Golf balls that we can use to execute every shot illustrated in the diagram above is the dream of every golfer! Wouldn’t you love to follow extreme distance & control off the tee with pin-point accuracy and precision control & “feel” around the green?
Is there one ball that can provide for the best of those two worlds?
With the unique individuality of every golfer playing the game - the short answer is no . . . and that is why manufacturers spend millions on research & development to find the best combination to suit every golfer’s unique swing characteristics.
Short of the Professional Ball Fitting though, the “average” golfer can still make a wise choice with just a little education on how golf balls are designed and an understanding of what each ball is designed to do.
Golf Balls can be categorized a number of different ways – from the performance levels they are designed to target, to the pieces (or layers) in their construction, to the price the balls will cost you.
Here at The-Golf-Experience.com we provide you with both a simple understanding to make the evaluation process short and easy, and we also provide you with much greater detail for those who wish to take their education deeper and learn more about which balls are best suited for their game.
The simplest classification of a golf ball is into one of two categories
"Recreational" or "Advanced"
~ Recreational Balls are generally going to be a two piece ball where the cover is firmer than the core and should never cost more than $20 for a dozen (usually much less). These balls are geared toward the slower swing speeds of the average or “recreational” golfer, and are commonly referred to as “distance” balls, but sacrifice control and feel around the greens to achieve that distance.
~ Advanced Balls have three or more layers and will usually cost in excess of $20 per dozen with some of the best running over $40 per dozen. This classification though, can get a lot more confusing on which one is right for you. There is a lot of crossover in the “Advanced” Golf Ball’s characteristics when you consider only the number of layers a ball has, so choosing on layers alone is a poor direction to go.
For instance, there are three piece balls designed for pure distance and other three piece balls designed for more control . . . and then there are even more three piece balls that claim to provide both greater distance and more control.
Many two piece balls also claim to provide the same varying abilities. But with only two layers in their construction it is difficult to truly optimize a ball's performance characteristics to suit the variety of swing speeds and impact velocities that each golfer and different clubs will impart on a ball when struck.
So how do you choose the right ball for you??
The Two Piece Category provides you with many options for inexpensive balls deigned for distance, spin, or control. You can learn more and could benefit most from visiting the Details Page to better understand those options in deciding if those lower quality balls are for you or if your game might be better served by stepping up to the more expensive Three & Four Piece Balls.
In the Three Piece Ball category – it might just be as simple as personal preference or boil down to the cost of the ball.
The Four Piece Ball will almost always provide you with the benefits of both greater distance and more feel and control, but will also cost you more at the register.
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Or to keep it a little more simple, just ask yourself the questions below to determine which type of ball is best suited for your game and style of play.
What is most important to you?
Give yourself an honest evaluation on the following questions and choose accordingly
1. Do you lose a lot of balls and is price your primary concern?
2. Are you a high-handicapper with an index north of 20?
~ If so, then stick to the Value Performance Choices - generally under $20.00 per dozen, and will include mostly 2 piece balls and a few of the lower cost 3 piece balls
1. Is your driver club head speed under 105mph?
2. Are you a Mid-Handicapper – is your Golf Index in the teens?
3. Ready to spend a little more, but don’t wanna drain your wallet?
~ Then consider the Premium Performance Choices - usually about $20.00 to $40.00 per dozen), and will include mostly 3 piece balls, and a few lower end 4 piece balls
1. Is your driver club head speed in excess of 105mph?
2. Can you shape shots off the tee and into the greens?
3. Are you a single digit or plus index player?
4. Is cost not an option for you in choosing a ball for your game?
~ Then consider the Tour Performance Choices - usually costing over $40.00 per dozen and consisting mainly of 4 piece balls and the 5 piece Taylormade Penta Golf Ball
1. Are you a woman . . . or just have a slower swing speed (< 80mph)?
~ Then consider the "Women’s Balls" - specifically engineered for slower swing speeds
Now take your new knowledge and understanding of the golf ball to an educated purchase of your next dozen balls.
Use the Amazon link below to find your favorite ball or one you think you'd now like to try based on what you just learned here on our Golf Balls Details page.
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