How To Choose: Golf Balls

The choice of ball is a major factor in a golfer’s performance. A ball that matches your playing style and your needs (distance, control, etc.) will prove a true ally on each stroke. Depending on their different characteristics (composition, compression, materials) golf balls will allow you to optimise your distance, master your trajectories, limit undesired effects and even gain better control on the putting green.

Which ball to choose?

If you are a beginner and want to extend your distance opt for hard balls (two-piece or multilayer). Choose a ball with a large number of dimples, aiding its penetration through the air

If you are a regular player and want to improve your ball control while still extending your distance opt for a 3-piece mixed ball made of more supple materials such as urethane, which provides outstanding feel. Choose a ball with a lower number of dimples, as it offers more precision and is easier to master.

If you are an experienced player and want to master ball effects there are also softer balls which are considered to perform well as they combine extended distance with outstanding feel.

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More Information

There are two types of golf ball:

  1. Practice balls: these are either yellow in colour, or white with red circles.
  2. Competition balls.

Golf balls are made of several layers (2, 3, sometimes even 4 or 5 layers).

  • The coat
  • The mantel
  • The core

Ball compression: a golf ball’s compression level refers to its rigidity. There are in fact several compression levels for golf balls: 70, 80, 90 and 100. The choice of compression level depends on the speed of your swing: the faster your swing, the more you should opt for a ball with high compression, and vice-versa.

Number and depth of dimples: dimples ease the ball’s flight into the air. The number and shape of dimples varies according to the type of golf ball.

Pay attention too to resistance by choosing the right covering. Opt for golf balls armed with highly resistance coats made of urethane or surlyn.


For more golf guides check out our golf category, or if you’re looking to get started check out our range of golf gear, such as clubs, and accessories.

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