22 CHOOSE THE RIGHT BALL FOR YOUR GAME

Golf Australia - - GREAT SUMMER GOLF -

We can eas­ily fall into the trap of spend­ing hun­dreds of dol­lars on new equip­ment and for­get to en­sure we’re play­ing the cor­rect golf ball. Golf balls can feel firmer or softer, spin more or less and fly higher or lower. Se­lect­ing one that suits your game can be a sneak­ily eec­tive way of sav­ing shots this sum­mer. Find­ing the right ball is a rel­a­tively straight­for­ward process. I would rec­om­mend fol­low­ing these steps: 1 Start by analysing what type of ball you like the feel of. Do this from the green back to the tee; if you putt and chip bet­ter with a soft­feel­ing, high­spin­ning tour­level ball like a TP5 or Pro V1, then im­prov­ing that el­e­ment of your game will prob­a­bly save you more shots than a few ex­tra yards from the tee. 2 Find your near­est PGA Pro­fes­sional with a launch mon­i­tor. Hit 10­12 shots with a long, medium and short iron and mea­sure the height and spin rates to de­ter­mine you’re get­ting the cor­rect spin, tra­jec­tory, and dis­tance on your iron shots. 3 Fi­nally hit 10­12 shots us­ing your driver, to mea­sure launch an­gle and spin rates. Get­ting these two num­bers cor­rect can re­ally help max­imise your dis­tance from the tee; we of­ten find that by switch­ing to a lower­spin­ning ball, golfers can gain eight­to­10 me­tres with ex­actly the same swing. This can also help re­duce cur­va­ture for bet­ter ac­cu­racy o the tee.

Once you’ve found the cor­rect ball for your game, only use that ball; it will help you de­velop some con­sis­tency with it, es­pe­cially on and around the greens.

Steps two and three can sound a lit­tle bit daunt­ing, but half an hour to an hour with the knowl­edge of your PGA Pro­fes­sional and their launch mon­i­tor data is all you need, and the rest is down to your per­sonal feel in the short game.

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