2013 Ball Analysis

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My buddy Juan Schwartz has helped with some analysis of the new virtual ball offerings in 2013.  Here’s what you can expect!


Golden Tee describes this ball as carrying far off the tee with lower loft.  Here’s how designer Jim Z. describes this offering:

“Unlike the other balls included, the Spectrum’s biggest attribute is what it does before it touches down. It carries longer than most golf balls but also keeps a lower trajectory. This give the player plenty of options when it comes to using Golden Tees, and the carry in the ideal wind can be significant. The ideal ball for elevation changes and perfect for the player that wants to show off with massive drives.”

It actually appears to perform almost identically to the Hurtles, even though the yardage distance shown differs from the Hurtles.  The 180 shots (straight-line angle back and forward shots) may go just slightly shorter than the Hurtles.  So based on the analysis, if you play Hurtles today, there doesn’t seem to be a reason to switch to these.


Golden Tee describes this ball as bouncing lower with less stray after landing.  Here’s how designer Jim Z. describes this offering:

“The Settler is the ball that I would play, only because I like to play it safe when it comes to shots into the green. Unlike the Bounder, this ball almost doesn’t bounce whatsoever and it will be a fantastic option if you want to throw darts into greens. It stays close to the ground and is a much more controlled golf ball. This, with the addition of Bite, gives players a really fantastic duo on tougher par-3s and par-4s.”

Pretend your shot already has bite on it even when you don’t actually have bite applied — that’s what you can expect.  If you do apply bite to this ball, it will stop on a dime when it lands.  You can see how this may be helpful when approaching tough greens!  In terms of distance, though, they are noticeably shorter than balls like the Hurtles.


Golden Tee describes this ball as creating higher bounces with less roll distance.  Here’s how designer Jim Z. describes this offering:

“This is the first time we’ve really adjusted the physics of the ball once it hits the ground, and the Bounder will certainly showcase this. The first bounce after it hits will be massive, and you’ll pick up extra distance on the following bounces as well. If you’re trying to reach look drivable par-4s or looking to maximize your distance, this is the ball for you.”

Bounders claim to have less spin, but when the shot is finished they actually have more spin — the first hit bounces higher and gives the backspin more time to engage on the next couple hops.  The bounces are about twice as high as what you’d normally see.  Even landing in sand you’ll see a higher bounce, which could be beneficial in some cases if you are trying to clear it into a green.  However, if there is a big wind or green slope, the ball will carry farther in that direction, so it’s tougher to stick greens in these conditions.

In terms of distance, they are close to identical to the Hurtles on both 180 shots (where they may be just slightly shorter) and full A1 and C3 curve shots.

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