Selecting the Right Golf Ball for You!
Choosing the right golf ball is an important part of making sure you stay on top of your game and achieve your best potential.
But finding the best golf ball for you can be confusing and tedious especially if you do not have a clear idea of the things to look out for.
Some of the key factors that should inform your choice are speed, trajectory, spin, durability, compression, number of dimples per ball as well as price.
Of course not all the factors carry equal weight and the importance of each will depend on where one is at in their golf game.
For instance, are you a beginner, intermediate or pro golf player? There are different types of golf balls.
Two piece golf balls have a single solid inner core made from rubber or hard plastic and a hardy outer cover. They provide good distance for shots and have a relatively high durability. Two piece golf balls are best suited for beginners and golfers with high handicaps because the hardier construction means that they are less likely to be damaged when hit thin or driven into trees. Their cost is also significantly lower than the other types of golf balls so losing a number of balls (as would be expected of rookie golfers) will not be a financial strain.
Multi-Layered golf balls on the other hand are constructed of a solid or liquid inner core, a second layer made from rubber then an outer cover that is hardy though not necessarily as tough as that of the two piece ball. The softer cover and the second layer made from rubber are designed to give better spin. They are ideal for the intermediate golfer as they give better control and traction around the green. They however do not cover as much distance, are less durable and are more expensive than the two piece.
High Performance golf balls (sometimes referred to as hybrid balls) are meant to combine the strengths of the two piece and the multi layered golf balls. They are best suited for pro golfers or golfers with a low handicap who are looking to get greater control of the ball and have the expertise to strike a high spin ball with good accuracy. As you would expect, high performance balls are expensive and are less durable thus requiring frequent replacing.
Understanding the material used for the outer cover of the ball is also important in your choice of ball.
The outer cover of a golf ball is often made from either one of three materials-Surlyn, Balata and Elastomer. Surlyn is the best choice for the beginner. It is hard and durable and is usually the one used for two piece balls.
Balata is a softer cover than Surlyn and provides a higher spin and better feel. Elastomer is the most expensive but provides probably the best ball spin.
Golf Ball Compression also needs to be taken into consideration when choosing the right golf ball. 80 is the lowest level of compression and is designed for entry level golfers. The softer core gives a spring like effect which gives more distance but at the expense of ball control.
90 is the middle level of compression and chosen by most golfers whilst 100 is the highest level of compression is best suited for experienced golfers.
But even with these recommendations on what is best for beginner, intermediate and pro golfer, you are the only one who can best determine which type of ball is most suitable for you.
Do you prefer to play long shots where the distance you hit the ball is of great importance or are you more interested more in control than in distance?
The ideal situation would be to try out different balls before you settle on the one best for you.
Now, technical factors aside, cost is an important determinant of the type of ball you buy. Setting a budget before hand is key so that you know exactly how much you intend to spend on golf balls.
If you are a beginner golfer, weigh carefully whether having the most expensive equipment is actually going to have any real impact on your performance at this stage. An analogy which best brings out this point involves cars. Would the car that a learner driver drives improve their overall experience? Or phrased differently if you had a top range car model and was just learning to drive, would you be able to utilize its capabilities to the maximum vis a vis if you were driving a lower cadre car model? Probably not. You could end up paying for features that you will never use.
As a rule of thumb, you should go for the least expensive, most durable type of golf ball when you are starting out because you will probably not be able to make maximum use of a high performance ball. Your experience as a beginner should themselves guide you along the way to using a different ball as your game improves.
If you notice that you have a problem with direction, it is advisable that you go for a golf ball with less spin whereas if you have problems getting the ball in the air, choose a ball with a lot of spin.
If your aim is distance such that you want to get the ball further, then you need to get a golf ball that would match this need.
Over time, your own unique experiences and style will lead you into settling for the ball that is most suitable for you. Play with several different brands and models to see which one consistently brings out your best game.