Vice Golf is a newcomer to the US golf market. The company was founded in Germany in 2012 and made its US debut in 2015. Since then, the company and its products have stirred up the market quite a lot. You can order from them online, and they ship everything right to your door. This process often reduces the cost for consumers.
We took a look at the golf balls Vice Golf offers and compared them to the leading golf balls in the industry. The final results may surprise you, especially since many consider Vice Golf’s ball economy golf balls. They’re far from it, and we found that the balls use high-quality materials and perform well off the tee and on the green.
It takes a lot to impress us. We examined all the crucial features a golf ball needs to be competitive including speed, spin, bounce, control, distance, and cover material. We didn't focus on the core material unless it was essential to one of the other stats. The core mainly controls compression, and the compression of most of the balls on our list is the same.
We included Callaway Golf’s Chrome Soft balls in the comparisons just so that it wouldn’t seem like we were comparing the same balls with different names. All the golf balls except the soft ones are similar and perform roughly the same if hit by the same golfer with a consistent swing. So, we threw a wildcard in the mix.
We couldn’t include every famous golf ball in the list of comparisons, but we hope you've used some of these balls or currently use them. If so, you have something to consider when you read our review which may compel you to try the Vice Golf balls, or you may decide to stick with your current brand. We urge you to try the Vice Golf balls. We know you’ll like their price tag.
AN OVERVIEW OF VICE GOLF BALLS
Vice Golf offers several versions of their golf balls for every player level. If you’re a basketball fan, you can get the Vice Pro All-Star golf balls as of this writing for $39.95. You may want to skip the All-Star golf balls and get some with your favorite team logo on them. We jumped over the novelty golf balls and focused on the regular and tour balls for this review.
You can get a dozen of these golf balls on Amazon in red, neon green, and white. The three-piece urethane cover on these balls gets covered with 318 large dimples. These balls have a high-energy core which may increase their speed while the large dimples keep the ball stable in flight. These are definitely long-distance golf balls.
You can order a dozen of these balls on Amazon in neon green, white, or red. The Vice Pro Soft balls have a three-piece urethane cover and 336 dimples which adds to their durability and flight time. These low compression balls feel soft and responsive even after continuous play. Players with a medium speed swing may like these balls more than other players.
You can get a dozen of these golf balls on Amazon in white, red, or neon green. You can also get these balls with your favorite NBA team’s logo on them. These Vice Golf balls feature a four-piece urethane cover and 336 dimples. These balls spin less than the other Vice Pro balls which helps them fly longer while still carrying a good distance.
You can order a dozen of these balls on Amazon. They have a three-piece DuPont™ Surlyn© construction. The balls have 393 dimples, and the exterior and core materials give them extra stability and durability. These balls are gentle on your hands while providing excellent ball flight stability and control. Any player might benefit regardless of swing speed.
You can order a dozen of these golf balls on Amazon for $19.99. This ball features a two-piece construction with 392 dimples on the cover. The balls are tough, and you won’t cut them easily, but they may not be ideal for tournament play. You can expect good control and distance even with slower swing speeds.
PRICING FOR VICE GOLF BALLS
We included the prices for each type of golf ball in the mini-reviews of each one in the previous section. The prices we included are what the balls cost on Amazon at the time of this writing. If you try the balls and like them, you can save money by buying them in bulk on the Vice Golf website. You may be surprised by how much you can save.
For instance, the Vice Pro Plus golf balls are listed for $$$ per dozen on the company’s website. However, if you buy three dozen, the price drops to $$ per dozen. If you purchase five dozen golf balls, the price drops again to $ per dozen balls. The price doesn't sink any lower after five dozen but the price per dozen if you order five is only about a third of the cost of a dozen Titleist Pro V1s.
We aren’t suggesting you buy five dozen golf balls for testing, but it is nice to know you can get a significant discount if you choose to adopt these balls as your main ones. It may also make gift shopping for golfing buddies a little cheaper as well.
HOW DO VICE GOLF BALLS COMPARE TO THEIR COMPETITION?
Titleist Pro V1
All the Vice Pro golf balls perform like Titleist Pro V1 golf balls. You may get a little more backspin out of the Pro V1s, but distance and launch angles remain about the same. The extra spin from the Titleist balls is not a big deal in our opinion. Less spin means better control on your drive anyway. You still get about the same amount of stick and backspin on the green from both golf balls.
The most significant difference between the Vice Pro golf balls and what most consider the leading golf ball on the market, the Titleist Pro V1, is the price. If you can get the same performance for almost half the cost, why not use the Vice Pro Golf balls? W can’t think of a good reason unless Titleist sponsors you.
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TaylorMade TP5X golf balls offer similar spin and distance at about the same cost as the Vice Pro series golf balls. However, a bladed shot or a trip into the woods will scuff up TaylorMade balls and possibly cut the cover. So, even though these balls cost roughly the same as the Vice Pro series golf balls, you may end up spending more because the balls are not quite as tough.
Callaway Golf’s Chrome Soft golf balls cost about the same as the Vice Pro series golf balls as well. However, you won’t get much backspin on these golf balls compared to the Vice Golf ones. The balls from Calloway Golf are softer and a little more forgiving, but they suffer from the same low durability as the TaylorMade balls. Replacing balls means you actually end up spending more money in the end.
