The 7 Best Golf Balls for Beginners & High Handicappers

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Written by Mark

I've been involved in the world of golf for just over five years now, staying on top of game improvement methods, the latest technologies and news.

January 23, 2021

Never has there been so many options when it comes to trying to identify the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers. The market is saturated with multiple balls from manufacturers and new companies trying to break into the industry.

As a scratch golfer who did once play off a 28 like yourself, I know first hand how finding best golf ball for your handicap is a very wise decision to help maximise your opportunity of having a great round!

It’s proven that not every golf ball is the same and even swing robot tests find massive inconsistencies in some golf balls’ performance. In terms of distance and accuracy, sometimes up to 20 yards.

Therefore, making the golf ball selection that is going to best compliment your game is essential.

To help you decide on the best golf ball for your game, I have split my search down into some common categories that people look for; Low spin golf balls, distance balls and finish with soft feel balls. At the end I will explain what is the best overall value golf ball.

The Best Golf Balls for Beginners & High Handicappers

By selecting the correct golf ball for your game, you give yourself every opportunity to hit the ball as straight and far as possible, while maintaining that buttery soft touch we crave around the greens.

The balls below are what we feel are the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers, that will help overcome common frustrations whilst out on the course. You’ll find some of the biggest brands, and a couple of surprising contenders. Each category has three balls carefully picked, and reviewed against that game improvement attribute.

# Section 1

Best FORGIVING Golf Balls for Beginners

When you talk of low spinning golf balls, it’s hard to think where the benefits in selecting such golf balls lie; and it’s certainly not with hitting the balls into the green.

A low spinning ball will offer most of its benefits from the tee shots.

If you are someone that is prone to a fade or slice, then a low spinning ball can reduce the amount of slice spin that your shot creates. As a result, you will notice more of your tee shots finishing close to or even on more fairways.

Callaway Supersoft (2019 onwards)

We start off with one of our premium golf balls for beginners and high handicappers.

The Callaway Supersoft has a soft compression core. Meaning high handicapped golfers with a slower swing speed will be able to compress the ball. The benefit will be higher shots that stay in the air.

The ball also spins really low off the tee due to its dimple design. The benefit from this is a flight that cuts through the air easier and rolls out better down the fairway.

Callaway Supersoft - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

This ball has been one of the most popular within the category for some time, but is one of the more expenses golf balls for beginners. However, if you require that added forgiveness but doesn’t want to give away all the short game benefits, then take a look at the Titleist Velocity next.

PROS

  • ✅   Low spin on full shots, giving you added distance.
  • ✅   Lower spin reduces any slice or hook you may have with your Driver.

CONS

  • X    Slightly more expensive than competitors.

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Titleist Velocity

The Titleist Velocity again falls into the low spinning category, with the ‘Velocity’ term being a nice marketing for distance!

The way Titleist achieve this is by using a dimple design that generates greater speed off the club face with extremely low spin.

This ball achieves exactly what it set out to do, however as a high handicapper you need to ask yourself if this is the ball your game currently needs.

If you are often taking 3 putts or struggle to chip onto the green, then this is not for you.

Titleist Velocity - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

If you have an ok all-round game but could do with keeping up with your pals off the Tee, then this will benefit you greatly! But, if you still want softness then consider the Bridgestone e6 Soft.

PROS

  • ✅   A super low spinning ball that will travel optimal distances for beginners and high handicappers.
  • ✅   If there is a long drive hole, get this beauty out and onto the tee!
  • ✅   Titleist is the world leading brand in golf ball, this is their most affordable ball.

CONS

  • X    The ball feels harder around the green.

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Srixon Q-Star Tour

Srixon have a lot of balls aimed at mid to high handicappers. So as a result, knowing which ball is for you can be tricky to work out.

I always played the Z-Star back in the day, but this ball (the Q-Star) is different to that. The features of the Q-Star includes a 3 piece design, and an average compression rate of 72.

Therefore, the benefits is a well-flighted ball flight so long as you can compress the ball well, with a slightly faster swing speed.

A rule of thumb could be a player that hits the ball 210 yards off the tee should consider this ball.

Srixon Q-Star - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

PROS

  • ✅   Good for high handicappers that have a slightly faster swing speed.
  • ✅   The ball is slightly larger than average 3-piece balls, making it easier to hit.

 

CONS

  • X    Tests have found inconsistencies in construction with 1 in 3 not being round!
  • X    Other balls in this price category do tend to out-perform.

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# Section 2

Best DISTANCE Golf Balls for Beginners

Distance golf balls do exactly what it says on the tin. They are created for a longer tee shot and a fast ball speed off the club face.

Many golf balls created for distance are typically made of an ionomer cover. Which is durable and firmer than the urethane covers that are found on most softballs. Finally, a feature of Distance balls are shallower dimples, the benefit for the golfer is a more penetrating flight which will stay in the air.

