Golf balls three different compression
values which are most common. There are variances for
these values but rarely scene on a golf course.
100 compression = most often a professionals ball
90 compression = most often an average golfers and men's
80 compression = most often a ladies or JR's ball.
So what do these values mean? How do they effect the
my game? How does a golfer determine which is best for
him or her? Well first you must understand what compressions!!
Basically the compression value is a measure of how
easily a golf ball can be compressed when being struck
by a golf club. This means the ball goes from being
perfectly round to being dented to some degree on the
side being struck.
Compressing a golf ball is what causes it to go as
far as it does. When a ball is struck the surface is
dented. The ball must then return to it's original shape.
It is this rebounding effect that allows a ball to get
the distance it does. If there was no compression then
even Tiger would not be able to hit a ball over 200yrds.
If a 80 compression ball is compresses to 3/4 of its
original size with a light swing it will travel X distance.
Now if we hit the 100 compression ball with a swing
of the same strength the ball will only compress 1/8th
of is original size and have less of a rebounding effect
and therefor less distance. Double the swing speed of
the club and the 100 compression ball will compress
to 3/4 of it's original size. Now because the ball was
more difficult to compress, the rebounding effect of
the ball will be greater as the ball snaps back to it's
original size with greater force, thus going much further.
A golfer must understand that it is his/her swing speed
that will determine which ball they should be using.
Often times I see men on a golf course trying to hit
a 100 compression ball or ladies hitting a 90 compression
ball. I must confess to having a chuckle or two when
they complain about how the latest shot hurt their hands
and how the ball just does not seem to go very far.
I think that is a "dead" ball they say. To
which I reply "no, it's the wrong ball for you"