Vice Pro vs Vice Pro Plus Review
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If you’re looking for a professional-level golf ball, you might consider a Vice. This review covers the Vice Pro vs Vice Pro Plus golf ball and which one is right for you.
Vice Golf was founded in Germany in 2012 and has targeted making high-quality golf balls at lower prices by selling them direct to consumers. By doing this they’re also able to make customizations and provide volume discounts that other manufacturers don’t.
Initially, their golf balls reached a new professional level but had some issues with durability and didn’t quite perform to the level of a competitor like Titleist. Vice has continued to iterate on its designs and made improvements that make these balls a great option for golfers at any skill level.
To test these balls out I purchased a variety pack from Vice. In this package you get a two-pack of each of the Pro Plus, Pro, Pro Soft, Tour, and Drive golf balls. This is a great way to figure out what ball you like the best.
Vice Pro vs Vice Pro Plus Comparison Table
|Vice Pro||Vice Pro Plus|
|Recommended Driver Swing Speed||95+ mph||110+ mph|
|Trajectory||Slightly higher||Slightly lower|
|Feel||Slightly softer||Slightly firmer|
|Comparable Ball||Titleist Pro V1||Titleist Pro V1x|
|Price||$35.99 / dozen||$35.99 / dozen|
As seen in the table above, the primary reason you might choose the Vice Pro or Vice Pro Plus is based on your swing speed. If you don’t know your swing speed you can get a swing speed monitor, go into a golf club fitter and ask about getting a golf ball fitting, or go somewhere with a simulator.
If you’re hitting the ball 275 yards and above, you’re probably swinging over 110 mph. If you hit it under 240 yards, you’re probably below 95 and might consider a different Vice ball like the Pro Soft.
Both of these golf balls have a great premium feel off the club. They’re very similar to a Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x, if you have experience with those balls. Like these Titleists they’re firmer than some of the soft balls, but have good spin and control around the green. I found the Pro Plus to be ever so slightly firmer and with a slightly louder noise.
As expected for a premium quality golf ball, these balls were both very consistent and did what I expected based on the shot I hit and how it felt coming off the club.
Design & Customization
The Vice Pro Plus has a 4-Piece construction with 336 dimples. It’s optimized for speed and a lower trajectory. The Vice Pro is a a 3-Piece construction with 318 dimples leading to a stable trajectory.
One great feature of all Vice golf balls is they come in a variety of colors (beyond the standard white and yellow) and occasionally offer special limited edition colors. You can also personalize the golf balls with text like other manufactures, but you can also add logos or photos.
One of the primary differences between the two golf balls is how they will fly based on your swing speed. If you have a swing speed over 110 mph you’ll be able to properly compresses the Vice Pro Plus leading to a longer drive. The distance is very comparable to a Titleist ball. If you’ve got a slower swing speed, you’ll find that the Vice Pro goes further than the Plus due to your ability to compress it better.
I initially tried playing with the Pro Plus, but while I might be able to hit it well at my top speed, I don’t typically swing that fast while playing a round of golf where I’m focused on putting the ball in the fairway. The Pro is much better choice for my average speed.
According to testing data from Vice the Pro Plus tends to spin slightly less than a Pro V1x off a driver and slightly more off irons. The Pro is very similar to a Pro V1 with slightly more spin across the board. I tested this on my simulator as well (though much less scientifically) and had similar results, where it wasn’t too noticable.
Why Choose Vice Golf Balls?
Vice has improved their golf balls to the point where they can compete with other top-tier brands and offer lower prices. I’d definitely recommend giving them a try, but make sure you pay close attention to your average driver swing speed to get the right ball for you (see the tip above for some guidance here).
The great thing about vice is the customization, bulk order discounts, and it’s refreshing to have a golf ball brand that isn’t the same as everyone else without making sacrifices in quality.
I tended to hit the Pro V1 slightly further, but it’s so close that it’d ultimately come down to preference and the results would be slightly different for everyone, which is why it’s worth testing for unique swing.
- Cheaper price point than similar quality balls
- More customization options than competitors
- Very competitive from a data standpoint to top-tier balls
- Titleist continues to rank at the top of best golf ball lists
- Had some durability issues, but this seems to have been fixed
Vice Golf Balls – 4.6/5
Vice golf balls are excellent competitors in the market and worth a try. Just make sure to figure out your swing speed so you can narrow down your best fit.