5 Myths About Golf Balls

1: Any Ball From Your Bag Is Fine

Do you change your driver or irons every round? Of course not. It should be the same with your golf ball. Performance and quality differ among brands and models, particularly on shots into and around the green. A key step to developing a more consistent game is finding the best ball for you and playing it every round.

2: Match Them To Your Driver

Ask golfers for their swing speed and they’ll tell you the driver. But that’s only one of many different speeds you use to execute shots during a round. The ball has to perform for all of your shots and swing speeds, not just the 14 times you’re hitting driver. Is it right for your approach shots, pitches, and chips, too?

3: Feel Equals Performance

A golf ball’s compression only tells how relatively firm or soft it feels. It doesn’t predict distance, flight, or spin, and is just one of many design elements working together to determine a ball’s performance. While feel is important to some players, what counts is how the ball performs on every shot.

4: Little Scuffs And Scrapes Make A Ball Unplayable

Don’t worry: You’ve probably just scraped off some paint, and while you might not like looking at it, a scuff or a scrape isn’t going to affect the ball’s performance. Over the years, we’ve performed countless surface abrasion tests on our balls and determined that if it looks okay to play, it probably is.

5: Store Them Anywhere You Like

High temperatures can dramatically shorten a ball’s life and affect its performance. Keep balls out of your car or attic, which can get pretty hot during the summer. Store them under normal indoor conditions and they should be good for at least five years, if not longer.