Playing with the right ball

For the purpose of this article, were using the top selling models from Titleist range. But the basic principles will be and are the same with all models from each of the company’s

Three myths to dispel

The first thing to remember is that there will not be a significant amount of distance gained from the tee, when choosing the right ball…the top range of ProV1’s and ProV1x are all designed to be long of the tee, but at best any gain is only six yards if your correctly hitting the ball…

Secondly, clubhead speed is not a viable ball fitting tool. That’s because the swing speed is dependent on the type of shot played. It will be a lot faster of the tee than for a wedge shot into the green.
All golfers have a wide variety of clubhead speeds in their bag , which means you can not place your ball selection on just one of them, especially as balls are required to do a multitude of things.

Thirdly, high handicappers buying Pro V1 and Pro V1x are not wasting their money, its a big misconception but actually the worse you are at golf the more you would probably benefit more from playing a ProV1 than a tour player.

As were struggling to add more distance to your shot, were also equally struggling in making the ball fly arrow straight, but we can alter the trajectory through the differing balls.

A Pro V1 will fly lower than a Pro V1x due to the differing dimple patterns. So when working towards playing with the right ball. The focus should be more on the shots going into the green and how that can be changed through differing trajectories, spin and feel working back to the tee.

“Fit the ball to the irons and the driver to the ball”

Allot of golfers base their ball choice on the driver. Its an important club but it’s one club used no more than 14 times per round and maybe less on some courses. And as the average golfer spends two thirds of their round playing shots from 150 yards and in.  If a golfer can get on the green, rather than over or off it, there more likely to putt it into the hole.

If you haven’t the use of trackman then the only other way of finding the perfect ball, is practising, with several different models. You can easily learn whether you require a ball that gives a higher flight and more spin on shots or a low spin ball flying lower.

Because of the differing spin rates of each ball going into the green, the player would need to land a lower spinning ball closer to the front edge of the green to accommodate the extra roll.. This gives you a smaller target. A higher spinning ball enables the golfer to land it further on the green, closer to the flag and still get the ball to stop. This gives the golfer a bigger target to aim at on the green. Wouldn’t you like to be able to hit a ball into a thirty foot circle rather than a 15 foot. Tour players are generally good enough to use a lower spinning ball and land it in a small area.

So, why have so many company’s got so many different models. Well most of that is just down to preference, feel or even price. Some golf balls are definitely made harder. Though harder does mean the ball flying of the club face quicker, meaning different trajectories, but in my mind less feel.

As allot of players use a variety of makes and models of balls all with a varying flights, spins and distances. If a golfer can learn to hit or use one model, this will have a huge impact on that on his or her consistency and confidence.

PGA Professional
Adrian Whitehead
PGA Performance Coach

Information is supplied by
Adrian Milledge and Titleist experts

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