Length matters. Every golfer seemingly wants more length. More length off the tee. More length with their fairway woods and hybrids. More length with their irons. More, more, more.

You might come to think that this obsession with length could overwhelm other areas of the game, areas where golfers could better shave strokes off their scores. Indeed, there are golfers for whom length should not be the main concern.

Other areas of the game are at least as important, namely the short game.

But there is no question there is a certain class of golfer who needs a boost off the tee, for whom added length is worth sacrificing feel and spin that can help in the short game.

For those golfers, and you know who you are, here are some of the longest golf balls on the market.

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Bridgestone Golf E12 Speed Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)
  • Three-piece construction
  • Active Acceleration Mantle
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Callaway Golf HEX Diablo Golf Balls (1 Dozen)
  • Aerodynamic dimple design
  • Less side spin
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Nike Golf GL0710-101 PD9 Long White Bi-Ling Ball
  • High-velocity core
  • Ionomer cover
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Srixon Q-Star 5 Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)
  • Progressive core
  • Dimples design promotes distance
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TaylorMade Distance Plus Golf Ball, White
  • Inexpensive
  • Long and straight
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Titleist AVX Golf Balls, Yellow (One Dozen)
  • Low-compression core
  • High-flex casing layer
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Volvik 9797 Power Soft Golf Balls Dozen - Gloss Orange
  • High ball speed
  • Low spin
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Wilson Ultra 500 Distance Golf Ball (15-Pack), White
  • High energy core
  • Flies far with excellent roll
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Bridgestone Golf 2018 Tour B RX Golf Balls, White (One Dozen) - 760778083048
  • Gradual compression core
  • SlipRes cover provides soft feel
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Callaway Superhot 55 Soft Golf Balls (Pack of 24 Balls)
  • Soft core
  • Forgiving low spin rates
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TaylorMade 2018 Noodle Easy Distance Golf Ball, White (Pack of 15),Large
  • Low compression ball
  • Forgiving low spin rate
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Titleist Velocity Golf Balls, White, Double Digit Play Numbers, Prior Generation (One Dozen)
  • Low spin and high launch
  • Long shots have very low spin rates
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2019 New Top-Flite XL Distance Golf Balls - Maximum Distance & Durability - White (30 Balls)
  • Company has experience in this niche
  • Long off the tee
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Bridgestone E12 Speed

Bridgestone Golf E12 Speed Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)

This is a fine ball from Bridgestone that uses two technologies to ensure longer flight.

First is the Active Acceleration Mantle. The polymer material that makes up the skin of the ball is designed to produce higher velocity at impact.

Second is the Delta Wing dimple pattern. The dimples here are designed to provide the least amount of drag possible. It’s a low-spin flight that is resistant to slices and hooks.

Pros

  • Three-piece construction
  • Active Acceleration Mantle
  • Delta Wing Dimples

Cons

  • Ball feels very hard on impact
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Callaway HEX Diablo

Callaway Golf HEX Diablo Golf Balls (1 Dozen)

The HEX in the name comes from the dimple design that gives the kind of aerodynamics you need to get the ball airborne quickly. The S-Tech Core from Callaway also helps avoid side spin, keeping the ball in play more easily.

The Diablo in the name? Well, this ball is hot. Everything about it screams distance, with low spin and high launch that you want.

Pros

  • Aerodynamic dimple design
  • Less side spin
  • Low compression for softer feel

Cons

  • Two-piece construction
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Nike PD9 Long

Nike Golf GL0710-101 PD9 Long White Bi-Ling Ball

Nike has made some inroads in the golf-ball market, but remains short of industry leaders.

This ball is designed to do one thing well, and only one thing: travel far.

Its high-velocity core, ionomer cover, and two-piece construction are all good for better distance.

It definitely flies far, but you might be wondering why you don’t get more for the premium price.

Pros

  • High-velocity core
  • Ionomer cover
  • Penetrating flight

Cons

  • Lacks feel
  • High price
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Srixon Q-Star 5

Srixon Q-Star 5 Golf Balls, White (One Dozen)

This effort from Srixon is long in part to its Fast Layer Core, which starts soft in the center then gets progressively harder toward the outside. Its 338 dimples are also designed to reduce drag and provide greater lift, helping propel the ball even farther.

