Ball tested: Srixon Trispeed
Specs: Cover – Rabalon Blended Ionomer; Construction – Three-piece; Core – Energetic Gradient Growth; Dimples – 324
Price as tested (new): $29.99
Ball notes: The Srixon Trispeed, sibling to the Trispeed Tour, is designed for big distance with more spin than you’ll get from a “value” category ball. The company touts the Trispeed’s
high-velocity cover and
low compression – 64, for what it’s worth – with producing this coveted performance combo.
Some manufacturers do not reveal or emphasize the compression ratings of new golf balls. Some models are now designed and marketed to fit and appeal to a golfers preferences for price, distance, spin, feel and control.
Srixon recommends this ball for golfers with swings in the 80-mph range who tend to launch their drives lower than average. The Trispeed, the company says, will produce higher tee shots with minimal spin, thus boosting overall distance.
Sound and feel: We’d call the Trispeed about average for the category, which makes it considerably softer than traditional “Distance” balls, but firmer than “Tour” models.
Off the tee: Can you say “long”? The Trispeed has honest to goodness giddy-up off the driver, launching high and remaining airborne without excess spin. You’ll have to make a really out-of-whack swing to produce a big slice or hook, too, as sidespin is minimal.
From the fairway / rough: If you want more height from your irons, the Trispeed will most likely help. The ball shoots higher than most off the face of middle and short irons. Golfers who prefer to keep the ball down, or who tend to hit their irons too high already, might struggle with this one.
Around the green: Considering the ball’s low spin characteristics, it performs surprisingly well on chips, pitches and bunker shots. Well-struck shots from good lies check up nicely, and hitting high lob shots is a snap. That said, the Trispeed probably ranks slightly below some competitors in this department.
Bottom line: If maximum distance is your main priority and spin/control No. 2, the Srixon Trispeed is right up your alley – especially if your clubhead speed is a touch on the slow side and/or you tend to hit low tee shots. If feel and greenside spin are your preference, another ball in the premium category might fit you better.
Value/Recreational/Distance – Designed for mid- to high-handicap golfers with swing speeds below 90 mph; typically feature two-piece construction and firm covers; promote greater distance over high spin rates. Examples: Pinnacle Gold, Slazenger RAW Distance
Premium – Designed for low- to mid-handicap golfers with swing speeds of 90-99 mph; typically feature multi-layer construction and medium-soft covers; happy medium between Value/Recreational and Tour categories for distance and spin qualities. Examples: Titleist NXT Tour, Callaway HEX Diablo
Tour/Advanced/Performance – Designed for low-handicap and professional golfers with swing speeds in excess of 100 mph; typically feature multi-layer construction and soft covers; promote greater spin rates and enhanced feel over distance. Examples: Titleist ProV1, Bridgestone Tour B330