What to Look for When Buying Golf Balls


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Have you ever thought about what golf balls to buy when you are running low? Let’s face, you probably haven't. A lot of golfers will buy whatever is on sale when looking to buy new golf balls. For some golfers, the mentality is “why do I need to spend a lot on golf balls when they’ll end up in a water hazard.” Depending on your handicap, that’s a good strategy. But for golfers that are looking to further their drives, investing in a quality golf ball is important. Here’s what you should look for when buying new golf balls.  


Why Should I Get Quality Golf Balls?


Not all golf balls are created equal. And higher-quality golf products do help a golfer's game. This might not be true for golfers that hack it on the course, but for others, it can make a difference. As your golf game improves, you’ll want golf balls that give you additional distance on your swing. Also, a higher-quality product gives golfers a better “feel” for the shot. Some golf balls are also better suited for the spin of the ball. So you’ll want to look at the box to determine which ones are good for your game. 


How They’re Made


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What you might not know is how a golf ball is constructed. It’s an important detail for those looking for the right set. Typically, golf balls are made in two pieces, the core and cover. This determines the distance for a golf ball. Meanwhile, there are golf balls that are wound first before the cover is added. It's said that these types give golfers a better feel and spin on the ball. The common type of golf ball is unofficially called the everyman's golf ball. These golf balls are made with multiple layers, versus being wound. 




Golf balls typically have a compression of 80, 90, or 100. This relates to the hardness of the golf ball. Originally, compression translated to how far a player could hit the golf ball. Recent studies have shown that a golf ball of 80 compression will drive as long as one of a 100 compression. One thing not to be overlooked is how the ball feels when swinging. A lower compression ball might be better if you have a slow swing for example. 




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The little circle indentations on a golf ball are called dimples (for those who don’t know). It’s a popular belief that the dimples on a golf ball give the ball backspin. That isn’t the case, but what golf ball dimples do help with is the flight of the ball. They assist by keeping the ball in flight longer, giving you extra distance on your swing.  


Who knew there are so many aspects of choosing a golf ball? One thing to keep in mind is how you play. For golfers that are good at drinking beer in the cart, a performance golf ball might not be the way to go. However, regular golfers may want the added benefit to their drive with the purchase of new golf balls.