THE ELEMENTS THAT MAKE UP A GOLF BALL
Why do golf balls have dimples? Dimples help the golf ball fly. They create a thin layer of air that clings to the surface and travels back to increase lift and decrease aerodynamic drag. Varying shapes, sizes and patterns affect distance, stability and spin rate. A completely smooth golf ball hit by a professional golfer would only travel about half the distance of today’s golf balls.
The core drives compression, which refers to overall density. Higher compression balls are generally for more experienced golfers with faster swing speeds. Golf balls briefly transform shape at impact and the core needs to support this energy transfer. Golfers with slower swing speeds looking to gain distance tend to lean toward lower compression golf balls that maximize the spring-like effect created through impact.
There are two main types of golf ball covers: Surlyn ® and urethane. Surlyn ®, an ionomer resin developed by DuPont ™, has been used to cover golf balls since the mid-1960s. Surlyn ® covers are the most durable and afford lower spin off the tee. Urethane covers, typically found on higher-end balls preferred by more skilled players, offer softer feel and greater control.
HOW CONSTRUCTION AFFECTS PERFORMANCE
Two-piece golf balls are ideal for beginners and high-handicap golfers with slower swing speeds. The larger core maximizes distance while minimizing spin and movement. The thicker cover provides added protection on wayward shots.
Multi-layer golf balls are ideal for mid-to-low handicappers with faster swing speeds. The core/mantle layers elevate control, feel and shot sculpting. The thinner cover further enhances spin control and provides soft, crisp feel.
The Right Fit
SCORE MORE WITH THE RIGHT BALL
To choose the best golf ball, think about the areas of your game where a slight improvement could lead to lower scores. Skilled golfers may want to focus on finesse shots around the green. Better pitches and chips could be the key to consistently breaking 80. What type of shot do you tend to hit when you’re 40 yards out? If you like to stop the ball on a dime, a high-spin, multi-piece ball will give you the added control you crave. But, if you prefer to roll the ball at the pin with a chip-and-run, spin will be slightly less important.
If you are a beginner or high-handicapper, your primary concern is probably hitting the ball straight. Low-spin, distance golf balls are designed to reduce the sidespin that exaggerates slices and hooks, and they can help produce longer, straighter drives. Because you’re still learning control around the green, a low-spin ball will serve you just fine. Learn about more options below or visit our store locator to schedule a ball fitting.