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What is the Best Golf Ball for Your Game?

Along with the right clubs, the best golf ball will improve your game, no matter how you play, or how much experience you have. However, there are different criteria that must be considered when you go to purchase golf balls. This is because that unlike golf clubs, you will lose and go through golf balls much more often than clubs when you play a course.

A Brief History of the Golf Ball

The golf ball actually started out as a wooden ball in ancient Scotland, and of course, has greatly evolved since then. By the 1700's the golf ball became known as the feathery cube. This was because either goose or chicken feathers were stuffed into a tightly sewn leather ball, which was then coated with some sort of lacquer. This was only the first advance in developing the best golf ball available.

In the 1800's, the Gutta-Percha ball was developed and became the best golf ball available because the latex produced by the trees in Malaysia was hard, but non-brittle. This material innovation actually rejuvenated the game of golf as people were growing tired of the non-functionality of the 'feathery'. Soon, golfers would discover that as the balls became damaged and had a dimpling effect, they would not only go farther, they would also stick to the green around the target once they hit the ground. The rubber golf ball was developed in the 1890's and then in 1932; the modern golf ball was invented. All golf balls today are standardized by size and weight, and are now made of a combination of rubber, plastic, and silicone.

Understanding the Physics of the Golf Ball

Now that the history lesson is over, in order to understand the how to buy the best golf ball, you have to think about what kind of player you are. If you are short hitter, it is best to look for a brand of ball that promises more distance. If you are a long hitter, you may want a ball that doesn't travel as far as the other brands. If you tend to hook or slice, you may want to look at a combination of clubs as well as the best golf ball that will correct the problem. Because of regulations, golf balls can only differ so much, but you can always talk to the pro at your course and see what the best golf ball is to improve your game.

Advice for Beginning Golfers

If you are a beginning golfer, losing golf balls is the first thing you should think about. This means that the best golf ball for your game should be lower in price. If you are a beginner and just starting out with the game, you don't want to purchase the most expensive golf balls because you will lose them frequently. Even though more expensive golf balls will eventually improve your game; as a beginner, you will have to purchase them every time you play. This means that you can wind up paying more money for golf balls than for the green fees.

So, if you are just starting out, the best golf ball to buy are the cheaper golf balls. That way, when you lose them in sand traps and other hazards, you won't be shelling out a lot of money every time you play. As you perform better and lose fewer balls, it will be time to step up to a better brand of ball.

Advice for Intermediate Golfers

The best golf ball for intermediate golfers is the one that will start to improve their game. By the time you become an intermediate golfer, you will have a different feel for the game of golf. While it may not be worth a beginner's time to spend a lot on golf balls (because they should be working on fundamentals like their swing) an intermediate golfer can improve their game with the right balls.

Advice for Advanced Golfers

When you become an advanced golfer, it is time to invest some money in order to get the best golf ball. For advanced golfers, many of the balls are designed for high swing speeds, because these are multi-layer balls. While they are more expensive, these balls will let you reach your maximum potential as a golfer.

More expensive balls are sort of like the icing on the cake in the golf world. Once you are a seasoned player that has mastered their swing and played on multiple courses, a decent ball will help you lower your score by those few points that will give you cause to celebrate at the thirteenth hole. As well, since you are now an under-par player, you won't lose as many to the water hazards on the course.


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