We should begin by saying that this article isn’t for the average golfer. As the title implies, this one is intended for the golfer who can swing that club at the highest of speeds. While a fast swing does help to create more velocity and distance, it can also make the ball a little harder to control.
Of course, a powerful swing forces you to use a different kind of technique. A high-speed approach also forces you to choose different gear. Without further ado, let’s take a look at five of the best golf balls for high-speed swingers. In general, these balls should be used by those with a swing of 100 MPH or more.
The Hybrid Ball
|TaylorMade TP5x Golf Balls|
Tried and True
|Titleist Velocity Golf Balls|
Like a Bullet
|Bridgestone E6 Soft Golf Balls|
|Callaway Golf Chrome Soft Truvis Golf Balls|
|Srixon Z Star XV 5 Golf Balls|
This is a ball that tries to get the best of both worlds. While balls for high-velocity swingers are often less flexible than others, this one attempts to create a blend of soft and hard that offers a unique kind of performance.
Of course, this complex hybrid construction does come at a cost. These are some of the most expensive balls on our list, so it would be a good idea to test them before buying a full box.
A lot of people seem to like these balls, and the reviews seem to reflect a lot of satisfied customers. The only bad reviews that we could find came from those who received the wrong product by mistake.
The round dimples of this ball are not the best that you could hope for in terms of distance. However, they do deliver a higher flight path, which can translate into some extra distance if used correctly. Also, the softer core doesn’t add much in terms of control.
These balls are meant to do one thing, and one thing only: fly straight. As such, they can offer a great way to maximize the advantage of a high-velocity swing. These things fly like bullets, but it can be rather easy to lose control of them if you don’t judge your distance correctly.
In all, we find these to be a great value, even though they serve as a specialized tool. These are the balls to pull out when you need something that flies like a bullet.
At first glance, these balls are definitely the best-looking of the bunch. As such, they are also the most expensive. These balls are easily the softest on our list, too. Their compression rating is 75, which is very soft. As such, their maximum range isn’t quite as long as some of the others.
That soft cover doesn’t resist damage quite as well as some others, so make sure that your wallet can absorb the cost of some extra balls. At the same time, this ball does have a great launch. It wants to fly high and straight every time.
According to the advertising, this ball is intended for people with swings of 100 MPH or more. We had a hard time finding any bad reviews for this ball, and it seems to be popular with many professionals. This is probably because it’s an excellent blend of hard and soft, much like a good sword.
Still, that high rate of spin can sometimes translate to a hook shot, so this ball isn’t that forgiving. Still, most users don’t seem to have a problem with this. Just be sure to hit it right in the center of the clubface, and it should give you the accuracy you want.
A golf ball is a lot more complicated than you might think. While the original golf balls were very simple, modern balls have centuries of development behind them. You can get a good general idea of what you need by looking at the products above, but let’s go a little deeper and discuss the things that you must consider when buying a ball for high-velocity usage.
The Role Of Flexibility
In case you didn’t know, we should tell you that high-speed swingers should stick with a stiff-shafted club. When you use a more flexible shaft, it will bend and flex upon impact. When that happens, you are losing a little bit of the force that you put into the swing. It’s kind of like snapping something with a rubber band as opposed to striking a solid surface with a solid object. This same principle applies when choosing a golf ball.
If you pick a ball with a softer core and a softer jacket, it will tend to “bounce” when it is hit. If you don’t have a very powerful swing anyway, this spring-back action is helpful because it results in a net gain. If you want to know more about the physics behind this effect, you might start by reading about Hooke’s law. However, a person who has a lot of strength and speed doesn’t need it. In short, a flexible ball is meant to compensate for a lower-speed swing with less force. If you can already generate the power you need, that spring effect will actually limit your distance.
Understanding The Compression Scale
Every golf ball has a compression rating, and this is usually listed on the package. You might have to look for it, but it should be there. If not, a quick visit to the company’s website can quickly provide that information. The compression rating will tell you how hard or soft the ball might be.
