HOT LIST

GOLF BALLS

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Front Page - & BY MIKE STACHURA E. MICHAEL JOHN­SON

Some­times what is ob­vi­ous needs to be proved. We’ve been player-test­ing golf balls for more than a decade as part of our an­nual Hot List eval­u­a­tions. Al­though our test­ing is blind (all the balls’ lo­gos are blacked out), ev­ery year there is one re­mark­able con­sis­tency to the re­sults: price mat­ters. ▶ Our testers are asked to rate balls on a 1-5 scale across a se­ries of cri­te­ria, and with­out fail, the scores are higher the more a ball costs. ▶ Why might that be? Well, the sim­ple truth is, the more a ball costs, the more tech­nol­ogy it has.The most ex­pen­sive balls have been en­gi­neered to achieve maxi-- mum per­for­mance on tee shots and wedge shots around the green. Con­versely, less-ex­pen­sive balls with more sim­ple con­struc­tions al­ways come with com­pro­mises. ▶ But given the re­sults of our player-test­ing and our many con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple who work in golf-ball R&D, we see no need for golfers to com­pro­mise per­for­mance. That’s why the balls in our most ex­pen­sive cat­e­gory (Over R50) re­ceive our high­est rec­om­men­da­tion.We also be­lieve balls in the mid­dle-price cat­e­gory (R26 to R50), re­gard­less of whether they’re des­ig­nated Gold or Sil­ver, per­form bet­ter than the balls in the least ex­pen­sive cat­e­gory (Un­der R26).

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