Cir­cle of Trust

Find­ing the right ball starts with eval­u­at­ing your game

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Life -

The 212 balls on sale at rep­re­sent var­i­ous con­struc­tions, feels and, of course, prices. But how do you de­cide what’s best for you? A good place to start are the balls on the 2017 Hot List. Then con­sider adopt­ing the three-part Hot List test­ing process we used. (Black­ing out the lo­gos, like we did, is up to you.)

▶ The mid­dle-iron test: This shot of­fers clues to how the ball launches, how far it trav­els and at what an­gle it lands.

▶ The 30-to50-me­tre test: If the shot you typ­i­cally play from this dis­tance is a chip-and-run, spin might be less im­por­tant to you than feel. But if you want to hit a shot that checks and stops quickly, then a mul­ti­layer ball with a ure­thane cover is must.

▶ Around-the green test: Good chips and pitches are cru­cial to scor­ing. The ball that helps you ex­e­cute these shots the best should top your list. What about the driver? Think of it this way: At least 80 per­cent of your shots aren’t tee shots. Solve short-game shots first. Then, if two balls are close, by all means opt for the longer and straighter one. On the fol­low­ing pages, we break down the mar­ket into two cat­e­gories: balls which cost R40 and more, and those un­der R40. Now, go get your search started. ▶ ▶▶

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