Finding the Best Golf Ball For a Slow Swing
Here’s another article I would like to share about what kind of ball you should be using. Most golfers at my club are using the wrong ball for there swing. Buying a name not considering the design (function) of the ball. My father was just as guilty, till I proved to him a high end ball was losing him distance not gaining him distance. When he was in his mid 60’s he was losing more and more distance every year, but his swing never changed (so he thought). In principle he was right, he had a very constant swing, one of these boring players that played down the middle all the time (LOL). His problem was he couldn’t get off the tee more than 180 yards.
Back in the day you had limited choices, basically 100 or 90 compression, unless you went to a ladies ball which was 80 compression. Dad went from a 8-9 handicap to a 15-16 simply because it was taking him three shots to reach the par 4’s, his game never changed, he simply couldn’t get there anymore. Till one day, we were out by ourselves playing and I threw a ladies (80 compression) ball at him. Well by the end of the game he was convinced about his ball choice being wrong and had to admit I was right. His swing might not have changed but his club head speed had. He was older as we all get and just wasn’t swing as fast, which is critical when choosing a ball. He started playing with a ladies ball and found his distance improve to the point of reaching the par 4′ again, the longer par 4’s (480 yd) were still iffy but his game improved enough that he finished his golf career as a 10-11 handicap.
Now the boys teased him and his new nick name was Alice (which I teased him a lot about) till he one the club championship 2 yrs in a row after he changed his ball (for his division).
We as golfers are fortunate enough to not have to play ladies balls today and endure the ridicule, we have balls designed specifically for different swing speeds and trajectories in today’s era. I personally have slowed down to a 95 mph and have given up my Pro V for a Bridgestone B330RX which maintains my distance of ten years ago.
Let me explain
Finding the Best Golf Ball For a Slow Swing
In my experience I have found that most golfers use high-end golf balls used by the pros the best ball choice for themselves. After all, pros use the best equipment available. However the facts suggest this is untrue. The pros swing with a swing speed on average of 110-115 mph and meet the designed results of a high-end golf ball. Most amateur golfers swing speed is well under a 100 mph, to slow to meet greatest performance of a high-end golf ball. What is the best ball to use for the slower amateur golf swing is now the question.
Ever hit a ball and feel like you just hit a rock, it is not because the ball is old, it’s probably because the compression is too high for your swing (you’re hitting the wrong ball). A good pure swing and hit of the golf ball is proven when you can’t feel the ball leave your club face. To find the best ball that will give you this feeling, you need to understand three basic things. These are compression, type of ball composition and launch and spin of the ball.
Compression of a golf ball is the degree to which it is misshapen by the force of the golf club. This plays a major role on how far the ball travels. Amateurs need a softer ball to manage adequate compression with their slower swing speeds to meet greatest distance for their swing. You might have the strength to compress the ball but, swing speed is a key reason for ball design (other factors as well), not muscle. Professionals use 100 compression golf balls designed for their higher swing speed, these balls are not soft enough for slower swing speeds to compress. There is a variety of balls designed with 90 to 50 ball compression for slower swing speeds. Pro shops and golf stores are well versed in which balls offer this characteristic.
Types of Balls
Basically, there are three types of ball construction: two-piece, three-piece hybrid and three or four-piece high-end construction. As we know high-end means higher swing speed. Two-piece balls do well for swing speeds under 85 mph. Three-piece hybrids are for swing speeds of 85-105 mph.
Launch and Spin
Launch angle and spin rate also have an effect on the distance a ball will travel. Also, the roll it will get after the ball is on the ground. Each swing speed has an ideal launch angle and spin rate. Manufacturers have designed balls based on trajectory, straightness, distance and feel (spin) around the green.
Go to your local golf shop which has a simulator to find your stats specific to your swing. They can find your swing speed, launch angle and speed and spin of your ball. With this information they can direct you to the best ball for your swing.
I hope you will re think the ball you use in the future, it will do nothing else but help your game.
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