Over my many years of golfing, golf has changed. Some things for the better and others, well, not so much. What has remained constant is the attempts of equipment manufactures to make changes regardless the value. As consumers, we understand that they do this to make money and that is okay when you live in a market economy. However, I do have to discuss the recent changes to the golf ball; it seems that they might have gone a step too far!
Recently, I played a couple of rounds with my friend Mike where he decided to use an orange golf ball. This is not overly unusual, however the finish was of matte design I found it very difficult just to look at the ball. I mean, even in my hand I could not look at his ball. For some reason it was an assault on my visual senses.
When he hit the ball I could track it in the air, but once it fell below the height of the horizon, I could not see it at all. It was like a magic trick and his ball dissappeared from my vision completely. I found this a bit frustrating because it is the responsibility of play partners to track the hitters ball to ensure it does not get lost; in this case, Mike was on his own.
I have tried the various colours offered for golf balls, but I always gravitate back to white. This colour best fits my eye when tracking it in the air (although grey skies do pose a bit of a challenge), chipping and putting. I see sharp defined edges and this allows me to focus in on my striking point. It seems that white coloured golf balls is my preference and I am not the only one:
After many different attempts, I think I will stick with the traditional white golf ball. The colour fits best for my visual cues and it offers a level of confidence when focusing on a specific hit point. I realize that many players do not mind and can see the different colours better; but for me, white golf balls are the answer.
What colour golf balls do you prefer?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!