Some of you may have viewed my previous post about the CSX vs the TP5X. I got my hands on a sleeve of CSX to go along with a the others for my recent trip to FL for the Easter weekend. I got to play 18 each day and one day managed 27 without stressing the family situation out.
First off who am I as a golfer, well I'm a nobody! LOL My golf app says I'm a 18.5 but right now I'm playing closer to 22 as it is so early in my season (I live in MN). So if you are single digit you likely already clicked off this post. Last I tested I have a 90-93 mph driver and a 72-75mph 7 iron. So I'm "average" you might say. I'm a better ball striker than my 18.5 handicap as I struggle from 100 and in. Putting is so so.
I will give you the clif notes as this could get crazy long if I wrote down everything that I took notes on.
Putting - As with all things this is 100% about feel but the TP5X is by far the hardest/firmest ball! The CSX is actually closer to the TP5 with the CS of course coming in the softest. I would rank them from soft to hard:
CS, CSX, TP5, Pro V1X, and the TP5X. But none of them jumped off the putter face and none of them gave me any concern about distance variations of any kind. I did a LOT of testing on the practice range before leaving for the trip and during. So I can say, pick the ball that fits your sound and feel. They all reacted about the same for me on the greens.
Distance with Irons - the clear winner here is the TP5X. That ball will give you extra yardage or at least it did for me! About 5 yards extra off the irons with an occasional 7 to 8 with a tee shot. The CS and CSX appeared so close together for me that I didn't see one over the other. I had the TP5 maybe just a hair longer than the CS and CSX but nothing that wow'd me. The Pro V1X is a solid performer and nothing to laugh at but again wasn't giving up my CS for it.
Feel with Irons - This is of course about personal feel, but for me the CS is at times almost too soft and the TP5 came in feeling much like it. It seemed softer with the irons than it did off the putter, I took some extra shots to confirm that wasn't in my head. The CSX didn't feel a whole lot firmer on solid strikes but the sound was just a touch clicky. Nothing bad and nothing I would say disqualifies it but those three are CLEARLY softer off the irons for my swing then the remaining two.
Wedge distance - I didn't have a large enough sample size but nothing jumped off the page on me. None of them left me feeling like they took off on me and none came up short.
Ball Flight - The TP5X is just flat out a ball that goes higher than the rest, no way around it. Everyone I played with noticed it also. BUT the TP5X gave me personally the most trouble on a one of the windy days. I had all sorts of trouble getting my distances down even on strikes I was convinced I hit solid. So if you play in the wind and have my swing speed don't say I didn't warn you! The TP5 is so similar to the CS I wouldn't change for the cost difference. The Pro V1X just finished in the middle all the time. Now the CS for me personally (didn't play much with CSX in the heavy wind) penetrates so well and doesn't go off line at ALL. I was amazed several times. Won't fly as high as some others but it penetrates with a lot less yardage loss into the wind. I had several Par 3 with cross wind, tried to "play" the wind and it was a mistake as I ended up on edge of the green.
Side spin for us High Handicappers - The Pro V1X was a bear for me! That ball gave me slice fits several times when the others didn't effect me as much. The TP5 has more side spin than either CS model, when I hit it solid I had at times a "heavy fade". So it was a controlled slice you might say. At least I'm honest guys. LOL
Durability - There was a few comments about the TP5's having a soft outer shell and well, those comments are 100% correct! I smudged one up pretty good with a solid iron strike. Not to mention the scuff that was put on them by the cart path that got in my way. By the end of my trip I had marked up most of the TP5X's I had with me (2 sleeves) and all three of the TP5's. Not that they can't be played but they are marked. The Pro V1X is a **bleep** solid ball that won't scuff or at least didn't for me. That was one of the high marks for that one. The CS/X is good but did scuff one pretty bad with a tree strike.
Overall thoughts - I got back on the plane not sure what I will do except to say, the CSX will likely win out for feel. The CS is a GREAT ball but I would like just a touch firmer ball for my taste. If your pocket book is heavy the TP5(x) is a great ball but does have some quirks for my taste. I'm not a great golfer so maybe a tour ball shouldn't be the one I'm testing anyway but what the heck.
Let me know if you guys have any questions. I'm sure I bored a few and many clicked off early but it was a fun weekend and thought I would pass on my findings.
Nice review Ross
Im interested in your durability comments about the TP5, I normally play with Vice Pro Plus balls, but they tend to discolour quicky. My brother give me a sleeve of the TP5 for my birthday, so I tried them out, well 1 of them, Ive still got it and its done 7 rounds, with a slight disclouration, but no marks. I normally swap balls out every 2 rounds, but Ive just kept playing this one, so durability of the TP5, for me at least is fab.
The funny thing is I felt the same way until I got to FL. I played two 9 hole rounds before leaving MN and felt the cover was great. But when I got to FL I smudged one up really bad on the first front nine and have no real clear reason as to why.
I admit that some of the scars and such were 100% me not hitting where I expected and the fact that cart paths run down the middle of the fairway or maybe that was just my memory but the reality is I felt the same way for the first two rounds, now feel that they are pretty soft after scarring several for what seemed like solid strikes and no real issues.
So take it for what it is.
Thanks for the comments.
@RossEb52f Well......You had an awesome Easter Weekend bud !!! Thats about the coolest ball review ever. Im sticking with the CS ball despite all the great things you have said about some of the others. Im gonna play a Callaway ball regardless but the X ball is better than me right now. Im still sneaking up on it though. Great read man , thanks !!
Great review Ross!! Thanks for taking the time to put the proverbial pen to paper....I have been a die hard Pro V1 player since they hit the streets....but am always on the lookout for a better ball.....with so many brands and cover Options available....you can literally go broke just testing balls unless you have a facility close by to do a ball testing.....
as as far as the durability of the cover of the ProV's....I would agree with you...until I got my new MD3 wedges....the new grooves love the taste of Titleist paint.....and am constantly cleaning the remnants from the grooves...