Choosing Golf Balls
When you start to dig into it there are actually a lot of different types and models of golf balls and they all are designed to do something differently. These are the front line of golf so understanding these little guys is a pretty important part of understanding the game.
There are players who have concerns that technological advancements are going to change the game of golf although I beg to differ. At the end of the day the game of golf is about accuracy and consistency, just because a ball is designed to fly long distance doesn’t mean it is going to fly straighter or higher.
When it comes down to it, finding the right golf ball can be as beneficial as choosing the right club. There are many players who stick to the one brand but personally I recommend trying a few different ones out.
How are Golf Balls Made
One-Piece Golf Balls
These are the most basic balls that are the most affordable to manufacture. These are commonly found at driving ranges and are suited to beginners and shouldn’t be used as a playing ball really.
As a rule of thumb one piece balls are made from a durable piece of Surlyn and has molded in dimples. This makes the ball quite soft yet very durable. The problem with a soft ball is you won’t get as much distance upon connection due to the reduced compression ability.
Two-Piece Golf Balls
These types of golf balls are made with a single solid core piece and that core is then covered in a durable, solid plastic.
The material used in the core varies from manufacturer to manufacturer but is generally acrylate or resin. The core is also generally covered in Surflyn or a similar type of plastic.
Two piece golf balls are the most popular golf balls and as a result of the two piece combination offer great distance.
With a two piece golf ball your ball is going to roll quite a long distance and at the same time is practically unbreakable.
Three-Piece Golf Balls
With a solid rubber or liquid core followed by another layer of either rubber or liquid and encased in a Surlyn, Urethane or Balata these balls are soft and offer increased spin.
Three-piece golf balls have either a solid rubber or liquid core, a layer of enhanced rubber or a liquid-produced layer and a moulded a cover of durable Surlyn, Urethane, or balata-like material.
These balls are the first level of golf balls that when used you will notice the effect on the spin.
Four-Piece Golf Balls
Made up of four layers there is the inner core, which is a solid rubber centre and this is going to give you a solid drive distance.
The second layer is used to transfer the energy applied when hitting the ball to the core. Third layer is another layer of cushioning I will say and then it is encased in a thin Urethane material. These balls feel incredibly soft but are incredibly durable.
Five-Piece Golf Balls
TaylorMade were leaders in the construction of a 5 piece ball and since their creation many other companies have started to manufacture them too.
Five layer balls offer fantastic spin separation and is used by professionals for this reason. There are 3 mantle layers which when understood can be used to your advantage with shots and swing types to get the desired results.