There are a number of factors that all play into your golf game, and choosing the right equipment from head to toe can certainly change the outcome of your game. You’ve probably spent a fair amount of time picking that perfect set of clubs, but have you given your golf balls the same consideration? How much of a difference do the golf balls actually make? Let’s take a closer look.
Wading Through the Marketing
The golf ball market is pretty massive with a huge array of types. So many of these balls have endorsements from the pros, and are advertised non-stop. I mean if Tiger Woods says this particular ball changed his game, won’t it change yours? Just like with most marketing ploys, you really need to learn how to wade through the chatter. Sure there is some helpful and useful information in there, but you can’t believe absolutely everything out there.
Golf is an individual sport, and with that said everyone plays differently. So just because one pro says it’s the best ball they have ever used doesn’t mean you’ll have the same experience. You don’t have to completely discount their claims, but you need to take it with a grain of salt.
Just Because It Costs More Doesn’t Mean It Is Better
Contrary to what companies want you to think, just because a ball costs more doesn’t mean it’s going to be better. Sure that discount brand may not be the best performing ball out there, but spending four times more doesn’t guarantee you’ll find the “perfect” ball either. So when it comes to pricing, you’ll want to keep an open mind as it is not a determining factor.
Your Skill Level Factors In
What some players may not realize is that your skill level is what helps to determine what that perfect ball is. If you’re a beginner player, you’re less likely to see any difference between the balls. However, if you’re an avid golfer you’re going to be more aware of the slight differences, and begin to see which balls work better for you.
Picking the Right Type
The amount of golf balls available seems almost endless, so a good thing to keep in mind is that there are actually only two main types. All of the balls fall into one or the other category. This will make it easier for you to narrow down your search. Basically if you’re a pro you’ll be looking for the balls that offer high spin. For everyone else the balls that are meant for distance are the best option. If you’re not a pro but you’d like to give one of the high spin balls a chance, look for the combination balls that are referred to as “total performance”.
Give It a Test Run
You may be able to give a brand/type a test run in the pro shop and take a couple swings with it. This is a great way to get a general idea of how the ball feels and performs. While it may not be enough to offer a definitive answer, you may be able to rule some out pretty much immediately.
Trial and Error
At the end of the day there is definitely trial and error involved in finding the right ball, but there is for sure a difference in them, and there is in fact a “right” kind of ball for each player. It’s just a matter of having the patience to go through a number of them before you find the right match.