2011 Buyer's Guide Balls
There's a golf ball for every type of player
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TitleistKey Feature: The all-new version delivers increased spin control and a more consistent flight—thanks to a new ZG process core technology, responsive ionomeric casing layer, urethane elastomer cover and dimple design.
What We Like: It's still long, durable and soft, and still the standard by which all other premium balls are measured.
Who It's For: Any player wanting outstanding feel, distance and durability.
Specs: Three-piece ball with urethane elastomer cover, bearing a spherically tiled 352-tetrahedral-dimple design.
titleist.com | $58/dozen
TitleistKey Feature: Provides longer distance and more consistent flight, along with its Drop-and-Stop greenside control.
What We Like: There's a lot of shot performance consistency, and it feels nice and soft.
Who It's For: Anyone, but best for better players who prefer low ball spin off the driver and long irons. "Pro Vs" ain't cheap though, so keep in mind each ball costs about $5.
Specs: Four-piece ball with urethane elastomer cover, casing and high-velocity dual core, as well as spherically tiled 328-tetrahedral-dimple design. That's four fewer dimples than the last iteration.
titleist.com | $58/dozen
TopfliteKey Feature: A high-speed polybutadiene
core allows for softer ball compressions and generates a balance of feel and ball speed for distance and control.
What We Like: Its "Dimple in Dimple Aerodynamic" pattern was one of Time Magazine's 2007 Inventions of the Year, as it reduces drag and improves lift.
Who It's For: Players of all swing speeds on a major budget. Golf balls don't get much cheaper than this.
topflite.com | $16/dozen
WilsonKey Feature: A three-piece urethane-covered golf ball with Traction Control Technology that helps the ball better grip the clubface for maximum spin.
What We Like: They feel soft, but not mushy. Also, the added spin is a big help, considering the new groove rules.
Who It's For: Better players. However, we suspect all golfers will find a liking for a ball that deserves a lot more credit than it gets. It's a solid performer.
Specs: Multilayer construction with a Traction Control Technology urethane cover material.
wilsonstaff.com | $35/dozen
Zero FrictionKey Feature: Made for sheer distance with a soft feel, the ZF Distance is a two-piece design that's also made of 100 percent renewable resources.
What We Like: Zero Friction packs three Zero Friction tees in every sleeve. We also like how far they fly, not to mention the consumer-friendly price. They're very durable, too.
Who It's For: Value-minded golfers looking for a golf ball that flies high and far without the rock-like feel.
zerofriction.com | $19/doz.
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