By Paul Myers
The decisions you make regarding your golf equipment don’t stop with the clubs that are in your bag. The golf ball you decide to play with is important, and if you want to get the best possible performance from your swing and your game, it’s great if the golf ball matches your skills. A golf ball that isn’t a good match for your swing can ruin all of the hard work that you have put into your swing, and leave you frustrated as to what is going wrong.
One mistake that is made by some amateur golfers is simply choosing a golf ball because they see it being used on television by their favorite golfer. Your swing probably isn’t very similar to that of your favorite player, so copying their choice of ball is probably not a good strategy. It’s better to pick a ball based on your particular skills and swing characteristics, not those of someone else.
Can You Handle the Spin?
Generally speaking, the more expensive a golf ball is, the more it will spin. Of course, that is not a hard and fast rule. If you are looking at top-of-the-line tour model golf balls, you can expect them to offer high spin rates. Is that a good thing? Well, it depends on whether or not you are able to control that spin and use it to your advantage.
An accomplished golfer who can control their ball flight should probably use a high-spin ball because it allows them to stop the ball quicker on the greens and provides for more feel on chip shots and putts. Nearly every professional golfer uses a quality ball that will spin and that fits their game.
The downside of that spin is that it can make your bad shots worse. For example, if you are a golfer who tends to fight a slice, a high-spin (expensive) golf ball could make your slice worse. Many golfers have been frustrated after purchasing an expensive box of golf balls only to see their performance suffer as a result. The simply reality is that not all golfers are good enough to use such a golf ball. It just doesn’t fit their game. A lower-spin, and possibly less-expensive, golf ball may be the better choice for players who aren’t yet able to manage their ball flight consistently swing after swing.
Trial and Error is Key
Just like when you are shopping for a new driver, testing out golf ball options for yourself is a way to find the right one to add to your bag. A reputable club fitter can help you decide on which type of ball may be best for you. But you never really know how a ball will perform until you actually hit it with your club under real on-course conditions. Instead of investing in a full dozen golf balls just to try them out, see if you can find sleeves of three balls for sale in a variety of brands and models that you or your club fitter think will fit your game. After a period of trying them all out, it will probably become clear quite quickly which one is the best match for your game.
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