How to Choose the Perfect Golf Ball

By Mary Hafeman

What’s the best golf ball for me?  What ball will help me to score lower?  Should I use a women’s branded ball?   Those are just some of the questions that I field from women golfers of all levels.  I like to look to the leaders of the industry that educate and inform golf professionals with their products and who is best suited to use their particular ball.  Then it is our job to be a conduit to the golfing public for the ball manufactures.

What ball do I use?  I use the Titleist Pro V1 ball.  Titleist is the number 1 ball company, in fact every other ball in 2012 sold in the US was a Titleist product.  That’s pretty amazing. Titleist conducts research with many golfers to identify both their performance needs and performance preferences such as feel, color etc.  That allows them to design the highest performing ball and highest quality balls for all golfers. Titleist has a family of ball products ranging from the Pro V1, Pro V1x, NXT Tour, DT Solo, Velocity and Pinnacle product line.

How do we find the best ball for you?  How important is your golf ball to your score? Usually I see golfers playing with a variety of models of balls during a round of golf.  Actually anything in their golf bag they pull out.  Balls are different – so work on playing with the same ball model every round of golf. This eliminates performance variations and is a key to developing a consistent game.

What makes scoring shots so important?   I always like to say we hit our Driver only 14 times during a round of golf but inside of 100 yards it’s usually over 60% of the game.  If you’re looking for more distance then select a low spin Surlyn covered golf ball.  That hard cover does make it difficult to hold chip shots on the green.  So you have to weigh out – does the extra distance balance out the difficulty to hold the ball on the green?  Or should I select a softer Pro V1 ball to help me chip and putt better to lower my score?  That would give you the best opportunity to score lower!

Should I use a golf ball branded for women?  Interesting question that I have asked quite a bit.  All Titleist balls are branded for women.   Usually the “Women’s” branded balls are low spin and hard balls that roll but are not very soft around the greens.  Plus think about it – does the ball know that a women is hitting it?  No – it doesn’t so why use such a hard ball? This effects your scoring ability. You want to use a Pro V1 or NXT Tour style ball for best of both worlds.

What’s the best ball for my swing speed?  Ball fitting for swing speed is a myth.  If a golf ball would only work for 1 swing speed like the driver – then it would not work for the iron swing which for each person is different than their driver swing speed.  So that would not work for anyone including the professionals.

What’s important to contemplate is that you are spending valuable time playing golf for a variety of reasons – fun, social activity, business networking, tournament golf whatever reason why you play golf – it should bring you tremendous enjoyment.  Use a  golf ball that helps you play and score better and love the game that much more!

Check out for much more information on each specific golf ball.  Titleist is a leader in educating women with the facts about golf ball performance and fitting. The more educated you are the better you will be!  I am a big fan of that!!

Enjoy playing your best golf!  If I can help you with more of your questions: feel free to contact me at


ireland_2008_165-1_full1-150x150About the Author
Mary E. Hafeman, President and Owner of Fore in One Golf Services, is a highly regarded, accomplished player, instructor and operations specialist within the golf industry. In 2009, she created Mary Hafeman Golf Experience, a web-based community to fit the needs of a growing network of people interested in all facets of the game. Mary Hafeman Golf Experience provides a realm of experiences, from exceptional golf instruction, inclusive player development programs, customized travel, tournaments and outing series, to social networking opportunities for players of all levels.  Mary is a former player on the LPGA Tour, one of the games’s “Top 50 Teachers” according to Golf for Women magazine and recognized as a ”Top Teacher” by region by Golf Magazine.