If you’re like most, you probably haven’t heard of Snell Golf. Even though you’ve never heard of Snell Golf or its creator Dean Snell, chances are that you’ve played a ball or two that Dean had a hand in creating. Dean is one of the most respected golf ball creators of the last 25 years.
Dean worked for Titleist for seven years and was instrumental in the development of the original Titleist ProV1, Titleist Professional among others. He worked closely with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Davis Love to bring cast urethane technology into the golf market. Dean was then recruited by TaylorMade and joined them as the VP of Research and Development where he was the inventor of Penta TP, Penta TP5 and current Lethal and Tour Preferred models.
After 25 years in Golf ball research and development, Dean has been granted 38 US patents and has several other patents pending.
View his patents here: http://patents.justia.com/inventor/dean-a-snell
Recently, Dean went out on his own and launched Snell Golf. The concept is simple: Bring a premium tour caliber ball to the masses without the premium price tag. With no tour professionals to sponsor and a direct-to-consumer business model, Snell Golf has successfully created what he calls “Golfs New Way.” Premium golf balls at prices the average person can afford.
I contacted Dean a couple months ago and asked if it would be possible for me to get a couple demo sleeves of his My Tour Ball to review here at Golf Ledger. To my surprise (most people just ignore you when you inquire about free stuff) Dean promptly replied and was gracious enough to send me a a couple sleeves.
I put price first because let’s be honest, price matters. If this was just another tour caliber ball that was $50+ per dozen I probably wouldn’t have tried them out or be doing this review. The fact that there’s a ball that’s comparable to the other tour balls out there and it’s around $20 cheaper per dozen that’s a HUGE deal. The Snell My Tour Ball is their most expensive offering at $31.99 per dozen. You can order them directly through snellgolf.com and get free shipping.
The one thing that immediately stood out to me was the noticeably larger logo and number on the ball compared to other brands. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just different from what I’m used to seeing. It’s definitely not something that has an affect on me while playing.
As soon as you remove a ball from the box, you can immediately tell if the ball is a premium ball simply by feel. The Snell “My Tour Ball” feels comparable to other premium balls on the market with a soft urethane cover. It also has a low compression core which equates to lower driver spin for greater distance.
Speaking of distance, I don’t have any hard data from Trackman or other measuring device to back up my claims, but I definitely feel like I’m longer with the Snell “My Tour Ball” than with the ProV1. Irons are definitely flying a few yards further and driver is in the vicinity of five to eight yards. As I said, I haven’t compared on Trackman to other tour balls like I had originally hoped (having a new baby has a way of taking up your free time), but I know that my playing partners who are normally 10+ yards longer than me are no longer.
I touched on the feel of the ball above after taking it out of the box. The feel while playing is just as good. As someone who’s played golf for 27 years and currently holds a 0 handicap, I’ve played a lot of balls and can instantly tell when a ball is a lower tier ball. You all know the feel and the sound that translates to that feel. They have a louder sound at impact and feel harder as a result of that sound and have a more “tingy” sound off the putter face. That’s not something you have to worry about with the My Tour Ball. I honestly couldn’t tell a difference between the My Tour Ball and the ProV1 when I was playing them side by side. They both have that soft feel off all clubs and don’t make that ting sound off the putter which I prefer.
I’ve purchased three dozen of the “My Tour Ball” and have played them all season. Thus far, I’ve been extremely happy with the durability. There has been a few times that I’ve skinned one a bit on one of those low spinning 30 yard wedges, but it has been a rare occurrence. I can play a single ball for a couple rounds (maybe even more) assuming I don’t lose it first. They definitely seem more durable than the ProV1 in comparison. I played the ProV1 exclusively for years prior to getting the Snell My Tour Ball and usually couldn’t go a single round without cutting one or skinning it so bad that I had to get a new one.
The spin off of the driver seems to be lower than the ProV1. I unfortunately don’t have any hard data to back that up, but from the moment I started playing the “My Tour Ball,” I could tell the ball flight was a little more penetrating compared to the ProV1.
With shots from 100 yards and in and around the green, I found the spin to be more than sufficient. I’m a high spin player around the greens and with the ProV1 found myself hitting shots that spun way too much. So much in fact that a couple times per round I would hit a nice shot that landed a few feet from the flag only to see the ball spin back for a lengthy putt. The crowd loves the spin, but not me! With the “My Tour Ball,” I notice that my ball doesn’t suck back much at all when it hits the green. It typically stays pretty close to the pitch mark which I love about the ball since I never find myself attempting to carry the ball five or six yards too long intentionally just so I can try to back it up once it’s on the green.
In conclusion, I’ve been extremely pleased with the Snell “My Tour Ball.” I’ll continue to buy the ball for as long as Snell is selling them. I think your game will notice the difference and your wallet definitely will.