Golf Ball Design
The ultimate use for the golf ball predetermines it's design and construction. A golf ball design for maximum spin will have a completely different type of golf ball construction than a ball designed for maximum distance.
The manufacturer must decide which key characteristic the ball should have and build it to specifications that provide that characteristic.
The consideration of how many layers the golf ball should have is critical when constructing the ball to meet specific requirements.
Following are descriptions of what layers mean and what ball characteristics are achieved with the number and type of layers produced:
One Piece Golf Balls
This type golf ball is constructed with the same material from the basic core to the outer surface. These one-piece balls are very economical to purchase and primarily marketed in bulk quantities.
This type golf ball design is of a low quality which provides minimum increase yardage when hit with the driver and long irons, and provide very little performance feedback otherwise.
Generally these balls are designed and produced to be used on golf driving ranges for practice! So using these balls for playing golf is a self-defeating proposition.
Two Piece Golf Balls
The "Two-Piece" golf ball design is primarily constructed to provide extra distance. This type of two piece ball is made with a strong and solid inner core, and subsequently encompassed with a thin cover, usually with a material known as "Surlyn".
According to golf ball technology this type construction causes a low spin rate on the ball, consequently it is difficult to stop the ball quickly on the Green from a longer approach shot.
On a positive note however, because of the low spin rate on the ball, hooks and slices are less pronounced!
Following are a few of the more popular brands of the two-piece designs:
Callaway Big Bertha Blue
Photo Courtesy Of Callaway Golf
The Callaway Big Bertha Blue is a better than average distance ball suited for mid to high handicap golfers who want to optimize their distance game while using low compression golf balls with a soft feel on the Greens.
The Big Bertha Blue golf ball design is a softer model with more short game spin.
Balls with a low compression rating according to golf ball testing, are also best for those who have slower than average club head speed.
The Callaway Big Bertha Blue is a compromise between better distance and provision for good spin, control, and softness for an optimal short game.
MaxFli Noodle Long & Soft
Photo Courtesy Of MaxFli Golf
A beginning golfer who wants maximum distance along with softness will find their game improved by using the MaxFli Noodle Long & Soft golf ball design.
Two-piece construction of the MaxFli Noodle Long & Soft provides the physical characteristics needed for these balls to achieve longer distance from the Teeing Area.
The super-soft core has a low compression rating for better response and feel. Wrapped around this high energy core is a durable, yet soft "Surlyn" cover.
Covering the surface of the cover are 408 golf ball dimples. Dimples on a golf ball keep the ball stable in the air and increase lift.
By maximizing lift and stability, players will be able to better their distance game through longer, straighter shots.
Once on the green, the soft feel of the MaxFli Noodle Long & Soft gives the player the control needed.
Srixon Distance Golf Balls
Photo Courtesy Of Srixon Golf
Golfers of all abilities will be able to improve their games with the Srixon Distance golf ball design. Those players who are looking for a softer distance ball with an extremely durable cover will find the new Srixon Distance ball very compatible with their game.
According to golf ball history, E.G.G. stands for the Energetic Gradient Growth Core.
Manufacturers using this core design can instill within the core a varying firmness throughout the core which increases the responsiveness of the Srixon Distance ball without sacrificing the inherent soft feel.
The amount of "side spin" from hits with the Driver is reduced by the highly elastic and extremely durable cover incorporated in the Srixon Distance golf ball.
With the reduced side spin, the golf ball flight is more stabilized. The 432 dimples on the surface of the ball increase the lift and carry in the air, and also stabilize the ball in crosswinds.
Three Piece Golf Balls
Three-piece and four-piece golf balls usually consist of a solid or liquid core, one or two inner layers and a softer outer cover.
These multilayered balls will have a higher spin rate which will afford a greater level of control.
Photo Courtesy Of Google Images This type of ball will generally be played by the more advanced golfers who can control ball flight characteristics better than the amateur or higher handicap players.
Following are a few of the more popular brands of the three-piece designs:
Photo Courtesy Of Nike Golf
The Nike Ignite will deliver performance in all three major areas of play.
Golfers with a mid level or high handicap game can reduce their golf handicap by using this exciting new ball. The Nike Ignite is designed to maximize the amateur golfer's distance game, while still performing at exceptional levels from iron fairway shots to putting on the Green.
Within the Nike Ignite is a highly responsive core at the center. The core is encased by a mantle layer created to maximize spin and control during iron play, while at the same time minimizing driver spin to allow for greater distances.
A durable yet soft "Surlyn" cover has 408 dimples to give the ball maximum stability and lift. The third mantle layer provides the ball with great handling capabilities.
Callaway HX Hot
Photo Courtesy Of Callaway Golf
The Callaway HX Hot is a great choice for amateur golfers with mid to high handicaps who want to maximum velocity with their driver at the Tee Box in order to reach greater distances.
The core of the Callaway HX Hot golf ball design is a high resiliency polybutadiene material. This material allows the ball to quickly respond to the energy exerted by the golf club, which in turn converts that to kinetic energy propelling the ball with great force.
A DuPont HPF boundary layer encases the core which helps to increase the velocity even further and gives the ball a softer feel.
The Callaway HX Hot ball has a cover which is an "Ionomer"blend dimpled by Callaway's proprietary HEX Aerodynamics pattern. This seamless dimple pattern gives the ball better stability and lift.
Photo Courtesy Of Bridgestone Golf
The Bridgestone E6 has a triple layer design which promotes a high, straight trajectory. This ball is ideal for mid-level players who are looking to increase their distance overall.
The "Soft Kinetic Energy Core" promotes straight balls launched from the Driver, and the mantle layer is an anti spin, high velocity material which helps the ball to retain a truer course by reducing the spin from the driver shots.
The Bridgestone E6 golf ball design has a "seamless" cover containing 330 dimples which provides more lift to allow the ball to fly higher and farther in the air.
Also, the ball is well-designed for short shots and on the putting green. The cover and core of the ball are both soft which provides low compression and better feel.
Recreational golfers with mid to high range handicaps who have problems with slicing or hooking will be able to better their distance game by switching to the Bridgestone E6.
Obviously there are a great variety of golf balls available for purchase, you just need to investigate and select the proper golf ball design for your game.
One thing we might touch on is the "X-Out" balls available on the market. What are X-Outs? Is there something wrong with them?
X-out balls are brand-new balls. These balls are factory over-runs, or balls which did not make it through the quality control procedures for esthetic reasons; balls with cosmetic blemishes.
The balls with business imprints on them or corporate logos are usually very good quality balls as well.
X-out balls sell for much less than pro-line models both velocity and distance.
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