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In recent years, golf ball technology has reached unprecedented levels. Today’s golf balls promise an almost endless combination of distance, spin, feel and durability, in varying degrees for varying demands. Also, it was easier to demarcate the golf balls as made for us (amateurs) or made for them (tour professionals). This is no longer a thing since there are many golf balls equally suitable for both types of players that feature a dynamic array of technologies for a variety of player types. And it’s not just that, today’s balls also meet the requirements of the different clubs in the bag. In other words: golf balls have come a long way. And it doesn’t look like the technology will stop anytime soon.
We’re in the golden age of balloon technology, y’all.
The more we think about why white remains the most popular golf ball color, the more we scratch our heads. Despite these huge advancements, most golf ball shells still sport a boring shade of vanilla. But is it possible that the tide is turning towards a more colorful future? Absolutely. Especially if you look at the recent success of new golf balls like Srixon’s Q-Star Tour Division, which some retailers struggle to keep on the shelves. (More on this ball in a moment.)
For a long time we have associated non-white golf balls with high handicaps, primarily because virtually all non-white golf balls were marketed as cheap manufactured distance balls. [unofficially] for shameless weekend warriors who want a golf ball that’s easier to see and harder to lose.
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Srixon Q-Star Tour Division
The Divide golf balls performed identically to the white Q-Star Tour in terms of ball flight and spin.
But in recent years we have seen a change. Golf ball manufacturers are now making high quality, high performance golf balls not only in different colors, but also in different color combinations and designs. Hobbyists are buying patterned and non-white golf balls in droves, and we’ve seen some inroads into the pro ranks with a handful of players opting for golf balls with painted alignment aids and visual patterns to enhance the way their eyes see the golf ball.
As to whether white golf balls will go the way of the dodo, we here at Mailbag fully equipped think it’s inevitable because, why not? We’ve seen the data and the research is pretty clear that using a golf ball with alignment aids or visual cues is a net positive. Meaning, that when you use a non-white golf ball, it will probably help you more than it could hurt you.
We just have to overcome the stigma of using one, that’s all. And it is also a truism for tourism professionals. There is still a contingent of competitive golfers who mistakenly assume that colored or patterned golf balls won’t perform as well as white balls, or that the colored look will make them look less serious. We’ve touched on this before with reference to the aforementioned Q-Star Tour Divide, which is a two-tone golf ball made up of two colors, one for each hemisphere. Our data proved what we already knew: Divide golf balls performed identically to the white Q-Star Tour in terms of ball flight and spin. Rather, the advantage went to the Divide as it’s a cinch to use when the time comes to line up putts. You can get the Tour Divide in a matte finish and urethane coated finish in three bright options: yellow/blue, yellow/red, and yellow/orange.
It will just take time to see non-white golf balls become mainstream. And let’s not forget that there have been many attempts to push colored or patterned golf balls into the mainstream, but there’s reason to believe that the latest wave of non-white golf balls will lead the way. because these balls are backed by real science to promote better alignment. , eye relaxation and concentration. And in some cases like the DIVIDE, these new golf balls can be used to see the spin and whether or not you put a good roll on the ball. That alone should be enough to entice more players to adopt non-white golf balls.
We are obviously big proponents of non-white golf balls and recommend anyone to give it a try. When you do, we’re confident it will perform the same as a white golf ball of the same variety.
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