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What Compression Golf Ball Should I Use

what compression golf ball should i use
what compression golf ball should i use

What does a golf ball compression rating mean?

The golf ball compression ratings range between a score of 30 and 120. The softest being 30, and the hardest being 120.

Low compression golf balls are softer balls.

Higher compression golf balls are harder balls.

Do low compression or high compression go a further distance?

Compression and ball speed are related very closely.

  • Generally, for FAST SWINGS OVER 105 MPH specifically, lower compression (softer) balls produce less ball speed and these fast swinging golfers lose distance with a low compression ball.
  • “Soft balls are slow balls” is a confusing catch phrase thrown around the internet, so don’t get confused.
  • The biggest loss in distance using low compression golf balls is only for a higher swing speed (105 mph+) with the driver.
  • For slower players (below 85 mph driver swing speed), the differences in ball speed and distance discrepancies between high and low compression balls are so small that we can disregard the notion that ‘soft is slow’ in this instance.
  • For golfers who have swing speeds over 85 mph, producing more spin in excess of 2,750 rpm with the driver, lower spin produced by the low compression golf ball can actually make up for the distance you might lose with that same ‘soft’ low compression ball.
  • In other words, the low compression ball reduces backspin enough to negate the ‘slow’ ball speed so that you actually benefit from the low compression ball.

As swing speed comes down, especially on iron shots, low-compression balls may be faster than firmer balls.

Soft balls make slow ball speeds but under the conditions above, the softer covers on high compression balls explain the differences in speed.

It’s important to also remember that, soft balls do not spin.

The same design principles that make a ball soft also make a ball spin less.

The lowest spinning balls are low-compression balls throughout the bag; whether you look at the wedges, irons and even the driver.

If you need straighter shots with your driver or to remove spin in your irons, soft (low compression) balls work great. If however, you need more spin on approach shots, the soft low compression balls are not for you.

How does compression affect spin on the ball?

Low compression balls otherwise known as soft balls, are lower spinning than firm balls. The reason is the way they are constructed, not the compression.

Spin is the result of putting a soft layer (soft cover) around a hard layer (high compression core) and that is why low compression balls spin less. Their core is soft with a hard outer cover.

The covers on low compression balls are often hard ionomer while high compression balls that create high backspin, have a urethane cover.

It is possible to make a lower spinning hard ball but the soft balls spin the least in general.

How can low spin, low compression balls hold a green?

Most low compression golf balls have dimple patterns on the cover that create high trajectory shots.

The ball is made to create a higher ball flight and steeper landing angle to negate the loss of backspin and that is how the ball will stop closer to its pitchmark.

The soft inside core of softer balls means that soft or low compression balls usually produce lower spin.

Lower spin on a driver shot means a straighter ball flight, but a low spin iron shot can make it more difficult to stop the ball when you land on the green.

Any golf ball with a urethane cover (MULTI PLAYER TOUR BALL) will create more spin than a non-urethane cover (low compression 2 layer ball). By wrapping a high compression golf ball in a soft urethane cover, spin is created.

Does compression affect spin around the greens?

The main way that spin is produced on your short shots is from putting a soft layer around the hard layer – in other words, a urethane cover around the firm core of the ball.

Urethane golf balls will spin much more than ionomer/surlyn golf balls. This is universal and does not depend on a compression. If you want the most spin, you need golfball with 3 layers or more, and a urethane cover.

Callaway Super Soft, Srixon Soft Feel, and Wilson DUO will spin less around the green than a Tour ball like the Titleist Pro V1, Callaway Chrome Soft or Srixon Z-Star. The Tour ball has a urethane cover which is the softest layer of the ball, but underneath that, is a very firm layer. Onlymultiple layer balls with urethane covers spin significantly around the green.

The balls with the biggest difference in urethane softness and the underlying layer firmness will spin the most.