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Spring 2018Golf Equipment & Gear Buyer's 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.

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

The answer to this question is dependent on the particular characteristics of your golf game, and whether you wish to enhance your game off the tee, or feel that you need more assistance with your short game.

A player with a slower swing speed who struggles for distance off the tee would probably benefit from a golf ball which offers increased drive distance. The amount of distance you get from a golf ball partially depends on the golf ball's "softness" and its elevated ability to "compress" so the energy transfer from the club to the ball is maximized. The results are increased height in the flight path and minimal spin to reduce unintended curving. Typically, these balls are made up of two different layers. One should bear in mind that such a ball will reduce short game control, and consequently players will have less options on and around the green. Here are some great distance golf balls:

However, what if your problem isn't swing speed or achieving respectable distances, but is rather the struggle for accuracy? This is the scenario in which a ball's ability to spin should be taken into account. Utilizing this ball won't automatically better your aim, as harnessing a backspin for precision is a refined skill. However, with practice and patience, utilizing these balls can help you to lower your score (and frustration).

Generally speaking, these designs tend to be made up of three or four, or sometimes five different layers that offer different textures and materials, including the possibility of a liquid center; the core should be larger than those found in balls made for distance. Because the intended users of the equipment are skilled enthusiasts, as well as the varied components that go into making high-spin golf balls, the price tag tends to be higher than if it was a 2-piece design. However, with the balls' ability to gracefully land where intended, many golfers think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Consider these golf balls designed to help with spin around the green: