Basic Info on Golf Balls

Read on to learn some basics on Golf Balls

Some numbers and facts first: A golf ball has a size limit of 1.68 inch. in diameter (almost all balls nowadays are 1.68 in diameter), it must not be heavier than 1.62 ounces, and the golf ball must be round (can you believe it?!).

Golf’s biggest advancements have come via dramatic improvements in ball construction. Compared to 30 years ago, today’s golf ball travels farther, rolls longer, doesn’t lose its round, flies straighter, and won’t split its cover if you look at it wrong. Precisely engineered dimple patterns have allowed manufacturers to alter everything from trajectory to spin rates. As a result of these breakthroughs, players now have the opportunity to choose and play the best ball for their games. More below…

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls

Titleist Pro V1 Golf BallsTitleist Pro V1 Golf Ball #1 Ball on Worldwide Tours Make a difference in your game with the new Titleist Pro V1 . Designed for all golfers seeking to shoot lower scores, the new Titleist Pro V1 features a new patented cover formulation that delivers more short game spin and control with even softer feel. Combined with its already exceptional distance, long-lasting durability, unmatched consistency, penetrating trajectory and low driver spin, the new Titleist Pro V1 provides the best fit for all golfers.
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Bridgestone e7 Imprint Golf

Bridgestone e7 Imprint Golf>
Bridgestone e7 – Piercing Flight Faster and longer shots are the name of the game. When misses left or right are not an issue, play the e7 for maximum speed and distance. The newly engineered Web Dimple enhances surface coverage by more than 10% for improved ball flight for more distance. Features: 326 Seamless dimple design with New Web Dimple Technology Speed enhanced gradational core Spin reducing inner layer Reactive surlyn cover
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Nike Hyperflight Imprint Golf Ball

Nike Hyperflight Imprint Golf Ball
Nike Hyperflight Launch it off the tee and stop it on the green with the Hyperflight golf ball. The 3-piece construction of the ball delivers versatile performance tuned for maximum distance off the tee & soft feel around the green. Features: Ultra soft compression core for hyper distance Enhanced speed, accuracy & distance control Soft and more responsive cover for hyper feel around the green.
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Volvik Vista IV Golf Ball

Volvik Vista IV Golf Ball
Volvik Vista IV Golf Balls The Volvik Vista IV Golf Ball is a four-piece, tour performance golf ball made for low handicap golfers who want to maximize their game while at the same time doing it in style. Available in White, Pink or Yellow; the Volvik Vista IV offers golfers a ball that not only looks good but plays great. The Durable yet Soft Z-I Cover will provide you with ultimate feel and optimal spin around the green.

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Years ago, everyone played with a soft, easy-cutting, natural rubber, balata-covered ball – whether you were a scratch player or a 25 handicap. Today, you’re lucky to have numerous choices. However, options don’t necessarily make things easier. In fact, finding the right ball for your game can be confusing. Rather than have you spend hours researching your options, we did it for you.

Ball Types

There are two main classes of balls: spin, and distance.

Spin: Designed to provide ‘workability’ over distance, they are often of three-piece construction. A central core (liquid in the highest spin balls) is surrounded by rubber winding, which is often covered with a thin, soft material called urethane or synthetic balata. These balls spin more, making them easier to draw or fade, and they hold the green. They also have a softer feel but won’t travel as far as distance balls. These are the balls of choice for many touring professionals, they already have the distance but need good workability. Popular examples of multilayer balls are the Titleist Pro V1x and the Nike Hyperflight Golf Ball.
Distance: Their cover is typically Surlyn (a durable, very firm material) or a Surlyn blend and are generally two-piece with a solid core. The inside of the distance ball is a firm synthetic material. The combined firmness of the cover and core allow the ball to travel longer distances and be very durable. However, these balls don’t spin a great amount. Less spin means less control and stopping ability in certain cases. These have a harder feel than balls with wound construction. These are the balls of choice for the ‘general’ golfer like you and me as we need the distance and don’t have (yet) the ability to work the ball like the pros. The Wilson Staff DUO Golf Balls and the Titleist DT SoLo Golf Balls are two very popular examples of this category.


Synthetic ‘Balata’: A polyurethane blend that provides a balata-like responsiveness with Surlyn-like cut resistance. Usually combined with wound construction for the ultimate combination of soft feel and better control. Generally used in todays high-end balls.

Surlyn blends: A hard, tough-to-cut cover offering less feel but more durability. Gives more distance but less maneuverability at a good price. A popular choice for beginners.

Traditional three-piece wound ball
The Basics on Golf Balls
(Synthetic) Balata, litium and Surlyn covers have allowed wound balls to be played by those
looking for both distance and high spin.

What We Recommend

Most novice players should try two-piece balls that use a more durable cover so that mis-hits don’t ruin the ball’s roundness and flight characteristics. Click this link to check out the current Best Deals on Golfballs.

Advanced players should try to stay away from (synthetic) Surlyn covered two-piece balls, which don’t offer as much feel and lack the ability to “work” the ball. Try a few different balls in the appropriate category for you and find one that makes you feel lucky. Confidence is half the battle!

Our Best Tips

Determine which compression is best for you.
Compression is a measure of how hard the ball may feel – the higher the compression number the harder the feel (and the less it compresses during impact). A common misconception among players is that a 100-compression ball always flies farther. This is not true. Clubhead speed, rather than compression, is most important to distance. For some golfers, a lower-compression ball will fly farther. In fact, many of today’s touring pros prefer a lower compression of about 80 for the added ‘feel’ rather than just distance.

Determine if you like two- or three-piece balls.
Today, spin rates are a function of cover softness rather than construction. Still, a two-piece ball generally produces more distance and less spin, while a multi layer (three-piece or four-piece) ball gives you more feel and additional spin. A three-piece ball often flies higher than a two-piece as well, because spin is what causes a golf ball to lift.

Pick a ball that suits your level of play.
If you mis-hit or top the ball a lot, you’re not going to want an easy-cutting ball. Conversely, if you’re a scratch player, you’re not going to want something that feels hard and gives you less spin and control – even if it won’t cut.

Choose a ball that fits your budget.
Golf is an expensive sport. Some balls cost more than $5 a piece. Find the right ball for your budget. Often similar balls – of the same construction – vary greatly in price. Be conscious of this. Generally, urethane covered balls cost more, while the (synthetic) Surlyn covered balls cost less.

Consider the material.
While most two-piece balls have a synthetic core that varies only in softness, some companies are now adding exotic materials such as tungsten and titanium. Companies claim that because these exotic materials are dense and the center of gravity is more centrally located, the balls spin more. Some companies use these materials in ball covers, promising added feel and distance. Other companies use multilayer construction. These are higher-priced balls generally made with synthetic covers. They provide a good combination of durability, soft feel, and consistency.

Myths About Golf Balls

More dimples mean a higher trajectory.
Not true. The optimum number of dimples on a golf ball is between 350 and 450. Trajectory is determined by the dimple’s depth–not the number.

Golf balls travel farther when they are warm.
Somewhat true. Colder temperatures do decrease a ball’s velocity more than warm temperatures; although, the air temperature affects distance much more significantly than the temperature of the ball. The moral of the story is don’t bother putting the ball in the oven before teeing off. Your pocket will do just fine. A two-piece ball will have a little faster initial velocity off the clubface in cold weather, so keep that in mind next time the frost is on the ground.