Golf Ball Comparison Chart

Golf Ball Buying Guide

Each Shot Counts — And Your Golf ball Is Used On Every One.


Find the best fit for your game with the help of our golf ball buying guide. Learn about golf ball constructions and materials and compare top balls from your favorite brands, including Callaway®, TaylorMade®, Maxfli ®, Bridgestone®, and Titleist®.

The Anatomy

The Elements That Make Up A Golf Ball

Dimples

Dimples

Why do golf balls have dimples? Dimples help the golf ball fly. They create a thin layer of air that clings to the surface and travels back to increase lift and decrease aerodynamic drag. Varying shapes, sizes and patterns affect distance, stability and spin rate. A completely smooth golf ball hit by a professional golfer would only travel about half the distance of today’s golf balls.

Core

Core

The core drives compression, which refers to overall density. Higher compression balls are generally for more experienced golfers with faster swing speeds. Golf balls briefly transform shape at impact and the core needs to support this energy transfer. Golfers with slower swing speeds looking to gain distance tend to lean toward lower compression golf balls that maximize the spring-like effect created through impact.

Cover

Cover

There are two main types of golf ball covers: Surlyn® and urethane. Surlyn®, an ionomer resin developed by DuPont, has been used to cover golf balls since the mid-1960s. Surlyn® covers are the most durable and afford lower spin off the tee. Urethane covers, typically found on higher-end balls preferred by more skilled players, offer softer feel and greater control.

The Construction

How Construction Affects Performance

Two-Piece Construction

Two-Piece Construction

Two-piece golf balls are ideal for beginners and high-handicap golfers with slower swing speeds. The larger core maximizes distance while minimizing spin and movement. The thicker cover provides added protection on wayward shots.

Multi-Layer Construction

Multi-layer golf balls are ideal for mid-to-low handicappers with faster swing speeds. The core/mantle layers elevate control, feel and shot sculpting. The thinner cover further enhances spin control and provides soft, crisp feel.

Multi-Layer Construction

The Right Fit

Score More With The Right Ball

To choose the best golf ball, think about the areas of your game where a slight improvement could lead to lower scores. Skilled golfers may want to focus on finesse shots around the green. Better pitches and chips could be the key to consistently breaking 80. What type of shot do you tend to hit when you’re 40 yards out? If you like to stop the ball on a dime, a high-spin, multi-piece ball will give you the added control you crave. But, if you prefer to roll the ball at the pin with a chip-and-run, spin will be slightly less important.

If you are a beginner or high-handicapper, your primary concern is probably hitting the ball straight. Low-spin, distance golf balls are designed to reduce the sidespin that exaggerates slices and hooks, and they can help produce longer, straighter drives. Because you’re still learning control around the green, a low-spin ball will serve you just fine. Learn about more options below or visit our store locator to schedule a ball fitting.

The Bottom Line: Score More with the Right Ball

The Options

Shop Golf Balls By Category

From cover to core, the elements that make up a golf ball have dramatic impact on your performance. That's why it's essential to choose a golf ball that suits your skill level and overall type of game you play. Whether you're looking for longer, straighter distance off the tee or more shape-shifting finesse on your approaches. Dick's Sporting Goods has the ball for you. Learn more about our golf ball categories and find your fit: Tour, Distance, or Feel.

High visibility

Play in color with bold colors & matte finishes

High-visibility golf balls feature the same construction as the traditional white golf ball, but they come in a variety of different colors and patterns. Also available are matte color offerings which help reduce reflectivity from the sun and often have a glow effect on the course. This can help with shot tracking through various conditions and lies and can help you distinguish your ball from those of other players.

Tour-Level

pro-caliber control & feel

These multi-layer golf balls are designed for experienced, mid-to-low handicappers. The series of core/mantle layers elevate control and feel, allowing golfers to sculpt shots and generate added spin around the green. A thinner cover construction further enhances spin control while providing the crisp feel serious golfers demand.

Distance

maximum forgiveness

Ideal for beginners and high handicappers, distance golf balls are designed to reduce the sidespin that exaggerates slices and hooks, helping to produce longer, straighter flight. The larger core helps maximize carry while a thicker cover provides added protection on wayward shots.

