“The simplest way for the average golfer to select the best ball is to start with your putter and work your way back to the driver,” says Les Duer, Pro Shop Manager. “The green is where you’re going to feel the ball the most—some people like the way the ball springs off the face of the putter, and others don’t. Find out what feels good to you and then test out a few golf balls chipping around the green and so on.”
High compression, low compression—what does it mean?
Compression is the transformation of energy from the clubhead to the ball, forcing the shape of the ball to transform at impact. A golf ball with lower compression has more flexibility allowing the ball to spring off the club and travel farther, which is why low compression is great for slower swing speeds.
Therefore, low compression golf balls range from 70 to 80 and are great for swing speeds under 90mph.
On the other hand, an advanced golfer who hits the ball a long way will benefit more from a higher compressed golf ball because it creates more spin and allows more accuracy and control when hitting the ball at higher swing speeds.
Therefore, higher compression golf balls begin around 90 to 110 and are great for the advanced golfers who want more accuracy and control.
However, no matter your skill level, feel is an important factor, which is why Les’ advice is a great starting point in picking the best golf ball for your game. If you have a slower swing speed and miss a lot of greens, you may want to opt for a higher compressed golf ball or perhaps you are extremely accurate, but need help with a little more distance, then a lower compressed golf ball may suit you best.
Remember, we LOVE talking golf and we want to help you play your BEST golf. Stop by the shop and ask us any questions you have about equipment—we’re happy to help.