In the game of golf, people tend to talk a lot about clubs and not a lot about balls. We would like to make the case that your ball will also make a very significant difference. Admittedly, it won’t make as big of a difference as some other items, but it’s also not a matter to be neglected. Thus, we will examine five popular brands and products before discussing the qualities that you need to consider when making your selection.
The following products are presented in no particular order, as there is no way to determine which one is “the best.” In reality, it depends on your style of play, and that’s why it is essential to know a few things about the attributes of different balls.
The Stealth Bomber
|Bridgestone Golf Tour B RX Golf Balls|
|Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls|
The Straight Shooter
|Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls|
Soft but Strong
|TaylorMade Project (s) Golf Balls|
The Best Value
|Srixon Z Star 5 Golf Balls|
This is a ball that seems to be fairly high-tech, but its’ price is right in the middle of our five products, so it seems to be reasonable. The cover is made of urethane, which is a little bit odd for a long-distance ball. This ball does seem to be primarily designed for long-range accuracy.
The core is made of several layers, and each layer has a higher density than the one above. Because of this, it creates an effect that the advertisements call “gradational compression.” The idea is that the spring effect that comes from a soft-cover ball like this one is magnified. What’s more, it is magnified in a way that should create little to no additional spin.
These are the most expensive balls on our list, and they are a type of ball that tries to do everything. They are designed for both the long and the short game, making them somewhat worth the money. If you go with this choice, you don’t really have to worry about using two different balls for the long game and the short game.
This one is meant to be a straight shooter, and it won’t work well if you try to adapt it to hooking shots. Those who want to make use of a horizontal arc in their shot will also find this one ill-suited for the purpose. Keep this one in your bag for the straightest shots only.
These are the cheapest balls on our list, which give them a slight advantage out of the gate. they are made with an ionomer cover which is kind of like Surlyn, but softer. This does give the intended effect, as it provides a very soft feel without reducing the velocity of the ball.
At the same time, this one does seem to be pretty durable and provides pretty good spin. We find it to be a little hard to control from some angles, but overall it works well in most conditions.
These are the first balls that we have examined that are designed for maximum spin. When compared to most other golf balls from this company, these have more spin than any others. As such, players who like to make use of this factor will find these balls to be excellent.
However, this one is recommended only for players with a swing speed of at least 90 MPH. That recommendation comes from the manufacturer, so we can be reasonably sure that it’s legitimate. Thus, anyone with a lower-powered swing might find this one a little bit too hard to control. It simply takes a harder hit to make this ball fly straight. Even with the right amount of player, the novice still might find this one flying a little bit wild.
This is just a sampling of the various golf balls that are available on the market. We certainly wouldn’t advise you to limit yourselves to the products on this list. Instead, you should use them as guideposts with which to evaluate any product that you may encounter. Now, let’s consider the essential qualities that you will need to consider when shopping for a new set of balls.
The term “cover material” describes the outer covering of the ball. Pretty much all golf balls on the market today are covered with one of two materials: Surlyn and urethane.
Surlyn covers, also sometimes called ionomer covers, is a hard resin that can endure a lot of damage. They don’t really take damage from anything that they will reasonably encounter on the course. As such, these are the most commonly used balls by far. The fact that they generally last longer makes them a much more cost-effective choice for those buying large amounts of golf balls.
Because of their hardness, they don’t flex very much on impact, and this makes them a superior choice for long-distance shots. Of course, it also means that you don’t get that helpful “spring” action that can be so useful for lower-powered swingers.
There is another problem with that hard outer covering: It tends to keep the ball from developing a lot of spins. This can be a serious problem for high-level golfers who tend to use a lot of precise spin for maximum control. That’s why softer ball covers are far more popular among high-level professionals. In most cases, that means urethane.
Urethane is a plastic that is a little bit less durable than the Surlyn but gives a certain feel and spin that is preferred by many. Because of their springiness, you may not get as much distance out of a urethane ball, but you will get a little better control.
In the past, a tree sap rubber called balata was the material of choice for golf ball covers, but no one is manufacturing such balls today. Thus, we don’t need to worry about them.
Have you ever wondered what is inside a golf ball? It might be a lot more complex than you think. Like a planet with its various layers, the inside of a golf ball will usually consist of more than one material. These materials are usually layered rather than mixed, and the composition of these layers can be manipulated by manufacturers in many interesting ways.
The core of the ball is most often composed of rubber, but some models will also have a liquid center. This may seem like a bad idea, but the liquid will only leak if the ball is cracked, and no one would play with a cracked ball anyway. These tend to be low-spin balls, and that’s why solid-core balls are far more common.
Now we come to the number of layers. There are some balls that have only one layer apart from the core, and some others that can have up to five. So, how much difference does that really make? As far as we can tell, it does make a difference, but only in the category of spin. A layered ball creates a kind of “spin gradient,” which allows for a greater degree of consistency and control. To be honest, though, it won’t make a huge difference in your game, but it’s another one of those nice little advantages that can help you gain victory in a close game.
You surely know that the surface of a golf ball is covered in little depressions, which are technically called dimples. A lot of people think that these are only intended to provide a better grip when handling the ball, but those little dimples can do a lot more than that.
The most significant thing that they do is reduce the amount of wind resistance on the ball. By creating all those little depressions, they ensure that the resistance of the wind is limited to the surface area, which is much smaller than that of a smooth ball. They say that a dimpled ball will potentially fly twice as far as a smooth one, which is why no one has used smooth golf balls in a very long time indeed. This reduction in wind resistance makes it easier to make the ball travel faster and farther.
Dimples also affect the flight trajectory of the ball. That’s a fancy way of saying that the ball will fly a little differently depending on the pattern and shape of the dimples. Many golf balls will list the number of dimples on each ball, and this is an important factor. Based on the number of dimples, you can tell if a ball is designed for long-range or short-range use. This number will usually range between 300 and 500.
There are also a few little extras that you can consider. A lot of people like glow-in-the-dark golf balls, as they are much easier to find at night. Of course, most people don’t play golf at night, but you can at least potentially do so with a set of glow-in-the-dark golf balls.
You can also get what is called a “photo golf ball.” As the name implies, this is just a golf ball that has been embossed with a photo. If this process is not done correctly, the photo will begin to wear off after a game or two. Nevertheless, this can be a great way to personalize your golf balls if you find a professional who can do it right.
There are also various trick and novelty golf balls out there, but most of them are just made for trick shooting and are not allowed on most courses. Therefore, they should generally be avoided.
We hope that we have given you all the knowledge that you need in order to select the best golf ball for your needs. We have tried to cover all the most relevant information, but there is always the possibility that we missed something. As such, you should delve into the topic on your own and continue learning about the qualities that make a good golf ball. Knowledge is power, and power brings victory. If you have enjoyed this article and you would like to read more of our work, then we have done our job.