I am very happy with my 4-ball arsenal right now. I did not find perfect matches in every category, but pretty close. It can be a daunting task to figure out how to combine all the variables to build an effective arsenal. While the process to arrive at this point was not simple for me, the end result is simple. I thought it might be helpful to share what I would consider the ideal core/cover specs for a 4-ball arsenal:
Longer, heavier oil - Solid Particle, 500 grit, Low RG: 2.45, High Diff: .060, High MB: .020, 5-6" track flare
Medium, benchmark ball - Hybrid Reactive, 1000 grit, Med RG: 2.55, Med Diff: .050, Med MB: .010, 4-5" track flare
Shorter, lighter oil - Pearl Urethane, 2000 grit, High RG: 2.65, Low Diff: .040, Low MB: 0 (Symmetrical), 3-4" track flare
Spare ball - Rubber/Plastic, 4000 grit, High RG, Low Diff, Low MB (Symmetrical), 0-1" track flare
While the specific balls may change, these are the specs that I am looking to match for each slot. One of the variables that is not easily defined is coverstock. Today, manufacturers don't like to use the word "particle". Instead, they may refer to additives, or their own branded high friction technology. Someday, I would rather see manufacturers provide standard friction ratings on oil and dry to be more specific about that. Until then, there are likely to be a few hits and misses when testing new equipment.
PBA (2014-2015): $850
Heavy: Nano, HyperCell, Eternal Cell
Medium: IQ Tour, Tour SiC, Tag
Light: Spare+, Tank, Rebel Tank
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