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Tried & Tested: Titleist DT SoLo
by Carly Cummins
June 08, 2012

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Does the price of a golf ball really reflect its performance?

It occurred to me a couple of months ago that I have always played the most expensive golf balls on the market, just because I can! I'm in the luxurious position of being able to pick from the top-of-the-range Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Nike' the manufacturers occasionally send me a dozen balls to test. These balls would cost me in excess of £45 a dozen in most Pro shops, so I asked myself what would I actually play if I have to buy golf balls? The answer was not these balls! So then I looked at what was available to me at an affordable price and I followed the very simple but informative Titleist online golf ball fitting guide ( ) to help me select the right ball for my swing type and needs.

The one ball that ticked all the boxes that I needed - distance, without sacrificing feel and spin control around the greens - was the Titleist DT SoLo. So for the last four weeks I have been playing the DT SoLo to see how it compared to the trusty Titleist Pro VI or equivalent from other manufacturers that I have always played. The first thing I found was how different the feel was, but how amazingly soft this ball feels off the putter face. The DT SoLo is significantly softer than other balls I have played before, in fact I struggled to get my putts up to the hole in the first round I played with it as it was so different, but by the end of the game I was loving the responsive feel.

The DT SoLo still spun on my chips and bunker shots, although I'd say with just a fraction less check, but hardly enough to be concerned. It felt great off my irons, flew with a controllable straight ball flight and was just as powerful off the tee, although I didn't actually gain any distance, but my drives flew just as long. The best part is definitely the price! The Titleist DT SoLo is only £21 a dozen.

I started the test as a golf ball snob and very sceptical about how I would get on with a budget ball but after four weeks I am a total convert. I will definitely keep playing the Titleist DT SoLo now and my advice to every lady golfer out there is to really make the effort to find a ball that is right for you and stick with it. It might be that the most expensive golf balls suit your game best or you might get lucky and discover, like me, that a budget ball that's half the price can boost your performance!

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