So I’m testing these new Snell Golf Balls and so far, I’m pretty impressed with the look, feel and performance of this ball.
There seems to be so many direct-to-consumer golf ball manufacturers popping up that it almost seems like a micro-brew culture happening.
However, as a consumer, you have to be happy. More choices, options and pricing are available. Nothing against the top-dog golf companies (and products) but I DO appreciate that I’m not locked into any one product or company.
Let’s talk a little about the choice I’ve made lately of playing the golf ball by Snell Golf.
WHO THE HECK IS SNELL GOLF?
Snell golf balls are designed by Dean Snell. Mr. Snell has 25 years of experience working in research and development for companies like Titleist® and Taylormade®.
Dean has worked with top pros including Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Ernie Els—top tier players who know a little about what they’re looking for—performance-wise, out of a golf ball.
Dean Snell’s name is now on 38 ball patents and is the inventor or co-inventor of the Pro V1, Professional, Penta and Tour Preferred.
I’m pretty ok with that resume.
SNELL GOLF MISSION
The Snell mission is simple: It’s to bring tour caliber equipment to the amateur golfer at an affordable price. Their experience in R&D along with their strategic manufacturing partnership and direct to consumer distribution model allows them to do just that.
GOLF BALL DESIGN
Most high-end tour golf balls are designed as 3-piece balls (although there are 4 and 5-piece balls). They include:
Core: The core is the engine of the golf ball. It has the largest mass and volume of the ball, and is used to help control the driver spin rate. Lower core compressions will generate lower driver spins, which are preferred for longer drives. The core also plays a key role in the overall ball speed of the golf ball.
Cores are typically made form polybutadiene rubber along with several chemicals and fillers to control weight, compression and speed of the core.
Mantel: The mantle layer plays a key role in controlling the amount of iron spin, and works with the core on drivers and long shots to help keep spin low, but then works with the cover on short iron and chip shots to help increase spin and improve control and accuracy.
Typical materials used in mantle layers are various hardness Surlyns and ionomers, as well as some thermplasic materials and polybutadiene rubbers. Surlyn is a tradename of Dupont.
Cover: The cover of the golf ball is the visible part of the ball, and usually ranges in thickness from 0.030” to 0.070” depending on materials and processes used in the manufacturing process.
The covers are typically made of Surlyn® or ionomer material blends, thermoplastic urethane, or thermoset cast urethane. Typically ionomer blends are used on cheaper balls, while thermoplastic and thermoset cast urethane materials are used on higher end tour balls.
Snell offers 2 golf ball choices:
A higher-end 3-piece ball called the “My Tour Ball” and an excellent 2-piece ball called “Get Sum.”
RECOMMENDED GOLF BALL TESTING
Today, most golf balls go the same distance off the tee. But they are quite different from 100 yards and in. I recommend playing 6 to 9 holes, from 100 yards and in. Take both balls out and hit shots from 100 yards, 70 yards, 30 yards and some chips and putts.
Choose the ball that your prefer for feel, spin, launch and control. Then take that ball back to the tee, and optimize your driver with todays adjustable technology, and you have a complete tee to green ball fitting. Now get out there and have some fun!
This is what I love about Snell. They can give you a virtually comparable ball (say, to the Pro V1) with none of the added cost. As Dean Snell mentions below:
The performance and materials are there,” Snell said. “But I can sell my golf balls more affordably because I don’t have to pay millions of dollars for advertising and marketing.
I’m not picking on the Pro V1 at all (as it’s an excellent ball) but it’s MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) is a whopping $62 a dozen! Some of the larger distributors you can get it for around $50 but still, that’s a good ole-fashioned right hook to the pocketbook.
Snell’s top-of-the-line ball, the “My Tour Ball” for example, goes for $31.99—that’s almost half price! I mean you have to at least give it a try, right?!
Their 2-piece ball, the “Get Sum” comes in at $20.99.
They even have a “Testing Pack” that has 2 sleeves of the “Get Tour” and 2 sleeves of the “My Tour Ball” for $26.99. That’s a nice touch.
You can order them here: Snell Golf Products
ARE THEY LEGAL?
This is a question that is often asked about the legality of playing the ball in tournaments. See below:
Conforms to USGA standards and are legal for tournament play
That’s all you need to know.
Since I’ve tested this ball in play, I can say now that I’m a big fan. It’s long, has a great feel and works exceptionally well around the greens. That’s good enough for me!
All I can say is why not give it a try.