Knowing how the golf ball reacts off the face of a golf club comes from using the same golf ball for every shot while having a good understanding of what makes the golf ball perform the way it does. If you want to lower your scores, you need to be using the right equipment, and this buying guide will give you the understanding necessary to go out and choose the ideal golf ball for your game.
Glossary of Golf Ball Construction
Every type of golf ball will feel different when coming off the clubface and the way a golf ball is put together is very much down to this. Below is an introduction into the 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 piece golf ball construction and its benefits.
1-Piece Golf Ball
A golf ball made from 1-piece construction are simplistic in design and cater for players of amateur standard or for training purposes. The 1-piece golf ball is rarely used as a playing ball, being made from a solid sphere of Surlyn with dimples moulded into it. They are inexpensive to buy and give very little distance due to their lower compression but for golfers just getting to grips with the game they could be a handy stepping stone. Practice golf balls such as the PGA Tour 36 Practice Balls, Masters Golf 30% Practice Balls, Masters Golf Airflow XP Practice Balls and Masters Golf Practice Foam Practice Balls may also be considered one-piece.
2-Piece Golf Balls
More golfers are apt to play with a 2-piece golf ball as they like the feel and performance that combines maximum distance with intense durability. Its basic construction is based around a single solid sphere core that is often made from hard plastic, and then the enclosed in the golf balls cover – adding the second piece of the design. 2-piece golf balls are firmer and provide better distance, albeit at the loss of control and feel. Average golfers will be happy to use these golf balls as they are practically indestructible and offer much better distance.
3-Piece Golf Balls
Quite similar to the 2-piece design, 3-piece golf balls have a solid rubber core. The cover on the 3-piece golf ball is made from a soft, synthetic plastic that is a lot softer than its 2-piece counterpart. This allows for better golfers to place more of a spin on the golf ball in order to instill some control through air and on turf. The third piece of the golf ball comes in between the core and cover with a layer of enhanced liquid rubber being added around the core and then another layer is added for increased spin that’s placed on the golf ball.
4-Piece Golf Balls
The core of the 4-peice golf ball is made from soft rubber which is primarily created to offer serious distance. The inner layer transfers energy from the impact to the core, with the next inner layer designed to increase driver distance without reducing spin from mind irons. The 4-piece golf balls cover is where most of the feel comes from and is the thinnest layer of the golf ball, made from urethane, which allows for softer feel.
5-Piece Golf Balls
TaylorMade were the innovators of the five-piece golf ball. Each layer is engineered to optimize performance in five key areas that skilled player’s desire: driver, long irons, middle irons, short irons and short wedge shots. These golf balls offer extremely soft, low-compression cores and it’s the most critical layer at promoting high launch and low spin off the driver for maximum carry and distance every time.
Distance Golf Balls (Mid/High Handicap)
A budget golf ball that is ideal for mid to high handicap golfers, distance balls are well suited for this level of player and allows distance to be the most important aspect over spin and control. Golf balls which fall within the distance category will be easier to play with and more forgiving.
The Srixon Ulti Soft 12 Golf Balls, Wilson Staff DX2 Blemish 12 Golf Balls, Titleist DT TruSoft 12 Golf Balls, Bridgestone Golf Extra Soft 15 Golf Balls and Callaway Golf Superhot 55 12 Golf Balls are ideal distance-level golf balls.
Spin/Control Golf Balls (Mid Handicap)
The mid handicap golfer will feel comfortable with a spin/control golf ball. They offer distance characteristics with a little bit of spin, though they do not go as far distance-wise as premium golf balls. These golf balls are the perfect ‘middle ground’ for golfers making the step up from amateur to intermediate.
The Wilson Staff DX3 Urethane 12 Golf Balls, Mizuno Golf JPX 12 Golf Balls, TaylorMade Project (a) 2016 12 Golf Balls, Bridgestone Golf Extra Soft 12 Golf Balls and Wilson Tour Velocity Feel 15 Golf Balls are a comfortable middle ground for mid handicap golfers or golfers looking to make a step up from amateur level.
Premium Golf Balls (Low Handicap)
The best golfers will want to purchase premium golf balls. Designed to maximize control on the greens with great feel and minimal loss of distance, they are only ideal for the most skilled players with a low handicap.
The best golfers will look to premium golf balls such as the Nike Golf RZN Tour Black Golf Balls, Titleist NXT Tour S 2016 Golf Balls, Callaway Golf Chrome Soft Golf Balls, Bridgestone Golf B330 RXS Golf Balls and TaylorMade Tour Preferred TPX Golf Balls. Designed to maximise total control and feel with minimal loss of distance, these golf balls will roll onto the greens, but only if a player is good enough and skilled enough to control them.
At OnlineGolf we have a huge selection of golf balls from all the big brands, including Srixon, Titleist, TaylorMade, Bridgestone, Nike, Mizuno, Wilson Staff, Callaway, Second Chance, Wilson, Pinnacle, PGA Tour, Challenge, Longridge.