Boom! That feeling when you nut one down the middle and everyone's staring in wonder as you pick up the tee casually. Just another day in 100 mph plus heaven.
But with great power comes great responsibility. And by hitting booming drives with no short game, wedge or iron play, you're letting down the rest of us big bombers. We're being painted with the same brush worldwide... big hitters with no finesse, no touch!
So I'm here to help you long hard swingers out there. Hulking brutes without a delicate touch, heavy hammer swingers lacking tenderness at their finger tips. I've found the best golf balls for high swing speed to help you hit it long, knock it closer and shoot lower scores. Go forth and prosper. Keep reading below.
My own swing speed
I swing at around 100 mph and was up to 117 mph when I was 22. A desk job and less playing time has reduced it a bit!
The Best High Swing Speed Golf Balls
- Bridgestone Tour B XS (The ball designed and played by Tiger)
- Taylormade TP5x (Top value brand name ball)
- Vice Pro Plus (For Pro level fast swings)
- Snell MTB-X (The Dark Horse, the sleeper pick)
- Callaway Chrome Soft X (Best patterns)
- Srixon Z-Star XV (Most durable)
- Kirkland Signature (Best value urethane ball for wild hitters)
Are Pro V1 and Pro V1x the best golf balls for high swing speed?
The number one ball in golf is Titleist. But does that mean their Tour balls are the best for amateurs too? If you're a consistent 2 handicap through to + handicapper, then I say a firm MAYBE. For everyone else, I don't think so at all.
You're going to be able to get great performance out of the Titleist at your swing speed but only....ONLY....if you're a consistent player. If you're shooting 78 one week and 86 the next losing 4 golf balls, I don't see the value in playing Titleist Pro V golf balls.
Golf gets expensive like that and with the options that are available out there, you can get the same benefits as the Pro V range for much less money. As amateurs, we can't really tell the difference between a Bridgestone B330, a Pro V and a Vice Pro Plus. They're all multi-layer balls with urethane covers. They all spin the same and travel the same distances. The results are almost identical between premium golf balls for us.
Only the scratch and '+' handicaps will be able to truly use the Pro V to the maximum value. Overall, I don't recommend the Titleist Pro V range at all for amateur golfers and urge you to give some new ones a try. You'll be very pleasantly surprised.
What about higher handicappers with high swing speed?
I recommend that you play off a solid 15 handicap or less to benefit from using the balls on this list. Check out this list to find some more budget friendly, yet acceptable balls to try first.
Best Golf Balls for High Swing Speed Reviews
Of course, the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x are the most famous and probably the trend-setters in professional level golf balls. While they are the number 1 ball on Tour, supplying that many balls, to that many pros, pushes the costs onto you the consumer. Below are my best alternatives to the Pro V1 golf balls.
Best for showing off the Truvis pattern like a boss
The Callaway Chrome Soft is the most popular ball at golf shops but you know, there's something additional they want to give us high speed swingers. So Callaway produce the Chrome Soft X.
They've used a four-piece construction with a harder Dual SoftFast core to get the ball to go as straight as the Chrome Soft but when your high speed swing makes contact with the Chrome Soft X, it goes further and gives you more control over the shot shape.
A compression of 90 makes the Chrome Soft X the same as the Pro V1 but as usual the Callaway ball features hexagonal dimples. Truth be told, we don't know why they didn't just call this the Callaway Harder because it is a harder version of the Chrome Soft.
Bottom line is the ball works well for higher swing speeds. Callaway needed to create a supplement to their popular Chrome Soft range to have something that big bombers and tour players can use and provides an all-round good performance.
These balls are for people swinging the driver faster than 105 mph. The 'S' on the end of the name stands for Spin. The Tour B XS has a soft feel to it for golfers wanting more feel and spin around the greens.
In the B XS, you get oodles of control and feel. Distance is equal to any other premium golf balls with the swing speed above 100 mph. But the feel and spin from wedge shots and short irons is something to behold. A redesigned SlipRes cover keeps it gripped to the club face longer for more spin and high trajectory.
Overall, one of the best golf balls for high speed swings. I did notice the balls scuffed easily on harder driving wedge shots. Along with that came up to 6 feet of zip backwards when hitting the greens.
You'll need to control that spin when hitting these. The dimple pattern is a little different to what you may be used to and seems much shallower. Sometimes these looks put us off. But you have to hit them to understand it makes no difference and the ball performs just as well as others in the premium category.
The balls have the fifth layer to help golfers who trap the ball against the ground with their irons instead of sweep it away. Results of every shot become predictable with this ball. You know where the ball is going off the tee, you know where it's going on approaches and you know it's going to stop near the pitchmark.
An interesting observation using the TP5x for a round was how the ball held a straight shot shape in the air.
