Volvik S4 Ball

Our verdict on the performance of the Volkik S4 golf ball

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Golf Monthly Verdict

We were pleasantly surprised by this ball. It felt hot off the tee, precise with the irons and offered superb touch around the greens. Perhaps the lack of tour presence and the Bubba Watson debacle has caused fewer good players to try it, but we think they could employ it on the course with confidence. 

Reasons to buy
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    Competitive all round performance, especially with the wedges, while some will appreciate the almost “pearl’ glitter finish.

Reasons to avoid
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    Unique visuals won't be to everyone's taste.

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In this Volvik S4 ball review, we play a round with it to assess the looks, feel and durability to see if the performance matches the premium price

Volvik S4 Ball Review

Volvik is a brand best known for its V1 laser rangefinder and coloured golf balls that are especially popular on the ladies circuits.

A model of ball we liked and put into our best golf balls guide, the S4 is the brand's premium, tour offering, promising maximum distance for driver swing speeds of 95-120mph with low spin off the tee and high levels of control around the green.


Golfers also have the option of the S3, which should be more playable for golfers with a slower swing speed.

You may remember when Bubba Watson signed a multi-year deal to use the yellow version back in 2017, but then relinquished it after less than a year after a string of poor results to return to his Titleist Pro V1x.

With this chequered back story, we were keen to try them for ourselves.

Upon opening the box, you'll notice the almost vintage, faded off-white finish with a little sparkle on the cover.

The script is also unique, very thin writing with a burnt orange colour, as is the Spade, Diamond, Heart, and Clover Ball Insignia included on each sleeve in a dozen ball pack. That’s what makes this ball cool, it’s a little different and offers a unique look versus it’s competitors.

Around the green, this ball performed solidly. It felt firm with the wedge initially but seemed to soften up with the putter and certainly had lots of zip on chip shots, reacting exactly how we wanted it to.

Off the tee, the S4 is made for players with higher swing speed, it felt explosive.

A firmer ball, through science, will go farther as proven by Trackman and we certainly felt it with the S4. We had no issues with keeping up to the other tour models from the likes of Bridgestone, Titleist and Srixon in terms of overall distance.

With the irons, it felt soft off the club but not overly so. It seemed to feel softer as the irons got shorter - this progressive feel from the dual core and four-piece construction is something we really liked.

Nico Bollini spent nearly a decade playing golf at the highest level in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the U.S. including some top-10 finishes on the Challenge Tour.  Since leaving the professional ranks, Nico has contributed articles to The Golfer’s Journal and GolfWRX, documenting stories unknown to golfers around the world while rediscovering what attracted him to the game. Based in Laguna Beach, California, Nico has a handicap index of +5, and is sure to bring some expert knowledge, experience and superior ball striking to the Golf Monthly testing panel.