Feel

Lowest Compression. Total Command.

Soft feel is often synonomous with low compression. Low compression allows for more deformation of the ball at impact for players with lower swing speed, reducing spin and translating to straighter, longer flight on low-lofted clubs. The prolonged contact on short irons and wedges results in a softer feel.

Women's

soft feel + added distance

Women's golf balls typically feature a two-piece construction made for slower swing speeds, providing added distance, durability and control. If you are a beginner, recreational player or have a slower swing speed, consider these golf balls.

Personalization

branded for your game

Personalization can make your golf ball stand out on the course by adding your name, initials or a favorite saying to you preferred brand. Personalized golf balls are among the most popular gifts for golfers.

The Brands

Learn More About Best Sellers From Top Brands

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Chrome Soft / Chrome Soft X

Tour / Tour Softest feel, best forgiveness, straight flight / Soft feel, high forgiveness, workable flight 4-piece / 4-piece Thin, Ultra-soft Tour Urethane / Thin, Ultra-soft Tour Urethane $$$ / $$$ White, Yellow, Truvis Yellow, Truvis Green, Truvis Red, Truvis Pink

"My new golf ball is amazing. It’s definitely much better around the greens for me. It’s very important to see and feel..."

- Sergio Garcia, Callaway Golf PGA TOUR Staff Professional

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"My new golf ball is amazing. It’s definitely much better around the greens for me. It’s very important to see and feel that you can work the ball, and flight the ball. And that’s obviously one of the reasons why I decided to come to Callaway"

- Sergio Garcia, Callaway Golf PGA TOUR Staff Professional

"Every layer has been re-engineered to promote amazing distance with soft feel that’s easy to control."

- Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway Golf Senior Vice President, R&D

"Graphene allowed us to increase the volume of the inner core by 80%. The large soft inner core delivers high launch with less spin off the driver and increased spin around the green. The fast outer layer increases ball speed off of every club"

- Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway Golf Senior Vice President, R&D

"Designed to be high launch, low spin, extremely fast and soft for amazing distance and incredible spin around the green"

- Jason Finley, Callaway Golf Global Director Brand Management Golf Ball

"Chrome Soft X Golf Balls combine Tour-proven performance with unparalleled feel and exceptional mis-hit forgiveness. Everything about the ball is better because we’ve innovated at every layer, starting with our groundbreaking new Graphene Dual SoftFast Core"

- Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway Golf Senior Vice President, R&D

"I still remember hitting Chrome Soft X on the range and noticing that it was doing exactly what I wanted it to do in the air. It was soft, responsive and just seemed to check all of the boxes"

- Maverick McNealy, Callaway Golf PGA TOUR Staff Professional

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Superhot

Distance Aerodynamic design, built for low drag and optimal lift 3-piece Ionomer $$ White, Yellow, Orange, Red

"Superhot is designed for incredible distance with the added benefit of greenside spin and control..."

- Jason Finley, Callaway Golf Global Director Brand Management Golf Ball

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"Superhot is designed for incredible distance with the added benefit of greenside spin and control."

- Jason Finley, Callaway Golf Global Director Brand Management Golf Ball

"Superhot combines a 3-piece construction and a soft cover to deliver increased spin and control around the green"

- Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway Golf Senior Vice President, R&D

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Supersoft

Feel Super long, super straight, super soft 2-piece tri-ionomer™ $ White, Yellow, Orange, Pink

"Our softest golf ball allows golfers of all abilities to compress the ball on the clubface and generate longer..."

- Dave Bartels, Callaway Senior Director, R&D - Golf Balls

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"Our softest golf ball allows golfers of all abilities to compress the ball on the clubface and generate longer distance. It launches high with low spin for exceptional distance and straighter shots, while its soft cover and soft ball compression allow golfers to be aggressive around the green"

- Dave Bartels, Callaway Senior Director, R&D - Golf Balls

"Our softest golf ball that has tremendous distance and a straight ball flight to go with increased greenside control"

- Jason Finley, Callaway Global Category Director

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TP5 / TP5x

Tour / Tour Longer distance, softwer feel, mid launch / Longest distance, soft feel, high launch 5-piece / 5-piece Urethane / Urethane $$$ / $$$ White

"I started hitting this TP5x golf ball and I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' I could just see from the flight that the..."

