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What to Look for When Choosing a Golf Ball

A lot of attention is given to the clubs we use most often in our bags, and how important having those right is. At the same time, though, the average golfer is content with playing whatever ball they find in the woods when their last shot goes astray. Given we use a golf ball on 100% of our golf shots, shouldn’t we be as concerned with having the right ball for our game as much as the right clubs? Today’s technology provides players with the ability to select the perfect set of clubs to meet their needs. Picking a golf ball should be no different. When picking a golf ball, there are several factors you may want to consider.

Compression: The compression rating of a golf ball refers to its density and determines how the ball will feel and perform when hit. A low compression ball will feel softer and may travel farther for golfers with slower swing speeds, while a high compression ball will feel harder and may provide more control for golfers with faster swing speeds.

Spin: Golf balls with high spin rates may offer more control and accuracy on approach shots and short game shots, while low spin balls may provide greater distance off the tee.

Cover material: Golf balls may have a cover made of either urethane or surlyn. Urethane covers are generally softer and provide more spin and control, while surlyn covers are harder and more durable, making them a good choice for beginners or golfers who tend to lose balls frequently.

Brand and model: Different brands and models of golf balls may have different characteristics and may perform differently depending on your swing speed and playing style. It's worth experimenting with different brands and models to find one that suits you.

Price: Golf balls can range in price from a few dollars to over $50 per dozen. Consider your budget and how frequently you play when choosing a golf ball.

Overall, the best golf ball for you will depend on your individual preferences and playing style. It's a good idea to try out several different balls and see which one works best for you. Knowing your swing speed is a great place to start when looking for a golf ball. Playing the right golf ball could shave a few strokes off of the scorecard.


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