2011 Buyer's Guide Balls

There's a golf ball for every type of player

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HX Diablo Tour
Key Feature: Its core is firmer at the outer edges and softer in the center, helping tee shots fly longer with less spin, and approach shots have more spin for better stopping power.
What We Like: It's long and soft—and everyone likes that combination. Hard not to like a ball that performs like a premium offering but costs little.
Who It's For: Golfers seeking a Tour-style ball for under $20. What's that? A ball that booms off the tee, but spins around the greens.
Specs: Three-piece ball with Power Reaction Core, boundary layer and ionomer cover with HEX Aerodynamics.
callawaygolf.com | $20/dozen
Key Feature: In the company's softest Tour ball ever, its Dual Core construction helps generate short-game spin while keeping driver spin low.
What We Like: Refined HEX Aerodynamics create a strong and consistent flight. Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els put it in play. Now, more durable than ever.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a soft, premium ball that achieves more greenside control. Folks who want to spin their wedges like Phil.
Specs: The four-piece ball has a thermoset urethane cover, HEX Aerodynamics and 332 "geometries." That's Callaway lingo for "dimples."
callawaygolf.com | $43/dozen
Key Feature: Its Dual Core construction aims to deliver even faster ball speeds. Thus, it travels far with a penetrating flight.
What We Like: Its soft urethane cover translates to great feel and control. Stuart Appleby, Trevor Immelman and the big-hitting Alvaro Quiros put it in play. Both the i(z) and i(s) are now more durable than ever.
Who It's For: Golfers wanting a premium ball that's long, accurate and consistent.
Specs: Four-piece ball with thermoset urethane cover and HEX Aerodynamics. Like the i(s), it has 332 "geometries."
callawaygolf.com | $43/dozen

Key Feature: The world's first eco-friendly golf ball made of recyclable material, the Earth also is a venerable distance ball with exceptional durability. All full shots feel soft and fly with a long and high trajectory.
What We Like: It's cool that they're recyclable, but it's the slick graphics and solid playability that we like most.
Who It's For: Eco-concerned golfers who appreciate recyclable stuff.
Specs: Made of 100 percent recyclable material, and can be traded in for new ones at a discounted price.
dixongolf.com | $40/dozen
Key Feature: A recyclable cast urethane core, "energy-intensifying mantle" and "high-intensity green core with ignite technology."
What We Like: Maybe we were just having a good day, but these things may be the longest balls we've ever hit. These quality balls fly a mile and spin like crazy around the greens.
Who It's For: Golfers who swing faster than 90 mph, although players who swing really hard may find that they spin too much off the tee. Also for golfers who don't mind paying $6/ball.
Specs: This multilayer eco-friendly ball has 318 dimples and an Elastodynamic urethane cover.
dixongolf.com | $75/dozen
Key Feature: Proprietary technology includes resin, a neutralized polymer in the core that's faster and lighter, for longer distance, straighter flight and more controlled shots.
What We Like: This ball took four years to develop with DuPont. Designers have increased wedge and short-iron spin where you want more, and decrease driver spin where you don't.
Who It's For: The 20XI-X is for golfers wanting Tour-level distance, the 20XI-S for those seeking Tour-level spin.
Specs: Four-piece ball with resin core and soft cover with 360 dimples.
nikegolf.com | $55/dozen


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