Discover the Perfect Golf Ball for Your Game

(Select Your Preferences)

Category: Value/Recreational/Distance: Designed for mid to high handicap golfers with swing speeds below 90 mph typically feature two-piece construction and firm covers promote greater distance over high spin rates. Examples: Pinnacle Gold, Slazenger RAW Distance

Premium: Designed for low to mid handicap golfers with swing speeds of 90-99 mph; typically feature multi-layer construction and medium-soft covers; "happy medium" between Value/Recreational and Tour categories for distance and spin qualities. Examples: Titleist NXT Tour, Callaway HEX Diablo

Tour/Advanced/Performance: Designed for low-handicap and professional golfers with swing speeds in excess of 100 mph; typically feature multi-layer construction and soft covers; promote greater spin rates and enhanced feel over distance. Examples: Titleist ProV1, Bridgestone Tour B330

Feel: Feel describes the sensation of contacting the ball on full and short shots.

Soft: Contact gives sensation of ball compressing against clubface on full shots, with a muted "click" on short shots. Soft golf balls typically feature covers made of urethane and fall into the Tour/Advanced/Performance category.

Firm: Contact sensation and sound fall between soft and hard on full and short shots. Firm golf balls typically feature covers made of ionomer, and occasionally urethane, and fall into the Premium category.

Hard: Contact sensation and sound are more "dense" and solid, the ball seeming to jump quickly off the clubface on full and short shots. Hard golf balls typically feature covers made of Surlyn and fall into the Value/Recreational/Distance category.

Priority: Choose the golf ball characteristic most important to you based on these definitions:

Distance: For golfers who want maximum distance, especially on tee shots, and are willing to sacrifice some stopping power and short game control.

Distance with Spin: For golfers who value distance slightly more than spin and control.

Spin with Distance: For golfers who value spin and control slightly more than distance. For golfers (typically low-handicappers) who want the ball to stop quickly on the greens when hitting approach shots, chips, pitches and bunker shots. Golfers who value spin are willing to sacrifice some distance off the tee.

My Driver Distance (Carry + Roll): The total distance your average drive travels when adding carry (flight) yardage to roll yardage.
Golf Ball Compression: Compression is a measurement of the force needed to compress a golf ball. Higher-compression balls (90+) require greater swing speed to generate maximum distance, while lower-compression balls feel softer and often travel farther for golfers with swing speeds below 100 mph.

Some manufacturers do not reveal or emphasize the compression ratings of new golf balls. Some models are now designed and marketed to fit and appeal to a golfers preferences for price, distance, spin, feel and control.





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Golf Ball BoxesAll golf balls are not created equal.

Oh, they're all the same size and shape, and all have a dimpled surface. Most are the same color, too.

But the similarities end when the rubber meets the road - ormore accurately, when the clubface meets the cover. Different golf ball brands and models offer different feel, spin rates and trajectory characteristics, and it's important to know which ball (or type of ball) is the best fit for your specific skills.

Fortunately, golf ball manufacturers offer a vast array of products designed to meet an equally wide range of players. Nearly every ball falls into one of three categories: Value/Recreational/Distance (mid- to high-handicappers with slower swing speeds), Premium (low- to mid-handicappers with moderate swing speeds) and Tour/Advanced/Performance (low-handicappers and professionals with high swing speeds).
Within each category, the differences from one ball to the next are often minimal. One might go a little farther off the tee, while another provides a smidgeon of extra spin around the greens. Once you've narrowed down your options to the proper category, the final choice is often a highly subjective matter.

Our Golf Ball Fitting Guide will take you through the selection process step by step, using your skills and personal preferences to determine which ball is your best bet. In this section, you'll also find an ever-expanding menu of reviews detailing the performance traits of today's brand-name and lesser-known golf balls.