You can be forgiven for not being familiar with the name Dean Snell, but I have a feeling that will change. For those in the golf (and aerospace) industry his is a household name. With iconic labels like Titleist ProV1 and TaylorMade TP to his name (as part of the development team), a handful of other name-drop golf balls, and a fist-full of patents, what else is left for him to do? Why strike out on your own, of course!
March 2015 heralded the direct-to-market launch of Snell Golf with two golf balls named Get Sum and My Tour Ball. It takes some big (golf) balls to fire a shot across the bow of the industry giants, but with his pedigree, Dean Snell was well positioned to do so.
I recently tested the Get Sum and My Tour Ball, and I was impressed by both finish, and performance.
Right out of the sleeve this ball looks sleek and slippery. A bright white Surlyn cover (also available in optic yellow) with large shallow dimples. It’s nice and soft, but not too soft, and it holds its line in the wind. It feels really solid from driver to putter. It’s not the most workable ball out there, but it’s not meant to be. As they say, the shortest distance from A to B is a straight line, and this ball does that very well. It flies high and straight. This ball is designed to keep you in play. And let’s face it, that’s the most important part of the game. A really solid ball, with a great price point. 2-pieces of fun. If you’re a mid to high handicapper, you should definitely Get Sum.
My Tour Ball
This is the big sibling of the family. Built for performance. Responsive, muscular, but still friendly to all. I tried to compare it to other high-performance balls on the market. It kinda feels like this one, but not quite. It kinda performs like that one, but not exactly. This is a good thing in my book. In an industry where there seems to be a lot of direct comparisons, this ball has found a lane of its own. For me, it flies lower than the Get Sum, and allows you to “fool around” a bit more. High performance, with a more universal appeal. It has something for everyone. The cast urethane cover is definitely space-age, and gives you that feel you need around the green and off the putter, and the core/mantle mix gives you that pop and feel needed for full swings. And again, a really competitive price point. My Tour Ball could be Your Everyday Ball.
Can’t decide based on my review? No worries, Snell has you covered with a Testing Pack. You get six of each ball so you can make your own choice. Choice is a good thing.
Snell Golf balls and headwear are available on-line only, in Canada at snellgolfcanada.com, and elsewhere at snellgolf.com.
/ Rich McLean @Lobwedge