The Best Golf Balls for Beginners

By Steve Silverman

Golf always presents a number of questions for the beginner. One is what kind of golf ball should they use. This question never goes away, since the answer changes as the player grows older and their game improves or regresses. Those who are starting out in the game should consider several options.

Used golf balls

Since beginners usually lose multiple golf balls every time they play 18 holes, there is no reason for them to buy expensive, name-brand balls that are going to end up at the bottom of the lake or deep in the woods.
Go to a sporting goods store, a golf discount store or a golf course and buy used balls or buy balls in bulk. Instead of playing as much as $36 per dozen, you can pay $12 or less per dozen. Look for golf balls that are neither cut nor scrapped and are not discolored.

Wilson Ultra

Once you have cut down on the number of lost golf balls to the point where it makes sense to buy new balls but you still make many beginner's mistakes -- frequent slices, hooks and topped balls -- try the Wilson Ultra. This two-piece ball has a hard shell that is resistant to cuts and cracks. Its titanium core helps golfers get maximum distance. And, its cost is about as cheap as new balls come.

Titleist DT

The Titleist DT is a high-quality ball that is resistant to cutting and should last a golfer a full season if he does not lose it. It's a two-piece ball with a low compression that makes it ideal for newer golfers who are looking for control. The Titleist DT gets up in the air quickly and stops well on the greens. It also is priced on the low-end of new balls.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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