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 | Was £32 | Now £19.89

Srixon Z-Star balls at | Was £45 | Now £27

Bridgestone Tour B330-RXS balls at | Was £47.99 | Now £29.99

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


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A three-piece design that produces longer drives as a result of this ‘D’ model doesn’t have an inner cover, which brings the core into play more, helping the ball to…


Nike’s four-piece offering has a firmer cover tyhan previous models, which reduces spin from the tee for increased distance. A ‘Power Transfer Layer’ under the cover brings the inner mantles…


A slightly thicker mantle layer and firmer cover than the Tour i. This helps give added distance on the long shots and control on high-spinning pitch shots. The cover design…


A soft-outer core formulation and cover help to increase short-game spin and feel. Meanwhile, a hard-inner core and thin-mantle layer combine to reduce driver spin. The cover is a hexagonal…


The same core technology as the Z-Star is used, but the centre of the large core is slightly firmer than on the Z-Star, something that players with fasst swing speed…


The softer of Srixon’s two new premium balls thanks to a less-firm cover and lower compression. Its extremely large core has a soft-inner area, which becomes firmer towards the outside.…


A three-piece deisgn that is slightly softer than the original TP Black. It is designed for lower spin players and will produce a higher launch on long shots compared to…


The four-piece construction is designed to be 15% softer than the original TP Red. A number of differetn dimple designs are used on the ball to maximise distance, even on…


Has a slightly harder core than the B330-S, which reduces the amount of spin a player puts on the ball. The cover is seamless to give added consistency. It is…


A four-piece ball that requires swing speed between 100 and 115 mph to get the most performance out of it. A soft core influences shots with the driver providing an…


A redesigned casing layer is designed to control the spin on longer shots. A larger inner-core design means that compared to previous versions of the Pro V1X it will produce…


Srixon Z-Star ball review. Golf Monthly review the Srixon Z-Star ball.


Last year Titleist tweaked the cores and mid-layers in its Pro V1 range to further improve performance. The Pro V1 acquired a softer core and reworked mid-layer for lower driver…


The outer core on both the Tour i and Tour iX redistributes weight away from the inner core to increase the ball’s moment of inertia for added length off the…


The design of the ball allows for accelerated ball speed off every club for added distance. Also, the unique Aerodynamic 322 PDP dimple design allows for a soft feel, as…


Srixon Z-URS Golf Monthly balls review


The Tx4 comprises three performance-enhancing layers plus a unique flat bottomed dimple design promising a more stable and penetrating fligh. The core is designed to be soft yet lively, while…


The Dx2 Soft combines the length of a distance ball with real softness, replicating the performance attributes of premium balls at a fraction of the price. The key is an…