What Is the Most Popular Golf Ball for PGA Players?

By Cathy C. Hall

There are dozens of companies that make golf balls for the professional player. Some of the top names include Nike, Callaway, Top Flite, Pinnacle, Bridgestone and Titleist. What brand of golf ball a PGA player uses depends on either personal preference or contractual obligations. However, far more PGA players use the Titleist Pro V1 or Titleist Pro V1x than any other brand of golf ball.

Significance

With millions of dollars up for grabs on the PGA Tour, the professional golfer is always working to improve his or her game. Even the type of golf ball used becomes an important variable when it comes to winning golf matches. All golf balls may look alike, but all golf balls are not created equally.

Types

There are many brands of golf balls available, and each brand is usually produced to create two different types: recreational and advanced. Recreational golf balls consist of two layers, and the cover is made firmer than the core. These characteristics give the recreational golf ball a low compression and side-spin reduction. Advanced golf balls are made of three layers (or more) with a soft cover and a firm core. Because of their design, these balls give the sensation of "softness" for short shots, and these balls will also give a greater amount of spin. Since professional golfers have greater swing speed, the advanced golf ball is a good match, providing longer distance as well as softness for short-range shots.

Features

The Titleist Pro V1 has earned its top ranking with PGA players because of its superiority among advanced golf balls on the market. A closer look at its features reveals why. The use of the staggered wave parting line provides an enhanced ball flight, thus giving longer distance. The higher number of dimples on the ball (392) also makes a difference since dimples reduce drag on the ball's trajectory, increasing distance performance. Soft compression of the ball helps maintain a better sense of feel, and the Titleist also delivers excellent Drop-and-Stop control. This three-piece-cored golf ball also has an Alignment Integrated Marking sidestamp. This feature helps improve putting alignment. Finally, the Titleist Pro V1 is the most durable of all the Titleist Tour-played golf balls.

Considerations

Regulation golf balls must follow the standards set by the USGA and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and are subject to testing. The Titleist Pro V1 and the Titleist Pro V1x adhere to these standards. Advanced golf balls, like the Titleist Pro V1, are also some of the most expensive balls on the market.

Misconceptions

Many average golfers will use a golf ball like the Titleist Pro V1 with the hopes of improving their game. Because the average golfer's swing speed is not nearly fast enough for a ball like this, he or she is often disappointed with the results.

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