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Best Driver for 90 mph Swing Speed in 2018

Our swing speed is right around the upper range of the global average and that is awesome. Do you know why?

Because at around 90 mph, our swing fits most of the drivers you see in golf shops anywhere. And it makes it very simple to pick the right shaft which is even more important than the head. 

Petr and the Callaway Epic

In this article I intend to show you:

  • Which shaft is right for our swing
  • Which driver lofts give us more carry
  • The best drivers for 90 mph swing speed 

The best manufacturers make drivers extremely easy to hit and each year the options get better and better. We'll look through some well-known and lesser known ones below where you can pick up a bargain to take your game to the next level.

Let's pick the right shaft for 90 mph swings

With a 90 mph swing speed, you're around the average swing speed of golfers worldwide. That makes life incredibly easy for you! Your swing speed fits a REGULAR driver shaft perfectly and with a regular shaft, your tee shots will fly straighter and longer more often.

Stiff shafts will produce low ball flight and a lot of slices. A softer than regular shaft will cause shots to fly left and right at random. I suggest you get a driver with a REGULAR shaft.

The best thing you can do for your game is to get fitted for a shaft by a fitting professional. You can pick your favorite club online and take it to the club fitter and he'll install a shaft more appropriate for your exact swing. It's easily the best investment you can make.

More loft means more distance

Loft is the 2nd most important aspect. While 9° or 10° are good lofts for professionals or 100 mph+ swingers; at 90 mph, I strongly suggest 11° to 13° of loft in a driver. The additional loft makes the club much more forgiving and far more accurate. Increased launch angle also means you'll get more carry on your drives for more distance. 

New technology gives you big distance and greater accuracy

Paired with the right golf ball, modern drivers can add significant yardage to your long game. Some guys even notice 20 yard gains. Below are the best drivers for a 90 mph swing speed. >> Check out our guide on golf balls for 90 mph swings <<

Some drivers are also adjustable so you can change the loft of the club yourself and become your own club fitter. It all depends on how much you want to tinker. I prefer a simple point and shoot driver myself but it's always nice to have a club that you can adjust to your swing in real time.

The Best Drivers for 90 mph Swing Speed

Forgiving and LOOOONG

Kick your wife out of bed, you've got a new baby.

Callaway smoke the competition with the new Big Bertha Epic driver. The Jailbreak technology inside the face of the club is giving golfers more distance and straighter shots.

They've put some jail bars behind the face to reinforce the crown so all the flexing that happens at impact is on the face. That means more ball speed, and more distance.

But along with the distance comes a massive sweet spot that produces straight ball flight without too much shape. There's also a slideable weight on the perimeter of the sole and the hosel allows you to add up to 2° more loft for more carry at 90 mph swing speed. 

More friends jam this driver than any other on the market at the moment. Most switched from their Titleists because after trying the Epic, their ball was CARRYING the same distance as their Titleists were rolling out to.  Below are three of my buddies who never want another driver. 

My Callaway Epic fanatic playing partners - Petr and Dick 85-92 mph swings

Treat Yourself

I strongly suggest a regular shafted 10.5° or 13° Epic driver. That makes an ideal for loft range for a 90 mph swing speed. 

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    Easy slideable weight to change shot-shape
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    Adjustable hosel to add loft for more carry at 90 mph
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    Lightweight shaft options for extra oomph off the tee
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    Jailbreak technology gives golfers massive distance gains
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    Long!
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    Not very workable - prefers going straight
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    Ultralight so best for smooth tempo swingers

Cleveland Launcher HB Driver

Super option for senior golfers and golfers just below 90mph

Lightweight to generate more swing speed

The Launcher HB (Hi Bore)comes standard fit with a 50g shaft that gives you a higher launch with medium amount of spin. A lightweight head coupled with the shaft mean you can generate more club head speed which translates into longer carry. 

With the lightness and the deeper face of the driver, which is a Cleveland hallmark, most golfers notice a higher ball flight, needing less rollout to actually obtain any distance.

Clean, classic looks at address

After having played with three Cleveland drivers in my life, their offerings are always near the top of my list to check out. Their drivers always look totally clean on the crown and this one is equally beautiful with a sort of improve version of the Taylormade white concept on top. Except Cleveland have give you a minute sliver of grey to use for lining your drives up to the fairway.

