -257 RPM
Offline: -23 Yds
Clubhead Speed: 110
Ball Speed: 165
Backspin: 2178 RPM
Side spin: -118 RPM
Offline: -14 Yds
As I mentioned before, this really mirrors what I see on the course. The Snells are longer and straighter, for me, than the ProV1 with the driver - and not by an amount that can be ignored. The Snells put me almost a full club closer to the hole and in better position off the tee.
Next up I’ll test low-mid irons to see if I’m missing anything there. Biggest things I’m looking at there will be spin, offline, and angle of descent. I’m not overly concerned with distance - more accuracy and green interaction.
Anybody have any balls they’d like to see tested head to head? Was this too long? Was this helpful at all? Let me know.