A ball fitting? Really? Surely just for seriously good golfers? Wrong – and here are the reasons why…
Improve your scoring shots
How far you hit the driver is important but it’s not everything. Whether you shoot 70 or 100 you’ll only ever hit about 14 drivers. Look instead at your ‘Scoring Shots’ – those into and around greens.
We’re always being told to get fitted for clubs. But what difference does it make, and can it benefit anyone? We found out…
The spin factor
Titleist say there’s only about 500rpm difference in spin between all of their balls off the driver – but over 1500rpm with the ‘scoring’ clubs. So, you can go for the highest-spinning ball into greens and maximise your chances of stopping shots close, or go for the least spinning ball for the least amount of sidespin so wayward shots don’t go quite as far off line. NB Option two really impacts short-game feel.
Hit it closer to hole more putts
Hit shots to 3ft and an amateur will hole the putt 75 per cent of the time. Hit it to 6ft and the percentage drops to 40 per cent and from 12ft you’re only going to hole 15 per cent of putts hit. Playing a ball that gives more spin and improved short game performance makes it easier to hit shots closer to the pin, to leave consistently shorter putts.
Driver swing speed
Don’t choose a ball purely on driver swing speed. Golfers use an array of swing speeds to hit hugely different shots from 100mph driver swings (which aren’t really going to change your score) to 24mph swing speeds on a 30-yard pitch. The ball has to perform with every club, at every speed, on every shot.