Titleist Velocity

Welcome back, Velocity!

This ball hits the low spin category and stays in our distance category too.

What I didn’t mention before is the large core this ball has, which optimises distance for players.

The science is that this larger core moves more energy under the force of impact from your Driver. The benefit is an added ball speed off the tee and extra yards down the fairway.

Titleist Velocity - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

PROS

  • ✅    Large core, gives a faster speed of the cub face.
  • ✅    Titleist’s longest golf ball, built for distance.

CONS

  • X     Other distance balls are much cheaper.

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Bridgestone e6 Soft

Probably the closest performing ball to the The Callaway Supersoft. There is some cross over with the low spin category too here, however Bridgestone market this ball for greater distance.

This ball offers a low compression rate which will suit beginners and high handicappers who need that assistance with distance.

The other feature of this ball is the dimple design. The dimples reduce the spin from the driver. As a result, the benefit is that a slice or hook will not spin as much so consequently, this ball will go straighter.

Bridgestone e6 Soft - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

A further benefit is there will be more run on the ball when it lands, meaning longer total distances.

PROS

  • ✅    Off centre hits will go straighter
  • ✅    The low spin puts this ball in the Distance category.
  • ✅    It has an alignment aid on the ball, which can help with tee shots!

 

CONS

  • X    I found the alignment aid annoying when putting

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Mizuno RB566

These balls fly a little under the radar (excuse the pun).

Offering a soft ball, with lower compression rates, the Mizuno RB566 gives all the benefits of a soft ball that’s aimed at a high handicapper.

Where these balls differ technically is that is has 556 dimples, so that a lot of dimples compared to competitors. There is a lot of technology packed into these little white balls.

As one of the most expensive balls reviewed today, for the beginners and high handicapper’s who are able to invest a little extra money then these would be a fantastic choice!

Mizuno RB566 - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

PROS

  • ✅    Designed for maximum distance without compromising feel around the greens!
  • ✅    This ball will help achieve distance for slower and mid swing speeds.

CONS

  • X    Not as soft as the Supersoft or e6 soft.
  • X    Most expensive ball that we will review.

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# Section 3

Best SOFT FEEL Golf Balls for Beginners

Ok, what is a soft ball anyway? There are so many marketing messages from the manufacturers about the softest ball, etc.

It’s difficult to understand what truly makes a soft golf ball. What I can tell you is its typically the compression of the ball that makes it soft. The less compression the ball has, the softer it is.

For example, imagine hitting a pool ball and hitting a squashy energy ball. The energy ball will still spring into the air under less force that than the pool ball. Follow?

What this means in golf ball terms is the best soft golf ball is one that has a lower compression, usually around 60 – 80. A softer golf ball will physically feel softer when chipping and putting. Often you can hear the difference in the strike between a Supersoft and a Titleist Pro V1x ball.

In a time where some manufacturers tell us there 95 compression ball is soft, it’s difficult to know what truly is. Fortunately, we have selected 3 balls below to review, which 100% fall under the category of soft feel.

Callaway Supersoft (2019 onwards)

This ball is really hitting the categories, a true hybrid ball!

Along with being a low spinning ball, Callaway have managed to keep this ball in our soft category. The benefit for players is a better feel around the greens which can help you improve your chipping, pitching, and putting.

What this means is the ball will feel softer off the club face when you strike your chips. Therefore, you get more feedback with how you strike and how hard you strike your chips or puts. The result should be an improved short game over time because of this feedback.

Callaway Supersoft - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

PROS

  • ✅    Despite being a 2-piece ball, this ball will give you a softer feel
  • ✅    High spin in and around the green, the benefit is greater control

CONS

  • X   Other soft balls are available at a more affordable price

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Bridgestone e6 Soft

Another monster across the categories, I touched on this in the last review.

The e6 soft will give the same benefits around the green then the Supersoft.

What is different about the e6 is the alignment aid on the ball. This can be used off the tee and more so when on the putting green, so you know where you are aiming.

That’s another layer of feedback you will be getting when putting, which in the medium-long term will help you improve on the green.

Bridgestone e6 Soft - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

PROS

  • ✅    Great soft feel around the greens.
  • ✅    The alignment aid will help you when putting.

 

CONS

  • X   I said it earlier, the alignment aid wasn’t quite right for my eye.

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TaylorMade Soft Response

The last ball in our review is a treat; the TaylorMade Soft Response.

Like Titleist, TaylorMade are a premium brand in golf balls. Fortunately, they both offer more affordable options for golfers in the beginner and higher handicap category.

This is probably the most affordable 3-piece ball on the market, similarly to the Velocity its design is for maximum distance. However, Taylor Made have kept the ball soft so you do not compromise totally when you’re on the greens.

TaylorMade Soft Response - One of the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers

PROS

  • ✅    These balls come in boxes of 15 rather than 12. At a fantastic price!
  • ✅    A great all-round ball, definitely in the soft category but players will also find distance benefits.
  • ✅    For a high handicapper who may lose a few balls, this would definitely be a good choice.

