I stumbled across this video on golf ball myths and found it very interesting. Clay Ballard from Top Speed Golf debunks some ideas about golf balls that many amateurs should know. As you watch the video, Ballard provides stats on golf ball performance that could save you money in the long run. Up front, I am not associated with Top Speed Golf or any specific golf ball and the information provided is for you to use as you see fit.
As I watched the video, I was impressed by his frank approach at explaining some of the myths of golf balls. Here are my top three take aways:
All golf balls react the same basic way off the driver. There is very little advantage gained by using a “harder ball” in the attempts to gain distance off the tee. Expensive or not, the performance is relatively the same when letting the “big dog eat”. After thinking about it, I would agree with Ballard’s assessment; except for one ball (Forte Tour Performance), I have not notice any major difference when hit the same way. I would suggest that the top end golf balls perform better on a miss hit with the driver, but this is opinion only.
How the layers of a golf ball works to produce spin is very interesting. The second layer allows the top lay to compress to add bit to the club face makes perfect sense. Hence the reason why 3 and 4 piece golf balls are better for playing within 40 yards of the green.
Cold weather equalizes all golf balls. Because the cold temperature reduces the effectiveness of the a 3 and 4 piece ball, using a cheaper ball in colder weather makes sense. The results off the club will be the same, so why not use a more inexpensive ball when playing. I have recommended that for years and I use the Wilson 50 in the spring and fall. They are very inexpensive and I do not notice a major difference in performance when chipping. To be fair, there is some difference, but not enough to warrant paying 3 times as much for a dozen golf balls.
I am not entirely convinced I agree with Ballard’s view on compression because it is counter to what I understand. I will have to give this some more thought and research before changing my mind. However, I am open to his viewpoint and I enjoying the discussion.
I am not sure if this article helps you select the right ball moving forward, but at least you will be better informed.
Did the video provide any information you did not already know? If so, please share.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!