Next to selecting your golf clubs, your golf ball is the most personal piece of equipment you can choose. Before anyone tells you different, there is no right or wrong answer, however I would contest that the ball a professional uses and the ball an amateur uses should be different. The difference is embedded in swing speed, contact, feel, and cost. For those who have a very little idea about some of the factors, you can check out my infographic at this link.
If you are interested in the findings of a fun conversation by a bunch of grateful golfers, then keep reading.
Recently, I asked the question to the many readers of The Grateful Golfer on how they select their golf ball. I was surprised by the in-depth discussion and the effort of the readers to find the right ball. Additionally, I was impressed that the contributors to our golf ball discussion extended all over the world. Many countries like Ireland, Australia, USA, Canada, and New Zealand were represented; as well as the Twitter golf group #golfchat. It truly was a global discussion.
The discussion started with the results of the following poll:
At first, I thought that the poll answered exactly as I thought. Golfers are creatures of habit and will play the same ball they have always played, even if it is not good for their game.
Just after the poll closed, something strange happened. I started to receive feedback that the answer to my question was not as simple as I portrayed. There were other reasons for selecting a golf ball that should not be overlooked.
As we bantered back and forth, other categories emerged and this is what they looked like:
- Feel – how the ball felt while chipping around the green. Distance was not an issue because most balls will be within yards of each other on a normal hit.
- Putting – how the ball rolled of their putter.
- Distance – how well the ball responded to being hit with their driver or long irons.
- 100 Yards in – how the ball responds from 100 yards and on the green. The combination needs to produce the best overall results.
- High Spin Covers – on person only uses balls that produce the maximum spin.
- Weather – how the ball reacts in mixed weather. The cold, wet, sun, and heat. This was an interesting post.
- Swing Speed – the lower the swing speed, the more they recommend moving away for the top end golf balls used by pros. They found that they could not produce the same results.
- Type of Cover – the ball had to have a urethane cover.
- Shape – not really sure what they meant, but I think it was the condition of the ball they found.
- Free – anything free was a popular choice.
Although all the responses added greatly to the conversation, I think the best answer was the all-encompassing process by Keith Cook. He has a plan and as a result chooses a different ball to match the situation.
What also surprised me was the variety of manufacturers represented. Additionally, there was no consensus as to which golf ball was best. If you were wondering, in no particular order, whose names were bantered around:
Everyone had their favorites and their own reasons why. I made a few recommendations and so did others, but I realized that the ball the fit my game might, and this is a big might, fit someone else’s game. As I stated earlier, there are no wrong answers when selecting your golf ball; it is a personal choice. How do you pick your golf ball?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!