Golf is an expensive game and in many quarters seen as an elitist sport. Having said this, golf is a game that has taken off with the younger generation, for social pleasure or in the hope of playing golf for a living. Equipment development does not stop and the golf ball is an area where huge sums of money are spent, trying to produce a ball that flies further, and stops on the greens. This R and D is expensive, and the manufacturers have to try to recoup their costs.
Here we discuss the most expensive balls on the market and the characteristics that make them special in performance and price.
Quick Overview: Most Expensive Golf Balls
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Most Expensive Golf Balls
Engineered specifically for golfers with a moderate swing speed below 90mph. The 70 compression, premium 3-piece construction has an extremely soft feel off the club. The FastLayer core produces maximum distance and optimized performance around the greens. Reduced side spin on the driver and irons reduces hooks and slices for straighter flight and more fairways hit.
2. Titleist ProV1 and ProV1x
Titleist is the leading golf ball played on the PGA Tour and has carried this mantle for many years. Many believed that both the balls should not be changed, for fear of adding spin, then reducing distance. Titleist has revamped both balls from core to cover and increased performance by adding new technological advancements to the multilayer balls. The new ProV1 offers the best combination and will suit most golfers. Speed, spin, and feel with a mid-high, penetrating trajectory, high short game spin, and low long game spin feature in the ProV1 ball. The very soft feel is ideal for putting.
The new ProV1x has a slightly firmer feel, a fast high flight, and more spin than the ProV1. Players seeking a higher trajectory should put this ball into play.
The Callaway Chrome Soft golf ball is the 2nd most popular golf ball used on the PGA Tour. About 11% of the tour players put it into play regularly. Phil Mickelson has always been a great ambassador for Callaway. Watching the way he generates spin into the green, has his fellow professionals in awe. Callaway uses a dual-core construction with the inner core softer than the outer core. A 75 compression allows players with slower swing speeds to gain great performance from the ball. The durable, resilient, and thin cover is built to increase ball speed, with a low spin on long shots, and high spin on shots around the greens. The 4-layer construction with the Hex Dimple Pattern ensures stable flight on all shots. The Chrome Soft X has a slightly harder cover and is built for distance while still providing greenside spin. This is the model the pros play on Tour.
4. TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x
TaylorMade recently revamped their TP5 and TP5x golf balls after input from their touring pros who were switching between the two on different courses. Originally the TP5 was their softest tour ball with the TP5x having a slightly firmer feel. The TP5 has an 85 compression against the 97 of the TP5x. Slower swing speeds are better off playing the softer TP5 to obtain maximum performance. The softer cast urethane cover is ideal for slower speeds and the larger, more reactive core delivers ball speed. The TP5x model cover is still slightly harder, but performs better off the wedges and approach shots, due to the urethane cast cover being softened a touch. The TP5x is still their longest tour ball on the market. Their unique 5-layer tour ball uses a special construction method with 4 increasingly stiff layers wrapped in cast urethane. This allows TaylorMade to optimize both spin and distance.
Bridgestone golf balls were introduced to the market some years back but became more prominent when Tiger Woods put the ball into play on the PGA Tour. The Tour ball matches most of the other premium brands and Bridgestone has developed different characteristics in the Tour series to suit all levels of golfers. Bryson DeChambeau assisted with the development of the Tour B X ball that caters to players with swing speeds above 105mph. A new Reactive urethane cover helps decrease spin on long shots while maintaining short game spin around the greens. Tiger Woods helped develop the Tour B XS to match his game. The Reactive urethane cover is slightly softer offering increased spin around the greens, while the Gradational Compression core, ensures distance off the tee. The Tour B RX has a lower compression and will suit golfers with a swing speed below 100mph.
Srixon golf balls are played by many of the top golfers on the PGA Tour who just like the feel, sound, and spin characteristics of the ball. Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama play a Z-Star prototype. The Srixon Z-Star is a 3-piece ball with a thin elastic urethane cover that allows the grooves on wedges to bite into the ball for maximum greenside spin. It has a soft feel and mid-flight trajectory on long shots.
The 4-piece Z-Star XV is a distance ball with a soft inner core and a harder outer core, which promotes more speed off the driver and long irons. The higher launch characteristics will assist those players who currently hit the ball with a low trajectory.
The Dixon Fire golf ball is best for players with a swing speed of 100mph. It does not suit any speed below this. Dixon balls claim to fame is that it has a recyclable cast urethane cover, which makes it the only Eco-Friendly ball at present. The ball has a firm to medium compression of 90, with a medium-level trajectory. The 318 Tour-Precision dimple pattern is aerodynamic and the flight is stable, with high spin capabilities around the green. The cover deteriorates fairly rapidly.
The golf ball market is jam-packed with technology and finding the right golf ball to put into play can be a huge challenge. The premium balls are not always the answer to playing your best golf out on the course. Discovering a slightly less expensive golf ball in the leading brand’s range should be an enjoyable exercise, that will not only save you money but improve your all-around game. If you play in coastal or windy conditions, find a ball that has a penetrating flight, but can still spin around the greens.
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Nick Lomas is the founder of GolfSpan, an avid golfer, not quite a pro but has over 15-years of experience playing and coaching golfers from all over the world. His mission is to bring the golfing community a better experience then it comes to choosing the right golf gear, and finding the right set up for your game.