The second installment of which golf ball that is best for you will focus on the construction materials of the golf ball. Originally, I was going to talk about the different internal compounds and external covers, however it was turning into a science lesson; definitely not the intent of this post!
I did however, find a video from Wired that quickly sums up the science portion of golf ball construction.
More important to my interest is the number of pieces in a golf ball. Understanding this area is more valuable to the average player.
Golf balls are generally constructed in 2, 3, or 4 pieces. Each layer within a golf ball adds something specific to the dynamics of its ball flight, feel, and distance. Regardless of the construction, a golf ball cannot be heavier than 1.620 ounce (45.93 grams), a diameter not less than 1.680 inches (42.67 millimeters). There are other rules governing the golf ball, but since we are not manufacturers, I think it is OK to skip that part.
- 1-Piece. This ball is designed for beginners and use at driving range.
- 2-Piece. This ball type is designed for durability and greatest distance. It is designed for the mid-high handicap player who have lower swing rates. These ball generally have a harder surlyn that does not cut easily.
- 3-Piece. This ball is designed for the mid to lower handicap players who value spin around the green. These balls have a softer feel when struck. These ball generally have a softer urethane that scuff easier than a surlyn.
- 4- Piece. This ball is designed to imbue the positive qualities of a 2 and 3 piece ball. Greatest distance with a soft feel makes the ball a possible choice for lower handicap players.
- 5-Piece. In 2010, TaylorMade were the innovators of the five-piece golf ball. Each layer is engineered to optimize performance in five key areas that skilled player’s desire: driver, long irons, middle irons, short irons and short wedge shots.
Using swing speed to determine the type of ball to use did not seem to great of a factor when making a golf ball select. However, as the number of layers increased, so does the price of the golf ball.
My understanding of golf ball construction has increased, but not to the point where I am ready to make an informed decision. My next post will cover other aspects of golf ball to consider. Stay tuned for more!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!