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Remixing Golf Ball Compression And Swing Speed

May 18, 2008
There are so many factors that can affect just about any avid golfer's game. Whether you are already quite the expert in the game or you are still one of the many beginners, it always helps to know a little background on these factors. This way, you can play out these factors in such a way that your very own game would benefit. One of these factors is actually golf ball compression.

The typical sentiment of golfers is to go with golf balls that have higher compression ratings. The clichй "more is better" is the primary reason behind this sentiment. But is this really true? Should golfers really go for balls that have higher compression ratings? Would these balls really improve one's game? To understand this more, you need to define the concept of golf ball compression first.

In its most basic form, compression in golf balls actually refers to the effective density of the golf ball itself. This pertains to just how soft or how hard your golf ball is. More importantly, this rating refers to the golf ball's tendency to undergo deformation when much pressure is applied. Golf balls that have low compression rates need just a little pressure for them to start deforming. Golf balls of higher compression rates, on the other hand, need more pressure for deformation to set in. The range balls you can find in the circuit right now typically have a compression rating of just 70. These balls actually feel very soft, especially when you get down to hitting them at the driving range. The hardest golf balls ever manufactured have 110 for their compression ratings. But the general ratings would be pegged within the range of 80 and 100.

There are also natural factors that can very well affect the compression ratings of golf balls. Air temperature, for one thing, is a strong factor for this. During cold weather, you may notice your golf balls becoming a bit too hard to hit. In such weather, it would be better to switch to golf balls that have lower compression ratings.

The compression of your golf ball can affect the distance that it can make, right? Not necessarily. A lot of people think that higher compression balls can bring forth longer distance, but this is not true at all. The main factor here is actually the speed that comes off the face of the particular golf club you are using. Thus, there is a need to match the golf ball's compression to speed of your swing.

After a golf ball is stricken by a club, it will experience significant compression or deformation. However, the ball is still able to retain its original shape as it travels from the club face. High compression golf balls can take more beating so these can me used to match higher swing speed. But when it comes to swing speeds that are slower, high compression balls no longer make great choices here. There's not much generation of what is known as club head speed to ensure the compression needed for the good drive you want to achieve. Slower swing speeds should then be matched with golf balls that have lower compression ratings.
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Noel Siegel is a successful author of Used Golf Cart Guide
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