Plenty of performance on offer here at less than half the price of the tour-calibre premium models.
Feels suitably soft around the greens where many less expensive balls struggle. Good distance as well.
High trajectory will help some golfers but won’t be right for all.
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Jeremy Ellwood tries out the latest very low-compression Srixon UltiSoft Golf Ball to see how it performs off the tee and closer to the green
Srixon UltiSoft Golf Ball Review
The good news is that models like the Srixon UltiSoft golf ball are bringing much higher levels of all-round performance to the lower end of the ball market, which is great news for anyone reluctant to shell out for those expensive premium ball models.
Early on in our test session at Essendon Country Club we feared at first that it might actually be costing us more distance when we cut or sliced it than with a premium ball, but once we’d fully warmed up that proved not to be the case.
We carried on testing it side by side with a premium model and, to be honest, it was much harder to tell the difference than we had perhaps expected it to be, even though we are probably towards the upper end of the UltiSoft’s target low- to mid-swing speed market.
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We felt it performed particularly well when we swung within ourselves rather than really going after it with the driver – no bad thing, and encouraging that we still got it out there a good distance when reining it in a little, with noticeable benefits to our dispersion pattern too. It would seem that the ultra-low-compression core really does what it sets out to do.
And what about the other end of the hole where we feel like we often make or save our score?
Again, we carried out some side-by-side testing with a premium model and if there was any difference, it was hard to detect, with the UltiSoft feeling more than soft enough to inspire confidence around the green.
Feel and sound off the putter were good too, and we would say there aren’t many better all-round performers at this price.
Having now used this ball for a number of rounds, we’ve been pretty impressed with its durability and scuff-resistance too despite its soft, thin cover. Well worth a try.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
Jeremy is currently playing...
Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft
3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft
Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft
Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts
Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)
Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response
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