Best Golf Balls For Low Handicappers 2021 - Golf Sidekick

Best Golf Balls For Low Handicappers 2021

If you are a lower handicapper or aspiring to become one, choosing the right golf ball for your game is essential. WHY? Because when you’re shooting in the 70’s the game becomes one of small margins and a quality golf ball can be the difference between a bogey or a par. 

The best golf balls for low handicappers are a mix of the usual suspects and a few up and coming challengers. If you’re a Pro V1 purist but have an itch you just can’t seem to scratch, it might be time to switch things up a bit and check the new kids on the block. 

Real life experience vs launch monitor stats

I have played every single one of these balls in a variety of REAL WORLD settings. Yes, launch monitors are cool, but can they tell you how a ball will perform off a downhill lie, on a scorching hot day when you’ve consumed 3 strong coffees and a breakfast burrito?

A premium golf ball is a very fickle mistress. They have softer covers, more layers and sometimes an impenetrable core. Sound familiar? Let me be your real world guide and let me help you understand which ball is the one for you. 

What will a more expensive ball do for my game?

Let me level with you, I’ll play any ball.  Whether it’s a rock like $0.60 distance ball or don’t tell the wife $6 a pop Pro V1 I will still enjoy the game. BUT there are some major psychological and physical benefits to playing a premium ball. 

  1. Distance: Yes, the launch monitor distance numbers between a mid level and premium ball might be small.  But when you’re on the edge of breaking 80 or looking to get to scratch, a 10 Yard gain off the tee may be the difference between getting on a par 5 in two rather than three shots. Saving that stroke once every 2-3 rounds is MASSIVE for the better player. 
  2. Spin: The course is always trying to take spin away from you, and better players are able to use spin to their advantage. A premium ball like a Titleist Pro V1 or a Taylormade TP5 will provide more spin due to the quality of the outer layer. Premium balls are also much more consistent in their construction, giving you repeatable results off the club face. 
  3. Feel: This is both a psychological and physical benefit to a premium ball. When you are standing over a shot of any kind and you can visualise or imagine how the ball will react off the face to the most minute detail, it inspires confidence. The feedback a top quality ball provides is second to none and with practice you will learn how to interpret that feedback and translate it into lower scores. On the putting green and in the scoring zone, the feel of the golf ball is the number one factor when choosing a new golf ball. The more feedback you get the better your putting and chipping will be.

Best Golf Balls For Low Handicappers

  1. TaylorMade TP5 & TP5x  (Best for faster swing speeds)
  2. Titleist Pro V1 (Best for overall performance and spin)
  3. Bridgestone Tour B RXS (Best for max distance)
  4. Srixon Z Star XV (Best for stopping longer approach shots)
  5. Vice Pro Plus (Best newcomer ball)
  6. Wilson Staff DUO Professional (Budget option with premium features)

Fastest and longest TaylorMade balls ever

TaylorMade have seriously upped their ball game in recent years. Their roster boasts some of the biggest players and their TP5 line is now considered as an equal to the main tour balls.

These balls are full of technology. The main difference between the TP5 and TP5x is the cover. The TP5 has a soft cast urethane cover, while the TP5x has a firmer cast urethane cover. The firmer cover of the TP5x is designed to produce more speed, a higher trajectory and less spin.
These are the only 5 piece balls on the market and I personally think you can feel the difference. The marketing material on the box mentions a “Speed layer system” and “High flex material.” In reality this translated into control and distance for me. The TP5 feels fractionally softer than the TP5x, but the distance and higher flight I achieved with the TP5x was noticeable.

My long irons were flying much higher and giving me some much needed stopping power on the greens. On and around the greens the TP5 felt like a bar of soap and I was getting some serious action with wedge shots inside 100 yds. The TP5x performed equally well, to the point where I couldn’t notice much of a difference.

I found both balls to be durable, with little scuffing visible after 2 rounds.

I’m a fan of colourful balls and the eye-catching Pix variant, used by Ricky Fowler and Matt Wolff, really helps with chipping and putting. The pattern on the ball makes it look bigger at address which is a big bonus for chip shots. For puts, the Pix line up to your club face providing more confidence in your green reading. 

Pros
  • Great alternative to a Pro V1
  • Very durable for such a soft feel
  • Good options for faster and slower swing speeds 
  • Pix variant looks amazing and helps with short game

The gold standard premium golf ball

TaylorMade have seriously upped their ball game in recent years. Their roster boasts some of the biggest players and their TP5 line is now considered as an equal to the main tour balls.

These balls are full of technology. The main difference between the TP5 and TP5x is the cover. The TP5 has a soft cast urethane cover, while the TP5x has a firmer cast urethane cover. The firmer cover of the TP5x is designed to produce more speed, a higher trajectory and less spin.
These are the only 5 piece balls on the market and I personally think you can feel the difference. The marketing material on the box mentions a “Speed layer system” and “High flex material.” In reality this translated into control and distance for me. The TP5 feels fractionally softer than the TP5x, but the distance and higher flight I achieved with the TP5x was noticeable.

