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4 Tips for Choosing the Right Golf Ball

By    |   Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:19 AM

While there’s no denying the importance of choosing the right clubs, choosing the right golf ball is just as important.

In fact, according to Golfballs.com, some golfers say choosing the right ball is even more important finding the perfect club.

With so many varieties to choose from, it’s hard to tell which will be the best for your game.

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Here are a couple of tips to help with your decision:

1. Assess your game — Your skill level will make a big difference when deciding on a golf ball.

As GolfingGetaways points out, when you’re a beginner, for example, you’ll be losing plenty of balls so you won’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on them.

They suggest balls with a surlyn outer cover for beginners. They’re cheaper and though they don’t do great on the green, they’re easier to keep on the fairway.

More experienced players may want to try balls with urethane covers. These offer more accuracy because they have better grip and create more spin.

Golfballs.com says it’s also important to know your swing speed and how much control you have of the ball to help you make your decision.

2. Figure out what’s important to you — Once you’ve assessed your skill level, you can take a look at the areas you need help with. Maybe you have a problem with direction; maybe you need a ball to help you get more distance.

In an article for Golf magazine, Callaway Golf’s Steve Ogg says golfers looking for more greenside control should consider a three-piece urethane covered ball.

If you’re looking for a ball with better spin, Ogg suggests finding one with a medium to low cover hardness.

GolfGetaways suggests a softer ball if you’ve got a low swing speed, while Where’s My Caddie suggests harder balls if you’re looking to get more distance.

According to the site, three-piece golf balls are the most popular, as they provide more control, without sacrificing too much distance.

For better side spin, American Golf suggests three-piece ionomer-covered golf balls.

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3. Understand the difference between ball speed and ball backspin — Golfing instructor Paulin Vaillancourt explains on Lost Golf Balls blog that backspin gives you lift, helping your ball stay in the air longer.

The more backspin you have and the longer your ball stays in the air, the more distance you’ll get from it.  If you’ve got low club head speed, you’ll need to increase your backspin.

Golfalot explains that hook shots are the result of drawspin overpowering backspin, so a ball with better backspin gives you better accuracy.

4. Try different balls under different conditions — The best way to find the perfect ball is still to try it out and see how it feels.

Golf pro Brian Coe suggests trying out different kinds of balls.

“Rather than buying a dozen of one brand, buy sleeves of a few different types and take them around a green and chip and putt and see how they feel," he told The Province.

LPGA player Karen Stupples says she takes her balls for a test drive by seeing how they react to different shots so she can get a sense of which to use under certain circumstances.

Coe also suggests that golfers make use of launch monitor technology to get fitted for a ball, as they would for clubs.

Dr. Tom Mase of Hot Stix Golf agrees.

"Often, ball fitting is not considered a part of the custom fitting process. But the ball must compliment all aspects of a golfer's game," he told Golf magazine.

He suggests players get fit for a ball at 25, 120, and 250 yards.

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