Today’s manufacturers make golf balls to fit every swing type and speed. It’s just a matter of analyzing your skill level and buying the right ball to improve your game.
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Understand Your Level of Play
Before buying a box of golf balls because they’re on sale or because your best friend swears by them, analyze your skill level and answer these few questions to determine which ball type will help you be a better golfer:
- Are you a long-distance hitter?
- Do you have trouble getting the ball up in the fairway?
- Do you have a horrendous hook or a wicked slice?
- Is your swing speed fast or slow?
- Are you able to draw or fade the ball?
- Can you control spin near the green?
Choosing the best golf ball to improve your game truly depends on what you want it to do; golf balls are manufactured to perform and meet the needs of a golfer.
One ball does not fit all, and it would be a mistake to choose a golf ball that doesn’t meet the requirements of your swing. Just be honest with yourself about your skill level and what you want the golf ball to do.
How the Right Golf Ball Can Improve Your Game
The construction of a golf ball affects every shot, from direction and distance to accuracy and scoring. Let’s take a look at different issues many golfers face and see which type of golf ball can improve the scoring.
- Slicers and Hookers: If your ball starts out straight and then makes either a right or left-hand turn, choose a two-piece golf ball. Its large core construction forces the ball to slide up the face of the club prior to full impact, resulting in a low spinning ball, which reduces the severity of a slice or hook.
- Low Ball Hitters: Golfers who hit the low ball off their driver or irons should play with a high spin rate golf ball, also known as a three-piece ball. Premium three-piece balls can spin about 200 rpm more off the driver and 400 rpm more backspin off a six iron, increasing distance with woods and irons and accuracy with wedges and the putter.
- Distance-challenged Golfers: The two-piece golf ball is the ball of choice for this problem because the solid-core construction of this ball delivers a higher launch and lessens the spin, enabling the golf ball to go up in the air and farther down the fairway.
- Improving Shots Around the Green: Opt for a three-piece, softer constructed ball. While they generally don’t fly as far, which shouldn’t have much effect on a long ball hitter, they’ll help shape the golf shot, ensure accuracy and improve control around the green.
Women golfers can have the same issues as a man. However, the average woman swings a driver one-third slower than the average man, roughly 60-65 miles per hour. Her ball flight is usually low and has little spin.
Understanding their physiology, golf ball manufacturers make women-specific balls with soft cores that compress easily, increasing ball speed, height, and lift, which keeps the ball in the air longer for more distance.
Info About the Construction of the Golf Ball
All of the name-brand golf ball manufacturers have made it easy to choose the right ball for your golf game. Their packaging contains a wealth of information about ball construction, the spin using different clubs, technology, distance, and feel that will help match a ball to your swing characteristics.
The next time you pick up a box of golf balls, remember to turn it over; it’s important to know how the ball is going to help improve your game.
Every golfer, at every level of play, is looking for ways to improve their game. It’s why we spend four to five hours chasing a little white ball around acres of lawn with a bag full of clubs. So let your golf ball work for you.
Additionally, The Best Golf Balls for Novice, Bogey and Scratch Golfers, which provides information on choosing the best golf ball for your game, and Playing the Best Golf Ball for Your Swing Can Lower Your Score has tips on comparing and testing golf balls to find the one that will lower your score may interest you.