If you are a beginner or you just want to know more about golf balls and the differences between them, then you’re looking in the right place. Before you get too interested in exactly what brand and type of golf balls to buy there are some things you need to know about how they react when being struck by the club face. The compression of the golf ball in relation to the swing speed is important, the spin and the different layers of the golf ball are also important. A couple other things you will want to know about are the cover composition and the number of dimples on the ball.

Some things you will want to consider when looking for the best golf balls for beginners are how much you are willing to pay for them. Do you want to buy new ones ? or would you rather buy used golf balls ? Being a beginner golfer means that you should be more interested in the best golf balls for distance because your swing speed won’t be that fast and you will need the distance. After you’ve been golfing a few years you might be interested in golf balls that have more spin for better control around the greens, but first learn the basics about golf balls and work on your skills on the driving range and the golf course.

Compression, Spin, and Golf Ball Composition

Golf ball compression is a pretty important thing to understand because a lower compression ball spins less and gives you more accuracy when you are a beginner, it also makes better contact with the club face, unless you hit it really poorly. Another nice thing about lower compression golf balls is that they have a softer feel to them and are sometimes used by players with a faster swing speed for that reason. Compression ranges for golf balls are between 0 and 200. Most golf balls range between 35 and 100 in compression. The different compositions of golf balls you will find are as follows: one piece, two piece, and multilayered 3, 4, and 5 piece. One piece balls are low grade for use on the driving ranges, two piece are the best golf balls for beginners because they don’t spin much, so they fly straight and have good distance for players with high handicap scores and lower swing speeds, but they are harder to control around the greens.

Three layer golf balls have a solid core with rubber in between the core and cover of the ball. The cover is softer than that of the two piece and the ball has more spin which makes it a better choice for a player that is more skilled than a beginner. The multilayered balls that have four or five layers are mostly used by the pros because they are designed to have the most spin and distance for players with fast swing speeds, the high level of backspin makes them great for having control on the greens. The thin cover of the ball also helps with control but has very little durability and you will likely go through a couple of balls every round you play. Two main types of cover materials used on golf balls are surlyn and polyurethane. Surlyn covered golf balls will be your likely choice since they the ones made for more distance which helps beginners. Polyurethane covered golf balls are softer with more spin and control for advanced players and pros. The number of dimples on the ball isn’t of too much concern other than you will want the ones that have wider, shallower and fewer dimples because they are better for distance.

How Much To Pay For Golf Balls

One thing you can count on as a beginner in golf is losing a lot of golf balls, so you probably won’t want to spend much money on new ones. The cheaper golf balls that you find will work just fine, they are usually two piece balls made for distance anyway. The more expensive golf balls are made for advanced players that know how to use them, they will only cause more problems for you as a beginner. Used or recycled golf balls could be a good choice for you since you can buy them in bulk at a good price. Look for the grading of the golf balls, they range from A to AAAAA. The A grade golf balls are very damaged, the AA balls are poor in condition, the AAA grade are playable, and the AAAA grade balls are very good condition. AAAAA grade golf balls are mint condition. You should buy one of the top two grades for use out on the course because they will be almost like new and they will be very affordable as well. The other grades of golf balls would be better suited for practice.

Best Golf Balls For Distance (For Beginners)

Here is a list of some of the best golf balls for distance which are usually preferred by beginners: Titleist Velocity – Titleist is the #1 brand in golf balls, the velocity golf balls are made for more distance but a softer feel around the greens, only problem is they are more expensive than other similar golf balls. TaylorMade Burner golf balls are a good choice they have good distance, durability and cut through the wind really well. Pinnacle Soft is a good beginner ball with low compression and great distance also more affordable. Callaway Supersoft have a very low compression rating of 35 and they have a good soft feel with great distance and durability. Srixon Soft Feel are another good beginner choice because of their low compression design for golfers with swing speeds around 70 mph. Callaway Warbird golf balls are ideal for high handicap players that need more distance at a reasonable price. Srixon AD333 golf balls are a good choice for beginner to intermediate players, they are made for maximum distance but better responsiveness and control around the greens. TaylorMade Project (a) golf balls are designed for amateur players who want more spin for control in the short game but still want the maximum distance off the tee, they are more expensive than the other golf balls normally bought by amateurs.

Golf Balls With The Best Spin (What The Pros Use)

The two most commonly used golf balls on the PGA tour are the Titleist Pro V1 and Titleist Pro V1x, obviously they are designed for professional golfers with high swing speeds greater than 100 mph. The control around the greens is great because of the high spin rate that the pros are used to working with. The only major difference between the two types of balls is that the Pro V1x balls are made for more distance off the tee. Here are some players that like Pro V1 and ProV1x balls: Henrik Stenson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Ricky Fowler, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson. TaylorMade Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X are also used by tour professionals with swing speeds over 100 mph. The Tour Preferred X is made for more spin and better control on the greens and is used buy players like Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Jason Day and Sergio Garcia. The Callaway Chrome Soft is a good choice for a lot of spin and control in the short game and around the greens if you are a seasoned player or pro. Some pro players that use the Callaway Chrome Soft are Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed. The Bridgestone B330 and B330-S are very popular with tour professionals as well.

Which Golf Balls Should You Choose

Now that you’ve had a chance to learn some important details about golf balls like the construction of the ball, the cover composition, and the compression of the ball you are ready to decide which golf balls you want to try out or buy. A two piece construction would be your best bet because of the increased distance, durability and cheaper price. Any of the golf balls in the section above with the title Best Golf Balls For Distance (For Beginners) would be a good choice, just look for low compression and affordability. If you don’t want to buy new golf balls than you can buy some used or recycled golf balls in bulk just make sure they are high grade good quality golf balls. Whatever you decide have fun trying out different golf balls until you find the brand and type that best suits you.