Golf Ball Comparisons:
Choosing Golf Balls That Will Lower Your Scores

Golf ball comparisons are probably the single most over-looked and under-utilized way to guarantee consistency and lower golf scores. But with over 1,000 golf balls on the USGA Conforming Golf Balls List, how do you, the regular guy golfer, begin a golf ball selection process to choose the best golf ball for your game?

You could begin by selecting your favorite color. While most are white, you do have other choices. Pink golf balls, orange golf balls, and yellow golf balls are the most popular choices, you can also buy black golf balls or purple golf balls. If you like to play at night there are glow in the dark golf balls. You can even get gold plated golf balls.

NAH!!! Most of us regular guys just stick with plain old vanilla.

Price is always an important consideration. But are the cheapest golf balls the best golf balls for my game? The most expensive? I was always told that "You get what you pay for." I used to take great pride in finding a lost golf ball (especially a Titliest Pro V1, or a Nike One Platinum). I got those at a great price.

No...Price is not the best way to compare golf balls, either.

We could do a golf ball distance comparison....a golf ball spin rate comparison....a golf ball compression rating comparison.

While all of these golf ball selection methods are valid, they don't take into consideration the strengths and weaknesses of our golf game and how to choose golf balls that will help us build on our strengths and correct our weaknesses.

Regular Guy Golf Ball Selection Tip

See a PGA Professional, have him/her evaluate your game, and select the right ball for your game....or....go through a golf ball fitting, there are some available on-line, and get a good recommendation....or....DIY.

The DIY Golf Ball Comparison Method

One great way to conduct the golf ball selection process is to look at golf ball construction, or golf ball design, see exactly what kind of player each ball is designed for, and match the ball to your golf game.

Two Piece Golf Balls

This is the ball that is preferred by most high handicap, slow swing-speed golfers. It is made of a solid core, which is usually a hard resin or acrylic compound, and a Surlyn or other type of plastic cover. They are the "distance balls". They spin less, creating longer and straighter drives, but will give you less control around the greens. They will also roll farther after they land.

Three Piece Golf Balls

The three piece golf ball is preferred by the more skilled player. It is constructed of a center core, a thin middle layer ( the mantle) and a thinner cover that produces more spin than a two piece ball. While they will not have the distance of a two piece ball, the softer cover provides the more skilled golfer with much more control around the greens.

Four Piece Golf Balls

Four piece golf balls are the "premium" balls that you see Tiger, and Phil, and Vijay playing on Sunday afternoon. They are made of a large core, 2 mantle layers, and a soft and durable cover. They combine the best of distance, softness, and feel. They can be played by any level golfer who can afford them (typically $40+/dozen).

Regular Guy Bonus Tip

Read the box...Golf ball manufacturers have marketing staffs and consultants (like Tiger and Nike) that the they pay extremely well to tell you how their golf ball design will fit your game. If you don't know more about golf ball comparisons and golf ball design than they do, just read the box.

So, the choices are really quite simple. Either take the advice of a PGA Professional, a professional ball fitter, or do it yourself. What ever you do, don't just reach into your bag and pull out a different golf ball each time. When you conduct a good golf ball comparison, go through a golf ball selection process, choosing golf balls that will improve your consistency and lower your handicap will be well worth the effort.

"If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at an earlier age."

Thomas Mulligan

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