What are some tips for selecting the correct golf ball compression?


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Golfers with slower swing speeds should usually select a golf ball with a low compression rating, while those with a faster swing speed should choose a ball with a higher compression rating. The lower the compression rating, the easier it is for the golf ball to compress at impact and create a spring effect to maximize distance. If the swing speed is not fast enough to match the compression rating, the distance off the tee suffers.

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Golf ball compression ratings range from 70 to 110. Junior, senior, women of average strength and men who do not drive the ball a great distance should start with a compression rating of around 80. Men of average strength and long-hitting women should select a compression rating of 90. Golfers who normally drive the ball at least 275 yards are capable of using a compression rating of 100 if they have the appropriate club head speed. A compression rating of 110 requires a very high club head speed, but also offers excellent control, making it a popular pick among professionals. High compression golf balls often feel very hard in cold weather, so a lower compression ball is often the best bet on cold days regardless of club head speed.

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