Selecting the appropriate golf ball compression depends mainly on the swing speed of the golfer. Golfers with a slower swing speed tend to get more distance out of a lower-compression ball, and those with higher swing speeds get more distance and control from a higher-compression ball.
When a golf ball is struck by a golf club head, the ball compresses and flattens out. To get the ball to travel the furthest distance, the ball must be fully compressed. Golf ball compression ratings range from 70 to 110, and the lower end of the scale is easier to compress. To select the best option, novices should start with lower-compression balls and work their way up. Skilled golfers and those with more upper body strength tend to perform better on the higher end of the compression range.