2012 Buyer's Guide Balls

Colored, multi-layered, self-correcting. We've got 'em all.

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Key Feature: A recyclable cast urethane core, "energy-intensifying mantle" and "high-intensity green core with ignite technology." 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. 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
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. Designers have increased wedge and short-iron spin where you want more, and decreased 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
Key Feature: The XD has an asymmetrical dimple pattern that self-corrects hooks and slices by up to 50%. Unlike last year's offering, these balls can be used with lower-lofted drivers.
Who It's For: Golfers who want to hit it straight and far and don't want to compete in USGA-sanctioned events. (Polaras don't conform to the rules.) These self-correcting balls can now be used with drivers with lofts of 9° to 10.5°. The XDS version spins more than the XD.
Specs: Two-piece; look for the three-piece XDS.
polaragolf.com | $30
Key Feature: A soft, durable and affordable ball for junior golfers? What a great idea. Made specifically for kids with 50-70 mph swing speeds and who could use some added lift, the JR-Star's 2-piece construction is all a budding superstar needs to learn the fundamentals of the game.
Who It's For: New juniors who are just starting to play. Competitive juniors will want a firmer ball, but for those just learning the game, this ball is perfect.
Specs: Two-piece, lightweight and soft as can be. And get this...they float!
srixon.com | $17
Key Feature: Its urethane cover is very soft, so you get added spin control without sacrificing distance. Also, it pierces through the wind—thanks to its core and aerodynamic dimple design—so more shots go where you aim them. Easy to stop on approach shots, but doesn't spin much off the tee. That equals big drives.
Who It's For: Folks who want Tour-level performance.
Specs: Three-piece ball with new urethane cover and 324 dimples, available in pure white and Tour yellow. Look for a four-piece Z-Star XV version, too.
srixon.com | $45
Z-Star SL
Key Feature: STAR performance technology. What's that? Spin, Trajectory, Acceleration and Responsiveness. Srixon has combined all four so this ball performs well for golfers with midrange swing speeds. The result is a Tour-caliber ball with a high launch angle and exceptional greenside spin.
Who It's For: Folks who don't possess Tour-level swing speeds (less than 105 mph), but demand the precision of a Tour-quality ball.
Specs: Available in white and Tour Yellow.
srixon.com | $45

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