2021 Performance Golf Balls

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1Selecting the right golf ball is a critical step toward better golf. Unlike the rest of the equipment being used, the golf ball factors into every shot.

So which ball is best for you?

There are many golf balls in the marketplace and all are being marketed differently. “This one is soft, this one is hard, this one is long, this one is better for slow swing speeds or high-spin or low trajectory.” In an instant gratification world, it’s understandable why the majority of golfers just grab a sleeve of balls at the course based on the golf staff’s recommendation. Instead, let’s review how Tour professionals test/fit their golf balls:

Start on the Putting Green

Elite players all start on the putting green. Start by bouncing a few different types of golf balls off the face of your putter. By doing so, you will feel/hear how soft each one is. Today, there are a lot of 2-piece balls that are actually made softer than tour balls. A Tour-caliber ball with a thin cast urethane cover will be quieter and softer. It’s important to choose a ball that sounds & feels right. After all, more than 30 percent of your strokes will come off the putter face.

The Recovery Zone (Inside 40 Yards)

I call this the “recovery zone,” because if a golfer is off the green 40 yards and using a wedge, he/she has missed the green in regulation and now needs to recover by getting up and down for par. Since an average 15-handicap golfer only hits about four greens per round, a lot of time should be spent in this zone when testing balls.  Using the club you prefer on short pitch shots, hit a series of small chips and flops to evaluate the ball’s behavior. Did the ball stop immediately? Bounce once and check? Run out? This can be an arduous process, but will be one of the biggest determining factors in choosing the ball right for you.

The Scoring Zone (Inside 100 Yards)

This is the distance where players are the most accurate. It is also where performance differs from ball-to-ball.  In my experience with Tour pros and average players, the better player will spin the ball with their wedges twice as much and as a result, are able to zip the ball backward. Having a ball that will stop faster and reduce roll out may eliminate additional strokes. As a general rule, if the ball is settling near the pitch mark (and not running out), it is a good fit.

Approach Shots (Inside 165 Yards)

The final step in finding the right golf ball is with mid and long irons shots to test the ball’s performance into a headwind. Which ball travels at the highest peak trajectory? If a ball is consistency shorter, it may be spinning too much.

Off The Tee

All golf balls today travel the same distance, so I don’t advocate ball fitting with a driver. The proper loft, shaft selection and strength are the best ways to add extra distance!

 

2Bridgestone e12 Contact

Bridgestone e12 Contact

29.95

www.BridgestoneGolf.com

The e12 Contact is straight distance you can see. A true game-changer is a new Contact Force dimple, which features a unique structure with a raised area in the center and an outer portion that slows horizontal rotation during flight. The raised area allows for 38 percent more contact with the clubface at impact than traditional dimples, yielding a much more efficient transfer of energy and improved core activation. The result is faster ball speed and straight distance with every club in the bag. The ball is available in white, matte green, matte red, and matte yellow colors.


WHAT WE LIKE:
Raised areas on the ball face gives you extra pop.

3Bridgestone e6

Bridgestone e6

$24.99

www.BridgestoneGolf.com.

The e6 promises soft feel and long distance. The reformulated e6 is designed for golfers with moderate swing speeds seeking maximum distance on all shots. The ball has the heritage of e6 in a construction that is now easier to compress thanks to a larger and softer core. A new two-piece construction with low compression core is designed for high ball speed while maintaining soft feel. The ball is available in white and optic yellow.

WHAT WE LIKE: A ball made for golfers with moderate swing speeds.

4Titleist Tour Soft

Titleist Tour Soft

$34.99

www.Titleist.com

The Tour Soft is designed to deliver soft feel with plenty of distance off the tee, and replaces the NXT Tour and NXT Tour S in the company’s lineup. The Tour Soft was designed to feel significantly softer at impact than the NXT balls, while still delivering distance off the tee and surprising amounts of short game control. The Tour Soft features a large core that measures 1.6 inches in diameter to ensure greater speed off the clubface and longer distance.

WHAT WE LIKE: Soft feel around the greens with excellent distance off the tee.

5Titleist Tour Speed

Titleist Tour Speed

$34.99

www.Titleist.com

The Tour Soft is designed to deliver soft feel with plenty of distance off the tee, and replaces the NXT Tour and NXT Tour S in the company’s lineup. The Tour Soft was designed to feel significantly softer at impact than the NXT balls, while still delivering distance off the tee and surprising amounts of short game control. The Tour Soft features a large core that measures 1.6 inches in diameter to ensure greater speed off the clubface and longer distance.

