By Dawn Mercer
The golf ball is the same equipment we utilize on every hole, yet we don’t take the same consideration into making sure the equipment is right for our game like our clubs. If you empty out your golf bag, do the golf balls all have the same shot characteristics, performance and feel? How can we expect consistent performance with our short game shots if the balls are all different?
Here are a few facts by Titleist research:
- Amateur golfers with a double digit handicaps hit 4 or less greens in regulation (which means more short game shots to the green)
- A Par golfer hits less than 22 shots to the green and 14 drivers whereas a golfer that shoots 100 hits more than 50 shots to the green and 14 + drivers.
- All golf balls offer distance, but golfers will shoot lower scores with a golf ball that provides optimal scoring spin with shorter clubs around the green.
- Whether you are a professional golfer or amateur, shorter putts go in more often. Hitting the ball closer to the pin will lower your score.
- The higher handicapper thinks ball fitting doesn’t apply to them, of which it actually is more important for them for consistency around the greens and scoring.
Launch monitors can assist in determining a higher or lesser spinning ball for your swing. Try to select 2 golf balls that have similiar spin characteristics and hit some shots around the green. Things to consider when selecting a golf ball: score, closeness to the hole, greens hit, fairways hit and feel preference. Your mind controls the body, the body controls the club, and the club controls the BALL! Inquire with your local PGA Professional to assist you with golf ball fitting to lower your score or for more information on ball fitting visit www.titleist.com.
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