In summary, the Pure Pro and Pure Pro X from Pearl Golf are very good alternatives for those seeking all-round performance from a ball at a lower price point than the mainstream premium models.
Impressive all-round durability and performance, especially on short-game shots. Noticeable differences between the two models.
Distances played shorter in outdoor testing. Cover seam visible and not aligned with the sidestamp.
By Joel Tadman
Pearl Golf Pure Pro Balls Review - New for 2019, we review the Pure Pro and Pure Pro X golf balls from Pearl Golf.
Pearl Golf Pure Pro Balls Review
- The Pure Pro is a three-piece ball with a soft polybutadiene core, an outer mantle layer and a cast urethane cover.
- The Pure Pro X is a four-piece ball that differs by having an inner surlyn mantle to provide lower driver spin.
- The mantle of the Pure Pro is made of Dupont HPF. These ionomer resins are characterised by their high density and durability, creating high ball speed and consistency of spin on driver shots.
Perhaps a brand not especially on your radar, Pearl Golf is making some impressive gear in 2019, including the Liberty stand bag. But another being its Pure Pro and Pure Pro X balls. We tested them both against one of the more well-known tour performance premium offerings, the Srixon Z-Star, and they stood up in every department.
The first area where many of these lower-price-point balls often fall down is short-game feel and control, but that wasn’t the case here.
The Pearl Pro spun at just under 7,000rpm on a 50-yard pitch shot on the Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor, and out on the course it felt just as soft and controllable on the shortest of chips.
The Pure Pro X definitely has a firmer feel and performs differently on iron shots, offering more ball speed and distance, helped by the lower spin by around 600 rpm. The Pure Pro has a softer feel than the Pure Pro X, and should give golfers more control into greens because of the extra spin with a 7-iron.
The Pure Pro X was also longer with the driver, too, with slightly lower spin producing carries in excess of 275 yards on average – more than comparable to mainstream premium models. Out on the course, however, it differed by seemingly playing a few yards shorter than the Srixon Z-Star ball that we tested it against, both off the tee and into greens, but not by much.
The 360 slightly hexagonal dimples are tightly packed and the bright white finish stayed that way for a whole round. The seam is visible between the two halves of the cover, which most other brands have managed to avoid, and the divide isn't aligned with the sidestamp. An oversight, perhaps, but this didn’t seem to have any effect on performance.
Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf.
During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58°
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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