How to Choose the Right Golf Ball
A lot of advertising hype goes into selling various golf balls. All of the jargon and professional endorsements
can make choosing a ball not only difficult but also confusing.
Here are some tips on how you can find the right golf ball for your game.
To begin, there are three types of golf balls being sold today. For most golfers, choosing the right "type" of
ball is the first step to better play.
The Two-Piece Golf Ball:
These are by and far the most popular type of ball sold today. All leading ball makers produce two-piece balls
as these are often the best selling lines for them.
A standard two-piece golf ball has a solid rubber core that is surrounded by either rubber (urethane) or
These balls are produced to varying specifications, which is why they are so versatile. Engineers can vary the
compression of the core material, the size of the core, softness of the cover, and dimple size and number.
For golfers who have a slower swing speed (less than 80 mph), selecting a low-compression, two-piece ball is a
good bet. Mid- to high-compression balls will work fine for all other golfers.
The Three-Piece Hybrid Golf Ball:
This type of golf ball is still relatively new, in terms of age, but they have become very popular with some
golfers. They are constructed in a "layer" method.
It begins with a solid core that is then surrounded by two layers of differing materials. The outer layer is
either urethane or soft plastic.
One reason these balls are so popular is because they provide the same kind of forgiveness you find in the
two-piece balls, but they also provide increased spin control and overall performance.
Like the two-piece golf balls, you can find three-piece balls in a variety of compression levels.
High-Performance Golf Balls:
These special golf balls are not for the average golfer. Golfers with a high swing speed, and those with a low
handicap, will benefit the most from these 3- or 4-piece balls.
High-performance balls provide players with a low initial spin, which is important for driving long golf ball distances, but they also provide high iron
spin, which is needed for control and precision.
Choosing the Right Golf Ball for Your Game
For those just learning how to play golf and for those who are still
struggling with their game, a two-piece, low spinning ball is your best choice. This also applies to those who
normally shoot over 100 for an 18-hole round.
Average, Experienced Golfer
If you normally shoot between the upper 80's to upper 90's for 18 holes but have the fundamentals down fairly
well (meaning you do not slice or hook too often), you might want to try a medium spin, two-piece golf ball.
If you try one of these balls and discover you are losing your playing edge, fall back to the low spinning
two-piece, and match the compression level with your swing speed.
If your handicap is below 12 (or so) and you routinely come in with rounds in the 70's or lower 80's, you may be
ready for one of the more advanced golf balls.
The high-performance, 3- or 4- piece, dual core golf balls will often result in more distance off the tee. These
golf balls also offer a better "feel" for those touch shots around the green and on the green.
Do understand that it may take a bit of practice before you get the results you want. These performance balls
are very unforgiving, so be patient as you adjust to them. If you find you cannot adjust, do not hesitate to drop
back to high-compression, two or three piece balls.
Finally, if you recognize that you need more than just help with choosing the right ball, I recommend you check
out the Full Swing ebook by Booby Eldridge: