Vice Pro Plus Ball Review

Our verdict on the Vice Golf Pro Plus ball having given it a thorough test

Vice Pro Plus Golf Ball Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

Vice has rightly established itself among the more mainstream ball brands in recent years with its unique approach and the Pro Plus is an excellent offering for faster swinging golfers. The lower spin in the long game creates long and penetrating ball flights, but the clever construction means you don’t feel like you’re sacrificing on feel, control and consistency into, around and on the greens.

Reasons to buy
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    Long, stable ball flight

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    Soft feel around the greens

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    Impressive durability

Reasons to avoid
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    Low long game spin profile limits appeal

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    Dull white finish

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Vice Pro Plus Ball Review

Vice Golf has made a bit of a splash in the ball market over the last few years with their direct-to-consumer business model offering tour-quality balls at lower prices. The Pro Plus may share its name with a caffeine tablet but don't let that deter you as it promises high levels of all-around performance and for the most part delivers similar results to some of the best golf balls on the market.

We tested them from a sample taster pack, hence the smaller packaging. The Vice Pro Plus golf ball is made for the better player who generates a driver clubhead speed in excess of 110 mph, which immediately eliminates the majority of club players. The extra fourth layer versus the Vice Pro and Vice Pro Soft, which are three-piece balls, ensures the ball provides lower spin in the long game, particularly with the driver.

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Our marginally above average swing speed seemed to match with the Pro Plus ok, producing a penetrating flight that worked especially well into the wind, although there are arguably more suitable models in Vice's comprehensive range that would perform better overall. It's fair to suggest that moderate and slower swingers will struggle to create the ball speeds and spin required to keep it in the air for optimum distance.

The feel on all shots was impressive, solid and stable and it offered good control and stopping power on approach shots.

The thin urethane cover gives you really good feel and control in the short game. It feels reasonably firm off the face, but it definitely lands soft and stops quickly with enough spin when you need it to.

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The cover is also surprisingly durable, so you shouldn’t have any problems with balls getting scuffed up on your first few holes, although it isn't as bright white in finish as its mainstream rivals in the premium balls category.

The Keep in Line sidestamp is a nice addition if you like to use a line on your ball to aid your alignment on the course. The Pro Plus is available in white, lime and red and it’s also worth knowing that the way Vice sells its balls online is that the more you order, the cheaper the price per ball becomes, making these a top mid-price option.

Kit Alexander

Kit Alexander is a golf broadcaster and journalist who commentates and presents for the DP World Tour, PGA EuroPro Tour and Rose Ladies Series. He has over 15 years’ experience of magazine and television work in the golf industry and is a regular contributor to Golf Monthly.