You may need a different ball for different playing situations. For competition play and as great all-rounders we recommend the Nike RZN range, The Srixon Z-star and the Titleist Pro V1 range. All these balls are used in competitive play at all levels, most notably by the pros.
Rory McIlroy’s ball of choice is the Nike RZN Black ball, the same he has used to achieve the third highest driving average this season. And Jordan Spieth opts for the Titleist Pro V1X. We also sell the TaylorMade Tour Preferred X ball used by Jason Day when he won the PGA Championship 2015.
If you are looking for a ball that can help you reach the 300 yard mark at the range then our selection of distance balls are for you. Designed for the least amount of spin and a lower piercing ball flight. We recommend for the best in distance and aerodynamics the likes of Bridgestone’s E5-7 range, Callaway’s Warbird and the Mizuno JPX balls.
For players that are after more control, spin and feel from their ball, then look no further than our spin and control ball range. Be careful though, as if you tend to hook left or slice right, then a ball with higher spin velocity is not a good choice because it will only exaggerate your problem. See the diagram below of the most common shot errors. Perhaps consider a distance ball if this is your case. If you have no problem hitting the ball straight and are looking to control a ball more then this selection may be right for you.
Here at GolfSupport we believe the ball plays just as big a part in reducing your scores as having the right clubs and regular lessons do. After all if it’s what the pros require at their level then it’s a must at ours. The technology in golf balls has accelerated at an incredible rate and although on the face they may all look similar, inside they can differ entirely. See how a ball is made below:
There are many different materials used in the production of golf balls, but one is consistent at the core; rubber.
Synthetic rubber or Polybutadiene is used to construct the core of all golf balls, explaining why some ball manufacturers begun as tyre manufacturers. Amateur balls are known as one-piece and are typically seen at the driving range, made with one solid sphere of Surlyn and dimples covering the surface. A two-piece design is what you may recognise as your standard ball with a rubber core and an outer plastic-like cover, with some more complex balls having up to five layers. Cover thickness also plays a large part in both ball speed and greenside spin, a thicker cover of a ball will generate more spin and less speed, and a thin cover more speed less spin. Ever wondered how dimples can affect a balls flight? Take a look at this video to find out.
Each ball design is made with performance in mind, for example a two-piece is a basic ball with a basic purpose; distance and durability. For what it lends in distance it lacks in feel and control, whereas a four-piece design is made to increase distance on the driver without losing spin from irons and control around the green.
Different balls also accommodate to varying swing speeds. A popular ball among many players is the Srixon Z star XV with a 324 speed dimple pattern which suits driver swing speeds of 105mph or higher. Whereas the Callaway SR1 has been specifically developed for slower swing speeds of 90 mph and under allowing better control and further distance for this type of golfer. Check out this video on swing speeds and the point of impact for more information:
The only true way in our opinion to determine the best ball for you is to have a ball fitting (ball fitting available in our Mansfield superstore) where variables such as swing speed and spin rates are taken into consideration, in our experience most people can gain yardage where required, reduce dispersion and improve spin rates just by using the right ball. In the 4 years we have been doing ball fitting we have only had 1 customer that had the best ball for him when he arrived and the majority have actually been changed to a less expensive ball. If you would like to discuss ball fitting with one of our experts please feel free to contact us on 0844 324 6766 or by the social media links at the top of the page. To get you started here’s a roundup of the best balls in 2015 courtesy of PGA.com.
“I arranged a ball fitting at the GolfSupport shop, after using a number of balls that just didn’t feel right. I was given a one-to-one session to figure out the best ball for me. The guys at GolfSupport really know their stuff and certainly taught me a few things I’ll take onto the course. They set me up with a box of Bridgestone B330-RX balls as they suited my swing best and helped me get the straightest shots from the tee. I’ll certainly be buying again!” Harry from Chesterfield.
“I’ve been playing for 2 or 3 years and am still a novice in terms of my ability. I was encouraged to try GolfSupport’s ball fitting service by a friend and had no expectations going in. They gave me some great pointers on which balls suit my type of play and offered quite a few options that I hadn’t thought of. And I was surprised at how great value the balls were, considering I’d never spent much on balls before. I’m glad to say I’m losing less balls now than ever and am impressed with GolfSupport’s ongoing service.” Luke from Nottingham.
“GolfSupport helped me realise the importance of the right equipment to improve my game. I didn’t know the first thing about golf balls or how the right one could suit my style of play. After browsing their website and talking to their support team I was able to pick a ball that I loved, without even playing a shot. I chose the Callaway Chrome Soft ball and it flies like a gooden. I was really happy with their service and they gave some great advice, I’d definitely recommend GolfSupport.” Andy from Sussex.