Best Golf Balls for Beginners: 10 Picks for a Winning Start

By Savannah Richardson

dozens of balls on a putting green

Picking the right golf ball can be overwhelming, especially as a beginner golfer, because there are just so many options. Sure, as a newer golfer, playing with the same ball as some of the PGA Tour players sounds great, but that strategy won't benefit your current skill set. There are several features that most golfers might not even know about that make this selection of golf balls the best golf balls for beginners.

Cost

One of the first things a beginner should consider is cost. There are reasonably priced golf balls that aren’t going to break the bank if you lose a lot of them. Players don’t have to spend $40+ for a dozen balls when there are cheaper options. Once you get better, a more expensive golf ball will be waiting for you.

Spin

Another thing beginner golfers should pay attention to is avoiding balls that have extra spin. It's a fact of golf that beginners will hit bad shots. Playing a ball with less spin will reduce those dreaded hooks and slices and keep you in play more often. A lower spin rate will allow you to hit the ball straighter and control it more than one with higher spin.

Those little dimples on the ball are also important as they affect the spin and trajectory. Beginners should look for shallow dimples because the deeper the dimple, the more drag and spin it will create.

Compression

Compression is often overlooked. Lower compression balls provide more ball speed for slower swings, whereas higher compression golf balls will benefit someone with a faster swing. 

That’s a lot to take in, so we put together 10 balls that are ideal for budding golfers to try. Every golfer is different, and finding the right ball is key, so don’t be afraid to try multiple balls until you find the right one.

Best Overall Golf Ball for Beginners

Every ball on this list is a great option for beginning golfers to try for a variety of reasons, but only one excells in value, distance and feel.

Srixon SoftFeel

Price: $
Distance: 5/5
Spin: Medium 
Feel: Softest

The Srixon SoftFeel is a low compression, medium greenside spin ball that’s covered in ionomer and has a mid-high trajectory. This ball provides high forgiveness while maintaining longer distances. Its feel and performance make it seem like a premium ball even though it’s only $21.99 a dozen.

Its soft, thin cover allows for more greenside spin, which gives more control. The Speed dimple pattern allows the ball to cut through wind with ease, and with its high launch off the tee and low spin rates, golfers can hit straighter drives. The SoftFeel will not break the bank but will allow new golfers to improve with every shot. Srixon offers the SoftFeel in white and yellow.

Straightest Golf Balls for Beginners

Slices and hooks aren't exclusive to beginning golfers. If you've developed an undesireable shot shape, try putting one of these balls in play. These low-spinning options will reduce that frustrating side-spin and help keep you in play.

Callaway Supersoft 

Price: $
Distance: 4/5
Spin: Low 
Feel: Very Soft

Callaway’s Supersoft ball is a perfect ball for beginners. At $22.99 a dozen, this is one of Callaway’s most popular options. Callaway created the combination of cover, core and flight technologies to make it even better. The New hybrid cover features a PARALOID Impact Modifier made by DOW Chemical. This creates a highly versatile multi-material construction that provides a combination of fast ball speeds with high launch and low spin. It also has a soft feel and is durable, and provides excellent greenside control.

The Soft Compression core maximizes the energy transfer to increase ball speeds. It is also going to be a really consistent ball with its HEX Aerodynamics optimized to reduce drag.

This ball comes in various colors including matte green, matte pink, matte red, yellow, white and matte orange.

Bridgestone E6 Soft

Price: $
Distance: 4/5
Spin: Low 
Feel: Very Soft

Bridgestone’s E6 Soft is a reformulated design for golfers with moderate swing speeds, but because of its softer core and low-compression, it’s designed for newer golfers. Bridgestone added a larger and softer core to deliver high ball speed while maintaining that soft feel. 

The dimple technology on the E6 Soft ball is designed for more forgiveness and straighter distance off the tee. This ball doesn’t spin a lot, which is good for someone learning how to play. However, it does lose some momentum which will hinder total distance, which could be something to consider.

At $21.99 a dozen, the E6 Soft gives new golfers a performance ball at a good price, and it comes in white and optic yellow for variety. 

Pinnacle Soft

Price: $$
Distance: 4/5
Spin: Low 
Feel: Very Soft

At $24.99 for 15 balls, the Pinnacle Soft golf ball delivers the soft feeling players want. The 332 icosahedral dimple design and a low compression core deliver low spin for longer shots. 

It’s a great choice for players with slower swings as it is a high forgiveness ball. It’ll cut through the wind with ease with its low spin rate and will provide golfers more control around the greens, so they can continue to improve with each shot. The ball comes in white and pink. 

Best Value Golf Balls

For golfers looking for affordable balls that still pack plenty of performance benefits, these best value golf balls just might be a perfect fit. Any of these balls can help golfers improve their game without the added expense of losing premium balls. 

