The biggest advantage to the G.O.L.F. Powder Balls, over paintballs or any other training round, is how the wax shell is impervious to weather. Their top-quality construction gives these rounds a three year shelf life...minimum. The shell will not get soft during hot desert drills, nor will it swell on humid summer days...or in the rain. Don't throw away any more spoiled paintballs...G.O.L.F. Powder Balls will be intact, rigid, and straight-flying when you need them most. This resistance to deformation also helps improve accuracy, as it means that each ball retains its uniformity.
The Real Action Paintball RAP4 GOLF Paintball (Powder Version) Box of 2000 is newer, so it should be commonly available.
Not effected by weather or sun exposure. Travels through thick brush. Great concept.
Wax shell lines your barrel. Ball breaks Difficult to clean. Not accurate.
I had very high hopes for this product, for the simple fact that the concept makes sense. I believe the focus on the how these powderballs were constructed was the failure of this product. I play at a local field that is hosted by one of my friends, strictly woodsball, so we are not restricted by the what paint (or in this case powder) balls are used. At over $25 per 500, I was not expecting to receive more headache than playing with crappy paint that i would have paid less than half the cost with. We used this product in 3 different markers. i will start with the marker that had the least problems:
our chrono set @ FPS is 275 +/- 5
Tippmann 98 Custom (stock) -
fired approx 500 rounds through with only real issue barrel becoming lined with a waxy film that was more difficult than if a ball breakage occurred. I'm not sure whether this improved or hindered the performance of the GOLF powder ball.
Rap4 T68 w/ remote, 20 oz. CO2-
Ball breakage within one of the magazines required a complete dis-assembly of the magazine, and thorough cleaning. Also, ball breakage within the chamber of the marker, due to loading a new mag with a ball being still being chambered. this lead to a filthy marker, gun malfunctions, and if the marker did function, it didn't function well.
Tiberius T8 UMS TRG-
i loaded one magazine with the GOLF rounds, as soon as i loaded the magazine, a ball breakage occurred filling my chamber, bolt, and barrel with powder, and wax. This required a complete dis-assembly of my magazine, and marker for cleaning. i eventually did fire these rounds through the marker, but did not have any consistent groups.
A common trait these rounds performed when flying through the air was either a cork-screw effect, or a sway effect, where the round would go from left to right in mid air, getting more shallow movements the closer it came to the end of it's flight. i do believe the balls flew further than a normal paintball, but not compared to a paintball being fired from a flatline barrel. and i believe the flatline can hold a tighter group than this round. A desirable trait this round does have is it travels through light brush much better than a normal paintball.
For the price, I do not recommend this product. Its a novel idea, and i believe would have much better result if it had a paintball shell, and not wax that can line your barrel with a film. also, the fill, though a neat effect when powder, can cause more problems if a ball breakage does occur (and it will). I don't recommend this product to anyone, even if it were offered at the same cost of cheapest paint. If all my issues were resolved in this product, I would maybe consider buying this paint at maybe the same cost of marballizer. but since it isn't, dont buy this product if you want to enjoy your game.
We have shot each other with these balls, watched the Videos, and tried our hardest to make these a viable option.
The trajectory does exactly what the previous post says.
They do hurt.
They do leave a waxy film.
They do however store well.
Yes, I might be a little scared to get shot by these balls, but it is within reason. My friend volunteered to be shot, and he was hit on the top of his head, the one area not protected by his mask. He just about broke down into tears because it hurt so bad. This shot was in the 50 foot range.
Our current conclusion is to not use these balls, but I am wondering if changing the Chrono on them might help. We dialed a Tippmann 98 down to 180, and they seemed to not hurt as much, and shot a little straighter. I am wondering if I get the FPS lower, that I might get better results. Has anyone else tried this?