Are Women’s Golf Balls Different from Men’s?

There is both a long and short answer to whether women’s golf balls are different to men’s – as there are many factors to consider. This article will delve deeper into these factors to broaden your understanding.

Just like the features you read about when shopping for the best golf balls for women, the areas I am going to cover also include construction, compression, and the golf ball cover system.

By understanding them, it will be easier to see that there aren’t any significant differences between men’s and women’s golf balls from a design perspective. What matters most is identifying the right golf ball for you based on your swing speed. In reality, this could be either a men’s or a women’s golf ball.

Are Women’s Golf Balls Different From Men’s?

 

Design Features

Understanding the design features of a golf ball is vital to gain clarity about the difference between men’s and women’s golf balls. Don’t be alarmed; we’ve skipped over the technical details and focused only on the information needed to answer the question at hand.

Construction

The construction of a golf ball refers to its design complexity. For example, the beaten-up practice balls that you see at your local driving range feature a simple one-piece design. On the other end of the spectrum, premium golf balls used by professional players feature either a four or five-piece design.

Most golf balls designed for beginners and mid handicappers feature two and three-piece designs. These golf balls also carry a lower retail price than balls with complex design features.

Compression

Compression is a pivotal factor to consider. The main difference between golf balls marketed as female golf balls versus male golf balls revolves around this factor. We will unpack this in detail below in the next section.

Golf ball compression is the force required to compress the ball at impact. In return, the energy generated by compressing the core propels the ball off of the clubface at impact.

By now, it should be clear. More force is required to compress a high compression golf ball. This is why swing speed and compression are correlated. Golf ball compression needs to be optimized. If a player isn’t able to compress the golf ball at impact, performance will suffer as a result thereof. Ball speeds will be down, and spin rates will be too low. Low spin rates will result in a low ball flight and a distance loss. The game of golf is hard enough as is; it’s unnecessary to make it harder by playing with a golf ball that isn’t optimal for your game.

Cover

The cover of the golf ball impacts both the feel and durability of the ball. Furthermore, the dimple design determines the aerodynamics of the ball. It is vital to play with a golf ball that promotes a soft feel at impact when it comes to cover design.

Swing Speed and Golf Ball Compression

Finding the right golf ball for you to play with boils down to how fast you swing the club. To ensure optimal performance, compression of the golf ball is a must.

A low compression golf ball is recommended for players with below-average swing speeds (below 80mph with a driver). Most female amateur players fall into this category. Players with an average swing speed will be best-suited to playing with a mid-compression golf ball. A high compression ball is recommended for fast swinging players (above 110mph with a driver).

Men’s Versus Women’s Golf Balls

When looking at the design of a golf ball, the difference between men’s and women’s golf balls boils down to compression. In theory, there is no difference between men’s and women’s golf balls. Women’s golf balls are low compression golf balls marketed towards female golfers.

Most notable brands choose to market a version of their low compression golf balls as women’s golf balls. This is done given that most female players have below-average swing speeds. There is no reason why a male golfer can’t play with a women’s golf ball if they struggle with swing speed. Vice versa, female golfers with above-average swing speeds, are encouraged to play with men’s golf balls to ensure optimal performance.

Final Thoughts & Next Article

The short answer to whether women’s golf balls are different from men’s is no. The long answer is that women’s golf balls are low compression golf balls marketed specifically to female players by brands. The same soft compression ball sold as a women’s golf ball is also available as a men’s golf ball for male players with below-average swing speeds.

The next article looks into what compression is best for women with slower swing speeds because it’s a very popular question and one that often causes confusion. It’s important you choose the right golf ball based on your swing speed, otherwise you risk hitting wayward shots or shots that don’t get any distance.

Written by Kirsty

After graduating from college, I turned professional and played on both the LPGA and Symetra Tours for three years. Since 2019, I now coach full time and write for a handful of online sites.

February 5, 2022

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