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On my quest to test the majority of 'distance' golf balls on the market, today i'm looking at Dunlop's 'Double Titanium'. Designed to provide maximum distance from the tee, the twelve pack can be picked up for only £8.95 from amazon.co.uk.
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So let's start with the basics - is the Double Titanium really an ultimate yardage-gaining beast? In my experience, the balls *can* achieve an impressive distance from the driver - I found myself consistently hitting around ten yards further than the Dunlop LoCo balls that I often use. One of the frequent comments from Double Titanium users is that the ball flies straighter through the air than much of its competition - something which is great for beginners. What I can say is that using these balls certainly won't cure a slice or a hook, but there is noticeably less movement in the air. It should be pointed out that whilst newbies may appreciate less shape on the ball, experienced golfers who purposefully play a draw or a fade will want to look elsewhere.
Feel, Spin, and durability
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Softness isn't something which goes hand in hand with distance golf balls, and it would be futile to compare Dunlop's offerings with the pricier 'feel' balls on the market - however, it's important to note that the Double Titanium isn't awful. The balls feel perfectly fine when you're hitting a full iron shot - it's just putting which lets them down. The spin levels aren't great - they *will* stop on a receptive green from a full shot, but there's little grip from short range chips; this isn't a problem as long as you give yourself some time to adjust after using premium balls. Like many of the other hard balls on the market, the durability of the Double Titanium is high - the DuPont Surlyn titanium cover doesn't cut, meaning that (providing you don't lose it) you'll be able to use the same ball round after round.
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Overall, Dunlop Double Titanium balls offer the high handicap player an excellent amount of distance from their drives, but little else. There's not much to turn the heads of the lower handicap golfer, as both feel and spin levels are low - nevertheless, not a bad ball by any means if your intention is chasing yardage.
When you turn on the US open or the Masters and see all those great names of golf being paraded round the fairways, you also see all the big names in the golf manufacturing world. Be it from the name on the bag, to the logo on the ball, manufactures of golf equipment make sure they get noticed in the world of professional golf. So we often see names such as Ping, Titleist, Callaway and more recently Nike to name a few. One name we don't really see though is Dunlop. But sure enough Dunlop are also a produced of golf equipment. For this particular review it's a Dunlop golf ball we are going to be taking a look at. To be more precise it's the Dunlop Double Titanium ball we will be reviewing. I have been playing golf most of my life and in that time I have used a wide range of balls, so because of this I can compare the Dunlop ball with lots of others I have used. So how does it rate?
Well I bought a small pack of these around 5 years ago. I think it was a tube of 3 and they were in the bargain bin at a £1 so I thought I can't really go wrong at that price. So how were they out on the course. In a word, poor. I soon realised there was a reason not of the big name pros use Dunlop and there was a reason they were putting these balls in the bargain bin. For all round performance these balls really do perform way below average. Often the first thing you notice about a golf ball is the feel of it or the sound it makes when you give it a rip with a driver. Instead of a lovely crisp ping sound, the Dunlop ball makes more of a dull thud. It almost feels like your hitting a lump of rubber rather than a golf ball.
The second thing you tend to notice is how well it flies when in the air. This ball is way down on length when compared to some of the better balls, it also seems to heighten any poor shots I hit and unfortunately I do hit my fair share of those. The ball will fly wider than usual, my hooks and slices look worse when I use the Dunlop ball. It basically makes a bad golfer worse! The ball is hard to control and rarely does what you want it to.
The Dunlop ball seemed to be fairly durable but if I'm honest it wasn't a ball I stuck with for a particularly long amount of time. This is one area though where I would say the ball does a reasonable job, it doesn't seem to get damaged to quickly when you hit it into the trees.
When it comes to price and value well this is one area where some people may like the ball. These balls are priced at less than £1 per ball and if you shop around you can probably find them even cheaper than that. The fact is though that this is really a substandard ball, it may be ok for a beginner who is going to lose a fair few balls on each round or maybe it would also be ok to use as a practice ball if you are driving into a net or chipping in the garden. But as a serious golf ball that you would use out on the course I am afraid it really is pretty poor.
This is a budget golf ball from the world renowned Dunlop rubber company, who have been manufacturing golf balls for so long that even a grumpy old man like myself can't remember a time they weren't in the golf ball market.
I say it's a budget golf ball, because that's exactly what it is.
It sells in 15-packs in golf pro shops, on the web, and on auction sites like eBay for something like a £10 upwards for the box. How's your maths? That's only fractionally over 66 pence per ball!
If you're a high handicap player or just starting out playing golf then you'll probably find this golf ball perfectly adequate.
The advertising bumph about the ball is the usual gobbledygook that manufacturing companies in the golf market put out to bewilder and confuse their customers, and in effect means next to nothing.
For example, they state it has a "360 dimple pattern". Hmm. Pretty standard that, and not exactly a strong selling point.
It has a "tungsten enriched core for long distance and improved feel". What a load of old cobblers. Since when will a cheap budget ball go further than a top quality one like the Titleist ProVX. (The answer is never, by the way) And what exactly is a tungsten enriched core, other than manufacturer's confusing double speak.
As for "improved feel". Hah! Don't make me laugh. This ball is as solid as granite and with about as much yield. Hit this ball anywhere other than off the sweet spot of the golf club and you could well end up in the nearest accident and emergency department with a fractured wrist!
I wouldn't recommend this budget golf ball to my worst enemy. Mind you, you could probably make a few bob flogging them to the Chinese for running repairs to the Great Wall of China. (Come to think of it, probably not, as they were most likely made there in the first place!)
In fact, this ball is *SO* bad that Statoil were recently giving three ball packs away free with 10 Euro worth of petrol simply to get rid of them!
Dunlop *DO* make some fine golf balls, but this most definitely isn't one of them.
© KenJ December 2007