I never knew you could put 'spin' on the ball once on the putting surface, so even though I don't use a ball more pricier than a Hex soft for instance I think I could assume the spin rating of the ball has no influence on the green.
Though, like Einstein (oh gawwwwd here she goes again, lols!!), I 'suspect' there are 'hidden variables' at play, that is to say I suspect a pricier ball 'might' give you more leeway in taking slightly the wrong line because it has a hidden 'forgiveness', or gets a less harsh treatment in terms of the statistical variance imparted upon it (VEM), but I can't say that with any certainty, I would have to make a thorough investigation using the formula with different balls.... I just don't have the time nor the pocket money for that:-)
I would guess that if anything - it 'might' be due to the 'distance' rating of a ball, again I have not investigated such subleties but say a long putt of perhaps 75 ft hit with the starter, would it travel as far as say one of those expensive distance 5 rated balls on the putting surface for identical conditions and line 'on average'? perhaps this could manifest itself in lip-outs if the ball is travelling slightly faster for the same given input conditions?
Or it might be the wind - the wind does have an effect on the green, though very slight it can be observed in high wind conditions at extreme angles relative to the putting direction.
I don't know - but I know that I don't know, the path to true wisdom and enlightenment!
if anyone is noticing more lip-outs than usual I personally would say the favourites for such cause would be either:
- VEM cycles (we all go through 'em and WGT have affirmed these cycles previously)
- WGT slight modifications to greenspeed (seasonal)
but really you should always be making adjustments for these things however you play the game - it's never static, which is good!!
sodakknight echoes my sentiments down below