Picking the best golf ball to suit your game, whether you’re a complete beginner or low handicapper, isn’t easy because the golf ball market is saturated with brands all claiming to be the best at one thing or another. So, before we pick out some of the best golf balls out there, let’s go through a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.
Are you a complete novice or low handicapper? If it’s the former, “keep the price low because you’re going to lose golf balls when you’re starting out. You can have a sleeve of three new balls, and they could be gone after two holes,” Piers Ward, PGA pro golfer and coach from Me And My Golf, explains.
Low handicap golfers, on the other hand, are unlikely to lose as many golf balls (although it happens), which means they won’t mind spending a bit more to maximise distance or improve ball control.
Another important step in choosing a golf ball is to get out on the course to test a few different options. There’s plenty of science behind golf balls, but if it doesn’t feel right or give you confidence, you’re unlikely to play well. Spend some time driving, chipping and putting with different branded balls until you find one that feels right for you. And once you’ve found it, stick with it.
“You need to have something you can rely upon, which is going to be consistent. Because if you’ve got different golf balls in your bag, then every time you lose one and pull another one out, the next ball spins more, then the next ball goes higher, and the next ball doesn’t spin as much. You’re playing a guessing game,” Ward adds.
His other tip is to think about the type of golf ball you’re in the market for. A softer golf ball, for example, will spin more, which is good if you want to have more control around the greens or with your irons. Whereas if you want to hit further off the tee, you may wish to opt for a harder golf ball as it’ll travel further.
How we tested
We put a range of balls through their paces to see how they looked, felt and performed. All of the below selections were tested on golf courses and putting greens in various weather conditions, from crisp sunny mornings to bitter, wet afternoons.
The best golf balls for 2022 are: