You’re gearing up for a brisk 18 championship holes at Quail Hollow. You’ve got everything you need: the right clubs, the right shoes, the right clothes — you’re all set.
But wait, don’t leave the pro shop just yet. What kind of ball are you using? To the untrained eye, golf balls may all look the same, but in fact, the kind of ball you have can affect the way you play as much as the clubs you use.
What’s the difference? Here are some golf ball basics to help you choose the right one for your game.
Do You Need More Control or Added Distance?
First, take your own skill level into consideration and ask yourself what you want to get out of your game. Are you an advanced golfer with a low handicap looking to gain more control of the ball? Or are you a beginner who wants to add some distance to your shots?
A two-piece golf ball has a hard outer shell that makes it durable. It also allows you to get more distance with your swing, which makes it ideal for beginners. If you have a bit more experience, though, you may instead want to go for a three-piece ball.
These are covered with a rubber-like substance called balata, or a similar material, over a liquid, rubber-wound core which makes the ball softer. This puts more spin on the ball, allowing you better control of your shot.
Low versus High Compression Golf Balls
Another element of golf ball basics is the compression of the ball, which is the measurement of its softness. The compression you choose depends on your skill level, as well as the course and playing conditions.
On a colder day, you’ll want a lower compression (which is harder) for less spin and more distance. On a hot day, go with a higher compression. If you already have a fair amount of distance in your swing, go for the standard 90-100 compression. But if you’re not as advanced, you may want to start with a compression of 60-70.
Once you’ve mastered the golf ball basics, it’s time to test your knowledge out in the field. Contact us at Quail Hollow for more information about our golf rates or go ahead and schedule a tee time to play our beautiful and challenging course.