Experienced players know that the right ball can not only maximize your shots off the tee, but also help you control those delicate pitches and chips around the green too. But finding the ideal orb to match your game can be tricky. Learn more about five options that are worth a try.
|TaylorMade Tour Pro Red
TaylorMade re-enters the ball market after a three-year absence. Both TP Red and TP Black have urethane covers and soft, lively, lowcompression cores for the sought-after combination of faster ball speed and lower spin. The Red has the thinner mantle layer, which translates to softer feel.
|TaylorMade Tour Pro Black
TP Black has a smaller core and a thicker mantle than TP Red. The effect is a firmer feel, plus a higher launch angle and ball flight.
|Callaway HX Tour 56
The updated HX Tour 56 boasts a more durable cover than its predecessor. A thicker, softer cover delivers more spin and feel on scoring shots than HX Tour.
|Callaway HX Tour
A thinner, more durable urethane cover than the previous HX Tour produces softer feel off your irons (but a harder impact feel than HX Tour 56). The larger core and boundary layer deliver longer carry.
This ball serves two masters: singlecore/double-cover construction produces adequate feel and control for those who can shape shots. Those who shape them but don’t want to (slicer alert!) will get extra distance and reduced sidespin.
Let our Top 100 Teachers take you to the ball
“Unless you are a very short hitter, adapt the ball to your 100 yards-and-in profile. If you miss a lot of greens and play courses with fast greens then opt for control in chipping and putting. Try several multi-layer balls to see which ones provide the control you desire.”
“Use a high-performance/high-compression ball with more spin if you generate fast clubhead speeds. If you’re a medium-to-slower swinger you need lower compression and less spin/more distance.”
“Try three brands around the green for touch and spin. Cover up the company name with a magic marker. Then hit long putts and pick the ball that feels best.”
“If your handicap is higher than 20, it doesn’t matter which ball you play because your contact is so inconsistent.”
In a poll of GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teachers, the percentage of students who play the proper ball for their game.