This is no rock, though, as the Q-Star 5 has Srixon’s Soft Skin technology, a coating that has flexible molecular bonds that help the ball grip on the shorter irons.

This is a relatively soft ball with a compression rating of 77, which is not near the lowest on the market but well below average.

Pros

  • Progressive core
  • Dimples design promotes distance
  • Soft Skin technology

Cons

  • Not every player likes softer ball such as this.
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TaylorMade Distance Plus

TaylorMade Distance Plus Golf Ball, White

TaylorMade is better known for its drivers today than its golf balls. Many of its balls are targeted to mid-and high-handicap golfers. The Distance Plus is no exception, with the specific intention to provide greater distance to those less talented duffers.

Like other distance balls, this one is two-piece construction. That isn’t ideal for overall performance but is fine for those seeking length off the tee.

The Distance Plus has a very low compression rate of 60, which is great for drivers with slow swing speeds.

One area this ball excels over others is the low price.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Long and straight
  • Softer ball good for low swing speeds

Cons

  • Lacks stopping power on shorter shots
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Titleist AVX

Titleist AVX Golf Balls, Yellow (One Dozen)

As you might expect from industry leader Titleist, this ball is better performing overall than most of the balls on this list. But it is definitely designed for increased distance.

The AVX flies lower, spins less, and has a softer feel than Titleist best seller Pro V1X. It earns its long-ball stripes with three different technologies.

First is the low-compression core that gives a terrific rebound effect. This is especially important for golfers with slower swing speeds. Second is a casing layer just beneath the cover that flexes and helps keep spin to a minimum. Low spin equals greater distance. Lastly, its dimple design helps produce a low, penetrating ball flight.

The urethane cover is better than what you will find in other distance balls. Among the class, this is the closest you will find to a premium ball.

Pros

  • Low-compression core
  • High-flex casing layer
  • Aerodynamic dimple design

Cons

  • Higher price than most distance balls
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Volvik Power Soft

Volvik 9797 Power Soft Golf Balls Dozen - Gloss Orange

Like many other distance balls, this one from Volvik is designed for mid- to high-handicappers.

The Power Soft features an oversized core intended to produce terrific ball speed. A similarity to other distance balls is a low spin rate. But where the Power Soft differs is that it has a higher ball flight.

The dimple design is intended to aid in a stable ball flight. And a soft ionomer cover aims to help with greenside control. Just don’t expect it to perform greenside as well as a premium ball.

Pros

  • High ball speed
  • Low spin
  • Soft ionomer cover

Cons

  • Not good for high-ball hitters
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Wilson Ultra 500 Distance

Wilson Ultra 500 Distance Golf Ball (15-Pack), White

Wilson markets this ball as the original distance ball, which may well be true. This version of the Ultra has a high energy core designed for a penetrating ball flight and maximum roll.

It also has what Wilson calls a cut-proof cover that is as durable as just about any ball.

Like many others here, the Ultra 500 Distance has the less desirable two-piece construction. That does help keep the cost down, however.

Pros

  • High energy core
  • Flies far with excellent roll
  • Cut-proof durable cover

Cons

  • Poor feel around the green
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Bridgestone Tour B RX

Bridgestone Golf 2018 Tour B RX Golf Balls, White (One Dozen) - 760778083048

This ball is closer to the Titleist AVX than others in the distance class. It provides greater feel around the green but still is considered a distance ball.

Great distance and superior forgiveness results from the ball’s Gradational Compression core. The closer you get to the center of the ball the softer it is.

An aerodynamic dimple design and seamless cover both help with the ball’s reduced drag and straight and consistent ball flight.

Bridgestone adds this distance but still gets good feel with its SlipRes cover. This is a high-performance ball better suited for good players.

Pros

  • Gradual compression core
  • SlipRes cover provides soft feel
  • Aerodynamic dimple design

Cons

  • Not the best for high handicappers
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Callaway Superhot

Callaway Superhot 55 Soft Golf Balls (Pack of 24 Balls)

Never let it be said that Callaway is deceptive with its naming conventions. Superhot makes it clear this is a long-distance ball.