- Rory Mcllroy

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"I started hitting this TP5x golf ball and I was like, 'Oh my goodness.' I could just see from the flight that the ball was going through the wind and doing exactly what I wanted it to do."

- Rory Mcllroy

"This product is bringing technology into this category that is noticeably and measurably better. An innovation that has been ten years in the making"

- Michael Fox, TaylorMade Director of Product Marketing, Golf Ball

"Getting that much more distance and taking nothing away around the greens, it's too good to not have in the bag"

- Jason Day

"The dispersion is just so tight and controlled. Almost every player who has tested the ball is hitting it higher, spinning it less, and landing it softer. This ball is the real deal, new guys are switching every week because it's that good"

- Keith Sbarbaro, TaylorMade VP of Tour Operations

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Project (a)

Feel Lsss drag and more speed for added distance and softer feel 3-piece Aerodynamic Cast Urethane $$ White / Yellow

"100% of worldwide Tours use a golf ball with a Urethane cover, while 0% use suryln. If every Tour player and Tour ball..."

- Michael Fox, TaylorMade Category Director, Golf Balls & Accessories

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"100% of worldwide Tours use a golf ball with a Urethane cover, while 0% use suryln. If every Tour player and Tour ball manufacturer in the world is telling you urethane is the best material, why wouldn’t you buy the only product outside the Tour ball category using this technology that’s now longer than ever before?"

- Michael Fox, TaylorMade Category Director, Golf Balls & Accessories

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Burner Soft

Feel Legendary distance, extremely soft feel 2-piece Ionomer $ White / Yellow

"The perfect combination of Bur.."

- Michael Fox, TaylorMade Director of Product Marketing, Golf Ball

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"The perfect combination of Burner's legendary distance with our softest feel ever."

- Michael Fox, TaylorMade Director of Product Marketing, Golf Ball

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UFLi

Distance / Feel Longer distance; lower spin / Ultra-soft feel; low spin 4-piece / 4-piece Urethane / Urethane $$ / $$ White

"The goal has always been the same for Maxfli: set out to make the best golf balls in the market for our customers..."

- Maxfli Product Development Team

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"The goal has always been the same for Maxfli: set out to make the best golf balls in the market for our customers. We feel we have met this goal with the new Tour-Level UFli Soft and UFli Speed family of golf balls. It all starts with the core…. or Dual Core in this case. Both the UFli Soft and Speed feature a Dual Core construction, which is typically only reserved for ultra-high-cost golf balls. The Dual Core construction produces superior performance benefits for improved distance, spin and feel on all shots when compared to a single core. Combine the Dual Core, a side-spin-controlling mantle and a Cast Urethane cover, and you get a Tour-level ball with the same performance as its Tour-played peers. The only difference? While UFli Soft provides a softer feel, the UFli Speed delivers longer distance. The only question left now is, 'How Do UFli?"

- Maxfli Product Development Team

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SoftFli

Feel Maximum control & straighter distance 2-piece Ionomer $ White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Pink

"The New 2018 SoftFli remains Maxfli's softest ball with an ultra-low 35 compression, but the core..."

- Maxfli Product Developmemt Team

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"The New 2018 SoftFli remains Maxfli's softest ball with an ultra-low 35 compression, but the core been re-formulated with a higher Coefficient Of Restitution (C.O.R.). In independent testing, the new core provided faster ball speeds with higher launch on both Driver and Iron full shots, resulting in increased distance for every club in your bag. The New 2018 SoftFli also features a soft and thin Ionomer cover for excellent greenside control, plus the 332-dimple pattern is low spinning for all swing speeds. The New 2018 SoftFli has been improved to provide longer distance, but maintains the same ultra-soft feel and excellent greenside control as the previous model. The New 2018 SoftFli is also available in matte finish, high-visibility colors: Green, Orange and Blue."

