Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Golf Balls But Were Afraid To Ask

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Size of the Golf Ball

The “Rules of Golf” say that a Golf Ball’s diameter must be a minimum of 1.680 inches / 42.67 mm. A smaller ball would fly much further than a larger ball. The reason for this is simple: with a smaller diameter the Golf Ball has less air resistance, or in other words, it displaces less air as it flies. Because of this, most manufacturers produce Golf Balls with the minimal diameter (1.680 inches / 42.67 mm). The rules also state that the ball must be round, but I guess you knew that…

Weight of the Golf Ball

A Golf Ball’s weight must not exceed 1.620 oz./ 45.93 g. The heavier the ball, the greater its momentum, and the less it would be slowed down by air resistance. Hence it would tend to fly further. For this reason most manufacturers produce Golf Balls with the heaviest sanctioned weight of 1.620 oz./ 45.93 g.

Compression Rates

In the manufacturing process, some two-piece, and all three-piece Golf Balls are rated by their compression measurements. This is done by pressuring them with a standard weight

Golf Balls that don’t deform at all are rated Compression 200, while balls that deform by 0.2″ or above are rated Compression 0. These are the two extremes, and between them Golf Balls are rated in intervals of 0.001 inches. The Standard Compression rate is usually 90 or 100. the higher the compression rate the harder the feel, and vice versa. Almost every Golf Ball is subject to a compression rating. Compression rates of 80 and 100 are also found. However, manufacturers are not bound by an official standard. Hence one manufacturer’s compression rate of 100 can be different to another manufacturer’s compression rate of 100. This can mount up to a 3.5 point difference in either direction. In addition, some balls don’t even have the compression rate printed on them.

It’s worth noting that:-

Low speed swing players are better off using Golf Balls with a Compression rate of 80.

Average speed swing players should choose a Golf Ball with a Compression rate of 100.

High swing speed players should choose a Golf Ball with a Compression of 110.

The weather should always be taken into consideration when deciding on compression rates to use. Low compression Golf Balls are best for colder weather, while high compression balls perform better in hot weather.

Tips for choosing the right Golf Balls for you

Considerations for Driving

Distance Golf Balls are designed to fly further and with more accuracy. This means you will be less likely to land in the rough, in a hazard, or out of bounds. Distance balls have their drawbacks, however, as they will be harder to stop on the green. Mid to high handicappers should favor a distance Golf Ball. If you would like more detailed advice we recommend getting the Senior Golfers Guide, a great resource for older Golfers. On 210 pages it covers every aspect of Golf from a senior’s perspective, and for just $29.50 we think this is money well spent.

Optimum Performance in Your Approach

Spin Golf Balls are made with outer layers that take on more spin when you strike them with angled club faces. Drawing or fading around obstacles and hazards therefore becomes easier, as they will bend more to the left or right. They also take on more backspin when struck with a lofted club – this is important, as the Golf Balls will therefore stop more quickly on the green.

Whilst spin Golf Balls used to be made with fragile outer layers that were prone to damage, this problem has now been largely averted with the introduction of solid multilayer construction, replacing the old flimsy balata covers.

Getting More Control

Distance Golf Balls are designed to stop quickly when on the green, but with minimum risk of slicing or hooking are known as control Golf Balls. The Nike One and Titleist Pro V1 are members of the new generation of Golf Balls that are so versatile they will perform in any situation.

Differently designed Golf Balls will roll for different distances on the green. As a rule of thumb, harder Golf Balls role further. The difference is more than you would think. Teaching professionals recommend that you putt with the same kind of ball all the time, as this will help you to calibrate, feel, learn and reproduce the connection between stroke strength and distance. As most Golf Balls aren’t perfectly balanced, they won’t roll absolutely true, but higher quality balls will be generally more likely to stay on course, due to higher standards of quality control during manufacture.


Try to always play with the same Golf Balls that you practice with. So if you can’t afford to practice with a high quality ball, don’t switch when playing competitions. A Golf Ball that has been overused will no longer be spherical, and so is no good to you. Play Golf Balls that you can afford to replace regularly.

The above information is just a small morsel taken from the Senior Golfers Guide. This 210 page ebook is full of golf tips and advice like the above, for just $29.50.

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