|Nike PD Soft Review|
Lower Compression for Solfter Feel
The Nike Power Distance Soft is marketed as a budget, long and soft ball. It got one thing right, budget. For everything that it says on the cover, it really performs neither. It doesnt go long, it isnt very soft feeling but it does fill a gap in golf balls.
For the price it is an easy ball to work with and control. It might not feel like that $25/dozen soft ball you place, but it will sure fade, draw, or anything else like that ball. At $10 less. But if you do want those shots, be careful, this ball likes to spin. It will take your 10 yard draw and make it a 15-20 yard draw. It moves like a curveball from the hand of Randy Johnson. Thats good an all but, not always. It has a very hard feeling off all the clubs. hot off the putter face with a firm click. It will run off the greens on not so settle chip shots but, could get a nice grip on the perfect approach shot. It is a decent ball to keep in the bag as an extra, but it does not make your game fun.
Driver Grade: C
Has a high flight off the driver with a lot of movement. I am a straight/long shooter. This is the only ball I have played that did a slight fade off the driver on every well struck hit. Too much movement and spin for me.
The sound off the driver is loud, very loud, what the blank loud. Birds fly from the trees, people stop to look around, and you look like a deer in headlights. That loud. Way to hard off the driver to be called "soft".
The distance was sub-par. Dispite ball movement I was able to keep it in the fairway. Drives were 25-45 yards off from my norm, which were not making me happy. For how hard this ball feels off the driver I would like more distance. For how much spin off the driver I get I, would like it to be softer.
Irons Grade: B
It moves well off the irons. I will give it that. But for a soft ball I'd like it to have more grrens control. The cover lasts and keeps up with even the hardest wedge shots you can throw at it. But even then the ball has the same greenside spin as a range ball.
The feel off irons is heavy and on contact it does not feel natural. The control of this ball might have saved it this time.
Putting Grade: D
Way too hot off the putter. The sound off the putter is just too much for me. And again the softness in this ball is just not seen even while putting. Not a ball you want in front of the whole when you need to sink one.
I love Nike Golf products, when I'm not doing equipment testing Nike, Is the only thing in my bag. Just not their balls. I can not find a Nike ball to suit any need to my game. I play 4 times a week and the price is the only thing I like about this ball. My test packs are gone but, I might just buy a dozen to keep around. Nike make a tour quality ball that is soft, sticky cover, low driver spin for high swing speeds, ulitmate greens control, and smooth putting. Please. Cut the "extreme" distance, ultimate feel, and other gimmick works and just make a players ball. Please. Thanks.
If you're looking for a soft ball that is also soft on the wallet try, Srixon Soft Feel. Read Srixon Soft Feel Review here
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