Shooting a Golf Ball Out of a Cannon…..What?

I am fortunate because I am able to play, watch, read, and think about my favorite game without too many restrictions. I try to stay on top of the many different changes to the game, but sometimes I come across something just fun. Well actually, I had this video sent to me and just had to share them. Enjoy!

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How To Pick Your Golf Ball | The Grateful Golfer

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. Continue reading

Which Golf Ball is Best for You? – Pt4

The Grateful GolferThis will be the last article on series of ‘Which golf ball is best for you?’ Previously, we have talk about compression, composition, and design. My intent was to provide you, the reader, with enough information to make your golf ball selection easier. I believe that using the correct ball for your swing needs is vital to producing lower golf scores.

I would suspect that most amateurs focus on cost vs performance of a golf ball. I am bargain shopper, but I sometimes I will pay a bit more for my golf ball if I believe it will help my game. Regardless of how you select your golf ball, there are a couple of points you should keep in mind before putting your money on the counter. Continue reading

Different Golf Swings – Pt2

Last night during my indoor golf league at Rhino Sports, I realized that a different golf swing is required for different course conditions. It was strange, but I had to adjust my swing to fit the hard playing surface of the indoor simulator to get distance with my clubs!

Normally, I trap the ball as seen in the video below. I have found that trapping the ball offers more distance and better control with my irons. However, this style of swing does not fit my woods or hybrids; so like many players I play a more of a sweeping swing with them. Continue reading

Which Golf Ball is Best for You? – Pt3

Frog 2 golf balls

Choosing the right golf ball may lower your score!

The feed back so far on my “Which golf ball is best for you” series has been inconclusive. Many players have selected their golf ball in the same way as me – feel, availability, and cost. The previous two posts, Part 1 and Part 2, have covered topics of construction and the number of pieces of a golf ball. To this point, this information provided a valuable insight into selecting a golf ball, but nothing conclusive.

This installment will include cover type, compression, and dimples. These three topics are important because they offer a greater selection for players who are looking for the right golf ball!

Golf Balls have two basic cover types: surlyn or urethane. Surlyn is a harder surface that is considered more durable and enhances distance. Urethane, which has replaced the balata cover, is softer and offers better feel and control; however urethane marks easier and is not as resilient.

“Golf compression rates determine what balls are used by different levels of golfers. Compression creates density in the golf ball, which may affect distance and loft. The golf ball is compressed and flattened by the force of the impact. The lower compression of the ball results in the ball ;travelling farther as the club’s energy creates energy, transferring it to the ball. The ball’s compression handles the high-speed and impact of the club, and allows flexibility so that the ball can recoil and not break apart.” (Golfsmith.com)

“Dimples on a golf ball create a thin turbulent boundary layer of air that clings to the ball’s surface. This allows the smoothly flowing air to follow the ball’s surface a little farther around the back side of the ball, thereby decreasing the size of the wake.” (Scientific America)

The type of cover, compression and dimples all effect a golf ball’s performance. There are many thoughts and reasons to select a golf ball based on its construction. Yet, the increasing information about golf balls seems to confound my decision on which ball to choose.

As I learn more about golf balls, the more my choice becomes clearer and yet, more confusing. How about you?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!