My product reviews aren’t in a controlled environment with computers and robots playing the golf ball. I like human contact with the product so I can give you what’s going on with me, not artificial intelligence. What you’re not going to get is spin rate, smash factor, flight, etc … But what you will get, is an honest opinion from a weekend hacker just like you.
$79.00 PER DOZEN!
You read that correctly, $79 per dozen golf balls. Now pick yourself up from the floor and continue reading the review, please. I asked Jason Koo from Smash Sports Inc “What makes this ball worth $79? Why would someone buy the Zen golf ball for $79 when they can get the ProV1 for $45”?
As soon as the package arrived at the door with my review sleeve valued at nearly $20, I couldn’t wait to get in some short game practice. Of course, I need the short game practice anyway, but now, for the sake of business, I get to practice for … uh … work. The ball is soft and feels great.
Using fluid dynamics, the Zen balls are balanced and aligned by hand to their center of gravity. There is an alignment line on each ball (think Line Em Up) to assist in lining up your target and making sure you strike the ball in its most efficient balanced state. Have you ever heard the theory about dropping a ball in salt water and watching as the perfect hitting spot floats to the top? Zen does that for you and creates the perfect center of gravity for each ball.
I drop the balls on the practice green and line up all 3 balls. I normally putt straight, but I’m paying a little more attention now. The first putt felt great. The ball was soft and bounced perfectly off the club. I was impressed. I’m not interested in making the putts, I’m more interested in how they feel coming off the club and the path they take on short, medium, and long putts. Truthfully, on all length putts, the ball feels great. The ball takes a straight path and stays on that path as long as I hit it correctly. But, is it $79 straight? You’ll have to decide on your own. I can tell you this, it comes off the club as good as any ball I’ve played.
Now to chipping. With chipping, I’m looking for a few actions from the ball – the feel, the shot, and the spin. I was expecting the same feel as I did while putting. I wasn’t disappointed. The feel coming off my wedge was extraordinary. I was able to control the distance because of the great feel I had for the ball coming off the club. The ball didn’t spin as much as I wanted once it landed on the green. I tried different shots and different angles, but the result was the same. Every golfer is different, so this is something I would have to adjust for where another golfer would play the Zen exactly the same way they’re playing their current ball.
PUTTING – A+
CHIPPING – B
YOU SERIOUSLY NEED TO WATCH THIS VIDEO AGAINST THE TITLEIST PROV1 and CALLAWAY CHROME SOFT
PUTTING VIDEO … CLICK HERE
Since I didn’t have time to play 18 during the practice review, I would have to subject myself to taking time away from the desk to go play 18 holes to review a golf ball. Not bad.
The same thing happens whether I’m putting, chipping, or now driving, the ball feels great exiting the club. I love the soft feel of the Zen. With the center of gravity, the Zen ensures reduced sidespin and longer drives. I can vouch for one of them, reduced sidespin. I can tell you that there wasn’t much slicing or hooking except for when it was my fault in ball position. As for as the longer drives claim, that is probably more suited for artificial intelligence in a controlled environment. What I can tell, is that I was consistently hitting it between 250-280 straight. That should make any golfer happy. $79 per dozen happy? That’s up to you.
The iron play was good. I was able to play a fade or draw when necessary. I found hitting the Zen in favorable conditions (I play golf in Southern California, so most of the times I’m playing in favorable conditions anyway) created the perfect environment for the ball. It flew off the irons as good as any ball I’ve played. $79 good? That’s up to you.
DRIVER – A
IRONS – B+
What makes this ball worth $79 per dozen? The perfect center of gravity.
I understand the effort in dissecting a golf ball and trying to determine what is going to make the perfect golf ball. First off, let’s make the most perfectly circular golf ball with immaculate balance and gravity. Next up, let’s make sure we use the best inner/outer mantle, dimple design, and cover for the ball (nobody wants to hit a hard golf ball that feels like … well, you know). And lastly, let’s make sure it has durability (I mean, who wants to spend nearly $7 per ball and it starts to get dinged after a few holes).
I assume you would agree that if a ball has all of those components then it would be the best ball on the market.
Why would someone buy the Zen golf ball for $79 when they can get the ProV1 for $45? “After 20+ years playing only ProV1, I will never use them again after playing Zen TourIV. I have tried TaylorMade, Callaway, and every ball out there and none of them ever got me to switch until Zen.” … Jason Koo, CEO at Smash Sports, Inc.
Those are mighty strong words going up against the #1 ball in the world. I can tell you personally that I like the Zen more than the ProV1.
Bottom line – It’s a great golf ball and I’d love to keep a few dozen in my bag at all times. But, for $79 it is out of my price range. With 2 trends happening and contradicting themselves in the golf industry today, Zen falls right in line.
TREND #1 – Golfers are trying to save as much money as possible on golf. The sport is expensive and it’s impossible to stay up to date with the new equipment and apparel. Golfers are complaining about paying $400 for the new driver when the “next best thing” is coming up in 3 months and then another 3 months. They are also complaining about paying $80-$110 for a golf shirt when it’ll be on sale for $30 in 6 months.
TREND #2 – Certain companies are pricing themselves into a “high end” category. Sometimes “high end” doesn’t particularly mean “high quality”, but in this case, it does. Companies like PXG, Miura, and Zen are 3 companies that a lot of golfers don’t know about. The reason for this is they spend their time looking for the best deal possible on racks at a big box store or online. High end companies specifically price themselves out of those consumers. You can argue whether that’s right or wrong, but it’s their company and it’s their model.
In my weekend hacker humble opinion, if you can afford $79 per dozen golf balls then Zen is the ball to choose. If Zen were priced the same as the golf ball I currently play (to remain nameless), I would buy the Zen golf ball and become a loyal consumer.
THE BALL – A
Smash Sport Inc
Zen Website: www.zengolfball.com