Vice Golf Balls Review

The big question, when it comes to Vice golf balls, is “Are they as good as the Titleist Pro VI?” Many golf balls have tried to overtake the Pro VI, but no matter what anyone else offers, the Pro VI has dominated the golf ball market since 2001. There are a lot of people and experts who will tell you that, in terms of quality at least, the Vice golf ball is just as good as the Pro VI and at a fraction of the cost. In our estimation, there are three things that golfers want out of their golf ball:

  1. Quality
  2. Image
  3. Price

The Pro VI is definitely one of the most expensive balls on the market, but it continues to be by far the best seller in golf because of no. 1 and no. 2 listed above. Vice golf balls, on the other hand, are going after all 3 with a high quality golf ball, excellent marketing that is establishing a clear image, and all of this at a price that is considerably less expensive than any of the best selling premium golf balls including the Pro VI.

Continue reading to learn more about this up and coming golf ball manufacture and how they are taking the golf world by storm. You will learn more about the features, quality, and marketing that is driving the Vice golf ball.

Vice Golf Balls Features and Benefits 

Vice golf prides itself on being able to create a golf ball that is just as good as any of the premium golf balls on the market. They do this by focusing on direct-to-consumer (DTC) sells, a low advertising budget, low-cost but high-quality marketing, simple packaging, and a tiered pricing structure that gives customers a discount for purchasing more golf balls. There are three different types of Vice golf balls with some variations within the three types as follows:

  1. Vice Pro.

    Within the Pro category, you will also find the Vice Pro Plus, Vice Pro, Vice Pro Zero, and the Vice Pro Soft. Each of these are different enough to warrant their own category when described below. The Vice Pro is the high end version of Vice golf balls and the Vice Pro Plus is the ball designed to compete with the Pro VI.

  2. Vice Tour.

    The Vice Tour is the mid range Vice golf ball and gives you excellent distance and feel. The 312 dimple design gives it a straight and stable ball flight and is great for mid handicappers.

  3. Vice Drive.

    The only 2-piece design of the Vice golf ball family, it is a very low compression golf ball that produces less spin and more distance and at just $13/dozen it is a great ball for beginners.

The main benefit of the Vice golf ball brand is that you can find a really good golf ball at a price that is well below the industry average no matter what skill level you are.

Pros

  • Premium features at a great cost.
  • The golf balls look great.
  • Helps to produce a great ball flight.
  • A really good combination of speed, distance, and accuracy.
  • Produces consistent distance and spin.
  • The packaging, logo, and overall marketing of the golf ball is as good or better than anything else you will find.
  • 3 different levels of golf balls: Pro, Tour, and Drive. You can choose the quality, price, and style you want and need for your game.
  • Great color options.
  • If there is such thing as a “stylish” golf ball, the Vice is it.
  • Works well for any swing speed and any skill level.

Cons

  • Built to compete against the consensus best and most popular ball in golf.
  • It can be hard to tell if the golf club is more flash or more substance.
  • Vice balls can be a little too soft for lower handicappers.

Vice Golf Balls Variations/Models/Types 

There are 3 models of Vice golf balls, but the “Pro” line is divided into 4 different variations and we will look at each one separately here.

  • Vice Pro Plus

The Vice Pro Plus is a 4-piece golf ball with an ultra thin cast urethane cover. It is the high end Vice golf ball and was made for advanced players with high swing speeds of 110 mph or more. Off the tee, the ball promotes a lower launch and lower spin rate for maximum distance, but it also sticks to the green with higher spin rates off the wedge with S2TG(Stick-to-the-Green) technology. The 336-dimple design insures a straight and true ball flight. This is the ball designed to compete with the Pro VI, and with a greater than 250-yard carry with the driver it does just that. You can choose from 4 different color options as well to set you ball apart from the crowd.

  • Vice Pro

Made for swing speeds of 95-110 mph, the Vice Pro is another great option for top flight amateurs and professional golfers alike. The Vice Pro features a 3-piece construction with a high energy speed core and an ultra-thin cast urethane cover. The main differences between the Vice Pro and the Vice Pro Plus is that you go from 4-piece to 3-piece construction and from 336 dimples in the Plus to 318 in the Pro. 

