Despite their external similarities, when you peel away the covers most golf balls on the market differ greatly, offering different benefits for different types of golfers.

Golf ball buyers guide

Using the same premium ball in practice as you do in competition will heighten your feel for a more reliable short game. But which ball should you settle on? Here are our thoughts to help you whittle your options down.

Urethane or Ionomer?
The more expensive Urethane cover is softer and provides more feedback off the face, which should help you with your distance control. If you are unable to justify the steeper price tag of Urethane, cheaper Ionomer covered balls still provide plenty of feel for the average club golfer.

Soft or firm?
A few of the premium balls, like the Titleist Pro V1 and Srixon Z-Star, come in alternative versions, which spin slightly less for players who prefer a firmer feel and less spin off the tee. Try both types from tee-to-green to find your preference.

Tee or green?
Different brands have conflicting fitting messages. Brands like Bridgestone like to measure your swing speed and fit you for a ball that will give you more distance off the tee, while brands like Titleist base its fittings around your short game. So consider if your game will benefit most from extra yards off the tee or better distance control around the green.

Budget or premium?
Gone are the days when budget balls felt like rocks and looked just as bad. Nowadays you can get some reasonable quality for less than £20 a dozen. Again, test multiple ball types to see which you get the best results with.

This Month’s Best Golf Ball Deals

Srixon UltiSoft balls at Amazon.co.uk | Was £32 | Now £19.89

Srixon Z-Star balls at Amazon.co.uk | Was £45 | Now £27

Bridgestone Tour B330-RXS balls at Amazon.co.uk | Was £47.99 | Now £29.99

Srixon Z-Star 2017 balls at Amazon.com | Was $49.99 | Now $38.99

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2017 Srixon AD333 Ball Unveiled

We assess the performance of Srixon's new two-piece ball out on the course

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Srixon UltiSoft review

Srixon UltiSoft Review Key Technology: This is the lowest compression and softest Srixon golf ball ever thanks to an innovative new core design that produces softer feel and maximises energy…

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Mizuno JPX balls

The Golf Monthly test team's Mizuno JPX ball review, an all-ability golf ball with micro dimples to help slow the ball's descent, increasing distance.

£35.00

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Srixon Z-Star balls review Key technology The latest Z-Star balls feature a new ‘energetic gradient growth’ core with varying levels of softness. The core’s centre is softer than the outer…

£45.00

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Wilson DX2 Soft Balls

Wilson DX2 Soft ball review Key technology With a compression of 29, the new Wilson Staff DX2 Soft is the lowest compression ball on the market, which should give it…

£19.99

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Golf Monthly Senior Staff Writer Paul O'Hagan tests the Srixon AD333 golf ball

£28.99
D201 balls

Golf Monthly Senior Staff Writer Paul O'Hagan tests the Mizuno D201 golf ball

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Golf Monthly Senior Staff Writer Paul O'Hagan tests the Callaway Hex Chrome+ golf ball

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Golf Monthly Senior Staff writer Paul O'Hagan tests the Bridgestone e6 golf ball

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Golf Monthly Senior Staff Writer Paul O'Hagan tests the Mizuno MP-S golf ball

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Golf Monthly Senior Staff Writer Paul O'Hagan tests the Srixon Z-Star golf ball

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