- Maxfli Product Developmemt Team

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StraightFli

Distance Maximum control & straighter distance 2-piece Ionomer $$ White

"The average width of a fairway is 40 yards. This means on a normal 25-yard slice, the ball will at least..."

- Maxfli Product Developmemt Team

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"The average width of a fairway is 40 yards. This means on a normal 25-yard slice, the ball will at least find the rough. With the StraightFli 'Find the Fairway' dimple pattern, that same shot has the ability to go from the rough to the fairway"

- Maxfli Product Developmemt Team

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Tour B X / Tour B XS

Tour / Tour Reduced spin and increased accuracy / softer cover creates added friction for enhanced feel and control 3-piece / 3-piece Urethane SlipRes / Urethane SlipRes $$$ / $$$ White, Yellow

"Distance off the tee, more feel around the green, and tap in birdies - that's what TOUR B is designed for..."

- Tiger Woods

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"Distance off the tee, more feel around the green, and tap in birdies - that's what TOUR B is designed for."

- Tiger Woods

"The performance of TOUR B is phenomenal. It gives great feel and game-changing distance"

- Matt Kuchar

"TOUR B X and XS are engineered for low handicap golfers looking for unmatched feel and greenside control. The X is built for feel and accuracy while the XS is designed for feel and distance"

- Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf Ball Fitting

"The superior feel of TOUR B comes from the softer cover while the towering distance comes from higher ball speed."

- Bryson DeChambeau

"TOUR B gives me an advantage over my competitors, unmatched greenside feel paired with the distance I demand"

- Lexi Thompson

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Tour B RX / Tour B RXS

Tour / Tour Firmer cover that reduces spin and increases accuracy / Softer cover creates added friction for superior feel and control 3-piece / 3-piece Urethane SlipRes / Urethane SlipRes $$$ / $$$ White, Yellow

"The TOUR B RX and RXS are built for low-mid handicap golfers and they both deliver exceptional distance. The RX is..."

- Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf Ball Fitting

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"The TOUR B RX and RXS are built for low-mid handicap golfers and they both deliver exceptional distance. The RX is built for distance and accuracy while the RXS is built for distance and feel."

- Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf Ball Fitting

"The distance improvement of the new TOUR RX and RXS in phenomenal. The distance gain comes from increased ball speed and enhanced aerodynamics thanks to new material formulations."

- Andrew Troutner, Bridgestone Golf R&D

"The TOUR B RX and RXS are designed with one thing in mind, birdies. More distance off the tee gives you a shorter shots into the green for added confidence and tap in putts."

- Elliot Mellow, Bridgestone Golf Ball Marketing

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e6 Soft / e6 Speed

Performance, Soft Feel / Performance, Soft Feel Sttraight distance, softer feel / Delta Dimples for smoother airflow producing straight distance 3-piece / 3-piece Ionomer / Ionomer $$ / $$ White / Yellow

"We built the e6 Series for that mid-average-score golfer that needs straighter ball flight. The straight..."

- Andrew Troutner, Bridgestone Golf R&D

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"We built the e6 Series for that mid-average-score golfer that needs straighter ball flight. The straight flight and lower side spin do a great job of adding forgiveness to all shots."

- Andrew Troutner, Bridgestone Golf R&D

"The accuracy of the e6 has outpaced the competition. The side spin reduction comes from a more forgiving core that delivers straighter shots while not sacrificing distance and feel."

- Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf Ball Fitting

"The e6 series is designed to allow golfers to hit more fairways. Simply put, these balls are built for accuracy."

- Elliot Mellow, Brigestone Golf Ball Marketing

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Pro V1 / Pro V1x

Tour / Tour Longer distance, very soft feel / Extraordinary distance, soft feel 3-piece / 4-piece Urethane Elastomer™ / Urethane Elastomer™ $$$ / $$$ White

"Pro V1 is going to provide golfers everything they need to score their best, regardless of ability. Pro V1's..."

