For players with slower swing speeds who want distance and feel
DuPont™ Surlyn® cover
Low compression softness
Explosive distance off the tee
Very low spin
Stable ball flight
Titleist DT TruSoft
Wilson Staff Duo
For players who want an all-around ball that combines distance and control
DuPont™ Surlyn® cover
Low driver spin
Better greenside spin control
Titleist NXT Tour
Wilson Staff C25
Nike RZN Red
For players looking for accuracy, control, and plenty of bite
Cast urethane cover
Extremely soft feel
Excellent spin performance
Plenty of bite on landing
Titleist Pro V1
TaylorMade Project a
Srixon AD330 Tour
Wilson Staff DX3
The Science Bit
At WYRE we know that when it comes to golf balls, one size does not fit all. This is why we have gone the extra mile to offer you three different ball options to cater to various skill levels.
If you are confused as to which ball best matches your game, don’t worry, most people are too. Golf ball dynamics encompass many attributes; durability, distance, spin, control, roll, feel, and lift to name a few. By modifying some of the ball’s components, manufacturers are able to design golf balls that champion one or more of these attributes. The WYRE team wants you to better understand what you are buying, so we’ve broken down some of the lingo so you can appreciate how a few clever modifications can enhance ball performance, depending on what your game needs.
There are two categories of golf balls; recreational and advanced.
Recreational balls, also known as distance balls, are made up of 2 layers (or “pieces”); a large core and a firm cover. This construct benefits the novice golfer in two ways. The soft core ensures long distances are achievable with a slower swing, and the 2-piece construct minimises spin for straighter flight and more forward roll on landing. Slices and hooks resulting from a mis-hit will be less pronounced. These golf balls are best suited for beginners and intermediate players.
The more advanced and sophisticated balls are made of three or four layers. The core, although now smaller, is still the driving force behind distance, and is actioned by the driver/wood. The added inner mantle layer(s), generally thin and made out of an ionomer, is what gives the ball more spin with iron/wedge clubs, providing the more experienced golfer more control and versatility over his approach shots around the green.
This is a measurement of the deformation of the golf ball when pressure is applied to it. The lower the compression value, the softer the core and the more the ball deforms on impact. Compression values can be split into 3 categories; High (> 90), Mid (66-89), Low (<65)
Compression plays two major roles;
The first is for “feel”. Golfers prefer a softer feel when they strike the ball, especially in the short game, as softer golf balls are easier to backspin with short iron clubs.
The second is for distance. For players to achieve their optimal distance, the strength of their swing must be sufficient to compress the golf ball by just the right amount at impact. Under or over-compression will result in loss of distance. This is why the ball compression value must match a golfer’s swing speed. Amateur golfers with a slow swing (< 80mph) will achieve longer distances with a softer, lower-compression ball. Conversely, experienced golfers with a fast swing (> 80mph) require a harder, higher-compression ball for big distances. 2-piece balls, which are typically for amateurs, tend to have a softer core to accommodate a slower swing. Advanced 3 and 4-piece balls generally have a harder core to match the strength of veteran players.
3. Cover Material
The material of the outer layer of a golf ball plays a significant role in both feel and overall flight dynamics. The two most common materials are plastic ionomers such as Surlyn®, and cast urethane.
Plastic ionomers are extremely durable and cost effective, making it ideal for amateur players. It’s the chosen material by most manufacturers for their distance 2-piece and some 3-piece balls. Because this material is firm, the ball is more resistant to spin, causing it to fly lower and straighter. The drawback is you won’t get much in terms of “feel” on contact.
Urethane on the other hand is a softer material, offering the player greater feel and control over the ball. It’s more expensive and is typically found on advanced golf balls. Because it’s softer, the material grips the grooves of the club face on impact, providing the advanced golfer the ability to generate more spin and control on approach shots. The added backspin makes the ball fly higher, and is instrumental in achieving that ‘bite’ on the green when you want the ball to drop and stop.