Tip Tuesday: Choosing The Right Golf Ball

Choosing the right golf ball might seem like a small detail in the grand scheme of everything that goes into playing a round of golf. Though when most tournaments are decided by a stroke or two, this minor detail can be the difference between a first and second-place finish. It turns out there is a lot that goes into choosing the right golf ball for yourself. In this weeks Tip Tuesday we are going to look at what goes into making a golf ball, and which one’s you should invest in based on your skill level.

Pieces of a Golf Ball

Before we begin figuring out what golf ball is best for you, it is best to understand what actually is inside of each ball. First off is the core which is usually made of compressed rubber and is often the largest part of the golf ball. The core helps retain the energy from your swing and propel the ball forward, direct the ball’s accuracy, and influence the ball’s speed.

The next step in a golf ball’s construction is the layers whose primary responsibility is to keep moisture from getting into the core, as a waterlogged ball can hurt your performance. The amount of layers found inside the golf ball will have a direct impact on the amount of spin that you can put on your shot.

The final step in creating a golf ball is the cover which is usually made of a surlyn or urethane material. Surlyn golf balls are best for adding distance to your shot, while urethane balls are best for increasing your spin on the ball. The dimples on the golf ball are added to make the ball more aerodynamic, and the amount ranges from 300 to 500 dimples.

The Right Ball For You

Finding which ball works best for your game can feel almost impossible based on the number of brands and different versions out there. Here I will break down the type of ball you should be looking for based on your skill level.

Beginner: If you are just starting out playing and still learning the game of golf the ball you choose won’t make much of a difference in your game. If this is the case for you it is best to go with a less expensive golf ball or a refurbished golf ball to save some money. You should look for golf balls in the range of $15 to $25 for a dozen golf balls. The Wilson Velocity Distance, Callaway Warbird, and Volvik PowerSoft are all great examples of balls you should be looking to buy.

Intermediate: Once you move up to the intermediate level you should be losing fewer balls, and begin looking for a ball that offers extra spin around the green. Golf balls that either have a two-piece or three-piece construction would be best for your game. The price range you should be looking at will be $25 to $40 for a dozen golf balls. The Srixon Soft Feel, TaylorMade Tour Response, and Wilson DUO Professional are all great examples of balls in this price range.

Advanced: After you reach the top level of golfers where you are playing in tournaments on the regular it is best to switch to the top tier of golf balls. You will want a ball that offers maximum spin around the green and that has up to five pieces that go into their layers. While these golf balls are quite pricey often exceeding $40, they are worth it when it comes to the quality that goes into them. The Srixon Z-Star, Titleist Pro V1x, Callaway Chrome Soft, and TaylorMade TP5 are all examples of the top golf balls that are out right now.

​​If you want to learn more about how the ball you choose can impact your golf game check out this article. If you want more tips on how to continue succeeding on the course, look at our other Golf Tip Tuesday blogs. Stay tuned every week for more Tip Tuesday blog content.


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