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Whether you are a high-handicapper or a weekend duffer, playing the right ball for your ability and skill level is an important part of the game. Not all golf balls are created equal, and the beginner or occasional player doesn’t need the same ball as a links veteran or a tour pro. Understanding golf ball design and performance will help you select the right ball for your level of play. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Compression Rating: Everybody wants more distance in their long game, but some players need more help from the ball than others. One variable to think about is the manufacturer’s compression rating, which usually ranges between about 70 and 110. A lower compression rating is softer and requires less club speed to cause the core to compress and rebound into forward flight. If you’re a beginner, go for golf balls with lower compression ratings as you get used to the game. Expert golfers—who have better control over their swing—can often benefit from harder golf balls with a higher compression rating.
  • Composition: In golf ball technology, distance and control are often at odds with one another. A ball that offers long flight can be difficult for average players to control, and vice versa. The composition of the core and cover—along with the compression rating and the spin traits of a ball—all come into play. In general, the softer the ball, the easier it is to control. When in doubt, consult a club pro for advice on how to select a ball that will give you the most control for your level of play without compromising distance.
  • High Visibility: As you get out onto the course, you’ll want to make sure you can find that pesky little ball once you’ve hit it. Once only available in white, golf balls now come in a variety of colors and patterns to really help yours stand out from the green—and the competition.

Our Picks for the Best Golf Balls on Amazon

Top Pick Overall: Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls

Consistent Flight

These have a softer feel while delivering an increased distance thanks to its solid core. The high-flex casing layer also adds to its speed. Titleist

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Runner Up: Bridgestone Golf e12 Contact Golf Balls (One Dozen)

Soft Core

The dimpled surface creates more surface contact between the item and the club, and it promises straight shots. Bright colors help this ball to stand out from others in your party and the course. Bridgestone Golf

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Budget Pick: Callaway 2021 Supersoft Golf Balls

Six Color Options

This item is optimized to reduce drag, and its multi-material construction increases speed and lowers spin. Callaway

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Also Consider: Nitro Golf Crossfire 45 Ball Pack Golf Balls

85 Compression

This offers long distance and extended durability. Its solid two-piece titanium core gives more energy transfer between the product and the club head. Nitro

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