What Kind of Golf Balls Fly the Furthest?

By Chris Joseph

For many golfers, achieving the greatest distance presents a difficult challenge. While a strength training regimen and practicing swing techniques are important, it is also necessary to choose the proper equipment, including the type of ball. Some provide maximum distance with less ability to maintain control, while others sacrifice a bit of length for better control. For beginning or occasional golfers, balls with lower compression will provide more distance than purchasing top of the line tour balls.


Bridgestone manufactures two balls known for their ability to travel. The e7 utilizes a three-piece design that includes the "Large Kinetic Energy Core," surrounded by a urethane cover. The cover has 330 dimples, which help the ball achieve lift on tee shots. The e7 provides distance with the added benefit of being able to fly straighter, but this does sacrifice control in the short game.


Titleist produces several distance balls, most notably the Velocity and NXT Tour lines. The NXT Tour is softer and offers better control without sacrificing distance than the Velocity series, making it a good ball to use while improving your game. The Velocity best serves beginning golfers with slower swing speeds.


The Callaway Chrome Soft balls also work well when maximum distance is desired. Using the SoftFast Core, these balls have very low compression. This increases distance but also allows for other technology to allow for better control in the short game than many other distance balls on the market. It is a good choice for those who want a balance between distance and short play. A more tradition distance ball is offered with the Callaway Warbird, a simple two-piece ball. 


TaylorMade offers distance balls suited for amateur players with its Project (a) ball. The solid REACT core adds distance while the SpinMantle technology also allows for increased spin. These balls cost more than many starter balls, but they come with TaylorMade's reputation for quality golf products. 

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