Our golf specialist shares his knowledge in the basics of golf ball types and their respective playing characteristics

Golf Ball Differences Explained
Having been a PGA Golf Professional for over twenty-seven years, I have lost count of the number of times that I have been asked by customers “Mark, what is the difference between a
Wilson Ultra Golf Ball and a Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball? Why do the prices vary so dramatically per dozen?”

There are many technical claims by the manufacturers as to why their particular golf ball is better than the comparable one made by another manufacturer. What you really need to know is the basic differences between a budget golf ball and a top of the range golf ball; so, here we go!

Budget Golf Ball
Very durable – will not scuff, cut or mark easily and will so last longer.
This Golf Ball Spins Less.
Generally this ball is a Distance Golf Ball.
Budget Golf Balls have a Hard Cover and so “less feel” for the golfer.

Top of the Range Golf Ball
This Golf Ball Spins More.
Gives the better golfer more control of his shots around the greens
Softer Cover on the ball allowing the better golfer to have a better feel of the spin on the shot and be able to manoeuvre his shots with spin when needed.
The better golfer can use his skills to control this type of golf ball.

Points of Note
Unless the golfer plays golf to a good standard most golfers will probably not be able to feel the difference between the different types or qualities of golf balls.
All manufacturers make a full range of comparable golf ball types e.g. Budget, Mid-Range and Top of the Range Golf Balls.
Mid-Range golf balls combine most of the distance of the budget golf balls with a little bit more of the control of the top of the range golf balls.

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