How Golf Ball Ratings Can Improve Your Scoring Ability

So, you are probably asking, just what the #&*! do golf ball ratings have to do with improving my scores. A major key to driving a golf ball long and, more importantly, driving the golf ball straight is to compare golf balls and choose the best golf ball for your game.

Do you want to chip a ball that will run off of the green like it's been treated with WD-40? or one that will stick to the green like it's cover is made of velcro?

Your golf ball is the only piece of golf equipment that you will use on every hole. To add consistency, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, do some personal golf ball testing, compare golf balls, and choose the best golf ball for your game....not the best for Tiger's game, or Phil's game...but the best ball for your game.

Golf Ball Ratings

Golf Ball Compression

Golf ball compression is simply a measure of how hard a golf ball is. The higher the compression, the harder the ball, the more it feels like hitting a shot put. And, no, they are not necessarily any longer than low compression golf balls. Golf ball compression ratings are no longer a consideration in golf ball selection as evidenced by the fact that I couldn't even find a good source of information to make a good golf ball comparison.

Regular Guy Tip: Fuggit about it!

Spin Rating

All golf balls are rated by how much they spin when they come off of the face of the golf club. Although each ball has a specific number of revolutions/minute (drivers typically produce a spin rate of 2000-4000 rpm's) we regular guy golfers really don't need that degree of precision. I doubt that any of us would be able to tell the difference between 3200 and 3500 rpm's.

The USGA rates all conforming golf ball performance as High, Medium, or Low spin, and gives ratings by driver and short iron spin. A ball that has a high spin rating with a driver may or may not have a high spin rating when hit with a short iron.

Spin rating is the most important factor in golf ball selection!

Low spin rate golf balls are balls that produce less side-spin on the ball. If you need help fixing a golf slice (like most of us regular guys) try using a lower spin ball. They will fly straighter and roll longer if you are a golfer with a slower swing speed. That's what they were designed to do. The Pinnacle Gold, the Srixon AD333, and the Wilson Sponge Bob Square Pants are all low spin golf balls.

Medium spin rate golf balls are designed for the average golfer. They produce acceptable distance combined with better feel than the harder low spin balls. The new long and soft balls, like the Noodle+ Long & Soft, the Nike Power Distance Soft, and the Titleist NXT Tour are popular balls in the medium spin category.

High spin rate golf balls do just what the name implies. The high spin rate will get the ball higher off of the tee due to increased backspin but will result in less roll when it hits the ground. On short iron shots they will give you more control. If you tend to slice this is not the ball for you. High spin golf balls include the Callaway HX Tour, the Srixon Z Star, and the Titleist Pro V1.

Spin rating is he single most important factor in using golf ball ratings to improve your golf game.

The Bottom Line

Use golf ball ratings to your advantage. One of the biggest factors in shooting lower golf scores and enjoying yourself on the golf course is eliminating those balloon holes by becoming more consistent. By utilizing golf ball ratings to enhance your golf ball selection and using the correct ball for your game all of the time, you will have something to be happy about at the 19th hole.

I went out one day and tried to shoot my age. I shot my weight instead.

Bob Hope

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