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.
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 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.
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.
Of course, everyone touts the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x as the greatest golf balls ever made. 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 our best alternatives to the expensive Pro V1 golf balls.
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.
I use this golf ball for most of my rounds unless there is a new one to try. In particular I love the soccer ball print Truvis design. Initially I wasn't sure but I shot some great scores with it and there's always a comment or two when you tee it up with a soccer ball.
Have a look at my Youtube channel and you'll see it in action. Long off the tee and very soft off the face. In particular I like putting with it because of the soft feel and almost trampoline effect when you stroke it. I swing it at about 110 mph.
What makes me select this ball over others is that it sits down almost on the spot with the wedges. I don't like too much back spin and prefer if the ball stops near the carry distance to make it easier to judge when approaching the greens, knowing it will stick where I hit it.
The cover is also very durable and I've used the same ball for 3 rounds in a row - when I don't hit them in the water!
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! Tiger has started playing since Nike abandoned putting their name on Bridgestone golf balls.
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 B330-S has a soft feel to it for golfers wanting more feel and spin around the greens.
In the B330-S 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.
I played the B330-S for the first nine at Thai Country Club and noticed a firmer feeling on the putter which is preferable because the feedback lets me know how I've struck the putt. Pitching with the low one-bounce-and-stop on the Bermuda greens was so very easy. The ball bites HARD. In terms of distance off the tee, I hit it out there 280 to 310 yards - same as other premium golf balls.
The ball performed a miracle on the 6th hole. A 210 yard par 3 dead into the strong wind. Pulled a 3 iron and flushed it. Usually my shots will balloon into a wind like that with a Pro V1. The B330-S penetrated right through the wind with a boring dead-straight trajectory and stopped a foot from its pitch mark leaving me 8 feet for birdie.
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.
Taylormade's five-piece, 90 compression TP5x from 2016 are designed for the lower handicap player with a fast swing speed. Rory McIlroy even switched to it this year.
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 and boring with this ball really. 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.
There was much less movement left and right than I normally hit even on my Sonic Boom drives. Those 110% drives usually produce a large fade but they seemed to land right of center of the fairway throughout the round which added distance because less time was spent travelling sideways.
This also meant I tried harder to work the ball left and right because the ball produced less shape. That's not necessarily a bad thing and after I realized I could just shoot darts at the pin, I aimed right at it.
Approaches stopped within feet of pitch marks and came off the club face with slightly higher trajectory than normal which also contributed to it sitting down very quickly.
Around the greens, the ball stopped after two short hops and was very special out of bunkers giving me three out of three sandies. Off my milled steel putter face, the ball felt as good as any other ball in the premium range.
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.
The Vice Pro Plus feels firmer than the Titleists - pretty similar to the B300-S 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 ballin' superhero. He holds 40 patents in golf ball manufacturing. Then there's his resume.
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 My Tour Ball. 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. The tuning fork definitely went off in my loins with the feeling of this ball off any of the club faces.
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.
I love Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls and also play the Bridgestones. The Bridgestone has a much firmer feel off the putter face which is why I prefer to tee it up with the Callaways.