Volvik Vista iS golf ball

Among the manufacturers who are aggressively marketing golf balls in an array of colors for U.S. golfers is Volvik.

Volvik sells a Vista iV ball and a Vista iS ball. Both are four-piece balls. Both have 392 dimples. Both are 95 compression. Both take advantage of an exotic material called bismuth in the core. Both have zirconium covers.

So what is the difference between the two? Spin, most of all.

Volvik’s literature compares the balls in four categories: greenside spin, distance, feel and durability. According to Volvik, the Vista iS has more greenside spin, is not quite as long as the iV off the tee, feels softer and is a little less durable.

The Vista iS is designed for touring pros and highly skilled amateurs who are interested in greenside control. The ball also should appeal to any golfer whose highest priority is controlling the ball around the green on chips and pitches.

Sometimes overlooked in discussions about feel is how a ball responds during putting. The Vista iS is designed for extraordinary feel, and those who seek a softer ball for putting might be interested.

Another difference between the two: The Vista iV is offered in five colors, including white, while the Vista iS comes only in orange and yellow.

Cost: $44.99 per dozen.

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