- Frederick Waddell, Titleist Senior Golf Ball Product Manager

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"Pro V1 is going to provide golfers everything they need to score their best, regardless of ability. Pro V1's outstanding greenside spin and control, along with soft feel, help all golfers score better. Additionally, the new Pro V1 is the longest ever and combined with a new dimple pattern that provides even more consistent flight, every player benefits from the exceptional performance and advanced technology in Pro V1."

- Frederick Waddell, Titleist Senior Golf Ball Product Manager

"Pro V1x provides all golfers with outstanding greenside spin and control like Pro V1, but with a few performance differences. Pro V1x flies higher with slightly more spin than Pro V1, along with firmer feel. Pro V1x provides extraordinary distance and has a new dimple pattern for even more consistent flight. Like Pro V1, every player benefits from the exceptional performance and advanced technology in Pro V1x"

- Frederick Waddell, Titleist Senior Golf Ball Product Manager

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Tour Soft

Feel Soft feel and commanding distance 2-piece 4CE Grafted Cover made with TCY Process Technology $$ White, Yellow

"Through extensive golfer research and breakthrough technical innovation, we're excited to introduce the new..."

- Michael Fish, Titleist Golf Ball Product Manager

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"Through extensive golfer research and breakthrough technical innovation, we're excited to introduce the new Titleist Tour Soft with new technology, core to cover. Our engineers built Tour Soft with the largest core ever in a Titleist golf ball and a new, advanced cover system to give the golf ball the softest feel in the category, long distance and excellent short game performance. Additionally, Tour Soft has a new dimple pattern providing a penetrating trajectory and consistent flight. We think golfers searching for better feel with great performance are really going to enjoy the new Tour Soft."

- Michael Fish, Titleist Golf Ball Product Manager

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Velocity

Distance Low spin and fast ball speeds 2-piece Fast NAZ+ Cover $ White, Orange, Pink

"Velocity is designed with extremely low spin to maximize distance on every shot in the bag. For 2018..."

- Michael Fish, Titleist Golf Ball Product Manager

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"Velocity is designed with extremely low spin to maximize distance on every shot in the bag. For 2018, we added more speed to the golf ball through the fastest cover formulation on any golf ball in the Titleist lineup to provide longer distance on all shots. In addition to longer distance, Velocity has high flight off the tee and on approach shots to help stop the ball on the green. Velocity is available in three new visual offerings in 2018: Orange, Pink and VISI-white (with double-digit play numbers)."

- Michael Fish, Titleist Golf Ball Product Manager

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Gamer Urethane

Distance Increased distance and soft feel 3-piece urethane $$ White

"The New 2018 Gamer Urethane provides Tour Professional Performance through its Premium, Multi-Layer Construction..."

- Top Flite Product Development Team

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"The New 2018 Gamer Urethane provides Tour Professional Performance through its Premium, Multi-Layer Construction. The super soft Urethane Cover provides Tour-Proven spin & feel and the low compression core + Dupont™ HPF mantle layer provide longer distance through lower spin. The New 2018 Gamer Urethane is a Premium, Multi-Layer Tour Performance ball at an exceptional."

- Top Flite Product Development Team

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D2 + Feel

Feel Dimple In Dimple Aerodynamic technology maintains spin to maximize distance 2-piece Ionomer $ White, Yellow, Pink

"The D2+ Feel was designed for distance, without sacrificing feel. The large, low compression core provides high energy..."

- Top Flite Product Development Team

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"The D2+ Feel was designed for distance, without sacrificing feel. The large, low compression core provides high energy and soft feel, then combined with Dimple-In-Dimple Aerodynamics to maintain lift, the D2+ Feel produces longer distance with a softer feel. The D2+ Feel 15pack is a great choice for distance and feel at an excellent."

- Top Flite Product Development Team

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XL

Distance Distance Dimple Technology provides high, fast launch and longer carry 2-piece Ionomer $ White, Yellow, Orange

"For over 30 years Top-Flite has been all about distance. The XL Distance is the ball that started it all..."

- Top Flite Product Development Team

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"For over 30 years Top-Flite has been all about distance. The XL Distance is the ball that started it all!"

- Top Flite Product Development Team

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Shine Bright

The right colored ball can help you concentrate on the most important color on the course—the green

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