With modern technology there are many different types of golf balls on
the market. These balls have differences that allow golfers to get
benefits, such as extra distance or extra spin. In this article we will take a
look at them and what they are generally used for, so you can get an idea
of what type will work best for you.
One Piece Ball
This is the most basic of golf balls. It's the cheapest to make, is durable and made of Surlyn. One piece means just that, it has no layers. It's a solid round ball with dimples. It is used mostly at driving ranges or putt putt courses. It's not usually used on the golf course because one don't get good distance. It could be a good choice for beginners just learning the game. You can loose a bunch of balls on the golf course and not be out much money.
Two Piece Ball
This golf ball has 2 layers and is the preferred choice for many amateurs because of the cost and durability. The outer layer is made of Surlyn or other like material. It is durable and resists cuts. The inner part is a solid core made of rubber. They are lower spin balls as compared to other types, but get decent distance and tends to stay straighter because the low spin characteristics don't make a slice or hook worse.
It comes in different compressions or hardness. The harder 2 piece gives you more distance but it has a soft feel. The lower compression of this type of ball will have more feel but not go as far. A golfer will have to decide what is more beneficial to have.
Three Piece Ball
The three-layered balls have a solid liquid or rubber core. The second layer can have a rubber or liquid layer and the third layer or the outer layer is Surlyn, Urethane, or balata-like material with dimples. You get the forgiveness of a 2 piece ball, but the spin and softer feel for better overall feel.
These golf balls cost more as you might suspect, but you get the best of both worlds with spin and distance. Better amateurs will pay a little more to play this ball for more control with full shots and a softer touch on short ones.
Four Piece Ball
This ball has a rubber center. The second layer is also a rubber type core. Both of these cores are often called a dual core that gives distance for players with higher swing speeds who can hit the ball hard enough. The third layer is a thin mantle layer and the fourth is the cover made of Urethane and is tough and durable.
These types of balls are played by tour professionals because of the performance you get in all areas of your game. Long off the tee, control with irons on working the ball and the ability to stick the ball close to the hole and make it stop quickly. The nice soft feel give touch to chipping and putting.
Golf Ball Compression
Golf balls come in different compressions or hardness. The softer balls are generally for golfers who have slower the swing speeds or are older. You generally get less distance with the softer balls but have better feels with the short game. The harder or high-compression balls are for golfers with higher swing speeds. They can hit the ball harder and thus compress the ball to get good distance.
The downside to a high-compression ball is that you lose feel with your short game. There are many different types of golf balls on the market. It's confusing as to which to play. There are many factors and conditions that a player has to take into account.
One example would be a golf course with soft bent grass greens that stops the ball quickly. In this case an average golfer would do better to get distance with the ball he is using if the greens will hold a ball without a high rate of spin. This would also be applicable playing in the rain.
It comes down to the golfer experimenting and leveraging the strengths in their game. Then trying different balls within his or her budget to find out what works best.