People all over America love the sport of golf.
It’s a great way to relax and distress after work or even to entertain business clients.
However, you can’t play golf without golf balls, and, believe it or not, the balls you choose play a role in determining how well your golf game goes.
Fortunately, selecting the best golf balls isn’t hard. You just have to know what to look for. Reading online golf ball reviews can be helpful too. With a little research and effort, though, you can easily find the best golf balls for your game.
Choose Multi-Layer Balls When You Can
One of the first “rules of thumb” to keep in mind, if you want the best golf balls, is to always buy multi-layer balls when you can.
Those cheap, thin balls you can find at stores like Walmart are not going to do you any favors. In fact, you’d be lucky if they lasted through your game.
You’re much better off going with slightly more expensive multi-layer balls. These will have thick urethane covers to help protect them and make them last. Plus, they will typically perform better in any game by having more heft and weight when you hit them.
Keep Your Skill Level in Mind
While it is always a good idea to buy high quality balls when you can, remember that you don’t always need the most expensive balls available.
This is especially true if you are a newer player or haven’t yet attained a very high skill level.
When you’re newer to the game of golf, it’s normal to lose balls and to lose them often. That’s fine if your balls aren’t costing a fortune, but it’s not so smart if you’ve got pricey golf balls.
So, keep your skill level and how many balls you are likely to lose per game in mind as you buy. If you’re smart, you’ll factor this into the decision of how much to pay for your balls.
Look for a Ball with a Good Spin
As you can tell, shopping for a ball means you have a lot of different things to think about, and here’s another thing to add to the list.
When you shoot wedge shots, for example, you want your ball to spin and to spin well. Unfortunately, not all balls do this. The thinner, lower quality ones, for example, typically don’t get a lot of spin.
So, as you shop, make sure you ask to test out spin or that you just plain ask about it. You need to see how a ball will perform in different situations in order to make an informed decision.
Don't Buy a Pro Ball if You're Not a Pro Player
When you shop for golf balls, you will typically find that the most expensive balls on the shelf are the “tour balls,” sometimes referred to as pro balls.
Your natural inclination might be to go for these balls. After all, they’re the best, right? However, if you are not a professional player, you don’t want professional balls. In fact, using pro balls when you don’t actually need them can hurt your game, rather than help it.
A Tour or “Pro” ball spins a lot. Obviously, as discussed above, you do want some spin. But, these balls spin so much that the average or low-skill player typically cannot handle the spin, especially the side spin.
So, unless you are a highly skilled player nearing the professional level, leave those tour balls on the shelf. Go with something that is designed for your skill level.
When Possible, Test Before You Buy
Testing out different balls is one of the best ways to ensure you get the best golf balls to match your needs.
When possible, ask a friend to try out his golf balls when you’re on the field. Practice a variety of short game shots and see how you feel with a particular ball.
If trying out different balls with friends isn’t an option or isn’t an easy option, then go to a store that gives you the chance to try balls on the green or on a practice green.
Also, remember to try testing with drivers and/or launch monitors.
Ultimately, how you test out different golf balls doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you actually test them out. You can think a ball looks great and you can read all the reviews you want, but you won’t really know anything about a particular ball until you see how it performs in action, so never neglect this all important step.
As you can see, a lot of thought goes into choosing the right golf balls to meet your needs. As long as you put in that though, however, you should have no problem finding the right balls and enjoying a great many games with them.
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