How To Choose A Golf Ball

By Bill Herrfeldt

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Many golfers do a lot of research before they buy a new set of clubs, because they are looking for ways to play a better game of golf. Then they head to the store to buy the cheapest golf ball they can find. What they do not realize is that the right golf ball can make a greater difference in their scores than the most expensive clubs.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Define what you want from your golf ball. Because the technology is so advanced, there are now some golf balls that will add distance to your shots, while others will improve your accuracy. But only you can decide what's best for you, because each of us has different abilities and swing speed. Couple that with your desire to improve distance or accuracy, and you'll find that you must try out several balls before deciding which one you'll use. Thus, you should test a two-piece ball, one that has several layers, and balls with high and low compression.
  2. Start your testing at the fringe of a green. Check the results when you hit some pitch or chip shots. Then head to a nearby sand bunker for a few more tries before you putt each ball to gauge its reaction to your swings. In most cases, a multi-layered ball will seem softer than the others, and it will impart more backspin than a two-piece ball. You will also find that a softer ball will roll farther with less spin when it hits the green.
  3. Move out about 100 yards from the green, and see how well each ball checks up then releases when it hits the green. This is a crucial distance since you will probably have similar shots during every round. Then try the same thing from about 150 yards out with each ball. By now, you will begin to develop an opinion as to which type of ball is best for your game.
  4. Finally, go to the tee and hit drives with each ball. If a ball rises sharply, most likely your swing imparts too much spin on the golf ball which will cause you to both lose distance and slice or hook the ball. On the other hand, if a ball reaches its high point quickly then stays there as it flies down the fairway, that's a good thing.
  5. Consider all the shots you have hit before making your choice. Interestingly enough, one ball will often emerge the winner easily after hitting these shots. And because you have taken the time to be sure about what ball reacts best to your particular swing, under varying conditions, you will have confidence in the ball you have chosen.

About the Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.