2014 Buyer's Guide Balls

The best balls for 2014

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By Brady Riggs, PGA

Slicing the ball is never fun, especially when you don't truly know why it's happening. You've probably heard that slices are caused by swinging the clubhead outside to inside the target line, right? But did you know that a slice actually can come from any type of swing path? Trust me, I've seen 'em all. The key isn't so much the path, as much as it is the angle of the clubface relative to the path the clubhead is traveling on.

For instance, you'll hit a big, sweeping, left-to-right slice if you swing outside to inside the target line with a clubface that's considerably open to that outside-in path. (If the clubhead is a little open relative to the path, you'll fade it.) Both a slice and a fade can be accomplished with a clubface that's closed relative to the target line, but open relative to the path the club is traveling on.

Make sense? Since this is the case, the best way to fix a slice isn't to shut the clubface at address and hope for the best. Instead, practice swinging the club more from inside to outside the target line, with a clubface that's slightly closed to the path. And here's another secret. Hitting a draw is perfectly doable with a clubface that's slightly open relative to the target line. How so? Simple. As long as the clubface angle is closed relative to the path the clubhead is traveling on, the ball will have draw-spin. This means, even though the clubface is slightly open relative to the target line, it's still going to create a draw ballflight. So don't fuss over trying to close the clubface and hit the ball with a face that's slammed shut. Start by correcting your path first, then dial in the right amount of release in the hands and wrists. This, folks, is how you fix a slice forever.

No matter what shot you hit, the single piece of equipment involved in every shot is the golf ball. It's what you're trying to move from tee to green, making it the most important piece of equipment you play with. Today, there are tons of golf balls to choose from, ranging from Tour-caliber to distance ball, with a wide spectrum of golf balls somewhere in between. Our advice is to get fitted if you can, but if you can't, do some trial and error. In case you didn't know, many retailers sell balls by the sleeves (not just by the dozen). Sure, it will cost a little more, but trying a variety of golf balls will invariably help you see (and feel) which performs best for you. Read on—we have some of the best balls you can buy in this roundup. We love every single one.

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