What is golf without a ball? To the uninitiated, golf balls may see alike. To them, once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. However, golf enthusiasts know otherwise. There is a wide variety of golf balls in the market. Each manufacturer has its own range of golf balls designed for different types of golfers. Choosing the right golf ball depends on your golfing style and needs.
In general, a golf ball must not be more than 45.93 grams (1.620 ounces) and it must not be less than 42.67 mm (1.680 in) in diameter. Regulations set by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the United States Golf Association must be followed or else the golf ball may not be used in competitions. Golf balls used to be made of either wood, feathers, or rubber. However, modern golf balls are now made of a variety of other materials such as titanium compounds.
To improve aerodynamics, golf balls are designed with â€œdimplesâ€ or shallow holes on the surface. The average golf ball has about 300 to 350 dimples. Golf balls are required to be as symmetrical as possible.
So how do golf balls differ? There are several designs for golf balls today, each suited for a different purpose. The two-piece ball is made up of a solid core and a cover. This kind of ball serves best for long distance shots. The three-piece ball, on the other hand, gives you more control. The three-piece ball consists of the cover which hides the elastic windings, which in turn are wrapped around the solid core.
Even golf ball covers are not the same. The most common types of covers are the Balata cover and Surlyn cover. The former is softer and provides more control regarding the spin. The latter is stronger and more durable.
If you are looking for a golf ball just for practice, there is no need for you to buy the top quality golf balls. That would just be a waste of money. You have a wide range of practice golf balls to choose from. Different manufacturers have their own set of practice balls. You can even opt to purchase quality used golf balls just for practice sessions.
When buying golf balls, you should keep in mind some important points. First ask yourself: “What kind of player am I – beginner, intermediate or advance?” As a beginner, the cheaper golf balls would meet your needs. There is no need to spend more than you should at this stage. Second, evaluate your style when you play. Are you a short or long hitter? How do you hit the ball? Do you need more control and feel from the ball? These things should be factored in when choosing a golf ball. Third, decide what you want from the ball. That is, what features and performance do you expect to get out of the ball. This consideration is basically for advanced players.
You can get all the information you need about golf balls from the product description themselves. Figure out what you need and then check out different manufacturers. Some of the best golf ball brands are: Callaway, Dunlop, MaxFli, Nike, Pinnacle, Precept, Prostaff, Slazenger, Srixon, Titleist, Top Flite, and Wilson.