  • Vice Pro Soft

The Vice Pro Soft is very similar to the Vice Pro with one noticeable exception, it is made softer for golfers with moderate to slow swing speeds. The Pro Soft is great if you still want all of the features and functions of the two previous models but your swing speed just does not get past 95 mph. You get added distance for slower swings, but the most noticeable difference is the soft feel and feedback that these balls provide. 

  • Vice Pro Zero

The Vice Pro Zero focuses more on distance and is more for moderate or slow swing speeds. The urethane cover is fused rather than cast and is a little thicker than the previous two models. You still get the great distance off the tee but not the same amount of feel and spin around the greens. The size-optimized energy speed core helps the ball to explode off the driver while the 344-dimple design allows the ball to cut through the air with very little wind drag and on a straight flight path. The Vice Pro Zero is more for mid handicappers and those with more moderate swing speeds.

  • Vice Tour

The Vice Tour is the first ball outside of the Pro line mentioned above. You move from the cast urethane to a 3-piece construction with a surlyn cover. The urethane is a harder, thinner, and more reactive off the club, but with the surlyn cover you get really soft feel no matter which club you are using. The Tour ball actually gives you a little extra distance compared to any Pro models other than the Pro Zero if your swing speeds dip below 90 mph. You miss some of the spin and feel around the green, and you get a little higher launch as well. You can find the Vice Tour at a price point below $25, and that is difficult to beat.

  • Vice Drive

The Vice Drive is somewhat comparable to the TaylorMade Noodle. The 2-piece design with a 318-dimple pattern will add even more distance to your game if your swing speed is lower. The Surlyn cover is soft and gives you good feedback while the core of the golf ball is huge and very reactive to your clubhead at impact. This is also the lowest compression rating of any Vice golf ball.

A Closer Look at Vice Golf Balls 

  • Price

We can take a look at all of the different features and technology that the Vice golf ball has to offer, but there is one simple difference between Vice golf balls and there competition at any level…The difference is price. Vice golf balls are cheaper at every level than their main competition, and that is the one thing that really sets them apart.

  • Compression

The compression rate for each Vice golf ball is slightly different depending on which version of golf ball you have. The Pro Plus features the highest compression rating while the others get systematically lower until you get to the Vice Drive. While this is the case, the Vice Pro line of golf balls is a lower compression ball than many of their competitors. This lower compression does not take away from distance but does give it a softer feel at impact.

  • Distance

There are some tests out there that put the Vice Pro Plus and Vice Pro ahead of the Pro VI by a few yards in terms of distance. From our experience, that added distance is negligible and probably not enough to make good players switch from a ball they have used for years. On the other hand, the added distance does give the Vice golf ball some credibility and may make golfers at least consider the price difference and value of switching to the Pro Plus.

  • Spin

All of the Vice Pro models feature a design that lessens spin when you are driving but still gives you great control and backspin with a wedge and around the green. The ultra-thin urethane cover helps with this because it reacts to the type of swing you are making and the type of club you are using. The Pro Plus has a dual mantle system that increases spin rate with a wedge. The other Pro golf balls miss out on the “4th piece” of the golf ball, but the design of the ball still allows it to spin more off the wedge and less off the drive. This was a feature that Titleist is famous for with the Pro VI and that you find just as prominent in the Vice Pro balls.

  • Keep-In-Line (KIL) Putting Line

Each Vice golf ball comes standard with a KIL putting line. This is an alignment aid that means you do not have to draw lines on your own golf ball, but it is a line with sharp edges that helps you get your ball rolling on the right line every time.

  • Construction

It has been mentioned before, but the Pro Plus features 4-piece construction, the rest of the Pro line and Tour line feature 3-piece construction, and the Vice Drive is a 2-piece golf ball. The following are the 3 different pieces you find on a Vice golf ball and why they are important.

