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Summer 2014Golf Equipment & Gear Buying Guide

Welcome to the Golf Equipment & Gear Buying Guide! Here you will find answers to common questions that many golfers have when choosing from the vast selection of different golf equipment out there. This guide should help you to understand the differences in technology to find the right fit for your golf game.

What golf ball is right for me?

  • Choose a ball that offers you the greatest balance of distance and short-game control, and one that also fits within your budget. Understand that much of what goes into choosing a golf ball is based on feel, and feel can only be determined through play and practice.
  • Playing with several brands and ball types — 2-piece balls and multi-layer or "Tour" balls — will help you decide which ball is right for you. Cost can also be a factor. Many 2-piece balls are priced at half the cost of multi-layer balls.

What kinds of golf balls are better for slow swing speeds? Fast swing speeds?


Should I get a golf ball with long distance or high spin?


What should I expect to pay for recreational and Tour-level performance golf balls? What are the advantages and disadvantages?


What is the difference between a 2-piece ball and a multi-layer ball?


What makes a golf ball legal? (PGA tour guidelines, etc.)

  • A conforming golf ball's diameter cannot exceed 1.680 inches, and the ball's weight cannot be greater than 1.620 ounces.
  • The ball must be spherically symmetrical and cannot exceed the initial velocity limits set by the USGA. The PGA Tour utilizes USGA guidelines for determining legal golf balls for competition.

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