Choosing the Right Golf Ball
Choosing the right golf ball seems straight to the point, but you may be surprised. Golf balls are just like golfers: they come in all sizes, forms and designs. There are many things you want to take into account: the ball’s core, the dimples on it, the material used for the cover and even the layering of the ball. Most people go for the PGA’s preferred balls, the Titleist ProV1. Unless you have a swing speed over 100mph, don’t lose golf balls too often (which is rare unless you are a pro!) and have a very high budget, there are many other balls suitable for golfers of all levels at better prices. Take a look at the specs below for a good idea of what golf ball is best for you.
The general rule of thumb for cores is simple: solid cores will provide more spin and feel, while larger cores will produce more power and increase the ball’s speed. It’s important to know the material a golf ball’s core is made out of. The most popular material used is solid rubber. Other golf balls are manufactured using compressed liquid centers encased by tensioned rubber thread. Golf balls are classified by their compression levels which are 80, 90 and 100. Eighty is designed for junior golfers, seniors and women. 90 compression is considered average and is suitable for mid-level golfers while 100 compressions have a tighter core and are designed for advanced golfers and professionals.
The dimples on golf balls help determine the height of the flight for the ball. Although golf balls were smooth until the 19th century. Dimples do offer major air resistance, however golfers started noticing that once a ball was chipped they achieved greater altitude and therefore travel further. Since then dimples have been designed with different patterns and behave differently when struck.
There are many different materials used for golf balls today. They are usually made of plastics such as balata, surlyn, zylin or elastomer. The challenging part here is to find a material soft enough feeling while still remaining uncut shot after shot. Balata is the softest and most popular cover with the least cut resistance. Surlyn is another great alternative as it’s the most durable material used to manufacture golf ball covers while still providing good ball control and feel.
Golf ball layering can be divided into two categories: two-layered and multi-layered (three, four and five layer balls available). Multi-layered balls are harder to handle and require more feel and control. Two-layer balls are more suited for beginners as they are not as hard to control.
Our Top Five
There are plenty golf balls out there- about 1000 models that conform to professional standards. Here’s a quick guide on the top 5 golf ball models available for intermediate level golfers while still giving you the best value for money:
- Nike RZN Platinum (still a bit pricey but worth it)
- Callaway Chrome Soft
- Nicklaus Black Tees
- Wilson Staff FG-Tour
- TaylorMade Tour Preferred
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