As I have said in past articles, I have been playing golf since the age of five. I have talked about what games you should play and my thoughts on what equipment a beginning golfer should pick up. I saw an article on golfweek.com about golf balls that are affordable. We are going through rough times now. No one should have to give up something that they love to do because of a lack of funding. The site listed seven different types of balls that range from $25 and under per dozen. I have always said just because you see a professional golfer use a type of ball on television does not mean it will be the same for your game. Beginning players should not be spending $50 to $60 dollars on Titleist balls. To me, if you lose all of them during a round that would not be good.
I will let you know that I have not tried all the balls that are listed on the website. I am going to give you my best recommendations. The first one that is mentioned is the Bridgestone E6 ball. I can say from past experiences with Bridgestone balls have all been good. For me, I got the same performance out of them as I did the premium balls. The one thing that I have to bring up would be durability. Most of the new golf clubs have very sharp grooves especially when it comes to wedges. The ball’s shell gets easily scuffed after a while. This ball goes for $24 a dozen and that is worth it. This company now makes the ball that Tiger Woods plays. It says these balls are set up for moderate swing speed players. This is a soft ball which is made more to perform at a cheaper price.
The next one mentioned is the Callaway Warbird or Super Soft. The Warbird’s design is one of the first balls that Callaway got into when they started making golf balls. What I like about the Super Soft ball is that it comes in many colors. Who does not want to have some color instead of just the plain white balls that we grew up playing with? I like the Callaway balls as they perform well. It has been said that these balls supply a high launch angle which means more distance. That will help with all clubs throughout the bag. These balls run from $18 to $25 per dozen.
The next ball the site mentions is the Maxfli Softfli. I have never played this ball. This ball cost about $20 a dozen. The ball provides durability, a soft feel, less spin, and more distance. Another good reason to try this ball.
The ball that is mentioned after is Pinnacle Rush & Soft. Pinnacle has been making balls for a long time. When I first started playing the game of golf, I used balls that were made by Pinnacle. These balls come in 15 per pack instead of 12 and the price is $20. So that means for the same price as a dozen you get three additional balls. This is the special Rush edition that is made for longer ball flights but is soft. Both balls come in white or yellow.
The next ball mentioned is the Srixon Soft Feel. Here is another ball that I have played with a lot over the 30 plus years I have been playing. These balls perform well around the green. The cost is $23 per dozen. It comes green, red, and orange outside of white and yellow.
The final two are the Titleist TruFeel and Wilson Staff Duo. Many people know that Titleist is probably the most popular ball on the many tours worldwide. According to the website, these are more popular than the Pro V1 and Pro V1X. These are about half the price of those balls. They perform near the same as the more expensive balls. The cost is $25 per dozen. Like Pinnacle, Wilson has been making balls for a long time. The Duo Soft goes longer and straighter. These balls run about $23 a dozen. I have never used them so I cannot tell you how they perform. In the past, I have used Wilson balls and had decent results with them. I have used about every Titleist ball on the market, so I’ve had all good luck with them.
At the end of the day, it comes down to you the player. A player does not have to spend a bunch of money on all golf equipment to enjoy the game. I have a friend of mine, Adam Mangold, that says it is all about having fun. He says that you can get a cheap ball, maybe one of the ones I listed above. As I have mentioned, do not go out and by expensive clubs until you get further into the game. I did not get my first real set until I was in my teenage years. I would recommend any of the balls above to have a good time and not spend a ton of money. With that, go out and play the great game of golf and play the equipment that fits your game the best.
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