Did you know that, while similar, not all golf balls are created equally? In fact, there can be some major differences between brands and types, though you may not necessarily be able to tell that by looking at them. When you’re deciding which golf balls to buy, you do need to look at more than just brand and price. Here are some things to consider before you buy your next set of golf balls.
All of these factors will have you look at how the golf ball is constructed and at its three parts: the core, the cover, and the dimples or little holes on the cover. By changing just one of these three, you may find that your golf game is completely different. The first thing to look at is the construction and compression of the ball’s core.
If you cut your golf balls in half, what would you see? If you only see one piece, you have a ball that’s generally only used on the driving range. The core is solid and covered in dimples, so there’s not even a cover on it. These balls are very cheap since they don’t have extra layers, but they also don’t tend to go as far as other balls because they aren’t compressed.
Two piece golf balls are much more popular. That’s because they’re more durable and can go good distances. Some of these two-piece balls are designed for one over the other. For example, there are specific two-piece balls designed to get less spin so they go much higher and farther than others. Others, though, are designed for better performance, which means they have more accuracy in addition to distance. Others have more compression, which is good for long distances, but not green shots. There are pros and cons to each type of golf ball, so you would want to try out several options before settling on one.
There are also three, four, and even five piece golf balls. The three piece balls have a core made from solid rubber that is surrounded by liquid rubber, creating a ball with more spin and control on the greens. The four piece balls, on the other hand, are designed for good distance with more spin. A five piece golf ball, which is a fairly new design, tries to be an all-around outstanding ball with optimal performance, but they’re much more expensive.
A ball’s compression deals with how much the ball compresses when the club hits it. The more compression a golf ball has, the more distance you’ll get. Standard golf balls tend to have a compression of anywhere from 40 to 100, which is a fairly wide range. Balls that fall on the lower end of the scale are softer, and they’re a good option for beginners because they will go farther with slower swings. For those who have golfed for years or are professionals, though, more compressed balls are the better option because they offer better control over distance.
If you have a fast swing but are using low compression balls, you’ll find that they simply don’t give you the distance or control you want. However, if you’re playing during the colder months, you may want to swap out a high compression ball for a lower one. That’s because the cold can make high compression balls harder, making it more difficult to get the performance you want.
The dimples aren’t there simply for show—they provide lift and reduce air drag on the golf ball. The dimples actually create a shell of air around the golf ball, preventing drag and sending the ball much farther. In fact, if the golf ball didn’t have any dimples, it would only go about half the distance.
A standard golf ball can have anywhere from 250 to 500 of these little dimples on it. Most are about 0.10 inches deep, but some are shallower or deeper. Even a tiny change in this depth can change how the ball flies through the air, so it’s important to pay attention to this information when you’re buying golf balls or when you’re trying out a new brand.
Some brands have focused more on creating the perfect golf ball for long distances, while others may have created a brand that’s designed for the green. You want to make certain you know what the balls are designed for and which ones match your particular golfing style. There’s no right or wrong type of golf ball, but there are brands that will work for you and brands that won’t. This means you may need to try out a number of balls before you determine which one matches your unique play style and swing.