Golf Balls: What Type Should You Buy?
Have you ever walked into your local golf store or a nearby Dick's
Sporting Goods store to get some golf balls? It may seem like the
easiest task at hand as you walk from your car, through the parking
lot, and into the store. You're just there to pick up some good
old golf balls for your game later that evening. You pass a nice
looking golf shirt, some golf shoes, and then you see them. You
stop dead in your tracks.
The shelves... upon shelves... upon shelves of golf balls seem to
stare blankly at you. And they all seem to be screaming at the same
time: Long distance, More spin, More control, Hi-spin, Raw distance
fusion. Raw distance fusion? you ask yourself.
Ok, time out! It's time to take a deep breath and relax. No, the
golf ball world does not want to make you have a panic attack before
you even get out on the green! But, it is no question that buying
golf balls, even for some experienced golfers, can be a tad bit
confusing. Let's take a closer look at the basic types of golf balls
on the market today and perhaps this will help you in your next
endeavor into the store!
Basic Facts About Golf Balls
To begin, there are some specifications that all golf balls must
meet in order to be sold for golfers. First, all regulated golf
balls have a size limit. This limit is 1.68 inches in diameter.
And, a golf ball cannot be any heavier than 1.62 ounces. The only
other specification that must be met on a golf ball is it's shape
- yes, it must be round! No square, rectangle, or triangle balls
The Iimportance of Golf Ball Compression
Quite simply put, the compression of a golf ball will give you
a certain feeling from having hit the ball - it will either feel
solid or not solid enough. The higher the compression of a golf
ball, the more solid it will feel to you. Typically, golf ball compressions
are rated between 80 and 100 - 90 being the most common. What type
of golf ball compression you favor is completely up to you. In the
game of golf, no two players are the same.
Golf Ball Coverings
Golf ball coverings come in two main types of materials: Surlyn
and Balata. First, a golf ball covered with the material Surlyn
cannot be scuffed or broken. This is because Surlyn is a manmade
substance that withstands a great amount of pressure and outside
damage. A golf ball made of Surlyn also has a solid core on the
inside The positive aspects of getting golf balls covered with Surlyn
are that they are fairly inexpensive, have a long life, and can
travel far distances. On the other hand, these balls get less spin
The other type of golf ball to look at is one that is made with
Balata. Balata balls have liquid-filled cores. These cores are then
bound together with rubber and covered with Balata - which is a
fairly soft covering. Although a Balata covering can be nicked and
cut up, it allows the ball to have more spin and backspin than otherwise
usual. For you, this means more control over your golf ball. Despite
its higher cost and shorter life on the golf course, it is a good
choice of balls for experienced players.
Once you find the golf ball that is right for you, the only thing
you will have to get nervous about is whether or not you should
buy one case or two of them!
By: Matthew Hick - Golf Articles at eGolf-Today.com.
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