One of the most crucial things a golfer would have to do is to pick out his golf balls. This might be daunting for beginners, but it is something that you cannot—and should not—avoid. It’s not as easy as going to your nearest sports outlet and buying the first bag of balls you see. Every good golfer would have a rationale for his particular choice of balls. It’s really less of a science and more of an art, but there’s no need to worry. To help you out, here are some of the factors you have to take into consideration when buying golf balls.
Note that these are just some of the factors you would have to take into account, among many this, however, is already a good start to help you decide on what to pick.
Your first consideration will be spin. Naturally, your skill level influences this however, the design of the ball is also a crucial factor, which could negatively or positively affect your game. Golf balls with lesser spin are easier to control, because they have lesser tendencies to deviate from the ball trajectory. These are also less sensitive to mishits—you minimize the effect of hooking and slicing. Because the ball inherently has less spin, the ball plays down your miscue. The only drawback here is that it might be difficult to get the ball to stop quickly when you are on the putting green. However, a little extra backspin should help you with an approach shot.
Because of all these factors, beginners and players with higher handicaps prefer playing using golf balls with less spin. Balls with higher spin rates are preferred by the more experienced golfers, but you must be confident with your swing before you graduate from the balls with less spin.
The next factor to look into is the distance the golf ball can give –
Again, skill comes into the equation but the golf ball itself can affect your game. Size and weight are the primary considerations when it comes to distance. For maximum distance, you should go for balls that have less air resistance during flight. Air resistance is the amount of air the ball would have to displace in order to reach its target destination.
While it might seem counter-intuitive, a heavier golf ball is likelier to reach longer distances than a lighter one. That is because the increased mass means it is slowed down less by air resistance. This is also why the standard set for weight is a maximum of 1.620 ounces or 45.93 grams.
Meanwhile, the opposite is true for size. For a golf ball, size is inversely proportional to distance. That means the smaller the ball is, the likelier it is to reach longer distances. This is again also due to the principles of air resistance smaller balls need to displace less air in flight. Because of this, the standard set for size is a minimum (as opposed to that for weight, which is a maximum), at a diameter that should not go down below 1.680 inches or 42.67 millimeters. Naturally, manufacturers prefer to make the smallest and heaviest possible balls.
The last factor to look into is the cost. Two-piece golf balls are the cheapest three-piece types are slightly more expensive; while four-piece types, the newest kind in the industry, are the most expensive. Beginners should buy the cheaper balls since they are likely to lose a lot of these as they start. That is, unless you have the extra cash and you are willing to buy the more expensive types. Otherwise, sticking to two-piece variants is your best bet as you start playing golf.