How to Hit the Golf Ball Straight
How to Hit the Golf Ball Straight
Perhaps it’s Time to look at your Golf Ball? I get asked a lot of times on how to hit the golf ball straight – my immediate response is it is quite simple really, “you need to bring the club face back square to where you started it from” – I get quite a few funny looks when I say that but that’s pretty much it!
Whether you hit the ball 200 yards or 20 yards it’s the same concept, bring the club face back square to the golf ball with either very little club head speed or lots of club head speed – however if you are tired of trying that same old routine, why not try a new golf ball?
Let me tell you what I mean by trying a new golf ball, about 6 months ago I was playing golf with my son and I have always been a bit of a snob when it comes to what golf balls I play with, I always played with Titleist Pro V’s and that’s it, would not change and would not even contemplate changing from that type of ball.
So I was playing golf with my son and he said to try one of these I got them at a corporate golf day, one was a Titleist Velocity and the other was a Srixon AD333, I proceeded to put them in my golf bag where they stayed for the next few holes, then we got to a par 3 with a pin position of approx. 180 yards and I thought why not I will give one a go.
Out came the Srixon AD333, I teed it up and ‘boom’ this ball flew off the 6 iron and went dead straight and ended up about 10 feet from the hole, you have to bear in mind I have always played with a draw ball flight and when the wind blows from right to left my slight draw becomes a massively overblown hook if I get too quick on the swing!
So here I aim slightly to the right of target, same swing as normal and the same set up as normal and this ball comes off the club face like a bullet, no draw no nothing but just a nice pure golf shot – I was totally amazed that today’s golf balls were so different to when I was a youngster, it was either a hard ball ( Surlyn Cover ) or a softball ( Balata Cover ) in those days.
Nowadays it is worth reading up on golf balls, taking into account distance, durability, spin and without a doubt the cost, so a lot to take in but I must stress that if you find a golf ball that suits your game then you will see a remarkable change in distances and ball flight. So below I have outlined a sort of buying guide when you are next in the marketplace for a different golf ball.
There are 8 things to consider but I will make it easy to understand by keeping it simple:
1. How the golf ball is constructed
The number of pieces that make up a golf ball is really the number of components within the golf ball. A two piece ball consists of a core and a cover, a three piece ball consists of a core, cover and a mantle layer. A three piece ball used to be the premium golf ball on the market, but that has now changed because most mid-priced golf balls are now three piece, the new premium balls are now generally four piece, which includes an extra mantle layer, but saying that there are even five and six piece golf balls available on the market. But don’t get too concerned about the construction of the golf ball I just wanted to give a brief overview of the construction of them.
2. Core of the golf ball
Years ago the majority of golf balls, the core of the golf ball was made up of rubber bands which didn’t do you any favours, but the trend nowadays is for the core to be larger and softer, which means they have different grades of compression within them to create better distance, feel and spin qualities.
3. Compression of the golf ball
Compression of the golf ball means the measure of the deflection at the moment of impact, the more it compresses against the club face the lower the compression. To give you an idea on how that translates, if you have a scale of 1 to 200, the softest ball on the market would be about a 40 compression, middle of the market would be about 70/80, and a firmer tour grade golf ball would be around the 90/100 mark.
As a rule of thumb, the slower your swing speed you would get more benefits from a softer compression, so if you imagine a ‘squash ball’ being really finger pinching soft, and when you hit that and watch in slow motion, the ball would be pretty flat to the hitting area, so the compression is like a type of springboard, the more it compresses the further it will go. However, saying that if you have too much compression it could work against you, so it is vital you source out the best golf ball for your swing speed.
4. Configuration of the golf ball
OK, to keep this simple the configuration of the ball really means the ‘dimples’ on the golf ball, without these little dimples the golf ball would not lift off the ground, so the dimples give you a laminar flow and makes the ball ‘lift’ and make it stable in the air.
With all golf ball manufacturers, they come in different variety of shapes and sizes, but the majority have about 340 dimples on them if you ever fancy counting them!
5. The Cover of the Golf Ball
As I mentioned earlier the majority of premium golf balls used to be a surlyn cover, which was very soft, and would scuff up pretty easily. Nowadays the golf balls on the market are very durable and are urethane covers while cheaper lower priced golf balls are often ionomer covers which are generally firmer but offer a better feel and harder wearing.
The way the cover is manufactured tends to indicate the type of sound you get when the golf ball comes off the clubface, so if you like the sound of a little click or dink off of your putter then a firmer more durable cover will give you that.
