Martin Hopley

On the 20th anniversary of the creation of the brand name, Korean ball company Volvik created a splash by signing former Masters champion Bubba Watson to play their S4 golf ball.

The S4 is a four piece premium ball that offers high spin for more control and one of the many things that attracted Bubba to the ball was that it comes in several colours.

Volvik S4 Golf Ball

As well as white, or pearl as they call it, you can also get the S4 in green and Watson's favourite, pink. The pearl does not quite as 'bright' as a normal white ball, possibly why it has 'white color' stamped on it. The pink is a bit muted as these things go, so the green would be my choice.

Volvik S4 Golf Ball

Taking them out on and around the green and the S4 had a reasonably firm sound and feel from a putter with a higher pitched click than a Pro V1x, which is it up against price wise.

It is aimed at being a higher spinning ball and therefore should give you a lot of control with chips and the grip was pretty good, but again the feel let it down.

Volvik S4 Golf Ball

It claims a compression of 105 which is high by today's standards, but as regular readers will know there are different ways of measuring compression. It should therefore feel firmer than it does so this could by why it is not scoring highly here.

Taking the ball on our GC2 launch monitor with a driver revealed the higher spinning nature, with it averaging 600 rpm more than a Pro V1x and the Volvik Vivid. This had the resulting effect of reducing the carry by 5-8 yards, so it will be interesting to see how Bubba copes with such a high spinning ball with his club head speed, but it should make it easier for him to shape it than a lower spinning ball.

Volvik S4 Golf Ball

With a 7-iron the numbers produced a similar pattern, with the S4 being the highest spinning of the Vivid and Pro V1x, which again cost it a couple of yards.

Volvik S4 Golf Ball

Unless you are someone who struggles with generating spin on their full shots or seeing a white ball, then I am struggling to see why the Volvik S4 would be worth considering as there is not much of a price advantage either.

Volvik S4 Golf Ball

The durability and feel is nothing exceptional and therefore when it is up against the leading premium balls from Titleist and TaylorMade then I am not sure where it has the edge, unless you like pink.

Golfalot Rating: 3 stars


Volvik S4 Golf Ball - Product Details

UK LaunchApril 2017
UK Launch RRP£49
USA LaunchApril 2017
USA Launch RRP$44.99
Handicap Range
Ball Construction4-Piece
Ball FeelMedium
Colour OptionsPink, Green, White
Manufacturer's WebsiteVolvik Website

User Reviews

Ken Phillips
June 2017

We've had these for a few years in Australia and I agree that they're nothing to write home about in terms of distance, spin and feel. Other balls are probably better. However these balls really shone when the course staff aren't able to keep up with grass growth in the rough. Then there is no better ball than the orange or pink Volvik. They are the only ball that is invariably easily found so ball-searching frustrations are minimised compared with the regular whites and yellows. I know, I know, I should not be in the rough but hey, I'm only human.

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