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Wednesday
Nov092016

Whoa Nellie: MyGolfSpy Review Of Costco Golf Ball Vs. ProV1 

My Golf Spy has done the testing of the new Kirkland-branded ball sold at Costco (and sold out already), and gives the ball a 10/10 score, suggesting it is comparable to Titleist's ProV1. Most fascinating (and probably stirring up some testing machines in Far Hills): MyGolfSpy claims 10 yards more distance with the driver.

Thanks to reader Alex for this link which won't go over too well in Fairhaven, where the Acushnet brand is barely a week old as a publicly traded company.

Check out the full review.

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Reader Comments (22)

Macintyre golf make a wonderful range of replica 1920s and 1930s balls which are a great fit with Golden Era courses. I often use them during hickory games. Pretty sure they're not going to sell out at Costco!
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterMatthewM
The Donald Trump of golf balls. May not expect much but it is a winner
Very interesting thread. I wonder who is actually manufacturing the balls Kirkland puts their name on? And where?
For comparison, one comment in the review said the ProV1 is made in China.

The review stated the ball is USGA approved. Testing methods seem pretty valid.
Marketing is the main difference between ball brands.

If it makes you feel good to believe that you can tell the difference, that's fine.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterDon
Manufactured buy Nassau Golf Co. Ltd. of South Korea.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Curious if anyone on here has heard of and/or tried a Snell golf ball. Supposedly the same guy who had a hand in designing the Pro V1
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterSchlasser
If the ball does what you want, then great, go for it. But, I'm a little dubious of claims of on course 10 yard increases and the like. Machine-based testing data would be more interesting.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
I have played 4 rounds with the Costco ball. I am a 2 handicap. 105 mile driver swing speed. IMO and that of my buddies I play with, it is longer than the ProV I normally play. I don't think 10 yards but it might be. Ball feels great putting, short game and with irons. Yesterday was very windy and it was as good as ProV in the wind. They are $1.33 a ball versus over $4 for ProV. Personally I would feel stupid ever buying a ProV again.

It will be interesting to see if this disrupts the ball industry.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
@brad, how's the iron and short game stopping power? I'm a 2 as well and to me the pick of balls comes down to those two things along with wind stability you mention.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
The guys said it sounded a little clickie of the wedge. Would love to be able to get a version of these for my golf shop. Sounds like it could also be a good range ball for those that use pro v1 or nxt's on their range
11.9.2016 | Unregistered Commentermark
@ The O, we are coming out of overseed here in Arizona. Greens are softer than normal so it is hard to get a perfect read on how the ball reacts on the greens. My guess is that it will be very similar to the ProV. It feels very similar coming off the club face.

@ mark, the ball may be a touch clickier than a ProV but is still very soft. Feels great with putter and feels great with short game, wedges and irons.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
@The O -

Ever use Hogan Tour Deep (from back in the day)? I've never seen a ball that cut through the wind as good as that one. Good "gear effect" too ....
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterMouthful
@Schlasser,

Both versions of the Snell ball are excellent, consider them fully equal to the corresponding Titleist model (ProV1 and NXT Tour). A number of plus handicap guys I know have gone to the Snell MY TOUR ball full time. To Brad's comparison above, the Snell MY TOUR ball is $2.19 each when bought 6-dozen at a time, $1.18 for the GET SUM version. They are worth a try.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterCynwyd
Interesting and worth a try.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
@ Mouthful, the best player at my club swears by the old Tour Deep ball, and has for years. He still has a very small collection that he will not touch as they can't be found any longer. When they went out of production he called around the country and Don Cheadle had already beat him to the punch. Everywhere he called Cheadle had already bought them!
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterAdamup
The Snell ball is excellent. I recommed it. Only $26 a dozen when you buy six dozen. Snell helped design the ProV and then left to TaylorMade to make their version of the ProV.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterTy
Hey, I live right here in Kirkland, Washington outside of Seattle and one of the original Costco warehouses is only about 5 blocks away. Maybe I'll run down to check out the golf ball manufacturing facility and report back to you guys. Ha, ha. (At least now you know why the golf balls, shirts and in-house food items are named "Kirkland.")
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterBenseattle
Just over a dollar for a plastic sphere- sounds about right. But they still don't float and drift back to the edge of the water hazard and pop out.
I'm sure they are in reality the same. But the first guy in my group that mentions
That he's playing a Kirkland - bought them at Costco - he we get hazed, no doubt.
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
@Adamup -

that's a funny story about Cheadle! I grabbed some (ebay) ... still have about 2 doz. One of the best putting balls I've ever used too ... seems to hold the line incredibly well and not at all clicky.

That being said ... I still game my 2001 Apex Edge irons too (last batch forged in Ft. Worth) so maybe I'm just biased.

:)
11.9.2016 | Unregistered CommenterMouthful
Do they have a Pro V1x version, as well? Regular Pro V1 has too much spin for me.
@Double Secret Probation,

MY TOUR ball spins slightly less than ProV1X.

https://thesandtrap.com/b/balls/snell_my_tour_ball_review
11.10.2016 | Unregistered CommenterDino

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