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.
Category Comparison: Tour
Spec: (Three) 3 Piece / Layers
The Volvik S3 retails for $45 a dozen (MSRP) and it's marketed as an ultra performance ball which boasts incredible amounts of accuracy and feel. Volvik put their best technologies into the S3, and I have to mention the Bismuth Enhanced Power Core which offers maximum distance via the power core's incredible elasticity, the Resilient Inner cover that features an optimized dual-core which is encapsulated into a very strong casing, thus promoting longer distance and optimal spin, the mythological Urethane-reinforced coating for excellent soft feel and improved spin rates and, last but not least, the proprietary 336 Quasi-Cubocthaedron dimple pattern for deadly accurate flight stability and mid height trajectory. As you can see, Volvik tried hard with the S3 and boy, did they delivered or what? Tech lingo aside, the most interesting (as in striking) real-life feature of the Volvik S3 is the distance off the driver.
A shot with this baby is like a wake up call, and that's due to the patented dual power core, which promotes great explosiveness thanks to its Bismuth content, which improves the energy transfer. So, distance is great, but so is the feel; unlike other cheaper 2-piece balls, here is where the S3 really excels compared with other brands, who can deliver the distance, but lack the feel. The unique urethane cover of the Volvik S3 features a special coating that offers unmatched soft feel upon impact together with improved spin control. The Volvik S3 feels very smooth, consistent and absolutely awesome around the greens, shot after shot, a truly amazing ball in every way, which is to be expected from a premium brand. To conclude, I must say that the Volvik S3 is as good as any other premium balls, yet better than most of them.
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