The Wilson Staff FLI Golf balls have a hard ionomer cover but still gives off a surprisingly soft feel when you tee off. On the green, they also have a great low spin giving you an accurate and straight shot when you putt. The main points that this ball is able to offer are power and distance by literally adding more distance to a golfer's shot by improving the speed on impact with your swing.
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Things to consider before buying a golf ball
Going through the features and specifications of all those brands, you’re probably now just realizing how truly different golf balls are from each other. Even when they are manufactured by the same company, they may be made of different materials, retain a different layer construction, or have a different dimple design. All these features affect how your golf ball is impacted by a swing.
Externally, a lot of golf balls look the same. The standard size for a ball is a diameter of at least 1.68 inches. The dimples that surround the ball aren’t required by any organization. However, years of experience and modern testing has shown that the dimples on the ball gives it a better aerodynamic design and effectively reduces drag while maximizing the airflow around the ball.
Those little grooves on the surface of the ball pull the air closer to it and create a layer of turbulence. When you hit 2 balls, one with dimples and one with a smoother surface, with exactly the same swing at the exact same angle of impact, you’ll find the dimpled golf ball flying farther, higher, and faster.
Taking a closer look at what makes up a golf ball will help you understand what the specs we discussed really mean. And, with a bit more knowledge, you’ll be able to make a better-informed decision.
Single to Multi-layered construction
Golf balls are identified based on the number of layers of material. The naming is pretty straightforward. You have your 1-piece, 2-piece, 3-piece, 4-piece, and 5-piece. The 1-piece is only made of 1 solid mass of material. Typically, a plastic-like material known as Surlyn is used. It is also often used as a coat to the other ball types. Another alternative material you may have noticed is Urethane. (3)
The 2-piece ball is most commonly used by novices and recreational players. While 3-piece and 4-piece balls are often used by more experienced ones on the course. The 5-piece ball is not as common on the regular golf course but is a usual pick on tours where the pros play. More layers on a ball give it a special set of properties that make it suitable for the varied conditions of gameplay.
A single-layered ball is basically just a ball made up of one material. This limits the properties of a ball but makes it really cheap to make. If you are looking for the cheapest golf ball, it’ll probably be a 1-piece. However, it would also give you a really low performance. This is probably why beginners make use of 1-piece balls when they are just starting to practice hitting the ball.
A 2 layered ball has a core and a cover. The core can either be a liquid or solid core; usually made from a rubberized material for solid cores. Some balls may have really hard and compact cores while others have a larger and softer core. The cover also differs from ball to ball.
The 3 layers that make up the 3-piece golf ball are the core, mantle, and cover. Dimensions vary depending on the brand and manufacturer. While the materials are also dependent on the design. There are many new and innovative designs that companies are adding to improve ball performance.
4-piece and 5-piece
The added layer to a 4-piece golf ball is an interior cover that you’ll probably see between the core and mantle. But, with all the new designs that brands have been putting out, there are no clear distinctions on how layers should be.
The kind of materials that are put into the different layers dictates how the ball moves, spins, bounces, and flies. Most materials are of a rubber or silicon constitution but manufacturers are patenting their own formulas and materials to really put out their best. The cheaper alternatives that we’ve gone over mostly have a rubber core and a urethane or Surlyn cover which are some of the most common materials used.
The spin refers to the movement of a ball on an axis that is at a right angle to its flight path. A simple way to identify spin is by classifying it as either sidespin or backspin. The first we try to avoid while the latter we try to maximize. The backspin helps to push the air down, giving the ball a lift which increases flight trajectory. Whereas sidespin will either bring your ball to the left or to the right, depending on the swing direction. If you’re aiming for hook shots, you might benefit from an added sidespin. But, unexpected sidespin, especially when you’re on the green, can get very frustrating. Imagine just being a few inches from the hole and still missing it; you can blame the sidespin from your ball. The ways to classify the type of spin you can get from your ball is to check whether it is classified as a Low spin, Mid spin, or High spin golf ball.
Compression refers to how a material reacts under pressure. In this case, it’s about how your ball squeezes upon impact with the clubhead. Some golf balls can even compress to a fifth of an inch on impact; these are rated 0 on the compression level. Higher compression rates mean that the ball is harder. The highest rating is at 200, which means the ball doesn’t compress.
The lower compression balls give off a softer feel and a lower sound when you tee off. While harder balls with high compression rates give off a higher-pitched “clink” sound upon impact. Softer balls are better for less experienced players who want to take full advantage of a bounce-effect that the compression gives the ball, adding in more flight from the stored potential energy that was released after the ball decompressed. However, stronger players with great aim and good swing can get longer and more accurate shots with a hard ball.
Golf balls often get lost. They can also get damaged. When you play and accidentally hit a tree or some other things on the course, you might find your golf ball dented or, worse, broken. The worst I’ve seen a ball was when one end had completely burrowed in. It looked like the Apple logo. Some are better off, coming out of a game with a few scuffs and marks. And, if you don’t pick out a good ball, you might find that they can get damaged while in your golf bag, even before you get to play them. A cheaper ball won’t be as cheap as you think if you have to replace them twice as often.
With most players losing a ball or two every time they go to the course, it isn’t surprising how often you’ll see a golfer make a trip to the nearest sports shop to stock up on balls. New players, especially, have to set aside a constant budget for their balls. Unlike golf clubs and other major equipment that only need a one-time purchase, you need to have at least 3 golf balls in your bag each time you play. And on the worst of days, you might even lack another spare.
You can probably find other lost golf balls laying all around the course but if you are really serious about your game, keeping consistent use of a specific type of ball could help you maintain better shots.
If you’re new to the game, you’d be surprised at how different golf balls can actually affect the accuracy and distance of your shots. If you’ve already swung a few and tried out different balls, then you probably already know how the feel is different for some. Like much other golf equipment, the right one is always a matter of preference for the user.
(1) dimples — https://www.businessinsider.com/why-golf-balls-have-dimples-2017-2
(2) HEX Aerodynamic — https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1746-hexagonal-dimples-boost-golf-balls-flight/
(3) Surlyn — https://www.dow.com/en-us/brand/surlyn.html