What Golf Ball Should I Use?

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When it comes to your golf game, having the proper equipment matters. Most golfers can agree that the smallest details can improve your game—even what golf ball you play. If you're new to golf or looking for ways to lower your score, it’s important to play a golf ball that matches your skill level and what you value in your game. We break down common terms you’ll come across when looking for the right golf ball as well as some golf ball suggestions from our experts.

Commonly Used Golf Terms

To make selecting a new golf ball easier, we’ll start by breaking down a few common golf terms you’ll run across in store or online.

Soft vs. Hard Golf Balls

You’ll notice the terms soft golf ball and hard golf ball used to describe how the ball feels on impact. A soft golf ball is ideal for golfers who have slower swing speeds because these offer more distance and a better flight even on mis-hits. If you have a high swing speed or are an advanced golfer, you’ll most likely want to look for a hard golf ball for better control.

Golf Ball Construction

You’ll notice golf balls classified based on their construction—two-piece golf balls, three-piece golf balls, four-piece golf balls, and even five-piece golf balls are all options. Most beginner and recreational golfers use a two-piece golf ball for greater distance while minimizing spin. If you’re a skilled golfer, you’ll want to look for a golf ball with more layers to improve control and feel.

Golfer’s Ability

Often your ability on the golf course is noted by the term handicap. If you’re a high handicap golfer, it takes you more strokes than average (par) to complete the course. On the other hand, if you’re a low-handicap golfer, you consistently use less strokes than par on the course. A scratch golfer will consistently hit par each round.

Golf Ball Spin

Golf balls can be classified as low, mid, or high spin. With a lower spinning golf ball, your ball will travel farther and straighter making it a great option for beginners or high handicap golfers. A higher spinning golf ball has less forgiveness but better overall ball control making it ideal for advanced players. A mid spinning golf ball is a balance between the two and is a great option for golfers at any level.

Golf Ball Suggestions

Women using the right golf ball on the course

There are many factors that go into which golf ball you should play during your next round. Below are a few suggestions to get you started, but ultimately you’ll want to spend a few rounds on the course to determine which golf ball works best for you.

Best Golf Ball for Beginners

Beginner golfers should look for a two-piece golf ball that has a soft construction. With a two-piece golf ball, beginner golfers will notice a straighter flight with less spin, while the soft ball construction increases forgiveness even on off-centered hits. Plus, a two-piece, soft golf ball gives beginner golfers control on the green while putting.

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Best Golf Ball for Distance

If you’re looking to improve your distance off the tee box, it’s most important to focus on the golf ball’s construction. Since the core of the golf ball is the powerhouse, it’s best to look for a two-piece golf ball as these have a large core to offer greater distance. Often if you’re looking to gain distance in your golf game, you’re a beginner or high-handicap golfer.

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Best Golf Ball for a Slice

If you’re struggling with a slice, the main feature to pay attention to is the ball’s spin. To help straighten your shot, you may want to try a low spin golf ball. A lower spinning golf ball reduces side spin for a straighter flight.

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Best Golf Ball for Short Game

Once you’re happy with the distance of your drives and iron shots, you’re probably looking to shave a few strokes by improving your short game. If this is a main focus, you’ll want to use a golf ball that’s considered a high spin ball. In general, a high spin golf ball is constructed with three or four layers in order to provide more control. This control and feel will help you improve your backspin and ultimately influence where your ball lands on the green.

Our Expert Picks: Callaway ERC Soft Golf Balls | Srixon Z-Star Golf Balls

Best Golf Ball for High Swing Speed

If you have a high swing speed, you don’t need the golf ball to help you gain distance. Rather, you’ll want to look for a golf ball that is designed for accuracy. This means you want to look for a hard golf ball. Your fast swing speed will activate the core in a hard golf ball allowing you to maximize distance. If you have a high swing speed and you’re a mid- to low-handicap golfer, it’s a good idea to try out a Tour golf ball as these are the highest quality and top-performing golf balls available.

Our Expert Pick: Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball

Be ready for your next round of golf with a ball that’s tailored to your skill level and golf game. If you have additional questions about which golf ball you should try, contact your local store to speak with one of our golf experts. 

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