The Pro is the standard model in Vice’s lineup and is designed for better players. The recommended swing speed is between 95 and 110 MPH, which is probably where the majority of low to mid handicaps are.
We’ve reviewed well over 20 golf balls, including every model that Vice has to offer. My goal is to test the Pro to see if it actually performs as they say and to help you figure out if it’s right for you.
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Out Of Bounds Golf Verdict
If you like using a Pro V1 but don’t want to spend a fortune, the Pro could be a solid alternative. Overall, the performance between them wasn’t that different, with the Pro being slightly on the softer side.
You can also see our favorite balls for mid handicappers HERE.
➕ 30% less than other premium balls
➕ Feels very solid for mid-high swing speeds
➕ Great balance of distance and short-game spin
➖ Cover isn’t as durable as similar balls
- Quality: 4
- Distance: 5
- Forgiveness: 4
- Value/Price: 5
- Our Rating: 5 Stars
Where To Buy
Check the current price here on Amazon
In This Review
Vice Pro Product Details
|White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, Drip
Nobody likes spending $5 per ball, especially when you lose multiple per round. Being able to play a ball that performs close to a Pro V1 for way less is very intriguing, which is what this ball is marketing.
The MSPR is $38.99 per dozen, but you can lower that to $31.99 if you buy 5+ boxes. That’s a pretty solid deal.
Vice says it’s best suited for golfers with 95-110 MPH swing speeds, which is where most low-mid handicaps are (the average golfer is a bit slower than this).
You can see how the Pro compares to the other Vice balls HERE.
Most people are pretty particular when it comes to the way their ball feels. I think it’s more of a confidence thing. A ball that feels like a marshmallow or a rock can mess with your head.
Off the putter and wedge, the Pro has a solid but soft feeling, which is what I’m looking for. Pretty close to a Pro V1. It’s going to feel softer than the Vice Tour because it has a urethane cover, which is softer.
You can see the differences between the different golf ball covers HERE.
Off the tee, the Pro has the same explosive feel as you’d expect from a premium ball. It’s really going to depend on your swing speed, but for me, the Pro was perfect.
If your swing speed is above 110 MPH or below 90 MPH, you’ll probably feel differently. That’s why Vice offers the Pro Soft and Pro Plus.
The issue I’ve had with Vice in the past has been the durability of their covers. Even after a few holes, you’d start to notice scratches on the ball.
The good news is that it’s been something they’ve been working on. They still have room to improve, but they’ve become a lot better.
Titleist still makes a higher-quality ball, but I’d compare the Pro to balls from Taylormade, Srixon, etc.
After testing this ball (info below) and finishing my round, you could see some wear and tear, but I could get another round out of it. Most of us end up losing the ball before that, so it shouldn’t even matter.
The Short Game
If this ball is to compete with the Pro V1, it’ll have to provide a lot of greenside spin. Better players want to be able to land the ball on the green and have it stop quickly.
To test the Pro, we’ll take 10 shots with my sand wedge and see how much the ball spins. If the ball lands and rolls away, it’ll be a positive number. If it lands and rolls back, it’ll be a negative number. Here are the results:
On average, the Pro landed on the green and rolled out 2.7 yards. That’s a number I’m happy with. I don’t spin my wedge shots a whole lot, but the ground was damp, which helped me out.
Compared to the other Vice balls, the Pro was just slightly behind the Pro Plus. It wasn’t enough of a difference for me to consider playing that instead.
The Long Game
The main thing I’m looking for in a golf ball is one that flies long and straight. I’ll sacrifice some greenside spin if I can hit the ball straighter. The game is so much easier when you’re playing from the fairway.
We’ll do a similar test, take 10 shots off the tee, and see how far the ball goes. We’ll also record whether or not the ball lands in the fairway. Here are the results:
On average, the Pro went 252 yards and hit 50% of the fairways. A couple of balls barely missed the fairway. Again, I was pretty happy with those numbers.
Compared to the other Vice balls, the Pro ranked #2 in distance (behind the Tour). The reason you might want to use the Pro instead is that it provides quite a bit more greenside spin.
You can see how far the average golfer hits their driver HERE.
The Bottom Line
If you’re a low/mid handicap golfer, have a swing speed between 95-110 MPH, and want a solid mix of distance and greenside spin, the Vice Pro could be one worth checking out.
It wasn’t the longest ball I’ve ever hit. It didn’t produce the most greenside spin. But considering the price (especially if bought in bulk), it’s one of the best-valued balls on the market.
If you have any questions or want to share your experience with the Pro, make sure to leave a comment below.
Where To Buy
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Other Balls To Consider
Just because the Pro worked well for me doesn’t mean it’ll be right for you. If you fit the criteria we mentioned, I think you’d get pretty good results with it.
That said, there could be other options that would be better. For more info, the first thing I’d recommend is checking out one of our “best of” guides below:
The second is to get a personalized recommendation from us. Head on down to the comments section below and answer a few questions. We’ll give you a few options that are worth trying out.
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