A Little History
The earliest golf balls have been traced to late 18th century Scotland and were made of wood. They were very susceptible to the elements and ended up with cracks. Early 19th century saw the advent of the “feathery” ball, made of leather and stuffed tight with feathers. This ball became very popular until the “guttie” made its entry, made of solid gutta-percha rubber. The “guttie” was more durable and had stronger resistance to the elements. A lot of research has gone into designing golf balls since 18th century Scotland and today’s balls are a scientific combination of chemicals and polymers making it fly farther and more accurately. With so many golf ball options on the market, how do you choose the right golf ball?
Multi-Construction Golf Balls
Golf balls today are typically made of either a two piece or three piece construction. The two piece ball is made of a solid core and cover and offers better distance with a slow swing. The three piece ball is also made of a solid core, however the core is wound with elastic before applying the cover, resulting in more control. Two piece balls are designed for beginners and three piece balls are often used by intermediate to advanced golfers.
The cover of a two piece ball is frequently made of Surlyn. Surlyn is an ionomer resin introduced by Dupont in the 1960s. For decades, it has been the material of choice for “distance balls”. In addition to increasing distance, Surlyn is durable, often making it the preferred choice for amateur golfers.
Polyurethane, typically used on three piece golf balls, is softer than Surlyn and delivers higher spin rates on iron and wedge shots. Skilled golfers prefer this control and, because they generate higher club head speeds, they lose little if any distance compared to Surlyn balls.
To sum up, two piece golf balls are generally less expensive, slightly more durable and may provide a little more distance than polyurethane models. However, they don’t have the spin necessary to stop shots quickly around the greens as do three piece golf balls.
Choosing a golf ball can be tricky, just because you choose the ball used by Tiger Woods, it does not mean you will have his success. The choice has to be made for your game style. The wrong ball could increase your handicap and the right ball can make you feel like a champion.
Choose The Right Golf Ball
Try using the The LinksWalker ProVictory OPT golf ball. It is manufactured to optimize SPIN with maximum DISTANCE, while increasing accuracy by encouraging proper aiming techniques through use of the patented alignment guide.
- Tour Quality Ball conforms to USGA regulations
- Proven three piece construction with high-energy core
- DupontTM ion resin allows for optimum performance
- Soft polyurethane cover preferred by most golfers
- Super white finish is durable and water resistant
- Aerodynamic dimple pattern allows for flight stability
The Linkswalker ProVictory OPT golf ball is available in different quantities, all featuring our patented alignment guide.