A golf ball is a vital part in any golf game. There are different balls for different golfing preferences, so choosing from a wide array of specialized balls which will cater to the player’s regular golfing needs is definitely a must.
Golf balls, when manufactured by top-tier golfing equipment companies, such as Callaway Golf, are categorized mostly by how they are made, and what materials were used to make them. These factors affect the whole performance of the ball. Some materials are lightweight, and will have an effect in the speed and lift of the ball. Other balls will be made of a more compressed material, requiring the golfer to hit harder.
Companies like Callaway Golf offer different types of golf balls, each type made for different preferences.
Here are some examples of the types of golf balls that the golfer can choose from:
•Softness-based – the ball’s low compression makes it go faster and farther, reducing the spin and covering more distance that players prefer. With the reduced spin, the ball flies straight, thus affecting distance.
•Swing-speed dependent – designed to match with the player’s swing speed. It will provide outstanding aerodynamic performance, having a penetrating and long ball flight due to its low speed lift. This golf ball also features softness, but this time, it’s in the material used to make the ball’s cover. It helps to control the player’s shots around the green. The soft inner core of the ball will lower the spin, and the firm outer core adds to the control of the ball’s spin.
•Swing-speed dependent, multi-layer – the low spin of the ball makes the ball hook and slice through the fairway, given that the swing speed of the player is moderate. With its multi-layer design, players can also have full control of the ball.
•Speed-dependent – made for excellent aerodynamics, the player will experience less drag as the ball penetrates at a longer distance. It has a fast core to achieve a high ball speed, covering a max distance. The inner and outer mantles of the ball are made to be thin for maximum speed, and the cover enhances durability.
•Core-based – the core of this ball is highly resilient and has low compression, providing fast ball speeds, maximizing distance, as well as improving the accuracy of each hit.
•Cover-based – the cover of these balls is made of a durable material called monomer, promoting straighter and longer drives through a low spin. Its high level energy core is designed for extreme distance and maximum launch speed, enough to withstand all conditions of the game.
•Large Core-based – the core of this ball is resilient and large, giving the ball a greater speed. With the softness of the core’s compression, it gives the player a straighter shot and allows the ball to travel long distances (due to the lower drive spin). The ball’s cover is usually made of a soft monomer, giving the player control and just the right feel when the ball is in the green. The ball uses the mantle layer, which is thin and soft, to attain maximum speed.
The materials used in making a golf ball vary depending on what the manufacturer’s specialty is. Callaway Golf, for example, makes their golf balls in a variety of core compression levels, and it will affect the overall speed of the ball.
Golf balls are traditionally white in color, but there are other colors to choose from, usually in the neon shade. Neon balls are much more visible on the green and in the air. In fact, top manufacturers, like Callaway Golf, allow the golfer to buy multi-colored ball sets – a box with two or more colors of golf balls inside.
There are lots of types of golf balls to choose from. Don’t end up confused though, just choose the golf ball that suits your playing style.