Myth or Fact
Cracking the Code of Equipment's Most Enduring Urban Legends
by Matthew Rudy
How Do Range Balls Compare to the Balls I Typically Play?
Answer: You just made a career swing with your 7-iron and carried the150 sign at the range. How proud should you be? Well, it depends on which ball you picked from the bucket. In a 2014 test, we sampled 20 balls from different ranges and compared them to a batch of Titleist Pro V1s using a swing robot. At an average amateur's 7-iron swing speed of 80 miles per hour, the Pro V1s flew 147 to 152 yards. The range balls had a much greater distance variance -139 to 168 yards. The moral of the story? Using range balls to calibrate your distances is a bad idea.
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