You could have the world’s greatest driver, but without the correct ball to tee off with, you’re no better than a caddy.
The ball is the only piece of equipment that will be in consistent use, and with the advancements that have been made over the last few years picking the right kind of ball to fit your game is arguably just as vital as picking the right club.
Golf ball types
Balls that have been built with a leger core and thinner cover will travel much further off of the tee. The core is the part of the ball that really generates the distances after being struck, with the energy being transferred from the club face to the ball’s core which is then released to propel the ball forward at maximum speed.
A self explanatory name. These golf balls are designed mostly for golfers who may need some help generating spin. Using these balls helps players’ ball flight remain straighter, while also cutting down any excessive side spin that might create hooks or slices.
Tour performance golf balls are designed so that they provide optimal spin, distance and feel. These balls are used by the best golfers on the tour, so best suited for golfers of a higher skill level. Balls such as the Titleist Pro V1 or Callaway Chrome Soft are some of the balls you will see used on the Tour the most.
Two piece golfs are designed with a much larger core and a thin cover to offer a ball that is considered hard, yet offers plenty of distance. Primarily used by beginners, high-handicappers and players who have a slower swing, the two piece design maximizes the amount of kinetic energy that is transferred from the club face into the ball to create shots with great distance.
Golf balls can be designed to have three, four or five layers to them to enhance the style of play that a golfer has. The different layers all work differently depending on the type of shot that is played.
A shorter shot, sure a chip or lob, doesn’t require a full powered shot so only the outer layers will activate, which will create spin and add control to allow for a ball to stop faster on the green. While a much faster shot, such driving off of the tee, will transfer energy throughout every layer to the core which will create the power and distance you need.
You will see a multitude of golf balls that have been designed to feature striped patterns, thick lines or additional logos on them. This isn’t just a way to set your golf balls apart from the rest, there is some science to it.
Having marking on the ball offers golfers the ability to remove the doubt of whether or not they are aiming correctly at the address. The also can allow you to learn from your mistakes on the green as it will allow you to see the type of spin and roll created on missed putts.
Golf balls can come in a wide variety of colours and colourway patterns to provide golfers with high visibility options. While you may think that having a golf ball that is already bright white is easy enough to spot, but if you are unlucky enough to launch your golf ball buried deep inside a thick patch of rough grass 100+ yards away from where you are standing it may become harder to find your golf ball.
Having a high visibility golf ball means that the chances of losing your golf ball become much lower, and it also makes it much easier to distinguish which golf ball is yours when compared to the golf balls of the other players on the course.