It’s one thing to upgrade your golf clubs in the hopes of improving your golf game. But can you find a ball that will dramatically improve your handicap? Some golfers find a high-end or low-end ball they like and stick to it forever. Changing it up might be worth the effort.
Beginner golfers might wonder if it’s worth it to invest in high-end golf balls when just beginning. There is an argument to using quality gear, even when beginning a sport. However, low-end golf balls can aid beginner golfers in learning and loving the game. There are physical differences between high and low-end balls: it’s not just all in the brand name. The coating and layers of the ball deeply affect the spin and durability of the golf ball and can make a big difference in your swing and score.
Here are the features of high-end and low-end golf balls:
HIGH-END GOLF BALLS
- Often have a urethane cover, which is almost rubbery – when one of these balls is struck, it will make a soft and echoed whack
- Generates more spin, which can exaggerate existing hook and slice tendencies
- More easily damaged because of the softer exterior
- Need to be replaced more often, which adds to the original higher cost
- Often constructed with multiple layers, which maximize control and give a soft feel
LOW-END GOLF BALLS
- Often have a Surlyn Ionomer cover, which is plasticky – when one of these balls is struck, it will make a sharp and short click
- Generates less spin, which is great for beginning golfers trying to hit straight
- Extremely durable because of the harder exterior material
- Rarely need to be replaced
- Often constructed in two pieces: an inner core and an outer layer, which maximizes distance but does not offer expert control
Beginner golfers will fare better with less expensive balls. While learning, it’s important to focus on hitting straight. High-end golf balls will be frustrating due to their high spin.
Serious golfers will want the control and softness of a more expensive ball, features that make the elevated price point and need for more frequent replacements worth it.
Note that low-end golf balls do not include range balls, which are a different beast entirely. When compared to low-end golf balls, range balls are like rocks. They bring cheap to a whole new level because they undergo so much wear and tear. Imagine how often you hit a single golf ball in its lifetime. Now, imagine the thousands of times a range ball gets struck by a huge variety of golfers of different skill levels. Don’t play with range balls. Read Free Golf Balls at the Course to learn more about them.
In the end, the best way to discover your perfect fit golf ball is to play different balls throughout a round on a course that you know and love. Playing a new ball on a new course will use too many variables. Test your new golf balls on holes you’ve played over and over again in order to accurately compare where you usually hit vs. where the new ball hits. As with anything sports-related, your mileage may vary. Test balls from all different price points and see which offer you the stability, control, and distance you most desire for your golf game.