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The Ball is in Your Court Equipment Forum


What kind of golf ball should you be using? NCGA Golf recently sat down with two experts to fi nd out: Titleist West Coast Team Lead Brent Chapman and The Golf Mart Vice President of Marketing Benn McCallister.


NCGA: What should you look


for in a golf ball? BC: You want a very high


spin rate on partial shots, coupled with a relatively low spin rate on full shots. The key benefi ts of an ideal ball are long distance with the ability to stop the ball into and around the greens. BM: Being custom fi t


for a golf ball 15 years ago was easy: “Are you a 90 compression or 100 com- pression?” Since then, the technology used to con- struct a ball has gotten so precise that manufacturers are now able to create balls that perform better for dif- ferent swing speeds. There’s also the ability to construct balls out of different materi- als for different feels and spin rates.


Shots per round based on average score


170 BALL SPEED (MPH) 14 30


IF YOU SHOOT 70


26 14 34


IF YOU SHOOT 85


37 14 38


IF YOU SHOOT 100


48 DRIVES SHOTS TO THE GREEN PUTTS


DRIVER 3 IRON is similar to 5 IRON is similar to 8 IRON is similar to


HIGH SWING SPEED TOUR PLAYER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HIGH/MID SWING SPEED AMATEUR - DRIVER


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MODERATE SWING SPEED AMATEUR - DRIVER LOWER SWING SPEED AMATEUR - DRIVER


Note: The USGA sets the speed limit on clubs and balls, and the ratio is a maximum 1.5 ball speed (when hit perfectly) for each mph of club speed. As an example, 100 mph of club speed = 150 ball speed.


150 BALL SPEED (MPH) 135 BALL SPEED (MPH) 120 BALL SPEED (MPH) NCGA: How do you fi gure out


what ball that should be? BC: There are a lot of


ways, but the best method is to compare balls side by side on the course, starting with greenside shots, and work- ing your way back to the tee. Basically, on partial shots you want to see the ball drop and stop. On iron shots, you want to see it stop where it lands. You don’t want to see the ball backing up or pitch- ing forward. BM: There are many factors to consider: swing speed, ball speed, spin rate, launch angle, etc. And the fi tter should add a personal touch: Does the golfer prefer a softer cover that spins more with the short irons and wedges and is soft off the putter


face? Or does he/she prefer a fi rmer feeling cover? Once all of these factors have been taken into consid- eration, it should be clear which ball brand and model will be the most suitable. Then there are the two


easiest parts of golf ball fi tting: What fi ts in your budget and what is your favorite color! NCGA: For amateur players, is


it better to go with a softer ball or longer ball? BC: All of our balls are


long off the tee, and the softness or compression isn’t enough information to se- lect the proper ball. If play- ers only cared about perfor- mance, we’d only design and manufacture the Pro V1 and Pro V1x, but we build other balls (DT Solo, Velocity) to


satisfy the particular player’s preferences, such as price, color, feel and durability, which play a major part in a purchase decision. NCGA: How do you know that


you are using the wrong ball for your game? BC: A warning sign is on


a well-struck pitch or chip shot; it tends to land and re- lease forward more than you’d like. Also, on good iron shots, if the ball backs up or pitches forward you may want to look into your ball choice, unless the conditions of the course are extreme.


Equipment Forum is presented by


FACT: YOU HAVE MORE THAN ONE SWING SPEED Choose a Golf Ball that Performs on Every Shot, at Every Swing Speed


SUMMER 2014 / NCGA.ORG / 51


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