6. Colour of the Golf Ball
Premium or more expensive golf balls used to be a milky opal-like colour which faded over time and it ended up looking like a worn out small tangerine! Nowadays they come in a more brilliant brighter white and hold their colour throughout its lifespan. You can also purchase balls in yellow and orange which are also available with the well-known brands. The reason these are used because of the colder winter climates when you have snow, frost and darker skies and make them more visible.
7. Cost of a golf ball
Whether we admit it or not, the cost of a golf ball is the main reason we make the decision on what golf ball we play with, but in the end, you get what you pay for in terms of what you need performance wise, but remember that if your swing speed is under 90 miles per hour please do not waste your money on top of the range tour edition golf balls, you will not hit the ball any further, so search for the ball that suits you and your budget.
8. Getting the Golf Ball that suits your game
Looking for a golf ball that enhances and improves your game is not that difficult, most of the golf ball manufacturers offer online advice on what you need for your game, they can suggest what type of ball will suit you taking into account your swing speed, short game feel and also budget.
After all of that, I now play the golf ball that suits my game, this is dependent on weather conditions with wind factors are taken into account, time of year, roll of the ball on the fairway and general overall playing conditions, by doing this I have trimmed off at least 2 shots per round so it definitely pays dividends to shop around for the best ball for your game.
Below I have reviewed a few golf balls to give you a head start on the coming golf season:
Titleist NXT Tour
Engineered for high performance, the 2014 Titleist NXT Tour golf ball utilizes advanced multi-component technology that delivers low driver and long iron spin for exceptionally long distance and scoring performance. It features a new proprietary softer compression dual core and a softer, thin Fusablend cover. The result is a softer, truer feel on all shots while maintaining its exceptional distance and excellent short game control on shots into and around the green that is only exceeded by Pro V1 and Pro V1x. NXT Tour retains its spherically tiled 302 octahedral dimple design that produces a piercing and stable ball flight for consistent distance and trajectory control.
Powered by Titleist’s exclusive LSX core technology, this high-speed Velocity Dozen Golf Ball is encased in a NaZ2 cover formulation that delivers high initial golf ball speed on all full swing shots and playable feel in the short game. Perfection has arrived! Each Titleist Velocity Dozen Ball has a combination of core, cover formulation and aerodynamic design, which promotes soaring golf ball flight and deep downrange peak trajectory. The NaZ2 cover formulation gives the speed of the core to produce faster golf ball speed on full swing shots and playable feel. The absolute fastest solid core of any Titleist golf ball uses LSX core technology, the highest core formulation, inside every one of these Velocity Balls. Speed enhancing and spin reducing NaZ2 cover blend also provides playable feel in the short game while high surface coverage 332 icosahedral dimple design delivers a tight, consistent golf ball flight. The A.I.M. (Alignment Integrated Marking) side stamp tops of this impressive, powerful golf ball.
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Srixon AD333 Tour
The amazing new AD333 TOUR provides the perfect combination of distance off the tee and spin control around the green. Coupled with a superior soft feel and the visual performance of Srixon’s Pure WhiteTM technology, this is the tour ball for people who don’t play on the tour.
Callaway Chrome Soft
• Fast Ball Speeds – Callaway is the only golf ball company that has the new Dual SoftFast CoreTM. It’s engineered for fast ball speeds with low spin for players needing spin reduction to optimize their launch conditions off the tee.
• Total Performance Through The Bag: The 4-piece construction, mantle layer and Tour Urethane Cover all combine for even more control throughout the bag, especially with your scoring clubs from 100 yards and in. Now you have even more spin for aggressive shots into the green.
• Low Compression For Incredibly Soft Feel: The Dual SoftFast Core lets you compress the ball on iron shots for long, straight flight. And it has an amazing feel around the greens.
• 4 – Piece Construction Leading to More Control
• Tour Urethane Cover – Pattern: HEX Aerodynamics
TaylorMade Your Preferred
The new Tour Preferred ball (4-layer construction, 80 compression), features TaylorMade’s next-generation SpeedMantle™ inner layer, comprised of a material that is more than 65% softer and more flexible than the previous generation’s mantle. The development of the new mantle has allowed engineers to create a softer feeling ball while still maintaining the performance characteristics of the original Tour Preferred golf ball. The new Tour Preferred golf ball provides higher launch and more spin for long irons while maintaining the same distance off the tee and greenside spin as the Tour Preferred X but with a softer feel. The new Tour Preferred still features TaylorMade’s proven Soft Tech™ cast-urethane cover, the company’s softest and most durable cover to date, and Low-Drag Performance Aerodynamics (LDP™), a 322 dimple pattern that provides distance off the tee and a penetrating flight through the wind that tour players prefer. The new Tour Preferred is designed for players of all swing speeds looking for a softer tour performance golf ball.
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Keep hitting it straight and enjoy your golf!