2011 Buyer's Guide Balls

There's a golf ball for every type of player

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This year, golf balls fall within a wide price range, from the highly affordable Top-Flite D2+ series ($16/dozen) to the premium Dixon Fire balls ($75/dozen). Or $1.33 per ball versus $6.25 per ball.

Of course, the price of a ball often corresponds to its quality and performance, although these days, many so-called "midrange" balls perform so well, you might confuse them for premium offerings. (And if you're a mid-handicapper, they might be just what you need.)

To find the ball that's right for you, buy a few sleeves and give them a spin. Only then will you know which one is right for your game.

e Series
Key Feature: Three models each have a new dual-dimple design—each dimple has a depression inside of it—helping add more zip to launch and landing.
What We Like: Now offered in yellow and orange (plus white), these fly nice and high—and feel great.
Who It's For: Distance seekers. The e5 has great greenside spin, the e6 produces accurate shots, and the e7 is the big-distance offering.
Specs: e5 is a two-piece with a urethane cover; e6 and e7 are multilayers with surlyn covers. All have dual-dimple design.
bridgestonegolf.com | $38/dozen
Key Feature: New RD10 resin material in its dual-mantle construction will fuel 105+ mph swing speeds with more distance and better wind piercing.
What We Like: It's as soft and lively as any ball on the market. The four-piece construction that makes it one of the game's most sophisticated ball constructions.
Who It's For: Better players who swing greater than 105 mph and crave Tour-quality spin on their approach shots.
Specs: Four-piece ball with urethane cover and 330 seamless dimple design.
bridgestonegolf.com | $56/dozen
HX Diablo
Key Feature: Its proprietary, resilient core and ultralow compression complement the thin ionomer cover that helps keep driver spin low to maximize accurate distance.
What We Like: It's long and soft—and everyone likes that combination. Its HEX Aerodynamic design, which reduces drag. It felt like balls just flew forever.
Who It's For: Golfers who want to hit it longer, but don't want to buy premium balls. People who don't mind losing a little greenside spin.
Specs: Two-piece ball with a thin ionomer cover and HEX Aerodynamics.
callawaygolf.com | $20/dozen


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