Overall, the Vice Golf Pro series golf balls might be some of the best we've seen. It may be hard to beat their price and excellent ball design along with their high durability. All of this puts Vice Golf’s pro series balls at the top of our list along with the other industry leaders like Titleist and Callaway Golf.
VICE GOLF BALLS PROS AND CONS
It’s hard to come up with a list of pros and cons for a golf ball without something to compare it to for reference. Arguably, the Titleist Pro V1 is one of the best balls on the market and a leader according to many golfers. So, we compared the Vice Golf Pro Plus balls to the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls in this section as well. The comparison was mostly to establish a baseline since Vice Golf is relatively new to the US market.
Let’s start with the pros which include:
Like we mentioned above, the Vice Golf balls are equal in most ways to the Titleist Pro V1 including the pros we listed in this section. However, the Vice Golf balls are significantly cheaper. Their tough cover ensures that you will get plenty of play time out of every ball in each sleeve. Frankly, this is everything we look for in an excellent golf ball.
The cons are less numerous and include:
White and neon green are the two favored colors for golf balls. However, we’ve been spoiled by some golf ball makers because they offer several colors. Urethane covers have more rubber in them than ionomer plastic covers which may increase ball speed off the tee but lower control slightly. You may find that you’re a few yards off target until you learn the ball a little better.
The pros for the Vice Golf Pro series balls are excellent. The cons are more about personal feelings and playstyle. The urethane covers are a little bouncier, but Vice Golf helps us out by adding larger dimples to the ball’s cover which reduces spin and helps with ball control. In our opinion, Vice Golf saw some minor flaws and took steps to correct them before selling the golf balls.
Vice Golf Balls review: The Verdict
You absolutely can’t go wrong with these golf balls. They offer everything we consider excellent qualities for a golf ball. It may prove challenging to find a difference between the Vice Golf Pro series golf balls and the balls most golfers consider the best on the market. Overall, these are the rating we chose for the Vice Golf balls and their competitors:
In our opinion, the Titleist Pro V1 and the Vice Golf Pro Plus balls are nearly equal. The Titleist balls lost the top spot because they cost more than the Vice Golf balls. The other two contenders lacked the control necessary to rank any higher. That said, these are all excellent golf balls, and you need to test them against your game before you make a final decision.
Vice Golf Balls review: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST GOLF BALL FOR YOUR GAME
If you plan to try the Vice Golf balls, you can use their handy golf ball chooser to help you pick the best balls for your game. It will walk you through several steps and ask questions to narrow down the choices. In our opinion and after a few tests, their ball chooser is pretty accurate, so give it a try if you want to find the best Vice Golf balls for your needs.
If you're not convinced you need to try them or you want to compare your favorite golf balls to the Vice Golf ones, you need to test all the balls equally. That means buying a few sleeves and hitting the balls with the same swing and the same club. Play a round and see if your score improves. You may finally stick the green on that water hole that keeps stealing your golf balls.
Don’t rely on your tee shot to judge the golf balls. We all do it before we think about it; hit a new ball five yards further and we’re sold on that ball forever. It just doesn't work that way in reality. Play the ball in weakest part of your game. If that happens to be the tee shot, then let that be the judge. However, if your approach or short game is weaker, test the ball thoroughly there before deciding.
You must remind yourself at all times that the golf ball is nothing. It's an object. It's something to be swatted and sometimes lost and not even looked for. -Dan Jenkins
Most golf balls similar to the Vice Golf ones may play about the same off the tee but will they give you the backspin you need? Can you draw or fade them well? Do they feel good coming off your putter on a long putt? You need to test each scenario and find the right ball for each one. The ball that plays well in most of the conditions you usually experience is the right golf ball for your game.
Compression is essential, and you shouldn't overlook it. However, unless you're swinging the club head at 100 mph or more, the real test of a golf ball is the chip shot, the bunker escape, and the putt. Focus your compression and energy transfer tests on how well you can control the ball on your drive. Can you control the ball to avoid bunkers or lay up well on a dog-legged fairway?
Consider the cover material before you make the final decision. Ionomer materials absorb more energy from your golf club which means less spin on high compression shots like your tee shot. That means you get more control and possibly more carry on balls covered in this material. Except for the Vice Golf Tour and Drive series balls, Vice Golf balls are covered in urethane.
Urethane covered golf balls tend to give you more distance on your drive because the ball is bouncier, so it comes off the club head faster. The problem with this type of cover is the balls tend to be harder to control. However, the large dimples on the Vice Golf balls help alleviate this problem. That said, you need to hit a bunch of balls before you decide. Test your control with both cover materials.
Vice Golf Balls review: SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
Vice Golf’s balls are budget-friendly, and they are durable. You get spin when you need it and excellent carry from these balls. However, we realize your golf game and your swing may differ from ours. Statistically speaking, the Vice Golf balls are an excellent choice, and you will probably love them. However, the best way to find out is to get a sleeve or a dozen and put them to the test yourself
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