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Potential Ryder Cup pairings based on which balls players play

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CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 06: Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele and their caddies walk off the 12th green during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 06: Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele and their caddies walk off the 12th green during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)



    Written by GolfWRX @GolfWRX

    When Ryder Cup captains make teams for Foursomes play, they have an additional — and not insignificant — consideration that’s not present in Four-balls: the golf ball. Two teammates share a ball for alternate shot, opening the possibility that one must use a ball with which he is unfamiliar.

    A high-speed, high-spin player (say, Bryson DeChambeau) playing a ball that’s designed to generate maximum spin is a recipe for ballooning tee shots and draws and fades that are impossible to control.

    Before we look at who might be paired together through the prism of the golf ball, let’s take a quick run through the models in play:

    TaylorMade TP5: TaylorMade’s softest, highest-spinning TOUR ball. Most workable, mid-launching offering. Highest spinning off wedges.

    TaylorMade TP5x: Spins less than TP5. Higher initial launch and firmer feel than TP5. Less greenside spin than TP5.

    Bridgestone Tour B X: Bridgestone’s firmest, lowest-launching, lowest-spinning tour ball.

    Callaway Chrome Soft X: Firmer feeling than Chrome Soft and lower launching as well.

    Callaway Chrome Soft X LS: Both higher launching and lower spinning than Chrome Soft X. More greenside spin.

    Titleist Pro V1: Titleist’s softest TOUR ball. Lower flying and spinning than Pro V1x.

    Titleist Pro V1x: Firmer and higher-launching than Pro V1. Pro V1x also spins more than Pro V1.

    Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot: A lower-flying, lower-spinning version of Pro V1 with a similar feel and greenside performance.

    Srixon Z-Star XV: Srixon’s firmer, lower-spinning Tour ball. High greenside spin.

    Now, let’s take a look at who plays what and potential pairings based on players who use similar balls.

    Who plays what on the U.S. Team?

    TaylorMade TP5: Collin Morikawa

    TaylorMade TP5x: Dustin Johnson

    Bridgestone Tour B X: Bryson DeChambeau

    Callaway Chrome Soft X LS: Xander Schauffele

    Titleist Pro V1: Harris English, Scottie Scheffler

    Titleist Pro V1x: Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth

    Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot: Daniel Berger, Tony Finau

    Potential U.S. Foursomes teams based on ball compatibility:

    DeChambeau-Schauffele

    DeChambeau-Johnson

    DeChambeau-Berger

    DeChambeau-Finau

    Spieth-Thomas

    Spieth-Cantlay

    Spieth Koepka

    Thomas-Cantlay

    Thomas-Koepka

    Koepka-Cantlay

    Berger-Finau

    Morikawa-Koepka

    Morikawa-Thomas

    Morikawa-Cantlay

    Morikawa-Spieth

    Scheffler-English

    Scheffler-Morikawa

    English-Morikawa

    Who plays what for Europe?

    TaylorMade TP5x: Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia,

    Callaway Chrome Soft X: Jon Rahm

    Titleist Pro V1: Paul Casey, Viktor Hovland, Bernd Wiesberger

    Titleist Pro V1x: Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter

    Srixon Z-Star XV: Shane Lowry

    Potential European Foursomes teams based on ball compatibility:

    McIlroy-Fleetwood

    McIlroy-Garcia

    McIlroy-Casey

    McIlroy-Hovland

    McIlroy-Wiesberger

    McIlroy-Lowry

    Fleetwood-Casey

    Fleetwood-Hovland

    Fleetwood-Wiseberger

    Fleetwood-Lowry

    Garcia-Casey

    Garcia-Hovland

    Garcia-Wiesberger

    Garcia-Lowry

    Rahm-McIlroy

    Rahm-Fleetwood

    Rahm-Garcia

    Rahm-Casey

    Rahm-Hovland

    Rahm-Wiesberger

    Rahm-Lowry

    Fitzpatrick-Hatton

    Fitzpatrick-Westwood

    Fitzpatrick-Poulter

    Hatton-Westwood

    Hatton-Poulter

    Poulter-Westwood

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