Should You Play the Same Golf Balls the Pros Play?
Should the average golfer use the same golf balls as the professionals do? Good question and the short answer is
NO! Let's take a deeper look into golf balls and how they affect each player's game.
It is virtually impossible to watch a major golf tournament and not see a host of commercials advertising
various brands of golf balls.
In many cases, a well-known, recognizable professional golfer will be the spokesperson for the company.
While I have no particular problem with this kind of advertising, it can be confusing to some of us who are not
familiar with the individual specifications of various golf balls.
One truth is easy to understand: Not all golf balls are the same.
Choosing to use the same golf ball that a highly skilled, experience professional uses may cause you more
problems than you can imagine, and here is why:
There are three basic types of golf balls: the two piece golf ball, the three-piece hybrid golf ball, and the
high-performance golf ball. Each of these types of golf balls
are designed with certain characteristics in mind.
Many pros use the high-performance type of golf ball. A typical high-performance golf ball is designed to be
used by golfers who have a very high swing speed. Most recreational golfers do not have the swing speed needed to
get the benefits out of these types of ball.
Performance golf balls are usually of constructed as either three-piece or four-piece balls. One key element to
high-performance balls is that they usually have lower initial spin on impact. This helps the pro to get more
distance, especially with the driver. When used with the irons, these balls provide more spin for optimal target
However, in order for these high-tech balls to be effective the player must be able to provide the club speed
needed upon impact and the strike on the ball itself must be accurate.
Most average golfers will benefit most if they find the right two-piece golf ball for their club speed. Club
speed is one of the key elements to choosing the right ball for your game.
Generally speaking, if your club speed is below 80 miles-per-hour, you should consider using a two-piece ball
with a lower compression rating. If your average club speed is above 80, you can consider using one of the mid- to
Now, if you happen to be an experienced golfer with a handicap around 12, you may want to, at least, experiment
with a more advanced golf ball.
A good ball to begin with would be a three-piece, dual core ball. This type of golf ball can result in more
distance and many of those who use them say they also provide a better feel for those touchy shots around the
Most pro golfers will tell you that it takes a good deal of practice to master a high-performance golf ball. One
should not automatically assume that he or she can move up in golf balls and not have to make some minor
adjustments to the swing.
The two key points to remember when moving up is to maintain your club speed, and that if you cannot master the
more advanced ball, it is always acceptable to go back to what you were using before.
A good tip for those wishing to move up is to allow plenty of time to practice with the new ball. You can do
this by keeping your regular ball for play while you practice with the new ball on the range. This removes the
pressure of having to use a new, advanced ball while playing.
Remember that the Lady Golfers Guide has a very useful section on choosing the right golfing equipment: