Choosing The Right Golf Ball

There is a lot more to a golf ball than meets the eye. Fancy packaging and naming have clouded the real difference between different types of golf balls. Finding the right ball is important, so take some time to educate yourself on the pros and cons of each golf ball type.

Different Golf Ball Types

two sleeves of golf ballsYou want to choose the right golf ball for you and your game, specifically your swing. For example can you make the golf ball do what it was designed to do? Is your swing generating enough club head speed? If not, don’t waste your money on a dozen balls that don’t fit your swing and are going to cost you $50. You can only get the benefits they claim on the package if your swing matches the golf balls design.

If you are a fairly decent golfer, a low handicap player looking for distance, spin and control, then you’ll be looking for a softer golf ball. Softer golf balls give you more control over the spin and the flight of your shots.

Now, if you don’t feel like you are that good of a golfer (maybe you would be considered a higher handicap player), you’re probably going to want to play a more durable golf ball. These ball are harder so you’ll create less spin, but you will get more distance.

These balls are what most people would consider to be a distance ball. A decent two-piece ball will probably play well for you and save you a lot of money in the long run. The cost for this type of golf ball would likely range between $15-$25 per dozen.

There is no worse feeling than hitting a brand new $4 golf ball out of bounds or into the lake. So if you are a high handicap player save your money for a good golf glove or a new set of golf grips, these will do more for your game.

Effect of Temperature on a Golf Ball

Think about the type of weather conditions you’ll be playing in, hot, cold, rainy etc. Because when the temperature drops and it gets cold you’ll have a hard time compressing the golf ball and making its design work for you.

Compressing the ball (yes golf balls compress when struck) is crucial for distance and spin. So when the weather is cold think about playing a 90 compression ball and when it’s hotter out, if the temperature reaches say 85-100 degrees, give the 100 compression balls a try.

So if you’re looking for spin and control from the fairway and around the greens, go with the softer ball. Now, if you are looking for a few extra yards off the tee, go with a distance golf ball that you’ll find to be more durable as well.

Maybe buy a sleeve or two of the different types of balls to see what feels best for you, you might be surprised at what you find out. Your game might improve and your wallet won’t feel so light all the time.

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