Pros:Good Feel, Lots of Distance, and Holds the Line Well
Cons:Does this thing really say "Top Flite"?
The Bottom Line: One of the best 2-Piece Balls on the market.
Hey--is this really a Rock Flite...er uh..Top Rock...I mean
Recommend this product?
you know, one of those beginners rocks w/no feel and mediocre distance? It can't be. It feels good, and goes far. What's going on here? Who put a golf ball where my Top Flites were supposed to be?--Yes, the well worn, middle aged, hit any ball in a box to write a review kinda guy (alias Berniez40) has tried them. I am, and have always been quite vocal about the fact that there was no love lost between me and Top Flites after they stopped making the old Bi-metal. (Though I did love a good Strata now and then--but that's like saying I like Chevy's because Cadillacs are such a good car.) These babies ROCK--and I don't mean rock as in OUCH--I mean rock as in--look out lower end Nikes- --You have met your match. This one has got the Power Distance Soft licked by a country mile. It also puts The Noodle on notice. Long and Soft...from a Top Flite?--Yes, and better than any of the other two piece balls sporting the Long and Soft Claim. You also get ultra high trajectory, which is what makes the Nike Power Distance Soft so much fun. O.K. Bernie Boy,I've shot their lousy balls before, what makes this particular rock such a gem?
Yeah she's another two piece Ionomer ball. Odds are, thanks to the feel, that this particular make of Ionomer has a dash of something softer than the old Surlyn variety thrown in. The softer cover, and the ball's ability to spin a bit are a dead giveaway here. The little dimples inside the big dimples are no joke either. Similar to the hex dimple, the boys at Callaway (new owners of Top Flite) have found a way to make the most basic component of the ball perform better. I don't think everyone will be going to it soon, but it's a neat way to get higher trajectory from more dimples w/out building a copy of "The Dimplit 1070." (A ball that sports an astounding 1070 dimples on the cover.) This and the cover's hybrid makeup are definitely what's in the mix here.
I say that simply because low compression cores are nothing new. We can easily back date them to about 10 years. Yes this ball sports one of those lower compression cores as well. It's firmer than the Nike Super Soft, but just a shade softer than the newest version of the mainstay Noodle Long and Soft. All this leads to some pretty serious performance for a 2-Piece ball. The different versions Feel, Straight, and Distance) seem to be more of a function of slight variations in core firmness rather than radical shifts in cover formulation and dimple variation. Performance is definitely worth dissecting here.
Feels like a slightly softer Noodle. She's soft off of the driver's face, but not mushy at all. The first versions of The Noodle used to feel very mushy. She's still not poofy either. Although the Nike PD Soft remains a very fun ball to hit, she is so poofy as to almost lack any information coming off of any but the slowest of swing speeds. This one tells you where on the face you hit her, and similar to The Nike she goes for the stratosphere. If you need a higher trajectory this ball delivers. And just because she's soft doesn't mean she's short on horsepower either. This is one of the longest 2-piece balls I've ever hit. Sorry Pinnacle Dimension. You're right that distance doesn't have to be hard. Sadly there Pinnacle Boy, you've been whooped by a Top Flite. Don't feel bad--I couldn't believe it either. The Top Flite (man this crow tastes good), also flies straighter. Could it be those amazing dimples in conjunction w/the lower compression?
Fairway Metals/Long Irons/Hybrids
The higher trajectory makes this ball 3-wood friendly. If you chunk your 3-wood from time to time, this ball's trajectory and distance will help bail you out of a disastrous stroke. Distance wise she is really good. There is enough spin to stop her from dancing across the green on a long shot, but realistically--any 2 piece ball demands you go for the center of the green from 185+. Maybe it's me, but I've met darned few low-cappers that can make a ball dance backwards from out here--especially a 2-piece. None the less, her straight line will have you landing on the dance floor, and since she putts well too---leaving pin seeking to the pros from this distance ain't such a bad thing.
Now this is where it starts to get fun. Most of us mid cappers just don't get the optimal distance from our irons that the pros get. I've never hit a 5 iron 200 yds. Well I still can't--even w/this ball--BUT--the quick flight to apex, soft feel, and longer distance certainly made me feel better about my game. These are a good ball. Sorry Mr. DT Solo, but this low cost fairway egg just knocked you out of the box in this department. She's further, straighter, and flies higher. Oh did I mention--she's 40% cheaper too. If my short game didn't demand so much spin--I just might switch to these till I re-groove my swing. It's that good!
Short Irons Wedges
Really nice off of these. The higher trajectory and softer feel are phenomenal for a 2-Piece ball. If two piece balls are not going to become extinct due to the wave of budget 3-piece balls, then they all need to start performing like this one. The mortar like trajectory is just what your short game oredered from off the green. At one point I had drug my Sand Wedge, Lob Wedge, and putter out because I couldn't spot the lie from the cart path. When I got there I realized it was Sand Wedge time and popped her up for the green. The Higher ball flight forced me to do a quick double take of the bottom of my club. It sure looked like a Lob Wedge to me. "Nope--it's ol'sandy comin' in handy."
She went full Sand Wedge distance, dropped, hopped twice and stopped. Thats pretty good performance from a three piece out of zero spin tight lie, much less a 2-piece. Way to go there Top Flite. I really think this model could help ressurect a once popular make of ball.The bargain priced 3-piece Gamer V2 version is a pretty darned good ball as well. That would become my ball of choice until I could regroove my swing completely. This ball is a great ball all the way up through midcapper performance.
No disappointment here either. She's slightly clingy off of the club face which I really like for a tactile cue. The muted click is also my audible cue of choice. This ball delivers on all counts, and holds a straight line as well.
"This baby rocks..er uh..performs rather well."