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bama
10-24-2011, 08:59 AM
Here is the latest compression specs on over 125 golf balls....

http://www.golfballselector.com/pdf/GBS_CompressionHardness_Test_090811_v8.11a.pdf

JRod
10-24-2011, 09:01 AM
Interesting. Thanks for the info.

DawgDaddy
10-24-2011, 09:32 AM
Thanks for sharing this chart.

Perkins Rooster
10-24-2011, 11:30 AM
Great find, thanks!

Damaikis
10-24-2011, 11:31 AM
That's cool to read, thanks for digging this up!

Perkins Rooster
10-24-2011, 11:32 AM
What does MPI mean?

HoosierGolfer
10-24-2011, 01:22 PM
Nice link!

Dr. Teeth
10-24-2011, 01:32 PM
Am I reading this right, that the new Nikes 20XI-Xs have a compression value of 97? That seems crazy high. And they have a cover hardness of 83, which is easily to softest of all of the balls tested. To give a reference the TaylorMade Pentas have a compression value of 80/81 and a hardness value of 86 which was the next softest on the list.

Wake
10-24-2011, 01:55 PM
I think that is how Nike Advertises their ball. The Rezn core allows for high compression/low spin off driver, while the soft cover allows the ball to be soft around the greens.

I guess the numbers show the technology works.

ddec
10-24-2011, 02:23 PM
I wish I knew what all of those numbers meant haha

mariusvt
10-24-2011, 02:38 PM
Thanks for the link, a lot of interesting info there.

Hawk
10-24-2011, 02:39 PM
I wish I knew what all of those numbers meant haha

I do too. I just compare one versus the other.

BulldogsGolf
10-24-2011, 02:51 PM
Am I reading this right, that the new Nikes 20XI-Xs have a compression value of 97? That seems crazy high. And they have a cover hardness of 83, which is easily to softest of all of the balls tested. To give a reference the TaylorMade Pentas have a compression value of 80/81 and a hardness value of 86 which was the next softest on the list.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe they had a compression rating of 116....

Dr. Teeth
10-24-2011, 03:02 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe they had a compression rating of 116....

You are totally right! I quoted the wrong numbers. But still as a comparison the Nikes 116 vs Penta 103, and cover hardness of 73 vs 76. It is interesting. Does anyone know what the benefit of having such a high compression ball?

Wake
10-24-2011, 03:15 PM
You are totally right! I quoted the wrong numbers. But still as a comparison the Nikes 116 vs Penta 103, and cover hardness of 73 vs 76. It is interesting. Does anyone know what the benefit of having such a high compression ball?

The traditional logic is low compression balls are for slower swing speeds, and high compression balls are for high swing speeds. I don't know how it all works, but basically a high compression ball with a high swing speed will lead to the best distance, lower compression leads to too much spin and less distance.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, thats just how it was explained to me.

bama
10-24-2011, 03:44 PM
funny...my two top balls right now are the Penta and E5...both VERY similar in this compression tests "specs"

Dr. Teeth
10-24-2011, 03:56 PM
The traditional logic is low compression balls are for slower swing speeds, and high compression balls are for high swing speeds. I don't know how it all works, but basically a high compression ball with a high swing speed will lead to the best distance, lower compression leads to too much spin and less distance.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, thats just how it was explained to me.

I think you are right about that. I know that when I went to do the Bridgestone fitting they said that the B330 RX wasnt a great ball for me because it would start to knuckle, butt he funny thing is I really like that ball. It seems like the Nike 20XIs are going to be really great for pros and very high compression people, but that it is not a ball for the masses.

Wake
10-24-2011, 04:03 PM
I think the theory of the Nike is they have a high compression core, and soft outer layers giving you the best of both worlds.

Divebell
10-24-2011, 04:07 PM
Thank you for the info.

Mward
10-24-2011, 04:51 PM
Come colder weather, this will be even more helpful. Lower compression balls tend to go a bit further in the cold than the harder compression ones

Thainer21
10-24-2011, 05:00 PM
I dont really notice a difference from ball to ball really.

MD177
10-24-2011, 05:01 PM
I also don't understand those number, but nice to see. if someone can explain it further, I'll greatly appreciate it. :)

2Shoes
10-24-2011, 05:48 PM
Here is a link that will explain the MPI and how it works, they did a head to head with a Titleist DT Solo and Bridgestone e6 in 2008.

http://www.golfballtest.org/wp-content/headtohead/MPI_Head2HeadTest_TitleistDTSoLo_Bridgestonee6_011 608.pdf

Perkins Rooster
10-24-2011, 06:16 PM
I believe that that cover firmness/softness determine ball spin while the core compression determines ball speed (depending on swing speed of course). Lower compression balls allow players slower swing speeds to compress the ball more easily.

tgtt
10-24-2011, 06:20 PM
Callaway Tour I(Z) wins again.

fishymehta
10-24-2011, 06:27 PM
Really nice read, some great info. This will definitely be good for those wet/wintery conditions coming up soon. Also might help me pick my next golf ball, should I ever get tired of my Z-STAR (unlikely)

gapwedge
10-24-2011, 06:38 PM
I read this thread this morning and was curious, so I hopped in the car and went to the course. It was pretty much empty so I was able to experiment a bit and hit 2 sometimes three balls off the tee and then went to the 15o yard mark and hit 6 irons. I compared the ProV1 that I use, a Tileist NXT Tour, and a combination of some Pentas, a Bridgestone 330, and a Calloway warbird. The ProV1 spun better almost all the time, the distance varried with the other balls and was negleible, one not better than the other.
In summation, this wasn't an expert test, but I walked away from it knowing that the extra dollars I spend on the ProV1s is worth it to me because I'm comfortable with it and know what to expect when I hit it. The ball charts are nice, but not for me. Gap

BulldogsGolf
10-24-2011, 06:42 PM
You are totally right! I quoted the wrong numbers. But still as a comparison the Nikes 116 vs Penta 103, and cover hardness of 73 vs 76. It is interesting. Does anyone know what the benefit of having such a high compression ball?

High compression rated balls generall take a high swing speed to "compress fully" and get the full benefit of such a ball. Generally, the compression rating of the ball you play should be fairly close to your swing speed. I will use myself as an example. I have about a 95mph swing speed. I play the Nike ONE Tour. Probably too hard for me. I should probably be using something more like a Titleist NXT or Bridgestone B330 - RX/RXS, because they are fairly close to my swing speed. Hope this helped.

BDG