Miscellaneous - Ball Compression
In order to get the most distance out
of a particular golf ball it is important that individuals
select a ball which matches their swing speed.
As a ball is struck, the majority of the
power is created by the compression of the ball (i.e.
the ball is indented) and the resulting action of the
ball springing back into its original shape. Therefore,
if a golfer selects a ball which is very difficult to
compress (higher compression balls - 100, 110) he/she
will not get as much spring action, and therefore distance,
out of the ball if they do not hit it with enough force
to cause the compression of the ball. If you do not
hit the ball with enough force to compress it adequately
(regardless of the ball compression) it will not travel
its maximum distance..
For this reason balls designed for ladies
tend to be easier to compress as their swing speed tends
to be lower than that of the average male. Lower compression
balls (i.e. 60, 70, 80) will compress more easily allowing
for maximum spring back into shape and thus maximizing
the speed at which the ball leaves the club.
Although a high compression ball is more
difficult to compress, if a golfer has significant swing
speed such that they are able to compress the ball adequately
the spring (i.e. the bouncing back into it original
shape) of a high compression ball is more forceful than
that of a lower compression ball. Therefore, similar
compression on lower and higher compression balls will
result in different distance, with the higher compression
ball traveling farther.