This one has a very soft core that is nearly as soft as its popular Supersoft ball. That means greater distance for players with slower swing speeds. It also means very low spin rates that make the ball more forgiving. Players with severe slices or hooks will like this ball.

Callaway’s HEX design helps keep the ball in the air longer.

This is a long-distance and forgiving ball at an affordable price.

Pros

  • Soft core
  • Forgiving low spin rates
  • Ball stays in the air

Cons

  • Best for high handicappers only
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TaylorMade Noodle Easy Distance

TaylorMade 2018 Noodle Easy Distance Golf Ball, White (Pack of 15),Large

The “noodle” in the name comes from an ultra-soft core. TaylorMade does not advertise the compression rate of this ball, but you can bet it is low.

That low compression means greater distance for players with slow swing speeds. If you have a medium or high swing speed, this ball is likely too soft for your liking.

It flies straight and true, with a very forgiving low spin rate.

TaylorMade advertises the ball as having great feel and spin around the green. That is debatable. But it definitely provides great distance for poor golfers.

Pros

  • Low compression ball
  • Forgiving low spin rate
  • Durable cover

Cons

  • Only right for slow swing speeds
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Titleist Velocity

Titleist Velocity Golf Balls, White, Double Digit Play Numbers, Prior Generation (One Dozen)

Like the Volvik Power Soft ball, this low-end offering from Titleist is designed to provide low spin combined with high flight.

That is likely to be appealing to certain golfers, but certainly not all.

This ball may well have the lowest compression core of any Titleist ball. That means extremely low spin rates on longer shots. Combined with the NAZ+ cover makes this one long ball off the tee.

You will miss that spin when it comes to shorter shots, but high handicappers won’t mind with the added distance.

Pros

  • Low spin and high launch
  • Long shots have very low spin rates
  • Among most affordable Titleist balls

Cons

  • Poor choice for mid- and low-handicappers
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Top Flight XL Distance

2019 New Top-Flite XL Distance Golf Balls - Maximum Distance & Durability - White (30 Balls)

Top Flight has long been a big name in longer distance balls. That has not always meant high performance in other areas of the game, but you will get distance.

That may be why Top Flight markets its three decades of experience over the details of this ball.

Don’t expect much around the green.

Pros

  • Company has experience in this niche
  • Long off the tee
  • Durable

Cons

  • Poor overall performance
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What makes a golf ball travel longer distances? Low spin, high launch, and compression rate matched to swing speed are a few items.

Low spin

The less spin you put on the golf ball, the longer it travels. Spin provides resistance, while lack of it allows for a penetrating ball flight.

Less spin also means the ball will slice or hook less. This is a good thing for many high handicappers, who have a tendency to slice the ball.

What’s the tradeoff? Balls that spin less are more difficult to control on shots of less than 100 yards. Here, spin is definitely your friend.

A second black mark is that you will be less able to work the ball in one direction or another. This is not often a concern for high handicappers who are more concerned with keeping the ball in play than they are hitting a draw or fade on command.

High launch

A ball with a high launch and high spin might well balloon up in the air and return to earth quickly, robbing you of distance. A ball with a low launch and little spin can be good in the wind but otherwise will work against getting more distance.

That’s why low spin and high launch is such a good combination. This allows the ball to travel far and get an added bonus of good runout once it hits the ground.

Compression

The slower your swing speed, the lower the compression rate of the ball should be. The compression rate is the amount the ball is compressed at impact. For a ball with a high compression rate, you need a faster swing speed to compress the ball, which is desirable.

The more the ball compresses, the greater the rebound effect resulting in greater distance.

But be careful. If you play with a ball with a compression rate too low for your swing speed, you run the risk of hitting sky-high balls that end up robbing you of distance.

We have not included very low compression balls here, since those are designed for a very specific type of golfer, one with an extremely slow swing speed.

Recommendation

Any of these balls might improve your distance. But some of them can do that without sacrificing performance. Titleist is the leading name in golf balls, not because of momentum, but because these are quality balls.

You cannot go wrong with a Titleist ball, but as always, try different balls for the one that fits you best.