Choosing the Right Golf Balls
So, you’re all set to go on your first golfing gig. The golf clubs have been polished. The carefully selected golf shoes have been put on tied. The golf cart has been revved up and ready for your trip. But, wait a minute, aren’t you forgetting something? You might want to check if you have the right golf balls.
Just as there are different kinds of golf clubs for different needs and skill levels, there are also a variety of balls available in the market. There are certain kinds of balls that are perfect for beginners, while others better suit the playing style of professionals. Like any golfing equipment, choosing the right kind for your skill will help your playing performance.
But unlike clubs whose differences lie in the physical aspect – make, texture, weight, and material – the variations between balls are more scientific and interior in nature. Ever heard of compression levels? Core composition? Some might find it hard to believe, but even the number of dimples on a ball’s surface affects a player’s overall performance.
Figuring out the golf ball that will fit your skill set is not difficult, but it does need a lot of thought and research. In order to aid you in this step, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
The first thing to do is to determine your skill level – how long you have been playing and what you’re playing performance is. If you are a beginner, a more durable golf ball is your best choice. Aside from being tough, these will also add distance to your hits. More experienced players, on the other hand, might find it better to use golf balls that help them control their shots. When in doubt, it will help to ask an expert, such as a more experienced player or a coach, for their opinions or suggestions. It is best to be sure than to make the wrong purchase.
Next, find out the types of balls available in the market. Do research on the different compositions and how these can affect your performance. For instance, a two-piece golf ball’s interior is made out of rubber. This type of composition is better suited for beginners because it is easier to use in the course. On the other hand, a golf ball with a gel core suits professional golfers more because it is more compatible with players with faster swing speeds. The outer cover of a golf ball is also an important consideration. Surlyn is an inexpensive material that is durable but has low spin rate upon impact. Urethane, on the other hand, is used for ‘advanced’ golf balls. This is because this relatively softer material helps give players more control over their shots. However, using urethane-covered balls also its downsides – it is not as durable as Surlyn.
Finally, you should also consider the price that you are willing to pay for a set of golf balls. On top of purchasing golf clubs, shoes, and membership fees, golf is an expensive sport. Cheaper brands offer a dozen balls for as low as 20 dollars, while some can go as high as 75 dollars per twelve balls. But high prices do not always equate to improved performances. As emphasized before, pro-quality balls may not work well for beginners. Since they have only started their career in golf, it is better for them to use durable balls that will last longer.
A golf ball is a tiny thing, if you look at it. But the wrong kind of ball can offset an experienced player’s performance in the course. This is why thinking this decision through is important. You cannot let a tiny ball ruin your otherwise perfect game.