You won't be able to adjust the loft of the driver nor are there any weights to move around. 9° 10.5° and a 12° option are all available and with a 90 mph swing, the 9° can be excluded from the selection. Like all Cleveland clubs, they won't be as hyped as Taylormade or Callaway but this driver is the business.

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    Lightweight for more swing speed
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    Deeper face for higher ball flight to increase carry distance
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    Very forgiving and easy to hit with a lovely ping sound
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    Muted alignment aid and classic looking crown
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    Very well priced
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    High quality Japanese Miyazaki shaft
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    Low in the face not as forgiving
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    Quick tempo golfers should avoid
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    Only one shaft option

Best value driver - pound for pound

The Wilson D300 has a very tall dominating face and setting up to the ball, it looks like a Cleveland of old. Classic shape and tall face with a massive sweet spot. Definitely in the sleeper category, not many guys will know about this driver and at this price, it's a best kept secret. 

The club is light and by light, I mean REALLY light. That might not appeal to everyone but it can definitely help pick up an extra couple mph in your swing. If you're hovering around 85 mph, this little beauty can bring you up to 90 mph and give you a few yards more off the tee.

Adjustability and forgiveness that costs less than a wife

A 10.5° Wilson D300 means you can adjust the loft to 11.5° and the 13° can adjust from 12° to 14° giving you plenty of opportunity to find the ideal ball flight for you. You can close the face by turning the hosel, encouraging a draw instead of a slice too. A great value driver overall. I really recommend the 13 degree option to give you the upper end of the loft for more carry distance.

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    Adjustable hosel for more loft and draw settings
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    Very lightweight for increasing swing speed
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    Well priced - dollar to extra yards ratio is low
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    Forgiving on mishits - producing acceptable results
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    Funny looking spikes on the crown can be off-putting

Hands-down the easiest driver to hit for any handicap

I've played with so many guys who have this stick in their bag and you know what?

I hate them.

Drive after drive after drive in the middle of the fairway. Long, high, booming drives from some of the ugliest swings God ever gave away. It's noisy too, just to rub it in your face that the guy smashed another one past your drive.

Ping have made the Ping G loft adjustable up 1° and down 0.6°. It's not the most adjustable but it's something.

Get this driver if you don't want to make friends 

A friend of mine, Jorn, plays this club and grinds down his opponents with his long straight drives. It's a real asset to have a dependable driver. It makes you feel good standing on the tee, it makes your betterball partner feel good, it makes your opponents want to kill you. I have in fact bought myself a Ping G driver with 10.5° of loft. It's available in 9 and 10.5 degrees which adjust to 10° and 11.5° respectively.

Overall, an absolute game-changer. Simply the best driver out there for 90 mph swingers.

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    High ball flight
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    Matte black finish for no glare
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    The best driver available
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    Extremely forgiving - missing fairways is very difficult to do
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    Loud sound at impact
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    Ping G30 previous model is almost as good

As played by: Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood


Simple point-and-shoot forgiveness stick

The 2017 M2 is the driver for you if you don't like to worry about the myriad of weight placements on the sole of the club to manipulate the shape and height of your shots. I'm a big fan of point-and-shoot clubs to simplify an already complicated game.

You can adjust the loft up on this driver but other than that it's ready to go straight out the box. There's no need to fiddle with stuff on the range and manipulate this shape of the shot because this thing is forgiving and straight. 

It blasts the ball out there and doesn't want to veer off course into the long stuff. The white and black color scheme also makes it super easy to align although the new M3 and M4 have a nicer grey color on top that is less garish than the white. 

Keep it simple ​

The Taylormade M2 2017 comes in 10.5° and 12° lofts and can add a new dimension to your tee game. That means you can turn them into 12.5° and 14° drivers if you please. There are no complicated set ups, just pick it up and smash.

