How to Choose the Right Golf Balls

By Jackson Lewis

Because of the wide variance in skill level and swing type among golfers, golf ball manufacturers have applied modern technology to golf ball design to help you match the right ball to your game. Golf balls are now designed with a wide variety of cover composition, ball core, number and design of ball dimples, and ball compression. The three general categories to consider when picking a golf ball are ball type, ball composition and your skill level. Depending on your overall skill, the most expensive ball may not be the best one to improve your scores.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Choose a golf ball type. The three primary types of golf ball are distance, control and spin.
- A distance ball is usually made of a two-piece design and can normally result in you gaining 10 or 20 yards with your driver.
- A ball designed for additional control helps control the sidespin that results in a hook or slice but it will have reduced distance from the tee for an average golfer.
- A ball made for spin results in a better stopping ability on the green but may have shorter distance with the driver.
Step 2
Pick a golf ball construction. The three types of golf ball construction are two-piece, three-piece and multilayer.
- A two-piece ball is generally made for distance balls and has a solid golf ball core. It is more durable but normally has less stopping ability on the green.
- Three-piece balls have an enhanced backspin and can contain a solid or liquid core in the golf ball.
- Multilayer balls are normally multipurpose balls and can help reduce the effects of spin on the ball.
Step 3
Choose the compression and cover for your golf ball. Golf balls with a softer feel have a compression rating of approximately 90 and ones with a harder feel are rated at 100. The cover of the golf ball will also impact the feel when you strike the ball.
Step 4
Consider your handicap and weaknesses when making the final determination for your golf ball. If an additional 10 to 20 yards would help you reach the green on long par 4s on your regular golf course with a shorter iron, then a distance ball may be appropriate for you. If you find yourself making a significant number of shots to the green within 100 yards, then a ball with additional spin may be the best choice to make.

About The Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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