Living in the North East, one does not have many opportunities to get out and actually play golf. We are pretty much stuck with working on our swing indoors (my ceiling loves that), playing Tiger Woods on the Wii/Dancin Dogg simulator (which is pretty darn cool!) or playing with various practice type balls. In the past we have had a look at The Floppy and Birdie Balls. The Floppy is great for chipping around inside your house. Birdie Balls, being hard plastic, are something you want to stick to using outdoors. The Almost Golf balls…well, it’s a little bit of a hybrid. Works great outdoors, but one could chip around with it inside as well.
As always, let’s start with a little information from the manufacturer:
The Point3 golf ball is the first solid core, limited distance, internal pressure practice ball that gives on-course performance in an off-course safe golf ball. It out performs hollow plastic golf balls and foam golf balls because it has true flight and real golf ball striking accuracy.
The Point3 golf ball is perfectly balanced for true spin, trajectory and accuracy. Its unique cross-linked foaming and internal pressure results in a .32 COR rating, approximately one third of a traditional golf ball. As a result, the Point3 compresses slightly upon impact just like a real golf ball, giving it real ‘pop’ off the club face and long-lasting durability. But because of its special core construction, the Point3 is extremely soft, making it backyard safe.
The Point3 golf ball travels approximately one-third the distance of a normal golf ball so it’s perfect for backyard practice. All club distances correlate to actual distance with a regulation ball. No longer do you have to soften your golf swing because the ball can’t handle force, velocity or resistance.
Hit it straight, play a fade or shape a draw. The Point3′s true-flight characteristics allow you to accurately assess your golf swing, ball striking, and follow through. No more second-guessing whether you’re hitting the ball well because the Point3 responds just like the real thing.
Look and Feel
The Almost Golf balls look a lot like your typical Top-Flite neon yellow golf ball. They are about the same size as a normal golf ball, have a similar look dimple wise, and the bright yellow color is quite helpful when you’ve hit a dozen of these, and are trying to find them in the grass. Being made of a foam like material, obviously they are softer and lighter than a traditional golf ball.
The balls are quite soft, and off the club face feel like a very soft/foam ball. They are hard enough that you can tell if you have made decent contact with the ball, but they certainly do not offer the same sort of feel as a real golf ball. In the winter, when it’s 30 degrees out…I am not so sure I want to be feeling a real golf ball anyway. If you are looking for something that flies short, yet feels more like a real golf ball, check out our review of the Birdie Balls. I felt the Birdie Balls felt more like hitting an actual golf ball.
These practice golf balls seem to fly very true. I was able to hook/slice the ball with realistic ease. Distance was nice as well. Not so short that I could not see the ball flight…and not so far that I had to walk a great distance to pick them back up! I was hitting a pitching wedge about 50-65 yards. The chart from P3 Golf suggests that a Driver would go just over 100 yards. I did not try the balls with my driver, but I would have no reason to believe that wasn’t true.
I have used these practice balls on numerous occasions now over the past few weeks, and durability has been great. Aside from some black marks on the balls (probably from dirt in my grooves) the balls look superb. There are no chunks missing or cuts in them, if I washed them off, they’d probably look just like they did out of the box.
I mentioned earlier that I preferred the feel of the Birdie Balls. The Birdie Balls are a hard PVC type material, so yeah, they will feel as if you are hitting something more substantial. The thing I did not like about the Birdie Balls that I do like about the Almost Golf balls is that you can hit pitch/chip/flop/knockdown shots. With the Birdie Balls, I found they really only performed well when I hit 3/4 or full shots. Given that the Almost Golf balls actually look like real golf balls, I also found watching the ball flight to be more reassuring.
If you are looking for a practice ball that will provide a realistic ball flight, is highly visible and won’t shatter glass around the house…pick yourself up a sleeve of Almost Golf balls. They are relatively inexpensive (around $1 a ball), and I can’t see why a dozen of them wouldn’t last at least a year.