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Top 10 Golf Balls 2015

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The following list of the best top ten golf balls was determined from the authors opinion using the following criteria: Consistency in length off the tee, spin control and the ability to hold greens, “feel” of the ball around greens for chipping and putting, durability, and price/value. Combining a ball that’s long and straight off the tee with little spin, a ball that’s soft and controllable around the greens, and a ball that really takes spin with short irons is the ultimate challenge for golf ball manufacturers. See the golf ball comparison and ratings below with a link to the full review of each.

Price Range: $39 to $58
per dozen
 
 

titleist pro v1 2015
This is of course the #1 ball in golf on the pro tour. More professional golfers prefer this ball or the original ProV1 to any other ball. The reason is simple – a great combination of length, feel … read more

Cover: Proprietary Iothane
$26.99/dozen
3 Layer Ball Construct
 
 

taylormade_aeroburner_pro_golf_balls
The new Aeroburner Pro is engineered to explode off the face faster, stay in the air longer and go flat-out farther, without skimping on feel or control…. read more

Cover: Soft Urethane
Price – $37.99/dozen
 
 


Introduced in December 2014, the new Callaway Chrome Soft takes our top spot for great new innovation for the mid-$30 price point golf ball that delivers exceptional all-a-round performance. … read more

Price Range: $39 to $58
per dozen
 


Surprisingly, the Titleist ProV1 despite all its success is just barely a 3 layer construction ball with a large single core solid polybutadien inner ball core. It has a very thin Ionomer casing layer … read more

Price Range: $35 to $45
per dozen
 
 


This is a bombers golf ball. It’s one of the longest distance balls on the market this year. It has a soft gradational core that still leaves some decent feel. The inner and outer mantle … read more

Cover: Urethane
Price: $45.99/dozen
 
 

Nike RZN Platinum
This new generation of RZN is softer, lighter, and has better greenside control than previous versions, while still having the urethane cover that better player’s desire. … read more

Cover: SpinSkin
Price – $44.99/dozen
 
 

Srixon Z-Star XV
Srixon uses a coating on the thin urethane cover to increase friction for that grab to increase spin on wedge shots and chipping to really enhance your scoring game… read more

Cover: Ionomer
Price: $26.99/dozen
 
 

Wilson-Staff-Duo-Spin-Golf-Balls-2015-156
The new little brother of the DUO, the breakout ball of 2013, the 2015 Wilson Duo Spin is, at 35 compression, the absolute softest multilayer golf ball… read more

Cover: Urethane
Price: $28.99/dozen
 
 

bridgestone-e5-156
The Bridgestone E5 has got you covered for your round, without breaking the bank. Made for a higher ball flight, the unique urethane cover in a 2-piece golf ball helps your short game as much as your distance off the tee. … read more

Cover: Cast Urethane
Price: $45.99/dozen
 
 

bridgestone-b330s-156
The new Bridgestone Tour B330 features a 330 Dual Dimple cast urethane cover & a 4-piece construction that performs on the same level as Pro V1 in the distance category… read more

Cover: Urethane
Dual Layer
$45 /dozen
 
 


What’s cool about this ball (and some of Bridgestone’s others) is that the company really makes an effort to tell you exactly where this ball fits in to the golfers goals in terms of swing … read more


 

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Dimple Design and Construction
There are many considerations when determining what type of golf ball you will buy and play with. One is dimple design. The number of dimples as well as the design can help you gain distance (or lose distance for balls with older technology). The size and shape of dimples and well as depth all play a part in how far and accurately the ball flies. One design flies farther, another straighter, and still another a mid loft, and another at low loft. Then there’s the roll on the greens. One roll purer and straighter than the other.

Layer Construction
Here we are talking about the number of layers in the construction of the golf ball. It could have 2 to 5 layers at present. The higher the number of layers in the ball construction the more the ball typically costs and the more feel and design is implemented. The simplest balls with 2 layer construction – though much improved – are more for beginning golfers and will cost less. Higher layer construction balls like the ProV1x and Callaway i(s) give golfers more flexibility with varying swing speeds.

Spin Slope and Spin Control
In golf, how much spin the ball creates from impact has a lot to do with how straight it flies through the air. Higher spin slope balls are designed with better golfers in mind and will spin more with lower irons and with lower impact speeds. They also contain a soft middle core that when compressed by higher velocity shots from higher swing speeds reduces spin to allow for more distance and straighter ball flight. Lower spin slope golf balls will travel straighter and longer for lower swing speeds and be more consistent with lower velocity shots. However, they are typically harder around the greens depending on the cover. Essentially the more spin there is on the golf ball, the less far it travels because spin is creating some resistance.

Here’s a little table to help you decide which ball is right for you:

Generally…

More limited attributes in the golf ball = less layers of construction = Less Expensive golf ball
More distance plus feel = more layers of construction = Higher price golf ball
Lower Handicap Golfers generally prefer…

  • High distance, high control
  • Less durable and higher priced golf balls
Higher Handicap Golfers generally prefer…

  • Lower Cost Golf Balls
  • More consistency with lower swing spin, harder shell for distance
As an avid golfer and tennis player for most of his life, he enjoys researching the latest in golf and tennis technology as well as analyzing his own game. He has been a writer and reviewer for a dozen years and his work has appeared in numerous publications including CBS, the San Fransisco Chronicle… See more about S. Dee Davis

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