What is the best golf ball for a high handicapper?
The best golf ball for a high handicapper is one that gives good all round performance and helps your game. It should be low spinning off the tee to help your distance. And give a great feel around the greens. It also needs to be low cost enough so it won’t punish your wallet when you happen to lose them.
Unfortunately such a golf ball doesn’t exist, but with a little research and knowledge, you can come pretty close. In this article I will give you some great choices for golf balls to fit your handicap.
Best Budget Distance Golf Ball
The Mizuno JPX gives great distance off the tee at high handicapper swing speeds. Plus its low spinning numbers, means it has a tendency to be more accurate, helping you find more fairways. A great choice for an all-round golf ball.
Best Budget Spinning Golf Ball
The Srixon AD333 delivers exceptional feel and ball speed for maximum distance. A new skin coating with flexible molecular bonds digs deep into wedge and iron grooves, maximizing spin for more control and more stopping power.
Best Premium Distance Golf Ball
The Bridgestone Tour RX is designed to fit golfers with swing speeds under 105mph. This new TOUR B RX has higher ball speed for maximum distance while having ‘hit and sit’ performance on approach shots.
Best Premium Spinning Golf Ball
The Titleist Pro V1x golf balls have been designed to leave the club face with more ball speed and lower long game spin for more distance while providing the best short game control to help golfers shoot lower scores.
Is there any better feeling than finding a new Pro V1 on the golf course?
When I first started playing golf I lost a lot of golf balls. And whilst it was great to find new balls which other players had lost, it didn’t happen all that often. So I was always looking for cheap ways to fill my golf bag.
As a high handicapper you can be forgiven for buying budget balls or refurbished golf balls. Any golfer playing to a budget can. Yet nowadays you don’t have to suffer needlessly any longer.
Why does your swing speed matter?
Modern technology may be keeping teenagers locked to their screens, but it’s great for high handicappers looking for an all-round ball with a budget price tag. And as material compounds get better, you no longer need a multi-piece ball to give you good performance.
The average driver swing speed for high handicappers is 85mph. Whilst a good club golfer will hit 100mph and the tour players reach 115mph or more. If you think that 85mph isn’t fast enough to play great golf, then remember that a professional LPGA golfer has an average of only 93mph.
With this being said, why does it matter if you can only swing at lower speeds. Well because at these speeds the gap between the most expensive balls and the lower priced alternatives, is unnoticeable to you or I. In fact it took a robot testing facility to tell us.
The gap between tour golf balls and budget golf balls has narrowed
In my Ultimate Guide to Testing Your Balls, I referred to a recent test at the PXG Practice Facility using their robot. It revealed some interesting results. Using swing speeds of 85mph, 100mph and 115mph. PXG tested 21 different makes of golf balls to find the best one for low handicappers, mid handicap golfers and high handicappers. Here’s what I found interesting.
Distance with the Driver
At the high handicapper swing speed of 85mph. There was just 4.5 yards difference between the longest flying golf ball and the shortest. The longest ball was the Bridgestone Tour RX at 191.8 yards. Funnily enough the Bridgestone is specifically designed for swings of 115mph plus. And the shortest ball was the Vice Pro at 187.3 yards.
At the mid handicappers swing speed of 100mph. There was only a 7 yards difference between the longest ball and the shortest. The longest ball was the Taylormade TP5x at 249 yards. And the shortest golf ball was the Callaway Chrome Soft at 242 yards.
At the swing speed of the average tour player of 115mph. There was only 10.2 yards. The longest and therefore best golf ball tested, was again the Taylormade TP5x at 300 yards. Whilst the shortest ball tested was again the Vice Pro at 289.8 yards.
Best Spinning Balls
What’s the best golf ball for a high handicapper with a 7 iron?
Using a driver is all well and good, but what happens when you get a mid iron in your hands? So next all the golf balls were tested using a 7 iron at an average swing speed of 80mph.
As you would expect, it was the lower spinning balls that gave the most distance here. Yet again the gap between the longest and the shortest wasn’t all that great at just 4.9 yards.
The longest and therefore best golf ball tested with the 7 iron, was the Bridgestone Tour RX at 160.5 yards. Whilst the shortest ball was the Titleist Pro V1x at 155.6 yards.
With this in mind, perhaps the next time you find a Pro V1x on the course, perhaps you would be better swapping it for a Callaway, Mizuno, Srixon or Wilson. Anything but keeping it.
What’s the best spinning ball for a high handicapper with a 7 iron?
Out of the 21 balls tested, we will just focus on the 3 best golf balls with the highest spin rates. These were;
What’s the best spinning golf ball for a high handicapper with a wedge?
Using an average swing speed of 74mph, all the balls were tested using a pitching wedge. The best golf balls in this category would be determined by their spin rates and accuracy.
The top 3 highest spinning golf balls when using a wedge were;
- Titleist Pro V1x at 7866 rpm
- Bridgestone Tour BX at 7824 rpm
- Srixon Z-Star XV at 7805 rpm.
Now you could be forgiven for being confused with the accuracy. Yet the quality and consistency of how the golf ball is made, plays a huge part in its accuracy both off the tee and with the shortest club in the golf bag.
For accuracy we took a look at the left to right dispersion distance. The top three most accurate golf balls when tested with a pitching wedge were;
- Titleist Pro V1x at 1.4 yards dispersion
- Callaway Chrome Soft XTT at 2.1 yards dispersion
- Snell MTB Black at 4 yards dispersion.
The least most accurate golf ball when tested with the wedge was the Pearl Pure Pro at 6.9 yards.
What ball would I recommend to the high handicapper?
There is no denying that there are a lot of choices available when it comes to choosing the right golf ball for you. But as I have highlighted here, that choice is not as wide as you think when you crunch the data. And this data was yielded by using a robot that has the same swing and smash factor, each and every time.
I have played rounds with a lot of different golf balls and to be honest, whilst colleagues swear by them, I never found the pull of the Titleist brand. It’s interesting to note that a high percentage of my friends using Titleist golf balls, are all mid to high handicappers that are short on distance and inaccurate off the tee.
I found the Titleist golf balls never suited me off the tee and looking at this data, the high spin rates with the driver probably accentuate swing flaws giving more of a fade and draw.
Because of this I end up recommending one of the brands that I use. The Mizuno JPX. I am starting to use this golf ball after playing for some time with the Srixon AD333.
The Mizuno JPX gives better distance than the Srixon AD333 by some 3 yards. And whilst it is slightly lower spinning that the Srixon AD333, I feel it is slightly better off my putter face. However, either ball is a great choice for the high handicapper.
I hope you learnt a lot from this short article and please share around your golfing buddies so you can help them too.