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 the 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 110 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)
- Titleist Pro V1x (The best golf ball in the world)
- Callaway Chrome Soft X (best improvements in quality)
- 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. They are the business and I would play them more often if there weren't so many options to try out in the same category. I LOVE Pro V1 golf balls but with all the competition, I have to try everything at least once. But does that mean their Tour balls - Pro V1 range - are the single best for amateurs in addition to the PGA Tour players?
Well to be honest, yes... if you're good enough.
I struggle to see how using premium expensive balls benefits anyone shooting high scores and losing golf balls aplenty. Fearing the loss of an expensive golf ball while standing on the tee or hitting over water is a surefire way to sabotage yourself mentally before the shot.
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 - anything from 15 handicap and higher is an average score of 90+ and you'll need to sharpen up to benefit greatly from the softer covers and price of the golf balls. The best golf balls for mid handicappers is a better place to find some more budget friendly, yet acceptable balls to try first. You'll also want to lose less golf balls before committing to premium balls.
If you are swinging it well over 100mph and losing golf balls left and right, I would suggest you're hitting the ball too hard. you need to dial it in and start smaller. Start with softer shots and play cheaper balls until you're not losing them and shooting over 100. These golf balls are not for you and you'll dread playing them, anticipating losing them.
Get some lessons and harness your power. Then once you're able to lose 1 or less balls per round, or earn enough to lose 6 per round, move onto the more premium ball. Until then, almost any golf ball will do for you.
Best Golf Balls for High Swing Speed Reviews
Now with Triple track alignment
The Callaway Chrome Soft is the most popular ball at golf shops but for the higher swing speeds, Callaway also produce the Chrome Soft X.
There was a bit of controversy a while ago with My Golf Spy claiming the Chrome was a short golf ball. Callaway addressed that. They also introduced the Triple Track marking on the side of the ball which lines up perfectly with their Odyssey Triple track putters.
They've used a four-piece construction with a larger Dual SoftFast core to get the ball to go as straight and long as any other top premium golf ball when swung at high swing speeds.
A compression of 95 makes the Chrome Soft X perfect for higher swing speeds plus Callaway ball features hexagonal dimples. If your speed is not high enough, these golf balls will feel like rocks. With a high enough swing speed, the ball will spin enough and instead of creating the ripping effect, of 5 yards of spin, you can control the ball enough to get it to stop closer to the pitch mark.
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.
For maximum distance and Tour spin played by Tiger
Bridgestone - the famous tire and Nike golf ball manufacturer - have made it super easy to find the best golf ball for high swing speeds. It tells you on the box!
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 BXS 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.
Well priced brand name premium ball for high swing speeds
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.
Good for very fast swings - 110 mph +
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.
The industry leader gives you peace of mind
There is nothing more to say other than yes this ball is the best in the world. I use them every chance I get when i am not playing around with other golf balls. Gun to head, if I had to pick one ball to play forever, it would be the Pro V1x. You just have the confidence that you are not losing out on anything when you play them. It's just that simple.
The durable underdog
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.
The greatest budget urethane golf ball
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.