Golf can drive you insane – trust me I know.
You can make your rounds more enjoyably with quality equipment, though, and in this post I’ll show you how to choose the right golf ball.
After I’m sure you’ll have the information necessary to purchase one that’ll help you hit farther and straighter shots.
The Basics of Golf Balls
Golf balls have evolved a lot over the years. The first one, made hundreds of years ago, were wooden. They would be unrecognizable to anyone who plays today. In the mid-1800s, a clergyman created a golf ball made from gutta-percha, an early type of rubber. Finally, the golf we all recognize – dimpled, with a wound core – came into use around the turn of the 20th Century.
All of these innovations were driven by golfers who wanted to hit the ball farther, and have more consistent results. Although the style of golf ball hasn’t changed in over 100 years, the details are evolving all the time. From the number of dimples, to the material the cover is made out of, there are plenty of differences among the golf balls for sale today.
Golf Balls for Beginners
Beginner balls, for purely recreational users, usually feature two-piece construction. A soft core is surrounded by a plastic cover. Beginner golf balls tend to have a much harder shell than high-quality golf balls. The downside of this is that it’s difficult for the clubs to truly grip the ball. As a result, the ball doesn’t have much spin when it’s launched.
The upside of beginner golf balls are cost and durability. When you’re just starting out, a ball that can be used over and over again for practice shots is a good investment. A higher-quality ball with a softer cover will quickly be too scuffed and damaged to use again.
Today’s novice golf balls still far outpace the technology of the past. There’s a lot of models that perform very well.
Great choices for entry-level golfers include the Wilson Duo, Callaway Supersoft, and Titleist DT Trusoft.
Golf Balls for Intermediate Golfers
Intermediate golfers typically want a higher-quality ball. They may be willing to pay more for a 3 piece golf ball with a harder core and softer cover if it’ll help them get them better results on the links.
Today’s golf balls are marvels of engineering. Careful attention is paid to details. For example, interconnected dimples help reduce drag more than circular ones. More manufacturers are incorporating these details into their mid-level and advanced balls every season.
There’s some great balls on the market today for intermediate golfers who take their game seriously. Golfers who are willing and able to invest a little more will find the Bridgestone 6, Callaway Superhot 55 and Snell My Tour Ball perfect.
Golf Balls for Experts
Golf balls designed for pros have a softer cover than golf balls made for recreational use. At first, that may seem counter-intuitive. However, there is a good reason for this. High quality golf balls are typically coated with rubbery urethane – this gives the advantage of better contact.
The grooves on a club are able to grip urethane better than plastics. Because of this, the ball is launched with a lot more spin and travels farther. These balls also tend to have a more tightly wound core, and more layers between the core and the cover. Remember the beginner two-layer balls? Some advanced models feature up to 5 layers!
If these are such great balls, why doesn’t everyone use them? Well, the biggest downside is price. These balls are far more expensive than beginner type balls, and due to the softer covering, they don’t last as long. For the average golfer, the comparatively long-wearing beginner or intermediate balls are a more pragmatic choice.
Today’s expert golfers can choose from a variety of carefully-designed professional quality balls. These include the Callaway Chrome Soft, the Nike RZN tour and Titleist Pro V1x.
Hit The Links With A Quality Sleeve Of Golf Balls!
Believe it or not playing with the right golf ball can make a big difference – it can improve your putting, driving and chipping. The most important thing is to pick one for your skill level, though. If you are just beginning you won’t need to spend as much. If, however, you’re looking to hit the farthest, straightest balls possible, you’ll need to invest a little more.
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Are you ready to drive some balls down the fairway this year?