What do a golf shaft and a golf ball have in common? They can be fit to your golf swing!
This article is not to discredit any golf ball company, but to give you a little insight into the ball you are using. This information will help you gain a little distance, accuracy, and control around the greens.
Going back to the shaft comparison, just the way there are different flexes available for various swing speeds, there are different golf balls available to suit your swing speed and spin levels as well.
1. If you do not know your swing speed, you have to find out! Schedule an appointment with me at either Skydrive in Farmingdale or Golf & Body in Huntington. Knowing your swing specifications, getting the right clubs and balls to fit your swing and game will help you improve your scores before you take lessons.
2. For slower swing speeds (less than 90 mph with the Driver), you most likely have trouble getting some launch and air under the ball, a softer compression, two-piece ball will help you. A soft, two-piece ball will be easier to get in the air and will react better than a tour compression 4-piece ball will.
Most golf ball companies have many options to suit all golfers. To suit your slower speed, low-launching flight, check out these brands:
- Bridgestone makes the e4, e5, and e6 series, as well as the b330 – RX series
- Titleist makes the NXT Tour, NXT Tour S (Softer), Velocity, TruSoft
- Callaway makes the SuperHot, Supersoft, and Hex Soft Golf Balls
- Taylormade makes the Project (a)
All of, but not limited to, these golf balls mentioned will help slower swing speeds get the ball higher and further.
3. For higher swing speeds (90-105 mph), you may not have trouble with the loft, but spin may be costing you some distance. At this speed, you are going to want a 4 piece golf ball such as the Titleist ProV1 (not the X) or the Bridgestone Golf B330-S (not the B-330). These balls have a softer cover and inner mantle to help decrease the spin on your driver, yet will spin enough to stop your irons and wedges softly.
4. The highest swing speeds (above 105 mph), I would recommend the Titleist ProV1x or Bridgestone B330.
If these tour level golf balls are a little out of the price-range, Pinnacle makes an excellent golf ball at a much lower price called the Exception. Top Flite and Pinnacle are two golf companies that make a great alternative golf ball for either people just taking up the game, or for those that would rather not break the bank on equipment.
Top Flite and Pinnacle, as well as most golf companies, will either have a description of what the golf ball is made of and meant for, or the purpose of the golf ball will be in the name (example: Nike Power Distance or Top Flite XL Distance).
I hope this article helps you choose the right golf ball for your game and gives you a little bit more knowledge of the game that can seem overwhelming due to the amazing amount of information available to improve your game.
Michael Midgette, PGA
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