Expert Review: Volvik Crystal Golf BallsPublished on 09/12/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Christian Caskey
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf balls, which I purchased with my own money in May of 2023.
Summing it all up, the Volvik Crystal golf balls are a solid choice, catering to high/mid-handicap level golfers who appreciate a blend of style and performance. With eye-catching aesthetics, some spin control around the greens, and a reasonable price, these balls offer a great balance for enhancing one’s game and making a statement on the course.
About the golf ball I own
- Model: 2023 Volvik Crystal
- Color: White
- Average score: 71
- Handicap: 1
- Experience: 17 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical shot shape: Slight draw
- Typical trajectory: High
- Club swing speed: 113mph
- When I bought this: May 2023
- Days tested: 15
- Where I’ve used it: Mostly on an outdoor chipping green or playing 9-18 hole rounds.
- Weather and wind conditions: Sunny days, damp days, 20-30 mph winds
- Turf conditions: Dry, damp Bermuda
- Green speeds: 10 on the stimpmeter
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was actually looking to try something different. I wanted to see what this high-mid handicap ball was like in spin, distance, and durability. I was also looking for a good ball with color, although I got them in white.
Why I chose this golf ball
When it came time to choose, I had a few options on my radar. The Volvik Crystal golf balls were ones I've been wanting to try out for a while now. I’d seen the Volvik Crystals on the store shelves when I purchased other balls. I was looking at some Srixon Z Stars and decided to try these out instead.
What I love about it
- Distance: The Volvik Crystal golf balls aren't just for show. They've got some serious pop. Off the tee, they're like, "Let's break some records," giving my shots that extra punch. Those long holes? Piece of cake. I’ve been hitting about the same as balls double the price. They are designed for longer distances for more moderate swings.
- Feel: When I'm teeing off or getting into my shots, there's a satisfying crispness at impact. I can sense the connection between my swing and the ball. That feedback is really nice.
- Color: The balls have a nice semi-matte-looking finish, but it isn't just for looks. It's a practical win, making spotting these balls easier, even when the sun's playing tricks—no more Sherlock Holmes moments looking for lost balls.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Green Spin: The Volvik Crystal golf balls seem to have their own spin language. It may be the finish on the ball, but it took me a bit to get the rhythm. However, I got used to it pretty fast, but it is a bit wonky on the spin.
- Durability: They're tough but not invincible. A brush with rough terrain leaves its mark on them more than a regular finished ball for sure.
Best shot with this golf ball
I was on a par 3 a couple of months ago, dealing with a 175-yard shot to the hole. Using a 7-iron, I aimed for the pin on a downhill slope on the green. The result? The ball landed with a lot of backspin, rolled back up the hill, and stopped nicely about three yards from the hole. It was definitely the best shot of the day.
Value for the money vs. other options
Volvik Crystals are some great golf balls, but when it comes down to price, there are close options, such as the Callaway Superfast golf balls. While they are very similar in price, the advantage of the Volvik Crystals is that they have a little more spin around the green.
To sum it up, the Volvik Crystal golf balls are a great choice. A little added spin control around the greens adds to their appeal, and the price point is great for what they offer. Plus, these balls would be right up someone’s alley if they are a fan of vibrant colors.