What is The Best Compression Golf Ball for Seniors?

I know that some people don’t conform to the norm, but typically as golfers become older, their swing speed slows down. As this natural change happens, it is essential to ensure that your golf equipment compliments your swing speed.

Often forgotten, but equally as important is the golf ball you play with. Golf balls come in various structures; however, for this article, I am going to focus on ball compression. The correct ball compression will give you the maximum flight with both the Driver and irons.

So when you’re looking for the best golf balls for seniors, compression rate and what it means is a very important part of information. So let’s discuss this now.

 

What is The Best Compression Golf Ball For Seniors?

The best compression for a senior golfer is a “low compression” golf ball. But what does that mean? When does a low compression ball become a high compression ball? And what actual benefits will a senior golfer feel and gain from using a low compression golf ball?

We are talking about yards, millimetres, and minor performance improvements. But your ball compression is essential, and here is why.

Ball compression means how much the ball squashes and deforms under stress from a force. Let’s say you were to strike a low compressed ball and a highly compressed ball with the same power, with the same swing.

The low compressed ball will squash, deform, and cover more of the clubface at impact. The high compressed ball won’t press or deform as much. You will see that the strike pattern on the clubface will be more prominent with the low compressed ball.

When you see a ball in a particular compression rate, either 50, 60, 70, 100, 120, for example, this “squash and deforms methodology” ultimately creates those numbers.

As a senior golfer, you can use this knowledge of compression to understand how much force a golf ball needs from a golf swing to gain optimum flight. From the data, a golf ball with a compression rate of 80 and below will compress and “spring” off the clubface well from a slower golf swing.

A golf ball compressed at a rate of 95 plus will need a faster swing (more force) to gain optimum flight from the strike.

Low Compression Golf Balls for Senior Golfers

However, several balls are available that are low compressed, for example, Titleist Tour Soft and the Srixon Soft Feel.

So when we discuss low-compression, we typically mean soft golf balls. A word of caution – there is no table to define what a “soft” golf ball is and what a “hard” golf ball is.

Each brand will define “soft” differently, so a compression rate of 90 could be (for example) soft under Taylor Made but hard under Titleist. From my experience, Callaway gets it right and are consistent with their compression rates and titles for soft golf balls.

The ultimate way to determine which ball flies the furthers and straightest is to test on a launch monitor. However, this isn’t available for all of us. Therefore, by using this article to understand why low compression and soft golf balls will typically suit senior golfers. You won’t be far off, for starters!

 

Next Article:

The next question we will look at for you is around how seniors can hit the ball further – focusing largely on the swing, the golf ball, the equipment and 

 

Written by Mark

I've been advising on golf related topics for for just over ten years now, staying on top of game improvement methods, the latest technologies and news.

January 12, 2022

Golf Balls

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