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Issue 528 - Wed. October 17th, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: What You Need To Know About Golf Ball Compression
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Tom's Featured Tip: Q&A: What You Need To Know About Golf Ball Compression

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I received this question from Karen C. after last week's newsletter:

Does a golf ball lose its compression or effectiveness after it has been played for many rounds? That is, if I use a ball for 6 or 7 rounds without losing it or scratching the cover so it still looks good, is it still usable or should I routinely switch to a new ball, maybe every time I golf or every few times?


The short answer is that all things being equal - meaning temperature and playing conditions - the ball will lose compression minimally over time simply due to it being banged around repeatedly by your clubs. So in that regard, it would lose some of it's compression, but losing it's effectiveness depends largely on the quality of your game.

If you are an average player (one that shoots in the nineties or higher), the effectiveness component would not be as telling as compared to a player that has the distances dialed in precisely for his or her irons. For that advanced level of play, the loss of a couple yards due to compression change could be significant.

The average player could use the same ball until the cover gets badly scuffed or cut.

On the other end of the spectrum, Tour Pro's will change balls at least for every round if not during the round, because of the velocity at which their clubs collide with the ball. Do they really need to change balls mid round? Who knows for sure, but if a pro thinks it helps his carry distance consistency with his/her irons they'll do it.

Of course they are getting their golf balls for free ☺

More On Compression

The compression of a golf ball refers to how tightly wound its core threads are. The tighter they are wound, the harder or more compressed the core is.

Golf ball compression creates density in the golf ball, which can affect distance and trajectory. Playing with the right compression for your swing speed can be a major factor in improving your handicap.

The golf ball is compressed and flattened by the force of the impact. The lower compression of the ball results in the ball travelling farther as the club's energy creates energy, transferring it to the ball. The ball's compression handles the high speed and impact of the club, and allows flexibility so that the ball can recoil and not break apart.

In order to get maximum distance from a golf ball, you must compress it fully. It is generally accepted, a fully compressed golf ball is one that is almost half flattened at impact.

To get full distance with any golf ball the golfer must supply enough force to half flatten the struck ball.

Golf balls come in a variety of compression rates, with the lower number representing lower compression. A ball with a low compression is wound less tight and is considered softer. A ball with a higher compression is wound tighter and is referred to as being harder.

Low compression balls (80 or below rating) travel farther than more tightly wound balls due to their softness and the reaction they have to a swung club (more rebound off the club). Think of a gymnast bouncing on a trampoline or on cement the soft trampoline provides more rebound and sends the gymnast higher. Due to their softer characteristic, low compression balls will not fly as straight as harder balls, and will be harder to control.

Medium compression balls with a rating of 90 and provide the best combination of distance and control.

High compression balls usually have a rating of 100 or higher, and are used by the hardest hitters, who may often need the maximal accuracy they provide.

Since lower compression balls provide more distance, players with slower swing speeds (generally beginners, juniors, seniors and women) prefer these types of ball. Medium compression balls are preferred by most advanced players who can generate superior (but not necessarily maximal) club speed, and who want optimal control to go with their power or distance. Higher compression balls require a faster swing speed to achieve maximal distance, but provide a truer flight, and are therefore preferred by more power hitters.

In addition, keep in mind that temperature affects golf ball compression. When playing in cold weather, a higher compressed ball will have the feel of a rock because of the density and cold temperatures. During cold weather, all players may want to use a lower compression ball than normal to provide some added ball flexibility coming off of the club.

That should answer most of the compression questions, but if anyone has more please send them along.


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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