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Fall 2019Golf 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.

What Golf Balls are Best for My Swing Speed?

In order to determine whether or not you have a fast or slow swing speed, it will be extremely helpful to have this measured professionally. Many golf courses have facilities that enable you to measure your swing speed, and gadgets are also available for purchase.

What's the Best Golf Ball for Slow Swing Speed?

A slow swing speed can be considered to be anything lower than 90 miles per hour; obviously, this leads to the ball traveling fewer yards than average with each drive or swing, ultimately making it more difficult to close the space from the tee to the hole. At this swing speed you will find that a ball with lower levels of compression will tend to travel a farther distance. A further benefit is that it will feel less harsh and jarring on impact with the golf club. These golf balls tend to have a compression rating of 70 - 80. Here are some examples of low compression golf balls for slower swing speeds:

What's the Best Golf Ball for High Swing Speed?

Anything above 105 miles per hour can be considered fast swing speed. Obviously, this is a positive attribute and, not having to concern yourself with buying equipment to make up for reduced velocity, you can turn your attention towards the challenge of having the ball land where you intended. More often than not, this is aided by having a ball with an increased rate of spin.

Players who have higher swing speed tend to prefer balls that are crafted for accuracy over distance and these balls can often be more expensive. However, the price is certainly justified; while balls meant to accommodate slower speeds characteristically have one or two layers, golf balls with higher spins have at least three components and bigger cores. The dimples are strategically placed to assist with the aerodynamics and reacting differently to kind of club utilized. What's more, the covers will be soft to further provide control across the green. Understandably, the lifespan tends to be lessened due to the ball's higher levels of compression.

If you're capable of swinging the golf club at elevated velocities, then lower compression balls will often feel top soft, producing an oddly spongy sensation when impacting with the club face. Therefore, players with higher swing speeds should select higher compression balls, such as these models:

Titleist Pro V1 vs. Pro V1x and Swing Speeds

As two of the most popular premium golf balls on the market, it's important that golfers know exactly which model best suits their playstyle and ability. The Titleist Pro V1 has a high compression with an approximate 90 rating, suitable for high swing speed golfers. The Titleist Pro V1x also has a high compression rating at around 100, created to offer the maximum compression for fast and experienced golfers. However, due to the relatively small difference in compression between these two popular ball models, it is recommended to test them at the range to fully gauge the distance comparison.

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