The golf ball conundrum

Mark Sanderson

22 May 2023

When it comes to golf balls there are lots to choose from. The majority look the same if you take away any branding or logos. Given that there’s so much choice and so many balls on the market, it can be difficult to decide on which one to play with.

But while they may look similar at a glance, each ball model has been designed and created to have specific qualities that will help certain areas of your game, such as give you more spin around the greens or higher launch off the tee.

We recently conducted a survey to better understand what our readers deemed were the most important factors to consider when buying a golf ball. 


The category that got the overwhelmingly highest vote was ‘performance’ with 66% of voters deeming that the need for a golf ball to perform well for them as the most important consideration. 


This category was voted for much higher than others, including brand and price. Golf balls themselves are made specifically with a certain golfer in mind, from those that need help getting more flight off the tee, to those that want to utilize as much spin as possible. Please read on as we dissect the latest Titleist balls and how they’ve been designed to enhance your golfing performance.


Tour Soft - Experience that amazing feel


Perhaps one of the biggest things you want from a golf ball is that it feels good to play with. When you pull off that perfect strike, the connection is going to feel solid and the sound of the shot is going to resonate pleasantly.

The Tour Soft has a large, fast core that offers easy distance and a responsive feel, making it a joy to make contact with. One the outside, the ball has a 346 dimple design that helps deliver a penetrating trajectory and satisfying ball flight. You’ll feel a huge difference with every club in your bag when you play with this ball.


Tour Speed - Get more distance


Some players want more distance on their shots above all else, and if that sounds like you, the Tour Speed balls will give it to you. The ball has a reformulated high-speed core to give you effortless distance, and the high-flex casing layer ensures you’ll get low-spin when you’re bombing it down the fairway.

Not unlike the Tour Soft, the Tour Speed has a 346 dimple design pattern that will give your ball an impressive flight path. You won’t just hit this ball far, the urethane cover will give your wedge shots excellent greenside spin.


Pro V1 - Overall solid performance

As our survey indicated, performance is a central factor in golf ball consideration. The Pro V1 has all the features you need to cut your score when you’re out on the golf course.

When it comes to playing well from tee-to-green, this ball has you covered. You’ll get plenty of long game spin and distance, and greenside spin so that you feel confident to go for the hole with each approach shot.


On top of that, this ball feels great to hit and offers plenty of forgiveness should you not hit the perfect shot. All-in-all, the Titleist Pro V1 balls perform as required.


Velocity - Bright and eye-catching balls

If you don’t like how your ball looks, you’re not going to get on with it. Thankfully Titleist has you covered. The Pro V1s are available in a high optic yellow. Another fantastic ball in the Titleist range is the Velocity which is available in a matte orange, matte green, and matte blue. They’ll give you plenty of distance and will be easy to find if your shot is a way off the fairway.


What’s your favorite golf ball? Are you thinking of changing what you play with? If you want to get more familiar with the equipment you’re using. Please seek us out in the pro shop and we’d be happy to lend you our expert advice.

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