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What is the right golf ball for you?

Updated on February 16, 2015

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What is the right golf ball?

What is the right golf ball? First of all you have to understand that there are a huge amount of golf balls on the market to choose from. The major brands are Titlist, Bridgestone, Callaway, and Nike. These companies have various levels of golf balls ranging from $19.00 a dozen to $48.00 per dozen. The more expensive the ball the more spin you have when you hit the ball. It will stop quickly on the Green. The less expensive are usually longer and are designed to have less side spin to aid the average golfer in keeping the ball in the fairway. The lower priced balls are more designed for golfers with swing speed of less than 90 mph, while the more expensive balls are more designed for the more advanced golfer with swing speeds of a 90 mph or more.

Does this mean you have to use a high distance ball if you swing slow and high spin ball if you have a faster swing speed. Of course not, but it could be in your best interest, especially for distance. If you don't need the few extra yards you get from the distance balls, then it becomes a personal choice.

Feather golf balls.

Feather golf balls
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A brief golf ball history.

The history of the golf ball goes all the way back to at least the16th century and most likely earlier. The first golf ball was wooden, as most balls in that day were. The next generation of the golf ball was feathers stuffed in leather pouches and hand made. These were very time consuming to make and were very costly. There was out of round problems, and they got really soft when they get wet. The next generation of the golf ball was the gutta-percha. These were made from a rubbery tree sap and were cheaper to make and became the ball of choice for some time. But golfers started making marks on these balls to aid in the aerodynamics of the ball which lead to the next ball having dimples manufactured on the ball. The next advance in the ball was the balata ball which is a rubber wound ball using rubber from the balata tree sap. This ball was used most of the 20th century. Soon more manufactures began making golf balls and gave golfers more of a choice. Now in today's golf industry we have so many different balls to choose from, sometimes it can be an exhausting decision.

Golf ball fitting for you.

So, how does one find out what is the right ball for their game? There are a few places on the internet where you can answer questions and those companies and or internet sites will assign a ball for you based on your responses to the questions. There are also ball fitting sessions available from some companies such as Bridgestone or Titlist. You just need to go to their web site and check their schedule. If a ball fitting coming near you, why not give it a try? You may be able to get a ball fitting at some golf stores. Just ask the question when you are there Shopping. If nothing else, I recommend during your round use the same type ball no matter what brand or type of ball it is throughout the round. I feel this is important as there is a lot of feel involved in the game of golf and using the same ball would make your feel shots more predictable.


I researched various web sites for this Blog. Some are;,, Wikipedia, and a Google search on ball fitting. I hope you enjoy the material. Thanks


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