Posted 09 May 2018 - 11:22 AM
Pretty much all balls on the market are designed to be at the USGA limits for ball speed off impact and total distance. For this reason distance between different balls is pretty much a non issue for all but elite level players that can control distance down to a yard or two on their approach shots.
Secondly, the cover type is the primary technical feature which determines spin. If you look at spin charts such as the ones published by Golf Digest you will see that urethane cover balls spin more than surlyn covered balls and that most urethane cover balls fall into a pretty tight range of variation. You need to be a pretty darn good ball striker to notice significant difference in spin between different urethane balls. Surlyn covered balls show more spin variation between different models but don't confuse this with more distance because as stated already, distance is already at the limit. Surlyn balls tend to fly higher and side spin less, but they also bite less on the green so there is no free lunch.
Ball feel, due to hardness, is one feature that's pretty easy to discern by even regular players. It's an error in judgement to try to equate firmness to performance though. And there is no correlation between compression (hardness) and distance as it relates to swing speed either. So in other words, if you swing slow but like the feel of a firm "X" ball then go with it and don't fear you are giving up distance because you are not.
Bottom line, if you want approach shot spin get a urethane covered ball and then select a ball with the feel you desire. If you want a high flight and slightly lower side spin, but low approach shot spin, then a Surlyn ball may be for you.
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