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The golf ball offerings from Pearl Golf are value-priced despite their premium urethane covers. High end feel. Strong performance.
In the last few years, many companies have popped up to offer premium golf balls at lower prices. Pearl Golf separates themselves from the pack by offering four different premium models, all at prices well below the big names. We tested the Pure Pro, Pure Pro X, Pure Soft, and Pure Soft X to find out what makes each unique and if they deserve a spot in your bag.
Despite all being urethane-covered, Tour-level golf balls, I found substantial feel differences between the four different Pearl models.
The Pure Pro feels very soft with a deep, robust “tock” off the putter. Pure Pro X is distinctly firmer and higher pitched. Off the putter there’s more of a “click,” but it’s not the firmest premium ball I’ve tested.
Pearl’s Pure Soft is very similar to the Pure Pro. On close inspection, I found that the Pure Soft felt slightly more lively off the putter and had a marginally higher pitched sound. Surprisingly, I found the Pure Soft X to be the softest feeling ball in the group. It’s buttery off the putter, melting into the club face.
Thanks to their urethane covers, all of the Pearl golf balls are in the premium range when it comes to wedge spin. Between the four models, there are some measurable differences.
The Pure Soft and Pure Soft X had the highest wedge spin, almost exactly the same as a Titleist Pro V1. The Pure Pro was the lowest spinning of the four with about 8% less spin that the Pure Soft. The Pure Pro X was in between – about 5% less than the Pure Soft, a couple hundred RPM more than the Pure Pro.
When I tested the Pearl golf balls with irons, I found that the Pro series matched Pearl’s descriptions but the Soft balls did not. The Pure Pro was significantly higher spinning than the Pure Pro X. Surprisingly, I found that the Pure Soft X spun more than the Pure Soft, though the gap was not as large. Rating all four together from highest spinning to lowest, it was Pure Soft X, Pure Pro, Pure Soft, and Pure Pro X.
With the driver, the differences between the balls was quite small. Both X models spun less than their counterparts, and the Pro line spun less than the Soft. It bears repeating that I’m a low spin player, and players who spin the ball more may see larger differences between the models.
The Pearl Pure Soft and Pure Soft X retail through the Pearl website for $27/dozen, which dips down to $23 when you buy three dozen. The Pearl Pure Pro and Pure Pro X cost a bit more, $32/dozen or $27.51/dozen with an order of three dozen or more. Both balls are substantially cheaper than almost any urethane covered ball from the big names, but give up nothing in terms of performance.