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    Simple grip it and rip it club - no tinkering
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    Loft options are perfect for 90 mph swing speed
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    Massive sweet spot for total forgiveness
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    A lot of distance gains for a lot of golfers
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    Easy alignment
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    Color scheme isn't for everyone

As played by Tiger, Sergio, Rory McIlroy

Conclusion

With so many drivers out there to choose from that are designed for the average golfer with an average swing speed, it can get confusing. But without a doubt my friend, the Ping G and the Callaway Epic are easily the best drivers out there at the moment. Following closely behind is the Taylormade M2 from 2017.

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Adam: Handicap down to 8 from 13

BEST GOLF BALL FOR 85 MPH SWING SPEED

Best Golf Ball for 85 mph to 90 mph Swing Speed in 2018

Are you looking for some extra bang off the tee?

Or how about some extra feeling around the green?

Maybe less 'clunk' off the club face from those rocks you've been playing?

You're in the right place. You're going to find what compression is right for your swing speed as well as what cover materials make the best golf ball for 85 mph swing speeds. 

It's time to decide, do you want distance, spin or feel? Or a combination of both? Keep reading to see which balls are best for your priorities.

best golf balls for 85 90 mph swing speed

The right ball can increase distance and give you better feel around the greens

Key criteria for the best golf balls at average swing speeds

The best golf balls for this range of swing speeds have medium compression (hardness). The latest obsession with ultra low compression balls isn't our best bet at 85-95 mph. Anything between 55 and 70 will be a good choice for your swing speed.

Your swing speed is fast enough to put a decent move on the ball so medium compression golf balls are an excellent choice. The only thing you need to decide is whether you want a urethane (soft and spinning) cover or a surlyn (firmer with less spin) cover. 

Urethane will give you more spin around the greens and hold greens more easily and is the material on Tour golf balls. Surlyn is the material used on most two piece golf balls and is durable but produces much less spin than a urethane ball. Surlyn will  run out more on drives and approaches as well as chips into the greens. Urethane will hold greens really well but also remember, with more spin, by default that means the ball will also spin more sideways, which can accentuate a big slice. 


The Best Golf Ball for 85 mph Swing Speed (including 90 mph)


Callaway Super Hot 70

Excellent for higher flight and more distance

The Callaway SuperHot 70 is sold in packs of 15 which gives you an extra 25% bang for your buck. And bang it does. This ball is designed for distance and higher ball flight to help you hit it longer with more carry.

Moderately low compression for low spin 

The SuperHot 70 is a three-piece design with a 70 compression core and I like this combination for your 85 to 90 mph swing speed.Our swing speed is fast enough to take advantage of the three-piece design by putting enough of a lick on the ball to give us the extra distance off the tee.

It's a fun ball - it goes a long way and doesn't feel like a marshmallow like the new super soft golf balls. Off the tee, I noticed the ball flying a bit higher thanks to the dimple design. The HEX dimple design reduces drag on the ball putting it higher in the air for a steeper descent into the greens for quick stopping shots. So not necessarily more spin, but a ball flight that promotes fewer big bounces on the greens which is great for us.

Around the green it's best to manage expectations as the ball does have a Surlyn cover. Urethane is always preferred for green side spin so If your main concern is spin on chips and pitches, it's best to consider other options in this guide. The price of urethane-covered balls is also a lot higher. 

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    Travels a loooong way
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    Three-piece higher spin construction
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    Will increase the height of your shots
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    HEX dimples promote higher flight
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    Not soft around the greens - best for bump and run chips

Srixon Soft Feel 

Longer drives with soft feel around the greens

It's a testament to the quality of this line of golf balls; I played this ball as far back as 2006 and when I was looking for a new ball recently, I was advised to try the Srixon Soft Feel while playing off a 13 handicap. This was the gateway drug that got me looking at all thee balls.

The stalwart for mid handicappers with swings below 90 mph

It's a two-piece construction it's 10th version but Srixon have reduced the compression to 60. That's more moderate than the ultra low trend at the moment and great for us. The implication is that the distance from the tee with more moderate compression is more impressive than with the compressions below 50 at our average swing speeds.

Srixon have also reduced the thickness of the cover and increased the softness. This added softness is the biggest contributing factor to spin around the greens and the Soft Feel delivers with one of the better two-piece balls for holding greens.

