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Top 10 Golf Balls 2014

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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
 
 


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: Cast Urethane
$32+ per dozen
3 Layer Ball Construct
 
 


Wow, a 3-layer golf ball with tons of great technology available at Amazon for $24 bucks a dozen and free shipping. That’s a smoking deal and why this ball is our Best Value pick. For plus 8 to 20 handicappers… read more

Price Range: $35 to $ 49
per dozen
 
 


This is Callaways premium tour ball that competes well with the ProV1x. In fact if you are accustomed to that ball and want to try something else, this is probably your ticket. It’s … 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

Price Range: $35 to $49
per dozen
 
 


This is a soft control ball golf ball from Callaway that is made for fast, slick greens. It’s particularly made to compete with the ProV1 though Callaway is not going to state that … read more
Nike 20XI-X  8/10

Price Range: $40 – $49
per dozen
 
 


The Nike 20XI-X ball has one of the highest dimple counts of any top ball on tour at 360. It has 4 layer construction and is made as a distance ball due to the soft new inner core that ball uses … read more

$21 a dozen
Iothane Cover
2 Layer Ball Construct
 
 


This two layer ball will surprise you with its soft feel around the greens and off the putter face and yet very long carry off the tee and with long irons. At least that was the impact it had on … read more

Cover: Cast Urethane
$30+ per dozen
3 Layer Ball Construct
 
 


Taylor has made what I would call a high end value ball with the TP5 for 2014. This is a 5 layer ball that does a good job of handling spin … read more

Price Range: $35 to $ 49
per dozen
 
 


Fit your swing speed to the ball? Cant be a bad idea and that is what the new Speed Regime ball offers. Our links below go to the moderate swing speed ball… 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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