Golf ball compression is extremely instrumental in picking the right ball for your game, make sure you know the numbers!
What is golf ball compression?
When a golf ball is struck by a golf club it is compressed and squished as you can see by the image to the right. Golf ball compression will determine what ball is best suited to your swing. The slower your swing the lower the compression rating you will need to get the maximum distance from the ball. Compression allows for the golf ball to absorb the force of the impact and transfer the energy into distance. The ball compresses based on how dense it is.
Golf ball compression is split into three levels to make it easier to pick the proper compression for your swing speed and overall needs.
Typically, a swing speed above 105 mph would be classified a high compression. I am around 108 mph so I stick to golf balls with a compression of 90 or higher. The impact in a swing with a high speed like this will make it extremely important to use a ball that is dense enough to give some control vs focusing on just distance. View high compression balls here.
If your swing speed is between 85 and 105 it would be good to use a ball that has a compression of 80-90. These balls will offer both control and distance for the majority of players. View mid compression balls here.
For slower swing speeds the low compression ball is the best choice. Typically beginners, juniors, ladies and seniors would fit in this category and will find benefits in a ball with compression under 80. View low compression balls here.