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Plenty of golfers spend inordinate amounts of time when choosing the right clubs. Some will get a personal fitting, while others will try a hit-and-miss. It is not uncommon for golfers to go through many different drivers and putters (especially putters!) to find the right one for them.
The first option, a club fitting, is definitely a good idea. However, too many golfers ignore the one piece of golf equipment that comes into play on every shot. That is the golf ball.
Today more than ever before, golfers have a range of balls to fit virtually any kind of swing. Here we will discuss the particular golf ball needs for female golfers.
Before going further, it should be noted that the reason female golfers might have a specific need for a ball differing from a man is physiological. Most, but certainly not all, women are less muscular and more flexible than men and have longer, more languid swings. While those physiological differences are real, the process for choosing the right ball is the same.
For most women, a low-compression ball is the right choice. These balls share many of the same qualities: low-compression core, soft feel, low spin rate, and penetrating ball flight.
It is possible to be fitted for a ball the same way you are fitted for clubs. This is a great method that may well be a bit much for many recreational golfers. Another option is to try several different balls over several different rounds. You want to find a ball that is an all-around good fit.
Women with slower swings will find low-compression balls with low spin rates to be a good choice. You should try to find the right combination of distance and feel for your game.
There are four main elements to golf ball construction, each with varying levels of importance.
The core, or center, of a golf ball is typically made of rubber. At times, you might find a liquid core. The hardness of a golf ball’s core is measured in compression rate. The compression rate refers to the way a ball is deformed upon impact. The ball flattens at impact then rebounds. That rebound is the way force is transferred from the club to the ball.
A high compression rate means a ball will be more difficult to deform. These premium balls are intended for professional or low-handicap golfers with high swing speeds. High-compression balls typically fly higher with higher spin rates, allowing for greater control.
Many recreational women golfers lack the swing speed to correctly play high-compression balls.
The cover of a ball is almost always made of one of two materials: Surlyn or urethane.
Surlyn is a resin material that is very hardy. These balls are resistant to damage during the normal course of play. They are also more difficult to spin on the green and have a harder feel. Amateur golfers should be using Surlyn covers.
Urethane balls are preferred by many professional and scratch golfers. Balls with a urethane cover are more expensive.
Two-piece constructed balls are generally cheaper than their three-piece counterparts. Two-piece balls are made of a thin outer layer surrounding a core. These balls spin at a lower rate, making them the preferred choice for most amateurs.
A three-piece ball has the same outer layer, but one that is softer than a two-piece ball. They also have a core, although that core is often liquid instead of rubber. The difference is an intermediate layer. These are usually reserved for better golfers. Some balls are made of four or even five layers.
This can be a touchy subject for some women golfers, as many balls for women are colored pink. This is a personal choice as the color of a ball makes no difference to performance. Some women may bristle at the color pink, while others may like them.
While colored balls are nothing new – yellow and orange balls have also been around for decades – and, you can now find balls in a wide variety of colors.
These bright colors can certainly make them more visible when searching for a wayward shot. If the color is annoying to you, a white ball is always an option.
Bridgestone Lady Precept
The Precept name became famous among golf circles in the early 1990s, after success by some top players on the PGA Tour. Eventually, the company began using the Bridgestone name for its balls, while keeping Precept for its low-compression balls aimed at the women’s market.
Bridgestone carved a niche in the industry by introducing ball fitting, much in the same way that had been done for clubs for some time.
The Lady Precept is marketed as the softest women’s ball. It is definitely soft for better distance off the tee for slower swing speeds. The low spin rate is great for longer, straighter shots. It is less great for approach shots to the green.
This is among the most popular women’s balls on Amazon.
This is a leader in the low-compression market for both men and women. With an extremely low compression rate of 35, Callaway describes these balls as “super long, super straight, super soft.” It’s difficult to argue with any of that.
These balls are so soft they can almost feel like a sponge when putting. It can seem like it takes quite a whack to get the ball to the hole. Some golfers will like that and some will be bothered by it. You will need to make your own determination.
Regardless, the soft feel and low spin rate will be nice for many women golfers from tee to green.
Wilson Staff 50 Elite
While the 50 compression rate as evinced by the name is soft, it is not quite as soft as some other choices on this list. Like others, it has a low spin rate producing straighter shots. It has a low dimple rate of 302 that helps produce a penetrating and low flight.
This ball might not be the high standards of some other balls on this list, but that doesn’t mean it is poor quality. The very low price is a great selling point. This could be the perfect ball for high-handicappers.
A newer name in the market than others on this list, Volvik Crystal claims to provide both great distance off the tee with superior performance around the green. This is accomplished with a combination of a soft outer shell with a hard inner core.
Another claim is that these are the brightest colored balls on the market. They may well be. Whether that is a plus or not is up to the individual. These balls get good reviews on Amazon.
Titleist DT TruSoft
This brand is not made specifically for women, but it does offer the low compression many women golfers seek. Like many other balls in this category, the TruSoft is known for a low compression rate and penetrating ball flight. Titleist claims these balls have great stopping power. Your mileage may vary.
Titleist remains the No. 1 seller in golf, and you can expect these balls to be of high quality.
Srixon Soft Feel
Srixon makes this ball in versions specific to men and women. Like others on this list, Srixon promises longer distance combined with a softer feel. The compression rate at 60 is low but not quite as low as most balls listed here. The result is a higher ball flight than others.
This is a 3-piece ball and that is a definite plus. Amazon users seem to like this ball.
Your choice of golf ball is a personal decision based on feel and performance. You should try out several different brands before deciding on the right one for you. That is made less painful since most of these balls are considerably cheaper than their premium counterparts. After playing a few rounds with several of these balls, you should be able to hone in on the right one.
Any of the balls on this list are a good choice. Many women golfers will be satisfied with Bridgestone, Callaway, or Titleist. You cannot go wrong with any of those.