Testing Low Compression Golf Balls

In this article let's discuss how you can test out low compression balls to see if they are a good fit for your game. Even if you have done a lot of thinking on the topic, and you have done your research on various models, you’ll still have to wind up testing golf balls on the course before you can make a decision. In the end, it is this on-course testing that will reveal which ball is the best choice for you.

Once you get out onto the links to test out a few models, keep the following tips in mind.

  • Watch the flight of the ball carefully. The way the ball flies toward the target is going to tell you most of the story. You aren’t going to be able to measure the height of the trajectory of the amount of curve on the shot, but you should still get a good feel for how each ball is travelling. If you are testing a number of different golf balls, consider taking notes as you go along so you can remember what you like – and what you don’t like – about each ball. Having notes will be helpful when you are ready to review your testing and make a decision.
  • Try to hit a variety of shots. As you test different golf ball models, try a number of different kinds of shots to make sure you have variety at your disposal. Specifically, be sure to attempt some punch shots, as they can be tough with a low compression ball. It is great for a ball to fly high in the air on a standard shot, but you also want to be able to hit it low when necessary. Try a few different kinds of shots to see if a given ball will work with you, or if it is only able to produce one kind of trajectory.
  • See which one you trust. At the end of the day, you want to be using a golf ball you can trust. You should stand over the ball and feel like you are going to hit a good shot – and you should feel like your ball is up for whatever challenge you throw its way. It may take a bit of time, but on-course testing should allow you to determine which of the various golf balls you trust the most. Don’t discount this element, as there are few things on the course as important as your confidence. If one specific low compression ball is giving you the feeling that you can play at a higher level, don’t think too hard about that conclusion – trust it and make that ball your model of choice.

Low compression golf balls are not for everyone, but they do occupy an important segment of the market. If your game matches up with what is offered by low compression balls, and you find one during testing that you like, opting for that ball may be one of the best decisions you can make for your game. We hope the information provided in this article will help you find the right golf ball for your game, whether that ball happens to be a low compression model or not. Good luck!