Vice Drive

Price: $
Distance: 4/5
Spin: Low 
Feel: Very Soft

The Vice Drive is another ball that gives golfers a lot of bang for their buck. Pricing starts at $14.99 a dozen, with a discount on ordering in bulk which makes this one of the best values in the game. The Drive is one of the most durable balls on the market. It’s made for cut resistance because new golfers are bound to hit stray shots that can scuff the ball.

The Drive was designed with beginners in mind as the low compression offers a softer feel and more distance with the Soft Energy Speed Core technology. The new 312 large dimple pattern offers a more stable ball flight as well. The Drive also includes a nice alignment aid that can help new golfers line up properly on the tee and green.

Wilson Ultra 500

Price: $
Distance: 4/5
Spin: Low 
Feel: Very Soft

The cheapest ball on this list is the Wilson Ultra 500, coming in at $9.99 for 15 balls. This ball gives players an affordable option without sacrificing performance. It provides long-lasting durability for beginner golfers. 

Wilson put its High Energy Core technology and paired it with a unique dimple pattern that provides optimal flight trajectory and tour-like distance without having to swing it as hard as the pros do. 

The Ultra 500 doesn’t have as much spin around the greens and can feel hard when putting, but this ball can withstand a lot of wear and tear inflicted by beginning golfers. The Ultra 500 is great for learning until you begin to lose fewer balls while on the course.

Best Beginner Golf Balls for Distance

Who doesn't want to hit the ball as far as they possibly can? For some beginning golfers, that's the feeling that keeps them hooked. If you're ready to grip it and rip it, you could benefit from one of these selections.

Titleist Velocity

Price: $$$
Distance: 5/5
Flight: High
Spin: Low 
Feel: Soft

Titleist Velocity is a little more expensive than the TruFeel below, but it delivers higher quality for budding golfers. This ball is for the golfer who wants to hit it long as the LSX core helps produce faster speed and translates into deep downrange distance for your game. It generates a higher flight on all shots to enhance distance and help stop the ball on the green.

It also has a great feel for greenside play. At $28 a dozen, the Velocity helps you get every yard while staying soft. Its low spin counteracts impure shots and provides more control. Velocity comes in White, Matte Orange, Matte Pink and Matte Green. 

TaylorMade Soft Response

Price: $$
Distance: 5/5
Spin: Low 
Feel: Softer

TaylorMade’s Soft Response gives beginner golfers soft feel without sacrificing any distance. The Extended Flight Dimple pattern allows the ball to stay in the air longer with lower spin rates and produces a durable ball. Its low-compression core gives the ball a soft feel and benefits a moderate swing speed. 

According to TaylorMade, ZnO Flex Core is an ultra-low 35 compression Hi-Spring core that gives golfers a softer feel while maximizing the energy transfer and rebound at impact, which results in longer distances for moderate swing speeds. At $24.99 a dozen, it comes in white, yellow or pink. 

Best Balls Around the Green

Titleist TruFeel

Price: $
Distance: 4/5
Flight: Low
Spin: Low 
Feel: Very Soft

The Titleist TruFeel delivers the quality of a Titleist ball at an affordable price. At $23 a dozen, this ball delivers a soft feel without losing any distance or control around the greens. Titleist combined the TruTouch core, TruFit aerodynamics and TruFlex cover to offer beginners speed, distance and short game spin.

The TruTouch core provides a low-compression and low spinning core to release more energy at impact. The TruFit aerodynamic dimple pattern yields more carry, and the TruFlex cover allows for more control around the green.

TruFeel comes in white, matte red and yellow. 

Wilson Tour Duo Soft+

Price: $
Distance: 4/5
Spin: Low 
Feel: Softest

The Wilson Tour Duo Soft+ comes in at $19.99 for a dozen. The Duo Soft+ gives players the distance they want and the consistency they need. The new VelocitiCOR technology uses advanced materials to amplify every ounce of power from your swing. 

The Duo Soft+ could also have made the "Straightest Golf Balls" list, as it's a low-spin golf ball that will soften any hook or slice and produce a straighter ball flight. With its higher launch off irons, it also  gives golfers added stopping power on the greens.

Finding the Best Ball for You

Every golf ball is packed with different features and technology that impacts a different part of your game. It's always a good idea to experiement with different models to see which best fits your game. However, it's equally as important that once you find a ball that works for you, to play that ball exclusively. As your game continues to develop, you'll appreciate the consistency you can expect from playing one ball.

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About The Author

Savannah Richardson is a staff writer for GolfLink. She’s a daily golfer and has worked for two years covering amateur and professional golf events with Amateurgolf.com and The Brunswick News. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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