To the uninitiated, it may come as a surprise to suggest that beginners should play with “beginner golf balls”. What difference would balls make? Does it matter what golf ball one uses? Anyway, we did decide to start doing a little research.
Soon, we discovered golf ball technology and design, realizing that the compression and softness of the golf ball can help or hamper a golfer’s game, particularly if you are a beginner. High-compression, softer balls are best for beginners because they go further and fly in straighter lines.
As a beginner, the swing speed is generally lower than that of low-handicap golfers. High compression balls zip through the air faster, adding a lot of length to your tee shots. The softness of the ball also plays a part. Softer balls tend to produce less spin and consequently fly in straighter lines.
We decided to put different balls to the test and try to find the best golf balls for beginners.
Staff Fifty Elite
This golf ball combines a high-compression core with a softer outer finish to maximize distance and control. With swing speed is below 100mph, these balls still achieve great distances off the tee. When the ball is hit, there’s little spin which means it flies in a straight line rather than veering off to the side. The dimples are shallow so that the ball glides through the air. The high compression core allows beginners to hit their ball exceedingly far, while professional golfers find that this ball reduces their distance.
The ball is quite soft for minimum spin and is also great for chipping and putting. The control is exceptional.
There was no difference in performance when using irons, woods or hybrids, the control was always amazing.
At the time of writing, you can get a box of 12 balls for $12.99 plus shipping. Price is always a consideration for a beginner because beginners tend to lose balls by the dozens! Most beginners would say though, that when using the Wilson Staff Fifty Elite balls, the likelihood of losing a ball is much reduced.
As part of our golf ball tests, we also used some high-end golf balls to see would they improve our game even further. To be honest, there wasn’t much difference and many beginners would, no doubt, happily continue to play with these great-value golf balls for beginners and low-handicap golfers.
The TaylorMade Distance Plus Golf Ball is also one of the best balls available at a great price. At this point, you can get a box of 12 balls for $14.99 and the low price does not reflect the quality of performance.
The 60 ball-pressure allows you to hit the ball much further, and the outer compartment is designed to reduce the spin on the ball. There are 342 dimples designed for distance and optimal control. When hit off the tee, the ball goes far in a straight line but is sufficiently soft for putting and chipping control. On the green, the feel is exceptional and there’s sufficient spin for good putting.
When this ball is hit off the tee, it goes much further than other balls. Even some mid-handicap players we have spoken to use this ball because of the distance they can achieve.
Though we used white balls, the TaylorMade Distance Plus Golf balls are also available in bright yellow which can be a real advantage especially on a cloudy day or if your balls tend to go into the rough.
After testing countless balls of all price ranges, we would put the TayloreMade Distance Plus up there with the best for beginners to mid-handicap golfers. The distance is phenomenal, the feel exceptional, and the control perfect, not to mention the great value for money.
The Callaway Supersoft Golf Balls are the softest ball the company has ever made, featuring a ball pressure of just 35. The designers of this ball had beginners and high-handicappers in mind. Assuming low swing speeds, the softness of this ball adds to the distance the ball travels. When you hit the ball, there is virtually no spin and the ball flies in a straight line.
Because the ball is so soft, the feel on the green is exceptional, and most beginner’s putting is much-improved. Chipping this ball is also much easier, because on impact, you have maximum control. Even with low-speed 70 or 80 mph swings, the ball goes the distance, often 10 or 20 yards further than other balls.
We aren’t trying to be gender-biased, but we know that many female golfers love the Callaway Supersoft because it gives them so much more distance. Another bonus for the female of the species is the color variety. The Callaway Supersoft Golf balls are available in white, optical yellow, and pink, you can even get a multi-color pack.
At this point, you can get one dozen of Callaway Supersoft balls for $29 and in our opinion, they are worth every penny. Playing good golf is much easier with these balls, particularly if your swing is nothing to write home about. Unless you are an exceptional golfer, we would definitely recommend these balls, you’ll be surprised how well you’ll play.
We checked out countless golf balls designed for beginners, focusing particularly on finding balls that help to improve your game. The three balls give great distance and control, travel in a straight line through the air. Because they are all soft, the spin is minimal so that the ball travels in a straight line.
The Wilson Staff Fifty Elite Golf Ball is exceptional value and great for any novice golfer, while the TaylorMade Distance Plus is ideal for golfers, intent on achieving better distances. Finally, we recommend the Callaway Supersoft for people with slow swing speeds.