Choose the right golf ball for your game

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One question that I am often asked is: “Which type of golf ball should I be using?”

This is always a difficult one to answer, as there are literally dozens to choose from.

Take a look at the first picture, and I will try to explain more about the correct one to choose. As you will clearly see the golf ball island beside me is crammed full of different types of balls – from soft ones to hard ones and some that spin more than others.

As a general rule, the ones with a harder core tend to fly further, but also tend to spin less. When approaching the green you require a ball that will settle on landing, so a compromise would be to find one that does both jobs.

That type of ball is often known as a three piece ball. It has a hard core to maximize the distance, then a thin cover to help maximise the spin, with a soft centre to produce a lovely feel, especially on the greens. Most golf ball boxes nowadays will supply information on the back to help guide you as to the type of ball to use for your particular level of golf.

You can also ask the shop staff for more help as they are specially trained to advise on the best one for your game.

I normally use the Titleist Pro V1x ball, but was advised recently that as I was getting on a bit I should switch to a ball that requires less power to compress it. So I have been using a slightly softer Taylor Made ball, which feels very good. Looking at the second picture you will see that I am about to test the two most popular makes on sale today – namely a Titleist, and a Srixon.

I test drove several balls on Trackman Radar, and to be honest there was no clear winner.

In terms of overall distance they both flew the same. The Srixon was a slightly higher flying ball, with a higher spin rate. They both felt nice and soft off the clubface, so really in the end it would be down to personal choice and perhaps cost. I often think that golfers tend to be loyal to a particular brand and it normally takes a lot of persuasion to change them. Try to find a brand that suits your particular game and stick to it. As the old adage goes -–a bad workman usually blames his tools.

Good luck testing a few. Next week: Putter fitting.