 

CONS

  • X    No added performance in long game stats.

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Technical Phrases & Meanings

Key Information When Finding The Best Golf Ball For Beginners

You will notice throughout our search for the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers that there are some complex terminology. However, it’s important to give you the information that allows you to pick the right golf ball for your swing and game.

Let us explore these now.

Dimples

Personally, I would not select a ball based on how many dimples it has or the design of the dimples. Now don’t get me wrong, the design does have an impact on the performance of the golf ball.

The dimples create a mini air pocket around the ball. This allows air to pass by the ball easier and keeps the ball in the air. The dimples also create spin when you strike a golf ball it will create backspin. This is an essential factor that send and keeps a golf ball up in the air.

If a golf ball had no dimples it would fly erratically and would not stay in the air. Think of a soccer player when he kicks a football for a free kick. He wants the ball to go up and down as quickly as possible. Therefore, he strikes the football with no backspin.

When selecting your golf ball, be mindful but don’t make this choice based on the dimples design only. It would be wise to choose a golf ball based on its construction and compression.

Construction

The construction of a golf ball is a broad topic. However, we can break golf balls down into 2 -piece construction and 3- piece construction. (Although some balls are 4 or 5- piece but don’t worry about that at the moment).

A 2- piece ball is constructed for slower swing speeds and are typically marketed as a distance ball. This is because they spin less and a generally are a lower compression. Designed for ease into the air and a reduced amount of spin so your shot stays straighter. They are targeted towards beginners and high handicappers. Most of the balls in this review have been a 2- piece ball.

A 3- piece golf ball is called this simply because of its extra layer. The golf ball is designed for players with faster swing speeds, who can generate the club head speed to send the golf ball in the air and keep it up there.

The balls which have further layers (4- piece and 5- piece) are not manufactured with becoming one of the best golf balls for beginners in mind. They are designed for professional golfers and very low handicappers. This is because they are designed for a faster swing speed to maximise the flight of the ball. They generate higher levels of spin which aids the golfer when chipping and hitting onto the green.

Compression

I have spoken mostly in this article about compression. I firmly believe (excuse the pun) that a major factor when looking for the best golf balls for beginners is the compression rate.

Now manufacturers will state that their idea of a low compression ball, is another manufacturers’ high compression ball. It can all get confusing. Here is my guide and rule of thumb.

  • 60 – 80 compression rate- low
  • 95 and above – high

Remember what I said about the energy ball and the snooker ball, this is exactly what am I talking about. Golfers with a fast-swing speed should lean towards the higher compressed balls. Whereas golfers with a slower speed should aim for that 60-80 range. The reason is a slower swing speed will still squash the ball and propel it into the air. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a reasonable budget for beginners?

To be honest, it depends on your budget. Typically, Distance golf balls can be bought for $9.99 a dozen. A softer golf ball can be $19.99. If you are brand new to golf, go cheap and get out there! Enjoy it! If you have played a little and are hitting the ball consistency, then start to spread your wings and invest in some better technology in your golf ball.

Is swing speed important when choosing a golf ball?

Yes. The speed you swing a golf club will determine how much force you place onto the golf ball. The higher compression a golf balls (95+) the faster you will need to swing the golf club to maximise the flight of the ball. A ball with a compression of 60 – 80 will require less speed to maximise the flight of the ball.

What ball characteristics help to keep longer shots straight?

A golf ball won’t make the ball fly straighter in the sense of the direction you hit it. What some golf balls do is reduce the amount of spin generated on the ball. Take a look at our best low spin golf balls above. These balls have a clever dimple design that reduces the amount of spin the ball creates.

Therefore, a swing that slices the balls, for example. Will not slice as greatly because of this ball design. The result for the golfer is your ball wont slice or fade as far to the right.

If I want more stop on the green, what should I look out for?

Don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s a “soft ball” that will stop quicker on the greens. Although, that would be logical yes?

What you are looking for is a ball with a higher spin rate. The reason for this is a ball with a higher spin rate will create the backspin required to stop the ball on the green. A ball that generates less spin will roll out further and subsequently will roll through the green, where a ball with a higher spin rate will stop.

Overall Summary & Conclusion

Best Golf Ball for Beginners & High Handicappers

 

There we go, the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers that are available on the market today, with a breakdown of the technical aspects of these little white beauties too.

As I said earlier, my favourite is the Callaway Supersoft with its dual capabilities in both the long and short game areas. There’s some outstanding customer feedback from these as well, which also helped me decide.

A final piece of advice I would offer is; best sure to choose a ball you like and stick with it! The reason for this is that you will learn how the ball responds off the tee, around the green, in the bunker and off the putter. Therefore, by choosing and sticking to a golf ball, you will become far more consistent.

Thank you, and happy Golfing!

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