Picking which golf ball is right for you is such an overwhelming process most golfers tend to avoid it. You’ve been playing “Ball X” for so long you’re a brand loyalist and don’t even remember why. With the improved technology in today’s golf balls and the ever-increasing number of options out there, chances are you’re playing the wrong type of ball for your game. Keep these things in mind before you buy your next dozen.
Feel Over Distance
With the aforementioned technological improvements, there isn’t a huge amount of distance to be gained with one ball over another. Most golfers driving distance will stay about the same regardless of the ball they’re teeing up. This means you shouldn’t gravitate to that firmer ball that will add distance to your drives. Instead, focus on how the ball plays with iron shots and your short game. This is where the differences will be noticed, and where you’ll hurt your scores with the wrong ball in play.
Check Your Bias
One key to finding your ideal ball is to not be biased about brands. Instead of only buying the most popular or expensive ball, focus on the one that’s right for your game. Odds are your playing partners will be oblivious to the brand of ball you’re playing. Years ago, one of the leading golf balls on the men’s professional tours was a ball made for women. Pros don’t care what the ball says, they care about how it performs for them.
Much like forgetting any brand biases, you’ve got to play different balls to see which one fits your game the best. Most pro shops will sell sleeves of three balls instead of a whole dozen, and many sell single, used golf balls that are generally in good shape. Load up on as many different kinds of balls that you can, and take them out on the course for a test drive.
Don’t be intimidated by the number of options out there, and try to break free from the brand loyalty that has kept you going back to the same ball for years on end. With today’s improved technology and a focus on specialization, there is a golf ball that is perfect for your game. All you have to do now is find it.
Here are some other helpful links on the topic:
About the Author: Brian Neufeld
Brian Neufeld’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in golf course management, specializing in agronomy. Brian uses his knowledge of the game and best practices in turf sustention to create informative pieces for GolfTourney.com’s readers.