Best Golf Balls for Beginners and High Handicappers 2022


Which are the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers?

Picking the best golf balls for beginners and high handicappers isn’t easy, because no two high handicap golfers are the same. Some have slow swings, others fast.

Some want a soft feel from their golf ball, while others aren’t fussed about feel and just want the most distance possible. Some want to be able to generate lots of spin on their short shots, while others want a ball that spins as little as possible to minimise their hooks and slices. 

That being said, there are certain golf balls that deserve particular consideration for beginner and high handicap golfers.

Also if you are looking to upgrade more of your golf equipment in 2022 then make sure you check out our features on the best drivers for beginners and high handicappers, most forgiving drivers, and best high handicap irons

But first, here is our selection of the best balls for new players and high handicappers.

TaylorMade Distance+

RRP (per dozen) £17.99 | VIEW OFFER

Distance+ sits at the opposite end of the price scale to the big rollers in this market but represents fantastic value for beginners and higher-handicappers.

It has an ionomer cover and is designed to give maximum driver distance with a mid launch.

The React Speed Core and 342 Aerodynamic Dimple Pattern help increase the ball’s carry distance. With 77 compression, TaylorMade say you can expect a soft feel and mid-high wedge spin.

The ball should also help you on the greens thanks to the Plus Alignment Aid, designed to make lining up your putts easy and provide instant feedback of your roll.

RELATED: Which TaylorMade iron is best for me?

Callaway ERC Soft

RRP (per dozen) £39.99 | VIEW OFFER

The new high energy core helps make Callaway’s latest ERC Soft golf ball the brand’s longest soft golf ball. 

Launched last year, it builds on the game-changing original which hit the streets in 2019 and it was the first to feature Triple Track alignment lines, now on the Chrome Soft, and we rated it as the best ball for amateurs in our robot balls test.

This latest model sees the three-piece ERC keeps those brilliant lines, along with a soft feel, but a new “High Energy Core” is designed to increase ball speed from tee to green.

There’s also a new ‘hybrid’ cover, made with a durable PARALOID Impact Modifier from Dow, which promotes high launch and low spin (the recipe for distance) with the long clubs, along with great feel.

RELATED: Which Callaway Irons are best for me?

Titleist Velocity

RRP (per dozen) £30.00 | VIEW OFFER

The 2022 iteration of Titleist’s popular club golfer Velocity ball targets pure speed for more distance.

The new Titleist Velocity golf ball is the best performing yet. Longer driver and iron distance couple with extremely low long game spin, a high flight on all shots and playable greenside feel. 

The 2022 model of the much-loved ball sees a higher compression core and a reformulated cover with every ball manufactured by Titleist at their own Ball Plant 2 in Massachusetts to ensure consistent performance and quality.

350 octahedral dimples are spherically-tiled around the golf ball to help promote the higher and more consistent flight.

Following feedback from golfers Titleist have also introduced a new colour. Matte blue joins the traditional white and the highly visible matte orange and matte green options.

RELATED: Best Titleist Irons

Srixon AD333

RRP (per dozen) £27.00 | VIEW OFFER

If in doubt you can’t go far wrong with a pack of AD333s, which has been held up as an excellent all-round value proposition for club golfers since hitting the market in 2006. 

In 2021 Srixon launched the ball’s 10th generation and it uses a lot of the tech you’ll find in the brand’s premium Z-Star balls and gives more distance and forgiveness than previous versions thanks to a slight reduction in compression and reformulated FastLayer Core.

RELATED: Which Srixon golf ball should I play?

Bridgestone e6

RRP (per dozen) £22.99 | VIEW OFFER

The e6 has been around since 2005 but the latest version shows up well in distance tests thanks to the faster compression created by its larger offset core.

The surlyn cover has been made thinner which really helps with the control. Newer players tend to struggle to generate spin but this will help you grab the putting surface.

At little over £20, the balls represent excellent value for money and the overall soft feel will certainly help you in terms of feel. 

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Vice Drive

RRP (per dozen) £17.88 | VIEW OFFER

There is a lot going for the direct-to-consumer specialist’s low clubhead speed ball, not the least the price. However if you really like what Vice do, the company incentivises you to buy in bulk. Buy 60 and it works out at just £1.19 per ball.

The Soft Energy Speed Core will help you eek out a few more yards off the tee and the coveted 2-Piece DuPont Surlyn construction method ensures you have a ball that performs well in all disciplines.

Vice keep finding new ways to give new golfers a chance and the 312 large dimple pattern is designed to help create a more stable ball flight. 

Wilson Duo Soft+

RRP (per dozen) £21.99 | VIEW OFFER

Wilson Golf has added what they call “Velociticor” technology to the new Wilson Staff DUO Soft+ golf ball that replaces the original DX2 Soft – claiming it’s now the world’s softest and longest, 35 compression two-piece golf ball on sale.

The new technology within the Wilson Staff DUO Soft+ incorporates advanced materials to extract and amplify every ounce of power from a player’s swing to provide greater distance and exceptional feel with every shot. 

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TaylorMade Soft Response

RRP (per dozen) £29.99 | VIEW OFFER

A unique Extended Flight Dimple pattern allows the TaylorMade Soft Response to stay in the air longer at lower spin rates.

The low-compression core gives the ball a super soft feel and performance benefits geared toward moderate swing speed players.

A shallower U-shaped dimple promotes decreased drag and increased lift, so the ball stays in the air for longer even at lower spin rates

ZnO Flex Core™An ultra-low 35 compression Hi-Spring core gives you a softer feel while maximizing energy transfer and rebound at impact, resulting in dominant distance for the average swing speed player.

A soft ionomer cover increases green-side feel, but also achieves improved scuff resistance, shear resistance and overall durability.

Srixon Soft Feel

RRP (per dozen) £25.00 | VIEW OFFER

Srixon Soft Feel and Soft Feel Lady were given an upgrade at the end of 2020 with the brand promising the longest version of their hugely successful two-piece golf balls to date.

This is the 12th generation of the low-compression, two-piece ball and has Srixon’s softest FastLayer Core yet.

That core is also more resilient, snapping back into shape more quickly after impact for added ball speed, while dramatically reducing long game sidespin for increased accuracy off the tee and on approach shots.

Callaway Supersoft

RRP (per dozen) £22.99 | VIEW OFFER

The Supersoft golf ball has been one of the most popular balls with amateurs for years and last year Callaway unveiled an upgrade, bringing soft feel and distance to amateur golfers.

The new ball sees a number of significant changes from the the 2019 model, including a new Hybrid Cover made with a Paraloid Impact Modifier from Dow, which Callaway say provides long distance, great spin, outstanding feel and short-game control.

The Compression Core is engineered to create maximum ball speed along with an excellent combination of high launch and low spin in your longer clubs.

Finally, the two-piece Supersoft’s HEX Aerodynamics pattern reduces drag for enhanced launch and optimised trajectory.

Callaway launched the Supersoft alongside the Supersoft Max, which is three per cent larger than the standard model and the ERC Soft, which is the brand’s longest-ever soft-fell golf ball.


Mark Flanagan is Today's Golfer's Commercial Content Writer.

Mark Flanagan has been a golf journalist since 2008 having worked at a number of daily newspapers before that as part of the sports teams.

He’s been playing golf since the age of 11, starting out at Olton in the West Midlands and has also been a member at Hull, Waterton Park near Wakefield and Hollins Hall in Baildon. He currently plays off a nine handicap.

You can get in touch with Mark, here.

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