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Which Golf Ball Is Right For Me?

Jun 5, 2008
If you are playing golf with golf balls that don't suit your game, they could be adversely affecting your shot making ability. You need to play the right golf balls for your playing ability; you don't want to give up accuracy or control to gain 5 yards.

Is there a way to decide which is the best golf ball for your level of golf and your golf club swing speed? There is a way; you first need to comprehend the function of of each type of golf ball.

In this article I will not bore you with technical details about the the number of dimples on a golf ball, the materials that make up each layer of the ball, the diameter of a golf ball, or the weight. These details won't make any difference to you choosing the right golf ball, so I will stick to the most important specifications.

One Piece Golf Balls

One-piece balls have no separate core and covering -they are just made from one solid material. You will find these balls on some driving ranges and they can be used by the beginner who doesn't want to loose expensive balls all the time. Although they don't have much distance, they are hard-wearing and low-cost.

The Two Piece Golf Ball

2-piece golf balls are made from a solid core which is covered with a cut-proof covering making them very hard-wearing. Most week-end golfers use them because they are what is known as distance balls. They have a firm feel and a low spin rate that makes them roll further on the fairway when they land. The disadvantage of these balls is that they lack control.

The Three Piece Golf Ball

Consisting of a solid or liquid core surrounded by an outer core and enclosed in an outer cover, the three piece golf ball is preferred by more skillful golfers. Good players get the most out of these balls as they have more spin and a softer feel than the two piece balls. These characteristics make for a more controllable flight with more spin and control around the greens.

4-Piece Golf Balls

The latest innovation is the four piece golf ball which combines the best of distance, spin, and feel. These golf balls can be played from the low to mid handicapper up to the pro golfer; there only drawback being their high cost. These balls will give you good distance of the tee, good spin rates with your mid-iron shots, and good control around the greens.

Low Spin Golf Balls

Low spin golf balls spin less and therefore they don't carry as far but they will roll further on the fairway. The low spin doesn't just apply to back spin but also to side spin, which makes them less likely to hook or slice and so are suited to higher handicap players looking for straighter shots.

Mid Spin Balls

Most golfers are quite happy with the mid spin rated golf balls. They give you a good blend of distance and feel resulting in more consistency and a decent length off the tee. The softness factor can differ a lot from brand to brand so you have to try different ones to get the ball that feels comfortable for you.

High Spin Rated Golf Balls

These golf balls create the most backspin which in turn maintains the ball in the air longer for a longer carry distance. They won't roll far once on the fairway because of the backspin but they are great for control with the short irons and have good feel on the green.

Firm Feel Golf Balls

Firm-feel balls will feel hard when you strike the ball with the club-face. The majority of distance golf balls are firm which is fine for distance but not good for feel around or on the greens. You will find that most high or mid handicap golfers will choose these balls because of the extra distance which they are willing to trade for the loss of control onto the green. Apart from the distance, these balls are the longest lasting and are difficult to scuff up or mark.

Mid Feel Balls

The mid feel golf ball are the preferred choice of the mid to low handicapper, as they combine the qualities of good distance, control, and feel.

Soft-Feel Golf Balls

Soft feel golf balls are preferred by low handicappers and professional golfers. The best players can use their skill to work these balls any way they like. They are great for the short game where spin and the soft feel make them ideal. They are generally not suited to the casual golfer because they are not so good for distance and the soft cover scuffs easily.

Golf Ball Compression

The feel factor relates directly to the compression rate. Most golf balls are rated by the amount that they compress; a compression of 0 deforms by 0.2 inches or more and a compression of 200 does not compress at all. Soft feel balls are low compression golf balls that have a compression rating of around 50 to 70; whereas hard feel golf balls are high compression that are rated at around 100 or 110. Manufacturers can use different systems to rate their balls so they can differ from brand to brand.

It is generally recommended that slow swing speed golfers use golf balls with a compression rate of 80; golfers with an average swing speed should use compression 100; and Compression 110 is best for fast swing speed golfers.

The weather can also affect the different compressions of a golf ball so you should choose different compressions depending on the weather conditions. As balls don't compress as much when it is cold you should use low compression balls. Consequently, use higher compression golf balls when it is hotter.

You should also take into account the condition of the golf course; with sun scorched, hard fairways, you will need a soft feel golf ball that spins more so that you can control it when it hits the fairway or green. If the course is sodden, you will need a golf ball that carries further and that has less spin so that you have more possibility of greater distance.
About the Author
Check out more on choosing a golf ball to suit your game at the website of Mick Euan Tait where you will also find information on the best golf balls.
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