AskMyGolfSpy Vol. 41 | MyGolfSpy

AskMyGolfSpy is a chance to submit inquiries to our consultants right here at MGS.  

It’s ball check week, so all of this week’s questions are about golf balls.  

For those who’ve received a query for a future version of AskMyGolfSpy, you possibly can go it alongside to the crew on Twitter,Fb,  Instagram , or proper right here within the feedback part beneath!   

Q: What’s one of the simplest ways to search out the correct golf ball? I’m selecting mine primarily based on the field and my swing pace. Anything I ought to take into account?  

There are just a few faculties of thought on how to decide on a golf ball. Most producers will let you know to start out on the inexperienced and work your means out. On condition that common golfers miss extra greens than they hit, having a ball that matches your brief recreation wants is paramount. 

With irons, you need to be seeking to optimize flight and spin primarily based in your swing traits.  

Lastly, given that the majority drivers are adjustable, there’s seemingly one thing to Titleist’s philosophy of becoming the ball to your irons and your driver to the ball. 

The one exception could be for these seeking to the ball to assist scale back driver spin. If that’s your greatest concern, you may need to toss all the pieces else out the window. Preserving the ball in play will prevent extra strokes than anything you are able to do by way of the golf ball. 

So far as what it says on the field, I wouldn’t put an excessive amount of inventory in that. The descriptions are usually solely relatable to the producer’s personal lineup. One model’s highest-flying ball could be nearer to a different’s mid and, in fact, everybody claims no worse than excessive greenside spin for each ball within the lineup. 

Q: At what level ought to I be switching my golf ball? Between delicate and tougher compression when is it time (if any) to modify it up?  

Anytime your swing modifications, it’s in all probability price a glance. It’s additionally price having a look any time a brand new ball comes out. For all of the speak of “higher”, more often than not a brand new mannequin is a bit totally different than what got here earlier than it. 

Typically that may be higher however, in different instances, modifications to your favourite ball may imply it gained’t work as nicely for you. 

Q: Is delicate nonetheless sluggish?  

Sure. The legal guidelines of physics stay undefeated. 

Q: How a lot does value have to do with efficiency?  

Urethane/multi-layer balls are extra expensive to provide than ionomer constructions so there’s going to be some correlation between value and efficiency

The larger correlation goes to be value and high quality. That’s to not say each costly ball is made to a tighter high quality spec than an affordable one however tighter tolerances price extra and never everyone seems to be prepared to pay for them. 

Q: Coloured golf balls…any efficiency distinction?  


It’s one thing we’re . Over time, there’s been chatter that yellow variations of well-liked balls spin a contact lower than their white counterparts. Whereas I suppose we might argue we discovered a small distinction with Srixon Z-Star’s we examined just a few years again, it was, at most, minimal.  

We should always have knowledge on the yellow Professional V1 quickly. 

Q: There are a number of new golf balls this yr – any surprises or disappointments? 

the core of the PXG Xtreme golf ball

It’s in all probability too quickly to say with any certainty (there’s a number of new stuff we’re working by Ball Lab) however, for essentially the most half, issues have been as anticipated.  

Q: How a lot does the end of a golf ball need to do with efficiency? Matte vs. gloss?  

A custom-made MGS Volvik Vivid Black Matte Golf Ball in our check facility.

There’s a cause why there aren’t any matte balls in play on Tour. When moisture is launched, and that may come from dew or from grass compression between the face and the ball because it does with pictures out of the tough, launch and spin properties of matte balls change considerably greater than they do with gloss end balls. 

Q: There’s no means I’m ok to note a distinction in my golf ball. Proper?  

Possibly however we should perceive there’s a world of distinction between not noticing one thing and that very same one thing not present. Simply since you don’t discover one thing doesn’t imply it isn’t actual or that you simply don’t profit from it. 

Whether or not you discover {that a} shot flew 10 yards offline due to the ball, it nonetheless did. So why not play a higher-quality ball that rewards your greatest pictures no matter your ability degree? 

Q: Sure or No: Kirkland golf balls? 

On the threat of repeating myself, I’m usually a “no” as a result of the excessively excessive spin properties make it extra of a distinct segment ball. It’s not going to be a great match for many golfers. 

Our preliminary measurements additionally counsel high quality management isn’t as tight appropriately. Name it a traditional case of getting what you pay for. 

All of that stated, if you’d like a urethane ball (and it is best to) and don’t need to spend any actual cash to get it, it’s an possibility. 

Q: What’s the important metric I ought to be on the lookout for when selecting a golf ball? Distance? Spin? Dispersion?  

Flight and spin are what issues most. 

Q: How can I run a fast check for myself (with no $200,000 robotic) to see how my golf ball is performing?  

How a lot time do you might have?  

There are just a few other ways to do it. Heading in the right direction, the very best method is to play two balls for a whole spherical (or a number of rounds) to see which performs greatest. Simpler stated than accomplished however in the event you’re the final one out and chasing daylight, you may be capable to do it. 

One other method is to think about it as a means of elimination. Work from the inexperienced out (a launch monitor may assist) and, as you progress from one shot sort to the subsequent, you can begin dropping the balls you don’t like. 

As with anything price doing, it’s a course of. 

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