As a senior golfer, you want to be getting the best performance out of all your equipment. You may have had a fitting for those irons or been on a flight monitor when selecting your Driver. But have you ever thought about a golf ball fitting or even considered one of the best golf balls for seniors that are much better suited to a seniors’ game?
Often, I hear people play with a Titleist Pro V1 because it’s known to be the best. Others have brand loyalty to Taylor Made, Srixon, or Callaway because they had a great round in 2008 with a Callaway HX Tour 56. Albeit that is a great ball.
My point is if you spend the time getting hold of the right clubs, shafts, woods, and putters, then we must consider using the best golf ball that complements our swing and game.
What Golf Ball Should Seniors Play With?
This section will break down the best golf balls that seniors should play with into three topics.
- • Ball Construction
- • Swing Speed
- • Short–game
Advertisement of golf balls has made us aware that you can buy 2-piece, 3-piece, or 4/5-piece golf balls. But which is best for the senior golfer? For me, seniors should be playing with a 2-piece golf ball, and I will break down why below.
2 -Piece Golf Balls: The most common golf balls with more distance for a player with a mid to slow swing speed. 2-Piece balls are typically compressed at a low rate. This means that senior golfers can place less force onto the ball with their swing, and the ball will still fly well. 2-piece balls come in both hard and soft feel formats. Both of which have benefits, depending on your swing and preferences. I will explore the topics of swing speed and short-game later in the article.
3- Piece Golf Balls: These are softer and produce better spin than the two-piece balls. To gain the same flight as a 2-piece ball, a golfer will need to swing with a faster swing speed. A guideline could be to hit the ball consistently 200 yards plus before considering moving to a 3-piece ball. Three-piece balls provide an extra layer, allowing a golfer to control the golf ball better. This is most useful when hitting into the green or pitching and putting.
4 & 5-piece Golf Balls: They come with more cores and layers. With these balls, it’s typically someone with a fast-swing speed that will see the benefits. It’s no surprise that the complex construction means they are the most expensive on the market.
When selecting a golf ball, the first thing that comes to mind is choosing one that can fly off the tee and give you the maximum return on flight and roll. The speed you generate in your swing will affect how different golf balls fly into the air. The reason is that other golf balls are made with varying compression rates. A lower compressed golf ball will not need as much force from the golf swing to launch into the air. Due to a senior golfer often having a slower swing speed, this type of ball will suit a senior golfer.
For example, think of a Baseball and a Table Tennis ball. A Table Tennis ball can be flicked into the air by using downward pressure with your finger. With a Baseball, you would need to hit it with an object that creates enough speed for the ball to fly up. It’s the same principle with golf balls.
Therefore, a lower compressed ball will fly better under less force from the swing. Selecting a low compressed ball that is also 2-piece can be challenging, but I would recommend the Callaway SuperSoft.
The first thing we think of with selecting the correct ball is hitting the Driver. Well, it shouldn’t be! Over half of our shots on a Sunday morning will come from within 100 yards of the green.
So, selecting a ball that feels great on and around the putting green will likely save us more shots than an extra 5 yards off the tee.
For example, let’s look at the Srixon Distance ball and a Srixon Soft Feel ball. The soft feel balls have a low compression rate; they also are ultra-soft for a greater feel around the green. If you were to putt with both balls, you would feel the difference in firmness.
Selecting the Srixon Soft Feel means you will have greater control when chipping and pitching. Also, the softer ball will stop quicker and more consistently than a harder golf ball.
Finally, it’s no secret that our visibility can deteriorate somewhat as we get older. Many golf balls now come in different colors; for example, the before-mentioned Srixon Soft Feel comes in a “bright orange.”
Using a different colored golf ball can make putting and chipping easier, depending on your personal preference. Also, the Callaway Super Soft comes with a large line across the ball which is easy to see. The advantage is that you can use the line as an alignment aid when putting. You can also use it off the tee!
My guidance would be to try many different balls. Suppose you need distance off the tee and don’t need to feel the benefit of the softer ball for the short game. Go with a distance-based golf ball.
However, when looking for the best golf ball for seniors, I suggest flipping our mindset to selecting a ball that complements our short game. The benefit is the increased feel on and around the greens. This way, we can save more shots and lower our handicaps!
The next article in our seniors golfer series looks at what is the best compression golf ball for senior golfers, and goes into a little depth about the reasons why. Best of luck out on the course.