  • Core

Every Vice golf ball has high energy core that gives the ball some explosiveness at impact. The higher end “Pro” offerings have a high energy speed core (HESC) that adds a lot of distance while the Tour and Soft offerings have a size-optimized core that is a little larger and easier to hit. No matter which option you choose, these high energy offerings give you great energy transfer from club to ball.

  • Mantle

The Pro Plus has a dual mantle that helps it compete with the best golf balls on the market. This feature allows the ball to keep the explosive distance off the tee while maintaining good feel with your long irons and exceptional backspin around the green.

  • Cover

The ultra-thin cast urethane cover found in the Pro line of Vice golf balls is one of the best covers on the golf ball market. It is so thin and strong that it gives you all of the benefits of a regular urethane cover but with added room for a more reactive core and larger mantle. This cover helps the ball keep a straight ball flight with over 300 dimples but it also catches really well on the green and gives you some great backspin.

  • Aesthetics

This may not seem like a huge consideration when it comes to purchasing a golf ball, but if you can get a great looking golf ball that is less expensive and performs just as well as a regular white golf ball, then aesthetics becomes a factor. Vice golf balls come in a variety of colors and some of the new “shade” colors, neon offerings, and the “drip” designs give you some great options to set your golf ball apart from the crowd. 

Vice Golf Balls FAQs 

  • What is the best golf ball from Vice?

The Vice Pro Plus and the Vice Pro are both really good options for any golfer. The Pro Plus model is better for advanced golfers with swing speeds of 110 mph or more while the Pro is better for golfers with swing speeds of 95 to 110 mph, but many of the features are the same. The Pro Plus consists of a 4-piece construction with a dual mantle that gives you extra distance on a drive and increased spin with a wedge. The Vice Pro does that as well to an extent, but the Pro Plus gives golfers with a harder swing just a little extra distance and little more spin and feel around the green.

  • Are Vice golf balls as good as a Pro V1?

This is the big question in the world of golf right now. If the question was “which golf ball is better for the price” then it would be a no-brainer. However, with so many pros and scratch golfers having used the Pro VI for so long, it is difficult to tell if people prefer it for its features or because they are familiar with it. Time will tell. What is clear is that the distance and spin rates compare well with the Pro VI and the price is considerably lower so that Vice golf balls will be given a chance by people who have price as a consideration.

  • Can you personalize these golf balls?

There are personalization options with any line of Vice golf balls. You can buy personalized golf balls by the dozen and at a price as low as three dollars per dozen. You can customize the golf ball however you want right on the Vice website and it is really easy. If you want to add some personalized words, you can choose from a lot of premade options or add your own wording. You can also add a logo, pictures, or even your company’s website. There are a lot of customization options so that you can make someone’s birthday extra special or have some really good client gifts to give at your next sales call.

  • Do any pros use Vice golf balls?

There are a couple of pros using Vice golf balls, but the vast majority still use the Titleist Pro VI. Brendan McCarroll and Thea Hoffmeister are the key members of team Vice, but these are golfers that the casual fan have never heard of. Because of Vice’s advertising and features, we fully expect a few pros to make the switch in the near future, so be on the lookout for the first frontline professional to start using the Vice golf ball, and maybe a Vice golf ball will win a tournament or two.

Conclusion 

There is one golf ball metric that is not really discussed in reviews, and that is the “price-for-performance” rating. While this is not actually a measurable statistic, our contention is that the Vice Pro Plus, and really any line of Vice golf balls, will measure exceptionally high on this rating scale. Vice has done a great job of marketing in-house, selling DTC, and primary focusing on the features of the golf ball. This has led to a really good ball at a terrific price. Is the Vice Pro Plus as good as the Titleist Pro VI? Probably not. It is a little softer and does not provide the same spin and “stickiness” around the green. But for less than $30/dozen (if you buy 5 dozen), you will not find a higher quality golf ball than the 4-piece Vice Pro Plus. On top of the quality, the product also looks great from packaging to the course and the different colors you can choose can really set your golf ball apart. We would highly suggest trying whichever Vice golf ball is made for your swing and skill level because it is probably going to be cheaper and better than what you are currently using.

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