WHAT WE LIKE: Large core delivers great speed off the clubface for distance, soft feel around the greens.

6Titleist Velocity

Titleist Velocity

$27.99

www.Titleist.com

The Velocity’s two-piece ball construction features the patented LSX core technology that the company claims to be the “the fastest solid core” of any golf ball on the market. With this core, initial velocity is increased allowing for better distance. Additionally, a 328 spherically-tiled tetrahedral dimple design reduce the ball’s drag while in the air, allowing for high flight and long carry. The Velocity is also an ideal choice for around and on the green, as it has superb feel.

WHAT WE LIKE: Great distance off the tee without sacrificing feel.

7Titleist TruFeel

Titleist TruFeel

$22.99

www.Titleist.com

The TruFeel is the softest Titleist golf ball with low spin for long distance along with excellent control into and around the green. A proprietary TruFlex cover is designed for excellent control on your short shots to help you play better, score lower and enjoy the game. The aerodynamics of the TruFeel have been enhanced to maximize flight to allow for more distance off the tee and on approach shots to the greens. This is a ball for the player looking for all-around performance.

WHAT WE LIKE: Excellent and approach shots to green, good all-round
performance.

8Volvik Soiice

Volvik Solice

$34.99

www.Volvik.com

The high launch, low spin, and enhanced distance of the Solice are generated by Volvik’s Nano Bi High Energy Resilient Core. The ball offers improved greenside control with consistent spin from a soft V-HPF mantle Volvik’s unique high gloss metallic coating increases ball flight visibility and durability. There’s a patented 322 dimple design that helps the ball deliver flight consistency and exceptional distance.

WHAT WE LIKE: A high launch and low spin rate results in enhanced distance off the tee.

9Volvik Vivid

Volvik Vivid

$32.99

www.Volvik.com

The Vivid features maximum spin off the driver, along with a high launch angle and more distance driven by the company’s Nano Bi High Energy Resilient Core. The ball’s patented matte finish and vibrant colors minimizes glare on the surface and promotes concentration and improved ball striking. Vivid colors were also developed to improve increased visibility in flight. The V•A•S (Volvik Alignment System) was created as a visual key off the tee and on the green.

WHAT WE LIKE: Great spin off the driver for more distance, VAS alignment system a plus.

10Volvik XT Soft

Volvik XT Soft

$37.99

wwwVolvik.com

The XT is a three-piece ball with a urethane cover and a soft compression for explosive distance off the tee. The ball also produces accurate greenside control with its VU-X urethane cover; a cube octahedron dimple design provides ball flight stability; a VU-X urethane cover maximizes feel and shot shaping control; and the V•A•S (Volvik Alignment System) was created as a visual key off the tee and on the green. The ball comes in multiple colors to fit the eye of every golfer.

WHAT WE LIKE: Superior distance and great feel is a winning
combination.

11Volvik XT AMT

$34.99

www.Volvik.com

The XT AMT employs advanced material technology to create a ball that offers  enhanced distance and more accurate ball flight generated by a dual power core. A matte finish delivers optimized soft feel and greenside spin, and extreme accuracy is delivered with a 360-degree alignment system. A patented seamless dimple design produces improved ball flight stability to keep shots from the tee and fairway on line and headed toward the intended target.

WHAT WE LIKE: A 360-degree alignment system promotes stable ball flight.

12Volvik Crystal

Volvik Crystal

$24.99

www.Volvik.com

The Crystal offers maximum visibility thanks to its bright colors and semi-transparent cover. Extreme distance is provided by a highly resilient soft power core. Stable and consistent ball flight comes from an innovative aerodynamic technology. Longer distance and superior control, consistent and accurate control on approach shots and putts is a result of the ball’s soft and comfortable feel on all shots.

WHAT WE LIKE: Bright colors help the golfer focus on each shot.

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Tom Landers is President, Publisher and Founder of Golfing Magazine. Tom has an extensive background as an entrepreneur in golf, publishing & editorial and internet production. He has over 25 years experience in the golf industry and over 15 years experience in the publishing industry, both online and in the print medium. Tom Landers is an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur having owned and operated such diverse enterprises as a Public Relations company, a golf consulting business and Golfing Magazine.