But what I also noticed is that it's a bit firmer and the wedge shots didn't spin quite as much as the TP5. They've made the feel a bit firmer and reduced the spin. As you know, when you crunch one with a wedge, at high swing speed, you want the ball to stop near the pitch mark instead of ripping back 10 feet. That's what the TP5x does. It feels pretty much like a Pro V1x.
A value option
An alternative and more value option is the older Taylormade Tour Preferred model which is very similar in performance to the TP5x.
The Germans have produced a minimalist and slick-looking four-piece urethane covered golf ball with the Vice Pro Plus. But look at that logo. If that doesn't scream sexy, nothing does.
Vice take on Pro V1x with the Pro Plus
The Vice Pro Plus feels firmer than the Titleists - pretty similar to the B XS from Bridgestone reviewed a little higher up. With a four-piece construction, golf balls fly a little lower, so if you're looking for a more penetrating flight, the Vice Pro Plus works beautifully.
Sound off the driver is also different to Titleists Pro V1x. It gives a bigger smack and with a faster swing, the Pro Plus feels firmer and hotter off the face than a lot of Tour balls.
For you big hitting beasts who want some finesse into the greens from inside 150 yards, this ball stops where it drops. The trajectory is high, generating a lot of spin, making the ball stick right where it lands. Can I say it's identical to the market-leader? No, but how about 90% as good? Yes. For so much cheaper, this is a tough competitor to the best golf ball for high swing speeds, the Pro V1x.
Dean Snell, the man behind the Snell golf brand is a golf ball superhero. He holds 40 patents in golf ball manufacturing. Then there's his resume.
Golf Ball Designer Extraordinaire
He's been in the business of designing golf balls for 28 years. 18 of them were at Taylormade where he created the Burner, Noodle, Rocketballz and Project (a) golf balls. Before that, he worked at Titleist and is the inventor and co-inventor of the Pro V1, Professional and Tour Prestige! In 2015 he started his own company and now produces some of the best golf balls for high swing speeds in the premium category.
The cast urethane cover on this ball is the same as what you find on balls like the Pro V1 and Taylormade TP5 giving it that soft, thin and durable property.
It's a three-piece golf ball and boasts a low compression to reduce the spin with the longer clubs giving you handsome distance. Around the greens, the ball is a star. The check on chips and pitches is comparable to the very best on the market.
I noticed a gain in yardage off the tee with the MTB-X. It wasn't a huge difference but around 5 yards or so. With my long irons, I noted the usual clubs I hit on the par 3s at my regular course were overshooting the usual landing areas by no more than 3 yards on each hole. Off the putter, the ball felt firm with a little 'give' from the soft cover.
I must say I don't play these balls because I did hit them out of bounds during a bad round and even though it's not their fault, that is my mental state with them. They are superb golf balls, probably the most similar to a ProV1 golf ball out of all o them.
Srixon make some great golf balls and even the Q-Star Tour is a great choice but fits more along the lines of the Taylormade Project (a).
4-Piece Construction starts soft on the inside, and gets firmer at the cover
What makes this golf ball a contender for the high swing speed basher is the construction where the core is softer and the inner layers become firmer toward the outside.
The compression in the ball has been lowered to 102 from 105 in the previous models but that remains in the higher range for the fast swings. The feel around the greens is exceptional but remember, your short game needs multidimensions to take advantage of that. If you swing it fast but have little feel around the greens, the ball will be softer but that's all.
If you're more of a bump and runner, and rely less on spinny shots, you really could consider one of their more medium range balls like a Soft Feel. But if you're looking for holding power inside 120, and better spin from bunkers and stop and drop style shots, this is definitely the ball you'll prefer in the Srixon range.
I jam these balls any time anywhere. This and the Q Star Tour.
These balls are rare to find where I am so I ordered some online and I have to tell you, if I lived in the US, this would be my ball of choice. It's so cheap yet goes like a rocket. I don't really like to proclaim too much distance off the tee with a ball but this one was really quite phenomenal. I noticed distance gains, but I was skeptical about their stopping power.
Cheap but not nasty!
In this Youtube on my channel, I was playing with Steve and included a couple of my shots with the Kirkland signature and on the 10th hole, it was amazing to see how quickly the ball stopped. On the 11th hole, I hit the longest driver I have ever hit on that hole and then followed it up on the 12th with a 6 iron that stopped BEHIND the pitch mark.
I can safely recommend this ball to anyone who is on a budget, hits it hard and doesn't want to lose expensive premium balls!
Most of the top end balls will suit your game it just depends on your skill level. If you are consistent and don't lose many balls, the premium balls are for you. If you're a bit erratic, it's going to be best to test a few balls. The urethane covered premium balls will give you more feel and spin around the greens which the harder balls won't do with your fast swing.
At the moment, I alternate between Srixons, Kirklands, Vice Pro and Taylormades.