Playing golf might be a lot of fun, but this game actually requires a lot of thought and attention to detail. Having the right equipment on hand can make it much easier for players to make the most of every round and this includes picking out the right golf balls. If you have just started playing, you might have spent a lot of time and effort picking out your clubs, but if you’ve forgotten to put the right amount of time and attention into picking your balls, you could end up struggling because of this.
It’s Not About The Most Expensive
If you think that you can simply walk into a sporting goods store and pick up the most expensive balls on the shelf and start playing like a pro, you are wrong. Picking the right equipment isn’t just about choosing something that is more expensive than anything else; in fact, if you take this route, your balls might be more expensive than you could appreciate, and so you will only be wasting your money.
Before you pick your balls, you will want to focus on everything other than price; the cost of the item will come last.
Ball compression actually refers to the general consistency of the ball, and this tends to be marked on the balls by the manufacturer. If you have played with a golf ball before, you will most likely have noticed this, even if you didn’t know what it meant exactly. As Karen Palacios-Jansen explainss;
Golf balls come in 80, 90 and 100 compression.
When you hit a golf ball, it actually changes from round in shape to oblong in shape, and this is because of the force of the club against the ball itself. The harder you actually hit the ball, the more the ball will compress and if you don’t achieve this compression, the ball will most likely fail to produce enough energy to actually launch off the face of the club. If you have ever hit a ball that didn’t compress on impact, you might have noticed that the ball actually felt heavy, and when you connected with it, the club could have vibrated slightly on the impact. A golfer who has even spent a small amount of time on a course will note that the swing didn’t “feel” right, and they won’t get as much lift or speed on the ball as they would have liked.
Women tend to hit their balls more slowly than men. The professionals state that women hit their balls at about 70 mph, while men average at 90mph; this means that women often require a ball with less compression than men. Every person should ensure that they pick the ball that works best for them and this involves first analyzing the speed with which they strike a ball.
The Dimple Pattern
If you pick up a golf ball, you will notice that they have dimples carved into them on all sides and this is because, many years ago, it was found that balls that were completely smooth actually didn’t travel as far as those that were shaped in this manner. Different manufacturers actually create different patterns on their balls and of course this means that some of them are better than others. Keep in mind that the dimples will not only affect the distance the ball travels but also the spin on the item.
Professionals and those that tend to play very well often prefer balls with dimple patterns that give them a very high spin ratio, because this actually prevents the ball from spinning off the green.
Individuals with a higher handicap tend to struggle with balls with a higher spin ration before they can’t control their drives as well, and so they have a much trickier time of controlling the direction in which the ball travels. A few different factors will go into your choice of dimple pattern, including the style with which you play.
Soft vs Hard Balls
Some balls are hard, while others are soft and both of these options present players with different pros and cons.
More professional players actually tend to opt for softer balls, because these tend to give them more spin, as well as travel faster. Joe Sullivan explains that this isn’t right for everyone;
If you are a higher handicap, you will be looking more for distance and durability. This is where a good two-piece ball will be best. This ball has a harder cover, and hence creates less backspin, which allows for you to hit it farther.
Remember, however, that the feel of a ball will also have a big impact on how you play in various conditions. When playing in a dry area, for instance, you will most likely want to opt for something that is softer so that it lands more softly on dry ground.
Focus On Your Swing
No golf ball in the world is going to perfect your swing for you; this is why you need to focus on this facet of your game before you get caught up in everything else. As the experts of the BBC put it;
It’s really no more complicated than feeling comfortable and balanced over the ball.
A great game starts with getting your stance right; at times you might only need a couple of sessions to practice this, while in other instances, you will most likely want to dedicate a considerable amount of time and attention to perfecting this aspect of your game.
To perfect your stance, you will want to start out by squarely facing your target, unless you want to hook the ball, which is when you will alter your stance. You will then want to swing, but make sure that you stop your club as you go, to determine whether you are positioned correctly. You need to keep in mind that the head of the club will need to remain square with your body throughout your swing; this is something that can take a considerable amount of practice to achieve.
A great ball can do a lot for your game, but it isn’t the be all and end all of your abilities within the game of golf. Make sure, however, that your equipment supports your game, otherwise a simple mistake could be putting you at a disadvantage.