By Bob Wyatt, Jr., USGTF National Coordinator
I have been involved in the game of golf in one way or another for over 60 years. If there is one thing I have noticed that has drastically changed, it would be golf ball, although the size and the weight of the ball are the same due to USGA regulations. The number of dimples and their configurations vary based on the manufacturers’ ideas of what sells.
All this being said, let’s take a look at the enormous separation between the high-priced ball and compare it with the most economical soft-cover ball. This is exactly what I have done, and here are my findings: The performance and the feel of the money-saving ball was remarkably close to that of the high-priced ball. There were times when I felt the low-priced soft-cover ball actually out-performed the more costly one. You must keep in mind that the more expensive and often higher compression-rated ball must be compressed to give you any advantage.
Now, let’s take a look at the price difference between the most and least costly. Without specifying any particular brand, most of you know you can spend between $40 and $50 on a dozen high-end golf balls. I suppose that’s okay if you are an expert golfer, because chances are the dozen balls purchased should last for a while. However, if you are a high-handicap recreational golfer, those dozen balls could easily vanish very quickly. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, let me make a suggestion FIND A DIFFERENT, LESS COSTLY BALL!
I am currently playing a soft-cover 65¢ golf ball which feels and performs for me as well as any ball on the market. I am a golf instructor and have had the opportunity to work with a number of highly skilled and very powerful college players who have also compared the low-priced soft-cover ball with the most costly and supposedly best performance balls available. On more than one occasion, the low-end ball was actually longer off the tee, and because of the soft cover, gave them great feel around the greens.
To wrap this up, allow me to suggest you try this soft-cover low-priced ball as an experiment, as I did. I think you’ll be glad you did. As a bonus, you’ll have money still in your pocket to pay for that golf lesson you’ve been putting off with your USGTF-certified golf professional.