Sunday, September 27, 2009

How to Choose the Right Golf Ball For Your Golf Swing


Golf balls are being made to compensate for your weaknesses making your bad tendencies and miss hits more forgiving as well as enhancing your strengths. Golf ball compression is a word or a term that applies to the density of your golf ball when the ball is struck. If the compression of a golf ball does not match a golfer's swing speed, either the lack of compression or over-compression will occur, resulting in loss of distance. So what is the right ball for your swing?


A golf ball is a ball designed to be used in the game of golf. Like golf clubs, golf balls are subject to testing and approval by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association, and those that do not conform with regulations may not be used in competitions. The right golf ball should first conform to the rules of golf.


Let's assume you desire more distance, improved shot control, and lower scores. Compression may not affect distance as much as golfers think - due to changes in golf ball construction techniques over the years, but it does offer control and feel options to the golfer. Weaker players often think they get more distance with harder balls because they can get them in the air easily with short irons, but their lower spin rates may cause a loss of distance in the longer irons and woods where they need it most.

If distance is your only factor than the use of a Surlyn cover of the two piece design is probably the ball of choice. Most importantly, an average golfer will not need a 120 mile an hour swing to get greater ball compressions and distance. There is a right golf ball for you that will increase your distance, and reduce the ill effects of your bad shots (slices, hooks, etc.) But, how do we find it?

Golf Ball Construction

The construction of the ball design with the use of Surlyn two piece tend to make the ball have higher launch angles and low spin rates. This higher launch and low spin rate has a tendency to travel further distances for the average golfer.

Lower launch angles and more spin off the iron is produced with balls of a multi core or multi cover construction such as urethane or blended covers. This allows the average to pro golfer the advantage of higher spin rates and more feel when hitting the ball.

The Right Ball

The right ball is one that gives you a certain feel and distance. That feel can only be measured by hitting the ball and observing the flight or trajectory of the ball and how it reacts when it hits the green. Hitting the ball with each of your clubs to get the right feel is the only way to truly evaluate the performance of a ball. Try out the various compressions and construction to see what one fits your game.

I recommend buying just a sleeve (3 ball pack) of balls and seeing what compression and design is right for your swing.   When doing a search for golf balls don't just go with the ones that are on sale but try them all.    Why buy a golf ball when it doesn't do what you want it to do on the golf course?  Price should be the last factor when choosing a golf ball.

Other Factors

Some other factors you may want to consider: 

  • What is the green speed of the course you are playing?
  • How hard or firm is the grass or turf?
  • What are the temperature and wind conditions that you will play?
  • How high up is your altitude?

There are many types of golf balls on the market, and customers often face a difficult decision. The best golf ball for your game depends on several factors including your handicap, swing speed, and equipment specifications. There is a correct golf ball to help you accomplish this goal. The key is to try out many balls and find the one that works and keep buying that one regardless of price. 

John Scigliano is a motivational trainer, retired US Navy Chief, and passionate golfer. Visit his inspirational blog at 
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