The Best Golf Balls for Driving Distance

By Steve Silverman

Once you have reached the stage where you can hit the ball from tee to green fairly well and will not embarrass yourself on the course anymore, it's time to break down your game piece by piece. Most low- to medium-handicappers want to get more distance from their driver. While there are other areas of the game that are just as important--fairway play, the short game, putting--being able to get an extra 10 to 20 yards with the driver will not only help your game, but it will also help your confidence. Choosing the right ball helps a great deal.

Nike One Platinum

The Nike One Platinum is widely regarded as one of the best distance golf balls on the market. It has a soft cover to absorb the hardest swings, a low spin that helps keep it straight and 408 dimples to help get as much distance as possible. This is the ball that Tiger Woods plays. If it's good enough for him, it's good enough for all golfers. (2009 price: $38 per dozen)

Callaway Tour iX

The Callaway Tour iX has a four-piece design to get the most out of your golf swing. It has a tungsten outer core that reduces spin and gets this ball maximum distance. It has a soft core that absorbs the force of the swing and then sends the ball skyward. The hex pattern of the dimples also produces additional distance. (2009 price: $40 per dozen)

Titleist Pro V1

The Titleist Pro V1 is the most popular ball on the pro tour. The ball has a low spin rate, and the dimple pattern gives it that extra few yards of roll. This ball has a soft cover and is quite explosive off the tee. It has 392 dimples designed to keep it flying straight and far.

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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