Most of us know it's important to have our golf equipment properly fit. For example, using the correct clubs that are fit to your swing and body-type can vastly improve your score and your enjoyment of the game. But did you know that there's more to "fitting" than just the clubs themselves? Take your game to the next level by making sure you've been fit for the correct golf ball.
If you think about an average round, most scoring opportunities happen around the green. Many women have difficulty reaching the green in regulation, so when looking for more distance, they select a low spin golf ball that helps with additional distance but isn't designed to hold shots into the green. Most golfers can benefit from a softer ball that is designed to land softly and stop on the green rather than hit and skid off the green.
Many golf ball manufacturers offer golf ball fittings, however how the assessment is completed may vary. Some manufacturers use online fittigs - where you answer questions about your game and the computer determines the best ball “fit” for your golf swing, shots, etc. Alternatively, you may be lucky to participate in a ball fitting at a local demo day – where you can actually hit and compare golf balls using actual measured data. One added benefit of completing a ball fitting is that you will typically score a sample pack (usally two golf balls) for to try and test out the results!
Most companies have moved away from "compression" golf balls and offer two and three-piece golf balls designed to help players score better. When you are shopping for golf balls, look for a ball with more spin and stopping power. Go through a golf ball fitting and you will find and be able to tell the softer feel of the ball coming off your clubface. They are designed to offer more stopping power and to help you shoot better scores.
Keep the fun going and lower your scores - talk to your local Professional to help you find the best golf ball for your game.