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Golf ball

Golf Balls


Many casual golfers tend not to put a lot of thought into choosing the right golf ball for them. However, if you want to play at your best (and who doesn't ?), this is certainly a mistake: the right golf ball can help you gain distance in your drives, as well as making it easier for you to pull off tricky finesse shots.

Each of the various golf balls that are on the market has been designed and constructed with a difference balance of priorities between desirable qualities of distance, spin or control. Thus choosing an appropriate golf ball for you, is a matter of identifying which qualities are important to you, and which particular ball has the right balance of those priorities.

The first thing to understand is that there are three main types of golf balls: balata, two-piece, or a combination of both.
  • Balata golf balls are softer balls with softer covers, designed to achieve greater spin and control. This type of ball is usually the best choice for low handicap players, and is in fact the type used by most professionals. Balata balls do however tend to be the most expensive type of golf balls.

  • Two-piece golf balls have a harder cover, which creates less backspin when the ball is hit, allowing it to travel farther. Generally, this type of ball is more suitable for higher handicap players looking for distance as well as durability.

  • There are also golf balls designed for players with lower swing speeds. These balls, which are often marketed towards women or seniors (but used by many men too), have a lightweight construction designed to help players achieve extra distance.
As well as the big factor - the choice of the type of ball, even relatively small unobtrustive features of the ball can also affect your game. For example, the dimples on the ball - smaller dimples tend to lessen trajectory of the ball in flight, whereas larger dimples tend to increase it. For this reason, you'll almost certainly benefit by trying out a few different balls until you identify the type that suits you best.

When new to game of golf, as soon as you find a ball that you're comfortable with, you'll be tempted just to stick with it. However, as you become experienced in the game, you will discover that you can improve your play by varying your choice of ball depending on the weather and course conditions. For example, in wet conditions you might select a ball which spins less and travels farther, whereas in arid conditions when the course surface has been made rock hard by the sun, a softer ball which lands softly and spins, is more suitable. Likewise, golf balls come in two compressions - 90 and 100 - the former being more suitable for cold days, and the latter for hot weather.

Choosing the right golf ball really is important to playing a good game. There are many, many choices on the market. Explore which golf ball you may want to use and then try it out. Experiment and in time, you'll find exactly the right golf ball for you.

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