So I played a course recently that was pretty wet, so I knew the greens would be soft. So I chose to try and throw all my approach shots around the pins maybe past , expecting as high as I hit them, they'd come back. Started the round playing with a somewhat older/used Callaway tour ball, the Tour IX. Distance was fine but I was somewhat surprised the ball didn't suck back as much as I expected on several approach shots. It would come back a little, less than a foot, but it didn't zip back. So I thought I had over done my expectations about how they'd react given the soft greens. Now I mean soft..I had huge craters to fix on my approach shots.
Well, I lost that ball OB on a tee shot and switched to a slightly used Pro V1x ball. 2 holes later I had a perfect 120 Gap wedge into a mostly flat green. Slide back to front tilt but not bad. I hit a beautiful shot about 2 ft from the pin and it SUCKED back about 6-8 ft. Hmmmm. Well on 18, again, had 105 yards in to a tilted green, more than the other one. Perfect 58 degree wedge for me...Couldn't risk throwing it past the hole as there was ony about 5 ft until you run out of green. Or I could baby a 54 degree there and take some spin off of it. I decide the full 58degree mainly to try and confirm the result of the earlier shot. Well, hit it pure. Looked like it was going to be right by the flag...get up there, there's my ball mark about 2ft in front of the pin, and there's my ball about 20 ft back down the green. It spun further back than the first one did.
So while it's a small sample, I clearly had more spin back with the Pro V1x than the Callaway. Ihad it been a tournament, I would have tried to hit the 54degree softer...to reduce spin. But in this case it was part of the confirmation..