Best Golf Balls for Beginners – Start With The Right Ball!

Just starting out in golf and looking for the best ball to begin with?

Golf isn’t easy, as most newcomers already know. As a beginner, you’ll undoubtedly confront numerous obstacles during your games, ranging from skill improvement to locating the greatest golfing equipment for your needs. When it comes to choosing the correct golf balls for you, as a vital aspect of the golfer’s equipment, you’ll be overwhelmed. They come in a variety of colors, have distinct personalities, and, of course, behave differently on the golf course.

We recommend the Pinnacle Soft golf balls as the best golf ball for a beginner or high handicapper. The Pinnacle Soft provides just the right balance of softness for feel and design for length, all at a great price!

If you have a slightly higher budget then you can’t go wrong with the Nike PD Long balls or the Titleist Velocity balls.

H2 Variation – Buyers Guide

Below we have tried to cut through all the complexity to provide practical information on the main factors that you should consider when choosing a beginner’s golf ball

We hope this buying guide makes a difference to your game, and if you like it we would be delighted if you left a comment below or shared with your mates!

You may also want to check out our advice and reviews on the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners and the Best Drivers for Beginners.

1. Dimples

There are anywhere between 300 to 500 dimples on a golf ball, but the most common number of dimples is somewhere in the region of 336 to 392.

Dimples create a super thin turbulent boundary layer around the perimeter of the ball in order to smooth out the flowing air downward around the golf ball and subsequently pushing the golf ball upward. Much like the aerodynamics of an airplane and how it glides through air.

Dimples on a golf ball are absolutely imperative to performance. Without doubt this is the most important factor in a golf ball as dimples are what makes the golf ball fly the distance it does.

In a nutshell the less surface area on a golf ball the less it is affected by wind and rain slowing it down when flying through the air. The deeper and smaller the dimples, the lower the ball flight and higher the backspin.

Conversely the wider and shallower the dimples the higher the launch and lower the spin rate. The latter obviously you’ll agree provides a lot more distance as opposed to the first option.

Dimples come in all different shapes such as ovals, teardrops, hexagons and the most common of these being circles.

One thing must be said though – non-circular dimples have been short lived in bouts. Manufacturers have tried these shapes and soon realized that there was no benefit whatsoever and was not particularly successful.

The shallower and fewer dimples a ball has – the better! Being a beginner you’re going get more distance!

2. Cover Composition

Generally there are two primary cover materials to the modern golf ball. First is a surlyn cover and the second is a polyurethane composition.

Of the two the surlyn provides a slightly firmer feel and the primary effect is distance. The polyurethane covers are softer and provide more spin and control.

When choosing the right golf ball keep in mind what exactly you are after. Is it primarily distance and durability being a starter golfer that’s just taken up the game or are you wanting more of a soft feeling golf ball? In our opinion the goal for you being a beginner would be to find the longest golf ball available, but also one with good feel. It really isn’t pleasant playing golf with a rock hard ball so try find middle ground between feel and distance when seeking your ideal golf ball.

It may even take a round or two to test three or four balls and see which suits you best. One thing is for certain though – we’ve picked out the best options there are on the market so stick with one of the options above! It’ll save you a bit of time that’s a guarantee.

Generally the Urethane golf balls are more for advanced or Tour level golfers, but you do still have manufacturers offering mid-level golf balls with this cover composition.

Once again, of the two major types of cover compositions available you will be opting for surlyn covered golf balls, which will benefit you distance wise.

3. Construction

The four most common offerings in terms of construction are as follows:

One Piece
Typically one piece golf balls are found at your golf driving range. They are the cheapest balls you are going to find. Very unlikely you’re going to find these balls for sale to actually use on the golf course. One piece balls are generally made of a solid surlyn piece with dimples moulded into the cover.

Two Piece
A hardish ball with a acrylate or resin core generally covered in surlyn. The cover is exceptionally durable and doesn’t cut or chew badly thus providing you with something that lasts a good couple of rounds (if you don’t lose your balls that is!). Two piece balls are very affordable and provide plenty of distance so they are very popular amongst beginner golfers – that is you! They don’t spin much, though!

Three Piece
Today’s three piece balls have a solid core with an enhanced layer of rubber between the core and the cover. The cover is moulded over the golf ball and is made up of either a surlyn or polyurethane material. Three piece balls are softer than two piece balls and offer higher spin rate, which allows for better control in terms of ball flight along with slightly more spin on the green. What is handy about three piece balls is that they provide one with a lower spin rate with a driver compared to a wedge. Three piece balls are still a good option for a beginner if you prefer a softer feeling golf ball.

Multilayer
The better players’ golf ball. Made up of either four or 5 layers and providing players with higher swing speeds more distance and maximum spin possible. Inner core provides explosive distance and the layers in between core and cover provide varying spin rates depending on what club is being used. Lastly the cover is ultra thin allowing for maximum backspin and control on wedge shots. Only downside is the golf ball chews quickly and you’ll likely be going through two at least each and every round you play. The best players in the world aren’t looking for distance out of a golf ball, but rather spin and control and the multilayer golf ball provides just that.

4. Compression

Compression is a measure of the deflection a golf ball undergoes when it is struck. It is measured between 0 and 200, with 200 being a ball that does not compress and a 0 being a ball that deflects 5mm or more. Most golf balls range between 50 and 100 in compression.

The lower the compression of a golf ball, the more the ball will deform upon impact. And a knock-on effect is the bigger the area will be that comes into contact with the clubface.

Here is a video of a golf ball hitting a steel plate at 150 mph, filmed at 70,000 frames per second (AMAZEBALLS!!!)

Lower compression golf balls are softer and more suited to the slower swing speeds or beginners whereas higher compression golf balls require higher swing speeds in order to gain maximum control.

Because you are a beginner and unsure which compression suits you best, please keep in mind one important fact. A low compression golf ball isn’t only for low swing speed players. If you have a high swing speed and prefer a softer feeling ball then go for it.

If you have a slow swing speed don’t even waste your time with a high compression golf ball!

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