In posing the question “What is the difference between golf balls?” I am particularly referring to the differences between men’s and women’s golf balls.
So, I want to take a moment to discuss what the differences are, why they are different and what effect these differences will have on a person’s golf game.
If you read My Story, you will know that I have, up until now, always played with whatever golf balls Rick put into my golf bag.
Now that I know better, that will not happen again.
Why Should Women Play With Different Balls Than Men?
The most important point to consider is the biological differences between men and women. This has a great impact on how each of them plays golf.
Not the least factor is, of course, the speed at which each swings the golf club.
Because men are generally bigger and stronger than women, their natural tendency is to swing the golf club faster and harder at the golf ball.
Of course, there are some professional women golfers who can definitely match the swing of their male counterparts. Thus, they should play with golf balls attuned to that level of power.
However, women, in general, swing the golf club more slowly than men and because of this they need a different type of golf ball. One that will react appropriately to the lower pressure achieved upon the golf ball by a slower swing.
I am always a little amused that some golfers are almost fanatical about their golf clubs and bags, and some even about the type of tee they use.
But then they may actually be playing with golf balls that are quite wrong for the type of game they play. As the saying goes – “There’s none so queer as folks”.
Identifying the Differences – Compression Rating
The most important difference of all is the compression rating of the golf ball. And we’ve talked about this a lot in our other articles here on this website.
Because it is so important we need to devote a little more attention to it here.
The golf balls used by men, and possibly some of the professional women golfers, have a compression rating between 75 and 110.
The higher the rating the harder the core. Conversely, those used by most women golfers are very much lower and fall between 45 and 70.
Compression occurs when the club head makes contact with the golf ball.
The golf ball is compressed (or squashed) by the club which makes it bounce off the club face with a spring-like action.
The compression rating denotes the hardness or softness of the core.
It is crucial that the right compression rating be teamed with the right golf swing. When this occurs the ball will fly off the club face and carry for a good distance.
So, if a golfer with a slow swing were to hit a golf ball with a high compression rating, he or she could not compress the ball enough to activate the bounciness.
However, that same golfer can adequately compress a golf ball with a soft core and get the desired result.
Other Variations – Dimple Patterns
Women’s golf balls are designed for golfers with relatively slow swing speeds
. Because of this, the core is much softer and this is usually combined with a single cover.
This is known as a two-piece golf ball.
Some of the higher compression golf balls have one or two interior covers underneath the outer cover. These are known as mantles and help to reduce the spin on a hard, high spinning golf ball.
Because of the softness of the women’s golf ball there is often very little spin imparted from the club face.
While this has the advantage of making the golf ball fly straight and true, the disadvantage is often lack of height.
So, today’s golf ball manufacturers have designed dimple shapes and numbers to add great aerodynamics that will loft the ball.
This enables the ball to maintain height longer and carry over a greater distance.
Therefore, a slower swinging golfer can get a long, straight drive right down the middle of the fairway.
The Rainbow Connection. . . .
For some unknown reason, most of the golf ball manufacturers think that we girls need colored balls to entice us to play golf.
This is not necessarily true.
Fortunately, they have gone to great lengths to design golf balls with the right performance values.
Most of them are two-piece golf balls with appropriate dimple patterns.
Women’s (or “Lady”) golf balls are designed to fly straight and true right down the middle of the fairway. We are grateful that they have devoted so much attention to our needs.
Then, in addition to the traditional white golf balls they have added rainbow colors and hues.
So now our choices are endless. In addition to white golf balls, here are some of the choices we have in the best golf balls for women:
Callaway Supersoft now comes in bright pink, orange, red and green
Bridgestone e6 Soft Lady – bright pink
Titleist Velocity – bright orange, pink and green
Srixon Soft Feel Lady – bright pink
Volvik Vivid – yellow, orange, pink, red, green, blue, violet.
All The Colors Of The Rainbow
So, in fact, I think you will agree that all the colors of the rainbow are included in our choice of the best golf balls for women.
There are also some other manufacturers that produce colored golf balls that are not only for us girls.
Chromax manufactures uniquely different golf balls, as the name suggests. They have a bright metallic finish that makes them highly visible on the golf course.
The Chromax golf balls are more suitable for those with a faster swing speed because the compression ratings range between 75 and 90.
However, girls like my friend, Kerri, might have great fun playing with them.
The bright metallic finishes certainly come in the rainbow colors. There are a number of reviews online from guys who really enjoy playing with them, too.
In addition to all this, there are several other lesser-known manufacturers that produce colored golf balls for both men and women, but we’ll leave that to another time.
What Is The Difference Between Golf Balls?
This article is devoted to what is the difference between golf balls, especially between men’s and women’s golf balls.
However, such differences are more relevant to the type of golfer and, in particular, to the type of golf swing.
Of course there is a difference in the way that men and women play golf.
Therefore, it is important to recognize this and make sure that each is playing golf with the equipment that suits their game.
So, girls, when you are out there choosing golf balls, don’t make the mistake of playing with any old balls.
Furthermore, always check the compression and the aerodynamics first.
Then, when you are satisfied that they are suitable to your game, go one step further.
Choose the colored golf ball that most appeals to you. You’ll definitely have fun and get more visibility on the golf course!