I play a lot of rounds with the Soft Feel and a couple sleeves are always in my bag probably because of sentimental reasons but it's a really fun ball and so well priced - I think what made it so special to me is that it was the first ball I tried. And it got my mind out of thinking about losing $4 balls and into thinking about smacking $2 balls smoothly.

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    Soft cover for moderately soft feel around the greens
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    Nice feeling off insert putter faces
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    Consistent and repeatable bounce and rollout performance around the greens
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    Very well priced
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    Nice side chyron to line up putts
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    At this price, nothing

Bridgestone E6 Speed

Firmer feeling distance booster

There are two models in the E6 range with the Speed being for more distance while the Soft is a bit softer for more feel. Both offer comparable distance. The main difference is in the feeling of the ball, where if you prefer a softer feel ball, the Soft is good for you. If you prefer a firmer feel, choose the Speed.

I like the E6 Speed as the best golf ball for 85+ mph swing speed if you're looking for straight distance. Expect longer and straighter long iron & wood shots with the E6 Speed. The ball definitely goes long but what's interesting is how it wants to go straight without the sideways slice or hook.

Most golfers find the feeling off the face firm and they compare it to a rock but purely in terms of accuracy and distance this golf ball will suit the majority of weekend golfers who are looking to add more fun to their game with longer straighter drives. Who doesn't want a long ball in the fairway?

Loooooong and straight

Only guys who have been a bit spoiled by the feeling of playing with expensive premium balls will scoff at the feeling of the Bridgestone E6 Speed. There's nothing wrong with these. 

In fact, my Swiss golfing friend, Stefan, is obsessed with these balls. He plays off a 16 handicap and refuses to play any other ball. He hits quite a high ball flight and holds the greens quite nicely with these balls. The reason that he loves them so much is he feels they give him extra distance off the tee and fly much straighter than other golf balls reducing his fade considerably.

Pity they can't control his temper though!

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    Long ball that goes straight
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    Reduces shape of shots by reducing overall spin rate on longer shots
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    They've removed the cool alignment chyron on the side of the ball 🙁

Volvik Vivid

Good looks with performance to boot

I would say that this ball is a combination between a Titleist NXT Tour and Velocity - firm and long but surprises you when you chip by actually gripping on the club's grooves and on the greens.

The matte finish of the ball takes some getting used to but it gives it a distinct softer feel. That matte finish with the vivid colors these balls come in, make them practically impossible to lose while watching them in the air. The extra confidence of knowing I'll see and find my shot is the number one reason I recommend this ball - I just swing freer and easier at the ball.

Off the putter face the Vivid feels medium to hard with just the right amount of 'click' to tell you if you hit it well or not. 

Green and orange are easiest to see

Never lose a ball again 

The first time I tried them. I was given a sleeve of the Vivids at registration for a Hooters competition. Bright orange in color. I'd heard how bright they were but wow, when you see them in person, they're BRIGHT!

I understood quickly why these are used in the World Long Drive championships - I noticed a few extra yards off the tee. But what is unique is just how easily you can track the ball for it's entire flight. This makes it easy to see where my ball ends up if not in the fairway which is great for my confidence.

Bump and run chipping is excellent - it feels a bit hard off the club face but the matte finish cover feels like it's quite tacky and actually grips on the blades of grass on the green. For a firm ball, the Volvik Vivid doesn't roll out much on the chips so I could be more aggressive. It's not a golf ball for flop shots though.

If nothing else, it's a great conversation piece! People never get tired of seeing my bright little balls. Check out the full Volvik golf ball guide here.

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    Excellent for bump and run chips
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    Funky matte finish catches everyone's eye and if you like attention, this will give it to you
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    Easily as long as a Pro V1
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    Very easy to see in the air
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    Matte finish is strange for a few holes

Titleist NXT Tour S

'Premium' ball for majority of golfers

I can admit I was a golf ball snob for a long time and I thought I should only be playing Pro V1 and that these NXT 'TOUR' balls weren't good enough. Everyone knows 'Tour' in the name is just for marketing, right?

I decided to try a sleeve of the NXT Tour S to see if they are any good. I bought the yellow ones on promotion and they had a bit of a glittery pearl effect to them which was unique and I kind of liked it. 

