Re: As a Beginner - Does the Ball Really Matter?
Originally Posted by clickagent75
The type of ball matters no matter how long you've been playing. Depending on your swing speed (get measured on a launch monitor), the amount of compression matters with the ball, as well as the number of pieces.
Personally, I think it this way, although you're best off listening to the pro at the golf shop - if your driver swing speed is 80 mph or less, consider a lower compression ball. When the ball compresses properly, you get as much distance as possible. Too hard a ball means it won't compress as much, you lose distance. Too soft a ball means it over compresses, and you don't gain much distance. Immediately offhand I'd suggest the Dunlop Loco, the Precept Laddie, or the Wilson 50/50. Or even give the Top Flite D2's a spin. I heard they're pretty good. They're all pretty cheap, too, which brings me to the next point.
Get cheap balls. New players lose a lot of balls, between shots hacked off line and not having the skill to see your ball quite as well as more seasoned players can add up quickly. (Finding your ball in the deep rough and tracking it through the air are gifts that come with experience - when I started I'd lose 10 balls a round, now, it's 1 or 2 at most....not counting consecutive shots out of bounds, of course.)
Also, what do you want out of the ball? Do you want more spin, or more distance? Personally, I prefer more distance because I get plenty of spin when I need it, and I choose a harder ball (at the high end: Pro V1x versus Pro V1). Most boxes of balls will say whether it's better for distance or spin.
Bad ideas: Don't use high-end balls if you lose a lot, because that puts a hole in the wallet pretty quickly. Balls fished out of the pond are probably waterlogged, and will fly like a rock. And no range balls, either. Range balls suck.