It is easy to think that it is the clubs that are the only thing that will make a significant difference to your golf game (along with practice of course!) However, there are differences between all of the different pieces of equipment that you use and this includes the ball that you are using. If your games are really close, then a change of ball could make a significant difference to your game. It is worth having an understanding of how balls differ and this will help you to be able to make sure that you pick the one that will work for you.
The Cover of the Ball
Every ball has an outer layer that is dimpled and it will be easily recognisable as a golf ball. However, that dimpling is not the same on every ball. It will vary so that it reduces drag so that it lies in the air for longer. The cover will tend to either be made of urethane or an ionomer. It will not be obvious from looking at the ball to see what it is made of or whether the dimple pattern will give better flight compared to other brands in order to find this out you will either need to test the balls or you will need to read reviews.
The Core of the Ball
The core is the centre of the ball and it is normally made from rubber. It can either be soft or solid and this will impact the way that it flies. You will not be able to see it of course, which means that you may need to take a look at the box to see what the ball is made up of. If you cannot find the information then you may need to do some research for yourself.
The mantle is included in some balls. It is a material between the core and the cover and It will influence the spin of the ball and also the way that it travels. This means that it can make a significant difference to how the ball performs. Whether having one will suit your game or not will be a very personal thing and so it can be a good idea to try some different balls out to see if you can feel and see a difference.
It is worth noting that a ball with a softcore and urethane cover tends to have a mantle and low compression and it is more suitable for a slower swing speed as it provides control and spin. A harder ball with an ionomer cover and no mantle will tend to have high compression, be more suitable for a faster swing speed and cover more distance while travelling faster. This means that you will find that a certain type of ball will be more suitable for a certain type of golfer. There are some balls that are a bit of a mix of both which could be better for the intermediate golfer, with a softer ball being better for a beginner.
There are other factors that you may also need to think about as well:-
If you are on a budget then you may need to think about getting a ball that will not cost you a lot of money. It is important to think about value for money when you are looking at balls though. If you spend too little on a ball then the performance may not be good. However, spending a lot on a ball and then losing it, can be really annoying. So, you will need to think about which option will suit your needs the best.
This might seem like a minor factor but it can be important. If you find it hard to see your ball, then you may want one that is a colour that will stand out and then you will be more easily able to find it. It could make the game a lot easier and less frustrating for you.
It is worth thinking about how many balls you are buying as well. They normally come in packs and if you often lose balls then you will need to make sure that you have enough in your pack so that you do not have to stop playing because you have run out of balls. You may also want to go for something cheaper if you often lose balls as otherwise, you will be throwing (or rather hitting!) your money away.