Buyers’ Guide - Balls

It’s quite simple - you can’t play golf without golf balls so understanding the physics and general science behind them is crucial to ensure you get the right ball for you. This guide will take you through the major considerations you need when you’re looking for a golf ball.

There are some golfers who still believe that the golf ball they use will not make any difference to the way they play or the score they finish with. However this is just a lack of education on the benefits of using the right golf ball for your game. Knowing how the golf ball will react off the face of your driver, putter, delicate wedge shots all comes from using the same golf ball for every shot.

Selection of Golf Balls

Construction

The way a golf ball is put together is one of the fundamental reasons why golf balls feel different form on another when they come off the club face. Most of you will be familiar with the 1, 2, 3 and 4 piece design but with manufacturers constantly pushing the boundaries a new 5 piece construction has hit the market recently.

One-Piece

Unsurprisingly a one-piece golf ball is the simplest construction available. Designed mainly for beginners and use at driving ranges this construction is rarely used as a playing ball. One-piece golf balls are made form a solid sphere of Surlyn with dimples moulded in. These balls are inexpensive and do not give the distance of other construction due to their lower compression - hence their use at driving ranges in vast quantities.

Two-Piece

Two-piece golf balls are used by a high majority of everyday golfers as they combine durability and maximum distance. The basic construction of the ball is built around a single solid sphere core, usually made from hard plastic. This is then enclosed in the balls cover - adding the second piece to the two-piece golf ball design. The firmer feel of the two-piece golf ball can provide more distance, but often at the expense of control and feel. Two-piece golf balls are virtually indestructible and give average golfers a much needed distance both through the air and on the ground.

2-Piece Golf Ball Construction

Three-Piece

Three-piece golf balls, like two-piece golf balls have a solid rubber core. The cover on a three-piece golf ball is a soft, synthetic plastic, much softer than that on two-piece allowing better golfers to impart spin on the ball in order to control it through the air and on the greens. The third piece of the construction comes in between the core and cover. A layer of enhanced liquid rubber is added around the core adding another layer to the design and increasing the spin that is placed on the ball.

3-Piece Golf Ball Construction

Four-Piece

Each layer of the four-piece golf ball is designed with a specific purpose in mind. When working together all the layers of a four-piece golf ball offer the long distance of a two-piece design with the soft feel of a three-piece. The core of the four-piece golf ball is a soft rubber primarily designed to offer explosive distance. The inner layer transfers energy from the impact to the core. The next inner layer (the additional layer compared to a three-piece design) is designed to increase driver distance without reducing the spin from mid irons and when around the green. The cover of a four-piece golf ball is where most of the feel comes from. It is the thinnest layer of the golf ball, made from urethane, which helps make it soft.

4-Piece Golf Ball Construction

Five-Piece

TaylorMade have achieved the first mover advantage when it comes to the five-piece golf ball. The TaylorMade Penta TP is the first tour ball with five solid-layers, with each layer engineered to optimise performance in five key shot categories that skilled players need – driver, long-irons, middle-irons, short-irons and short wedge shots. The five layers of Penta TP include the core, inner mantle, middle mantle, outer mantle and cover, and each one plays a critical role in optimising the performance of each of the five key shots.

The extremely soft, low-compression core is the most critical layer to promoting high launch and low spin off the driver, which are well known to be the launch conditions that promote maximum carry and distance. The soft, fast Inner Mantle, which surrounds the core, promotes soft feel, high launch and low spin off the long-irons for exceptional distance and high, soft-landing flight that helps the ball sit quickly on the green. The semi-firm and fast Middle Mantle, which surrounds the Inner Mantle , promotes mid-launch and mid-spin off the middle irons. Mid-launch promotes control; mid-spin keeps the ball from up-shooting, ballooning and falling short of the target. The firm and fast Outer Mantle promotes optimum spin off the short-irons to stop the ball quick without sucking it off the front of the green or drawing it back too far from the hole. The soft Urethane Cover promotes a higher than average spin-rate on the all-important short wedge shots required in the scoring zone, within 100 yards of the flag. These are the types of shots where many current tour balls fail to deliver the goods because they launch too high and don't spin enough.

5-Piece Golf Ball Construction

Spin

Low Spin

Lower spinning golf balls tend to decrease side spin on your shots, causing the ball to fly straighter through the air and roll further once landed. This type of ball is more suited to golfers who tend to slice the ball and struggle to find distance.

Mid Spin

Unsurprisingly the mid spin golf ball bridges the gap between the low and high spin golf balls. These balls try to incorporate the best from both distance (low spin) golf balls and soft (high spin) golf balls. These balls are aimed at the widest range of golfers and are suitable for use by all standards in all conditions.

High Spin

This ball is designed to spin the most through the air, creating a longer carry. A high spinning golf ball will not get the run out on the fairway of a low or mid spin ball - but will make up for it around the greens. A high spinning golf ball will give better players more control and feel in, on and around the greens.

How dimples affect air flow around a golf ball

Feel

Firm Feel

Firm feel golf balls will feel hard on the club face. This firm feel usually comes hand in hand with a low spin one or two-piece construction. A firm feel golf ball will produce the maximum distance from your driver and irons but you will sacrifice a certain degree of control on and around the greens.

Soft Feel

The soft feel golf ball is the choice of many better player and all Tour Professionals. The softer feeling cover means that better players can work the ball through the air and spin the ball into the pins. It does not give the distance of a firm feeling ball and is more suited to players looking for increase control and those players who do not view their distance as a weakness.

Wedge and Golf ball on green

Conclusion

We hope that this guide to golf balls has helped in your decision. Remember that we stock a great range of lake balls which are fantastic quality at a fraction of the cost so you can try lots of different balls without the monetary risk. We also have a range of single golf ball sleeves. These are new golf balls sold in sleeves of three. These again are much cheaper than a dozen and allow you to try the full range of golf balls without paying large amounts. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to call the Golfbidder customer service team. You can contact them through the address and phone number below.

Telephone: 0208 401 6901

Email: help@golfbidder.co.uk