Golf balls with a compression rating of 70-80 are considered to be soft and are not usually the best for heavy hitters. Yes, they provide a long shot with less effort, but the upper limits of that range will be lower than those of a high-compression ball.
Golf balls with a compression rating of 90 or greater are the hardest balls, and these are the ones that you should probably use. Other than putting and other short-range shots, these will give the best results for a heavy hitter. Yes, they will require more impact, but they can achieve maximum ranges that are significantly greater than those of low-compression balls.
When we look at this study from the World Scientific Congress of Golf, we can see why this phenomenon occurs. Apparently, it has a lot to do with spin. When you swing your club, you are using your body to generate a certain amount of force. This force is then transferred to the golf ball on impact. So, there is only a certain amount of force present, and all movement of the ball will use some of this force. If the ball has a high rate of spin, that means less energy that is going straight forward. For maximum distance, you want something that sends all your energy forward without wasting any force on the spin.
You Might Want To Use Multiple Balls
One of the biggest problems with a serious swing is the fact that it can be hard to control. If you want to know why that is the case, just imagine hitting a nail with a hammer. If you swing the hammer as hard and fast as you can, it will be much more difficult to hit the head of the nail accurately.
When you are making short-range shots, it might be wise to deliberately hit the ball a little more softly, saving your muscle power for the long drives. If you opt for this option, we would recommend using high-compression balls for longer shots and low-compression balls for shorter shots.
The Importance Of The Dimples
Those small divots on the surface of the golf ball can make a huge difference in performance. You see, those dimples are not just there for decoration, or to provide a better grip when handling the ball. They also reduce the surface area of the ball, eliminating a lot of wind resistance.
We can see that a number of scientific studies have been done on this subject. This one, for instance, looked at the effects of hexagonal dimples in relation to rounded ones. The results were very interesting, as the hexagonal dimples were found to produce 30% less drag, which is a pretty significant difference. So, if you want to maximize the distance of your shot, those hexagonal dimples are probably your best bet.
At the same time, the study also noted that the same effect could be achieved with conical dimples. These cone-shaped depressions can create a natural wind vortex within them, and that also aids the flight of the ball. It should be noted that these cone-shaped dimples tend to be pretty shallow.
Here’s another study that also shows some interesting results. We can see that the balls with hexagonal dimples did indeed produce less drag than their rounded counterparts. In addition, we can see that deeper dimples tend to give a little more distance than shallow ones. They also tested a type of ball that had double-dimples. Balls like this have a second dimple inside of each surface dimple, and these balls showed extremely low drag in our study. Thus, we would recommend that your long-distance ball should be deep and hexagonal (or conical) in shape. Your short distance balls should be exactly the opposite: Rounded, shallow dimples.
What Kind Of Cover Should I Use?
For a high-velocity swinger, this question is an easy one to resolve. All modern golf balls are made from one of two materials: Surlyn or urethane? For both your long and short-distance balls, we would recommend that you stick with Surlyn.
We recommend a Surlyn cover for one reason above all: It is much more durable. A harder swing means a harder impact, and that means more abuse on the surface of the ball. Unless you feel like buying a new box of balls for every trip to the course, you need something that can handle the extra smacking power that you are going to deal out. While urethane is a soft plastic, Surlyn is made from silicon oxide polymer, making it similar to sand in terms of its hardness.
Another good thing about Surlyn balls is that they increase compression, which means less deformation on impact and less spin as a result. In fact, most authorities on the matter seem to agree that these balls produce dramatically lower rates of spin. While spin can give you a little more control, it also takes away your main advantages, which are distance and power.
We hope that our guide has been helpful for all of you high-energy swingers who love to beat that ball as if it owed you money. By choosing the right equipment, you can keep your passion for swift whacking from inhibiting your game, turning it into an advantage rather than a problem. Using the principles outlined here, you should be able to do that.