Monsta Golf Balls Review: What is in its DNA?
First things first: Monsta — that’s a heck of a name for a golf ball. One hears “ProV1”, and the words that immediately come to mind are “classic”, “standard”, and of course “pro”. B-330 doesn’t ring with the same reverence of its Titleist counterpart. “Engineered”, “clinical”, “test-study”; those are the words that seem to be fitting for Bridgestone’s flagship ball.
What’s the first word that comes to mind when hearing “Monsta”? “Beast”. “Scary”. “Uncontrollable”. Those are words that are fitting for the name Monsta. Is a single word sufficient in describing Monsta golf balls, or do we need a thought to convey what Monsta implies? The thought that comes to mind is, “This thing better outperform everything in its class.”
Do Monsta golf balls live up to this thought?
After taking a couple of the Monsta golf balls out of a sleeve, it’s pretty evident what the company is going for. They’re soft, and they’re sticky.
The logo and branding on the balls is great. It’s simple, but it establishes the primal feel that Monsta is going for. That green eye seemed to be staring right back at me as soon as I opened the sleeve almost as if it was planned. If that becomes the packaging standard, I want some industry cred for that, Monsta.
“Monsta Golf” is printed on the side and is used for alignment. May I suggest losing the “Golf” portion that sits below “Monsta”? It’s nit-picky I know, but I think it would serve better for alignment and look cleaner.
Now comes the science that is employed by every golfer when they buy new balls. The bounce test.
Monsta golf balls have good rebound, but the sound that came from bouncing them was the most noticeable aspect. They have a very specific and pronounced “click” when dropped; that was later noticed with iron shots.
Monsta golf balls are a 3-piece construction. They feature a soft urethane cover to allow for more workability from approach and wedge shots, a Multi Blend Ionomer Mantle to provide higher velocity and lower spin for improved control, and a progressive ND High-Energy Core to give that extra distance off the tee that everyone wants.
This is not some overnight startup that decided to build golf balls in a get-rich-quick scheme. Monsta has some legitimate engineering behind their design.
FROM THE TEE
The Monsta golf balls that we received were compared against Bridgestone B-330RX’s. We agreed that they felt similar in hand and in preliminary bouncing.
The similarities from the tee were very telling. Monsta golf balls are not a long ball. Carry and subsequent roll-out was nearly identical to the Bridgestones. The amount of roll that was in each drive told us that they didn’t have a lot of spin in the air, but just that they are a little too soft to be considered in a distance category.
The fact that the Monstas weren’t going crazy far wasn’t a big deal because they always found the fairway. Control and consistency is this ball’s bread and butter.
FROM THE FAIRWAY
Remember that I mentioned the “click” earlier? That’s the first thing we noticed on the first iron shot of the day. It wasn’t a bad feeling, it was just noticeable.
The trajectory was high, and the balls seemed to come off the face with decent speed. Hitting the Monsta golf balls felt like hitting a marshmallow. It left us feeling like we didn’t have to work hard to get it into the air, and it was incredibly easy to shape. These balls aren’t fliers though. On shots that needed to be kept low after a missed fairway (user error), they could be kept low. Monsta has made a ball that’s easy to manipulate.
This is where Monsta golf balls really shine, and this is where the comparison to the B-330RX’s was so useful.
Tee shots and fairway irons . . . Monsta and Bridgestone were inseparable. At a price cheaper than the Bridgestones, Monsta was already making a strong case for why golfers should try them. Then came its performance with wedges.
The Monsta golf balls stopped on a dime. They beat the Bridgestones every time we wanted them to stop or spin. The amount of work and action needed to get the Bridgestones to even match the Monstas made the golf shot impractical and unstable. Simply put, the Monsta is a gamer’s ball when wedges are involved.
That said, when we needed to roll the ball from a bump-and-run shot, we’d leave the ball shamefully short. That urethane cover, man . . . The Monsta golf balls can be rolled, but you need to be very specific in delivering the club.
Monsta has something here. I mean, they really have something here.
For a guy that prefers control and consistency over distance any day of the week, these were incredibly impressive. The soft feel inspires more and more confidence after every shot, and the knowledge that they will do exactly what you want them to do when they hit the green is something truly hard to come by.
The most attractive bit about Monsta golf balls is the price point. Right now they can be purchased sans packaging (they arrive in a plastic bag like a PBJ sandwich) for $29.99. That’s right around the Bridgestone e-Series balls but with far superior performance.
Do yourself a favor. Try these balls.