Top 5 Best Golf Balls for Distance & Accuracy in 2017

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The quest for the perfect golf ball depends on many aspects of your swing, but whether you’re an intermediate golfer or a tour player, having the right golf ball is crucial to enhancing your game. Distance off the tee and control around the green are what every golfer is looking to attain and the equipment you own can enhance your strengths on the course. Not only does having the wrong equipment not help your game, but it could play a part in why your handicap doesn’t seem to be dropping despite the hours you’ve logged on the range and on the course. After all, the golf ball is the only piece of equipment you use on every shot.

Here are five of the best golf balls available for purchase in 2015 based on pro and consumer reviews. Keep in mind, the number one rated ball might not be the right one for you, but the fifth highest rated ball may be molded perfectly for your golf game. If you’re in the market for used balls, check out our post on the best used inexpensive golf balls in bulk.


1. Titleist PRO V1

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Titleist’s Pro V1 golf ball has been the highest rated and most preferred ball in golf for over a decade. The design of the ball aims to give any player more short game spin and control at the landing by creating a softer feel. When balls have a soft feel, it is easy to assume you lose distance, but the Pro V1 has a hard, penetrating trajectory to give the player extra distance on every shot. The Pro V1 is the best made ball in golf with long-lasting durability.

Price per 12-Pack: $39.99 (17 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Titleist PRO V1 golf balls here.



Pros:

  • Gives the player maximum distance
  • There’s a softer feel on contact and landing
  • The ball has a high trajectory
  • Titleist balls have long lasting durability

Cons:

  • It is the priciest ball on the market

Find more Titleist PRO V1 information and reviews here.



2. Callaway Chrome Soft

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When Callaway created the Chrome Soft, they were setting out to reinvent the art of golf ball making. The Chrome Soft is the only ball to date with the SoftFast Core giving it extremely low compression and the Tour Urethane Cover. The ball caters to players that need the soft feel around the greens without the fear of losing distance. This ball is perfect for people with slower swing speeds and a need for control around the greens.

Price per 12-Pack: $37.99 (5 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Callaway Chrome golf balls here.



Pros:

  • There’s a softer feel on contact and landing
  • The low compression aids in control
  • Despite the soft feel, you don’t lose distance

Cons:

  • It is expensive
  • The ball is geared towards players with slower swings, specifically

Find more Callaway Chrome Soft information and reviews here.



3. NIKE RZN Black

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The Nike RZN Black Golf Ball features Speedlock Technology with its interlocking RZN core design that delivers more energy between the layers for a faster ball speed and longer distance. The next generation RZN (resin), now softer for better feel and reduced excess spin, is a lighter, faster material designed for longer distance and a more consistent, stable ball flight.

You’ve seen players like Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on tour utilizing NIKE’s RZN Black thanks to its high performance and distance oriented design. The RZN Black isn’t for all players, but if you’re looking for gains in distance and less spin on the ball, the RZN Black is the ball for you. The design of the ball targets lower spin in order to give it a penetrating trajectory and maximum distance due to faster ball speed.

The ball features Speedlock Technology from its intertwined RZN core to create energy between the layers. The new technology compared to previous generations is a little softer for feel, lighter and eliminates unnecessary spin to give players consistency.

Price per 12-Pack: $53.00

Buy the NIKE RZN Black golf balls here.



Pros:

  • It gives the player maximum distance
  • It has a stable ball flight
  • It has one of the fastest speeds off of the club head

Cons:

  • The ball is geared towards players with faster swings, specifically
  • Although it is stable, there is no spin and less control
  • It is for higher level players that have more controlled swings

Find more NIKE RZN Black information and reviews here.



4. TaylorMade PROJECT (a)

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TaylorMade’s Project (a) is specifically designed for amateur level players. TaylorMade aimed to give amateur-level players tour-level technology with the coveted short-game spin mastered by the pros.

TaylorMade conducted a study involving golfers with handicaps of 10-27 and concluded that players missed the green from 150 yards 17 out of 18 times by an average of 35 yards. What this means is amateur players in that handicap range have higher scores due to their short game.

Luckily, Project (a) golf balls are $32 a dozen which is about 25 percent less than most of the balls used on tour. What makes Project (a) balls similar to the best on tour is their soft urethane cover against the hard interior which creates higher spin like the pros’ balls. This in turn gives players more control on and around the green.

Price per 12-Pack: New from $31.95 (plus shipping)

Buy the TaylorMade PROJECT (a) here.



Pros:

  • It is cheaper then other top market balls
  • It gives players more control around the green

Cons:

  • It is geared towards higher handicap players
  • It doesn’t increase distance

Find more TaylorMade PROJECT (a) information and reviews here.



5. Bridgestone E7

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Bridgestone’s new E Series balls includes E5, E6 and E7 balls, but the E7 is their standout product according to consumers and experts. The 3-layer ball is designed to increase speed and distance with its dual dimple technology gives the ball trajectory and the highest possible velocity. If you’re looking for maximum roll and distance, the E7 is the ball for you.

Price per Sleeve: $21.97 (14 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Bridgestone E7 golf balls here.



Pros:

  • It is cheaper then other top market balls
  • It improves both speed and distance

Cons:

  • It specializes in distance, not accuracy
  • There is a harder feel and therefore less controllable around the green
  • Not in stock at Amazon until August 2, 2017

Find more Bridgestone E7 information and reviews here.

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William Starman

I’m looking to hit the ball further and enjoy these reviews. They help me figure out which golf balls are good for golfers like me :)

Ty Pelfrey

Pinnacle soft golf ball ,you won’t believe the distance and spin.

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