What is Compression?
Compression is “the action of compressing or being compressed.” Compression is the same as “squeezing” something. You know that amazing “sound” you hear when your strike the ball perfectly? That’s the sound of the golf ball compressing then releasing. It’s one of the best sounds you can hear and actually FEEL after you strike the golf ball.
Why are you talking about Compression?
When your golf club strikes your golf ball it actually compresses (or squeezes at impact) this is somewhat seems hard to believe but it is true. Compression, and the amount the golf ball compresses determines distance. The more the golf ball compresses more distance the golf ball goes.
What determines how much (or how little) a golf ball compresses?
Golf ball compression is determined by two things:
- Core – How soft of how hard the core of the golf ball determines how fast or slow the golf ball will compress
- Swing speed – The amount of force which is transferred to the golf ball from the golf club
The easiest way to categorize compression of golf balls is in 3 categories.
Low Compression Golf Balls
- Have softer cores
- Compress quickly
- Maximum distance with lower swing speeds
Top 5 Low Compression Golf Balls
- Callaway Supersoft
- Titleist DT TruSoft
- Callaway Hex Control
- Topflite D2+Feel
- Noodle – all varieties
Medium Compression Golf Balls
- Standard cores
- In-between core
- Maximum distance with an average swing speeds
Top 5 Medium Compression Golf Balls
- TaylorMade Project (a)
- Srixon Q-Star
- Titleist Velocity
- Callaway Diablo
- Titleist DT Solo
High Compression Golf Balls
- Harder cores
- Compress slower
- Maximum distance with High swing speeds
Top 5 High Compression Golf Balls
- Titleist ProV1x
- Titleist ProV1
- Taylormade TP5x
- Taylormade TP5
- Bridgestone B330 RXS
Does weather affect golf ball distance and flight?
Extreme weather does affect golf ball distance and flight. The rule of them is that a golf ball needs to be at room temperature to perform as designed. If it’s extremely hot the high compression golf balls will compress quicker and in extreme cold they will compress slower.
Same thought process for low compression balls as in extreme heat they will compress quicker and in extreme cold they will compress slower
- Golf ball compression happens at club face/ball impact
- Weather will affect the compression rating
- Compression measures how much force is required to squeeze (compress) a golf ball
- Swing speed and core are the 2 biggest factors that affect golf ball compression
Now you have the information necessary to make a more educated decision on what golf ball to play. Golf ball compression DOES matter. Head over to our shop page and do your own testing to find what works best for you!
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