My long irons were flying much higher and giving me some much needed stopping power on the greens. On and around the greens the TP5 felt like a bar of soap and I was getting some serious action with wedge shots inside 100 yds. The TP5x performed equally well, to the point where I couldn’t notice much of a difference.

I found both balls to be durable, with little scuffing visible after 2 rounds.

I’m a fan of colourful balls and the eye-catching Pix variant, used by Ricky Fowler and Matt Wolff, really helps with chipping and putting. The pattern on the ball makes it look bigger at address which is a big bonus for chip shots. For puts, the Pix line up to your club face providing more confidence in your green reading. 

Pros
  • The gold standard for premium balls
  • Unparalleled greenside control
  • Consistent spin off the driver and long irons
  • Probably the best ball from bunkers

Tiger’s golf ball. What else do you need to know?

When Eldric Woods uses a product, EVERYONE takes notice. When Nike stopped making hard products, the golfing world wondered which ball Tiger would start using. There was a rumour that he had been using a rebadged Bridgstone, so when he moved to the American OEM, it was of little surprise.As a TaylorMade staffer, it was a major win for Bridgestone to have Tiger use their product.

The Tour B RXS is aimed at the better player, and specifically those who generate higher swing speeds. Those with driver swings of less than 105MPH won’t get the most out of this ball, BUT that doesn’t rule them out completely. I have seen slower swing players get huge amounts of spin with this ball which is to be expected from such a high quality offering.

Let’s get this straight, this ball is LONG. I mean silly long. I can generate enough speed to take advantage of the Gradational Compression core, launching the ball in the air with high speed and low spin. The ball flew past some of the more traditional premium offerings.

Bridgestone balls have unique looking dimples, and the Dual Dimple pattern delivered on its promise of enhanced aerodynamics and increased distance. Where this ball excels however, is around the greens. Tiger is famous for demanding exact spin numbers and this ball was easy to control with the lofted clubs. The ‘Reactiv’ urethane cover feels good on the wedges and putter and I was able to get the ball to stop quickly out of bunkers.

This is a ball which is definitely worth checking out. 

Pros
  • Tiger’s ball
  • Specifically designed for faster swinging better players
  • Amazing distance and spin

Excellent durability and Pro V1 like performance 

Whenever I see the Srixon Z Star XV on promotion, I make sure to get a couple of dozen. The first time I tried them, they shocked me and in a good way. How could a lesser known manufacturer produce something so close to a Pro V1 for such a good price? I’m now a Srixon convert and I’m happy to see them receive the recognition they deserve outside of Asia.

The cover of these balls is a bit harder than a Pro V1 but you hardly notice a difference between the balls. The Z-Star XV sits down and rips back on the greens with the shorter clubs.

What's even more impressive than the performance is the durability of the cover. I ripped wedges on it all day and hardly noticed a scratch using only a single ball per round.

If you’re a Pro V1 user who is looking for a cheaper alternative, definitely check these out. The yellow model is really good too! 

Pros
  • Better suited to swings over 90 mph
  • Way cheaper and as effective as the top of the line expensive golf balls
  • Surprising durability for a softer ball
  • Yellow is very easy to track and find

Challenger brand at a highly competitive price point

The Vice Pro Plus sent shockwaves through the golf ball market when it was released. The challenger brand boasted that it was selling Pro V1 level balls, direct to consumers, for a fraction of the price.

By cutting out the middleman, Vice say that they are able to pass savings on to us hackers, which is always welcome. I have to admit, I’m not the kind of player to stock up on dozens of balls at once, so their volume discounts haven’t applied to me, but I know many players who do take advantage and the savings can be huge.

I like these balls. They are a 3 piece construction with a soft urethane cover. They have a relatively low compression point for a tour level ball and they do feel soft. For mid and short iron shots, they perform as well as any other ball.

The decals give the ball a premium feel, something which other challenger brands often struggle with. I also found the balls to be very consistent, which is something I was concerned about before trying them.

If you want some street cred, give this ball a go and see what all of the fuss is about. 

Pros
  • Premium 3 piece construction
  • Super soft feel
  • Cheap price point
  • Eye catching colors and packaging 

Cheaper option which may surprise you

I’m a big fan of Wilson golf balls. They are cheap, no frills but so, so consistent. I have played their two piece offerings for years and the DUO professional punches way above its weight.

The DUO Professional replaced the popular DUO soft and is slightly firmer than that ball. With short irons, the Duo Professional surprisingly spins much more and on all shots provides a softer feeling. This is due to the increased compression rating.
It's hard to find a urethane ball at this price point and the major trade off is in the distance category. This ball won’t fly as far as some of the premium options which is a consideration.

When you handle the Duo Professional ball, you notice the texture of the cover and the 'bite test' lets you know that it’s not a cheap ball. Feel off the club face is smooth and off wedges feels soft.

In all the Duo Professional is a high-value golf ball for golfers who want that premium feel and spin at a relatable price point.

Pros
  • Cheapest “premium” ball around
  • Soft feel and solid control around the greens
  • Urethane cover
  • Long and penetrating ball flight