After the first hole I'd already decided this ball was one of the best golf balls for my average swing. For the rest of the round my drives went equally as long as any other ball but where I noticed a difference between this and other balls on the list is the premium soft feeling off the club face. With your eyes closed, you'd think it was a $4.50 ball.

A fan favorite and my gamer

I also find that the ball holds the green similarly to a Pro V1 on longer approaches. Inside 130 yards though, the difference is that this ball finished ahead of the pitch mark instead of behind it like a Pro V1 would. The difference is clear, but when comparing oranges with oranges, in other words, NXT Tour S vs other balls in this range, the NXT Tour is the all-round champion for distance, spin and feel. 

The NXT Tour S is pleasant to chip with and doesn't roll out as much as you expect. Feeling off the face is soft and with reduced roll-out, you can be more aggressive on your bump and runs. 

If you like a firmer ball, the NXT Tour without the S is a good option too.

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    Excellent for swings under 95 mph
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    Yellow color is super easy to spot
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    Softness of the landing on chips really surprises you​​​
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    Approach shots sit down quickly on the greens
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    Very durable covers that don't scuff easy
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    Higher iron shots
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    Not as well-priced as other golf balls in this range

What exactly does swing speed indicate?

When we talk about 85 mph or 90 mph swing speeds, we're referring to the speed of the head of the driver when swinging toward the ball.

Tour pros are averaging about 110 to 115 mph! Isn't that crazy?

So at that swing speed, they're able to take advantage of the extra tech put into those Tour balls. While these balls might not hurt your game if you're consistent, the extra spin you get with them can be to your detriment with off line shots going further....off line!

Should 85 to 90 mph swingers use hard or soft balls?

It's all about your priorities.

The latest trend in golf ball technology is an obsession with lowering the compression (hardness) as far as it can go. Wilson even makes a ball with a 29 compression. Tour balls are around 90 to 100. There are benefits to the low compression balls especially if your swing is slower but in general the best golf ball for 85 mph swing speed and up to 90 mph is going to be something in between hard and soft. 

A swing speed in your range can compress the ball enough to extract maximum distance and spin from a medium compression golf ball. But when looking at medium compression golf balls, it's the cover of the ball that makes the big difference between being "hard" & "soft" feel and performance.

Urethane covers give the ball a very soft feel and provide a lot of spin as they grip the grooves in your club face. The balls with urethane covers are good for golfers looking for some extra spin and feel around the greens with some extra bite on approach shots to stick on the greens.

For golfers looking for distance, it's best to use a harder feeling ball and these balls often have Surlyn covers. They perform well in reducing spin on tee shots and long approaches, giving you the added boost in distance you're looking for but with that extra boom boom comes some sacrifice in spin around the greens. It's easy to adjust - all you need to do is hit more bump and run chips which are super easy to perfect.

So once you know your priorities, spin vs distance, you can select a golf ball quite simply.


Which balls won't get cut up and scuffed?

Urethane covers are less durable and will get scuffed from hard wedge shots and hitting trees, paths and concrete. Surlyn (also known as ionomer, trionomer etc) don't scuff nearly as much and I've played with guys who've used the same surlyn covered ball for 3 rounds in a row.


Difference between color and white balls

The difference is in the way they make you feel. I love white and yellow golf balls. Orange is a third favorite. They perform all exactly the same if they're the same brand. The difference is how confident you feel with it.

I noticed when I played with yellow and orange balls, you can see them so easily. White balls seem to get lost in the air. The confidence I got from knowing I will see where the ball goes gave me a small boost and I looked forward to watching the ball sailing out of bounds more than usual. 

Conclusion

Extra spin will need a urethane cover while a Surlyn cover found on most two piece balls are going to give you extra distance. The best advice I can give you for golf balls is to take two or three different kinds out on the course and test them on your drives, on the par 3 tees and with your pitching and chipping. Find one you like and stick with it. Easy life!

At 85 mph to 90 mph swing speed, there is an endless supply of great golf balls and I highlighted a few for you here. Check out my guide on breaking 90 every time you play and if you're looking to pair a ball up with a driver for more distance, check out my guide on the best drivers for 90 mph swings.