Looking for a ball to take you to the next level?
Maybe some extra feel around the greens?
A bit more distance off the tee?
You're in the right place.
I've played with a lot of different golf balls because I got tired of spending money on expensive Pro V1's and thought there must be more to life than just Titleist.
I stopped being a golf ball snob and I've hit almost every golf ball out there. There are so many options and most of them will suit you when you're in search of the best golf ball for a mid handicapper.
What do you need though, to get into single digit handicap heaven?
In my experience, mid handicappers want more spin on approaches and pitches but don't need so much that it magnifies the side spin put on bad shots.
What I mean is premium balls aren't ideal for this handicap range because they produce more spin so when you hit a slice or a hook, the ball will actually slice or hook MORE.
Pros have a much larger skill set producing a variety of shot shapes with the extra spin they produce. But there's also something else every golfer wants more than spin...
Distance is always the focus
We also want booming distance off the tee without swinging like Bubba Watson. Luckily mid handicappers are right in the sweet spot of the golf ball market to take advantage of golf balls designed specifically with medium spin and long distance without a huge price tag!
Mid handicap is where the manufacturers produce and sell the most golf balls at reasonable price points which makes your life super simple.
Now, if you still prefer a Pro V1 or another premium ball, that's a perfectly fine choice and I've listed the best ones for your perusal.
For the player who would prefer some other options, I would like to present some ideas that could work in harmony with your skill level and swing.
When should I buy some more sophisticated balls?
You can buy balls whenever and whatever skill level you like, but I would suggest that if you are losing more than two balls per round, you should stick to the cheaper or second-hand ones for the following reason:
When you count how much money you are losing every time you nail one in the water, out of bounds or the bushes, it starts to hurt...badly.
On top of that, standing on the tee and feeling tension because you don't want to lose one of the new balls you've purchased will affect your game negatively in an immeasurable way.
If you feel happy to buy these balls and feel confident you may lose only one or two and the idea of losing them won't make you tail spin out of control emotionally, you should definitely invest in yourself.
Best Golf Balls for Mid Handicappers
- Titleist Tour Soft (best of the best all-round golf ball)
- Srixon Soft Feel (best for slower swingers)
- Top Flite Gamer Urethane (urethane budget ball)
- Srixon Q-Star (best for green side spin)
- Callaway SuperSoft (best for super soft feel)
- Bridgestone E6 Soft (best for hitting it straighter)
- Taylormade Project (a) (best value Tour quality ball)
- Snell MTB Black (best Pro V1 substitute ball on a budget)
The new Tour Soft ball promises a soft feel, longer shots and better spin. Now that is the promise of every ball, but this one does perform in this category of balls very well.
Are they any better than a Srixon Soft Feel?
They've put a big core in this ball and it's the biggest one they've ever made. Coupled with a thin out cover, the ball does indeed have a great soft feel. The spin is definitely going to kick the butt of your old rocks you played with before.
The distance gain is also measurable but, when comparing to the Srixon Soft Feels below, is the price difference worth it? In isolation, this ball is the best in the mid range category. But when you compare the minuscule difference between these and the Srixon Soft Feels, one can't help but wonder if they are worth the extra change.
The stalwart for mid handicappers with swings below 90 mph
It's a two-piece construction in it's 11th 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. It's not going to be zipping back, let's not over-exaggerate, but they'll be streaks ahead of the HARD lake balls you've been hitting.
I played a lot of rounds with the Soft Feel - 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 $1.50 balls smoothly.
The Callaway SuperSoft has an ultra-low 35 compression core. What does that mean? Well, it's believed to produce low spin on the drives and a very soft feel on the shorter shots.
Callaway's improved version of the SuperSoft is a two-piece ball with a very soft Trionomer cover for that extra soft feel and spin when chipping and putting. Off the tee, the ball will carry long distances with longer roll-out for the majority of swing speeds.
My experience with the ball
But does it work? I played this ball for one round and I can confirm the feeling is incredibly soft off the face of the wedge and putter. The ball feels a little marshmallowy off the face of my insert putter but trying it with a steel putter, I noticed a firmer feeling which I preferred. The ball spun quite nicely around the greens too.
The durability was excellent only succumbing to a scuff from a shot I landed on a cart path. Easily one of the most popular golf balls out there for mid handicappers and we can see why.
Woah. I'd be doing you a major disservice if I didn't suggest the Srixon Q-Star as one of the best golf balls for mid handicappers. If you're into premium-level three-piece balls, you won't find much better value than Srixon Q-Star Tour at this price range.
Tour-level performance at an awesome price
The cover is urethane which means a little less durable but with that you get near Tour-level spin green side and on approaches. If you're a solid mid handicapper who is shooting in the 80s majority of the time, this ball could give you the edge to finally break 80.
The low 75 compression core takes care of the spin on the longer shots by reducing it to produce long straight drives especially at moderate swing speeds.
Quite simply, forget spending crazy money for premium golf balls. The Q-Star Tour is mayor of Value Town.
Most prescribed golf ball at Bridgestone golf ball fittings
I've selected this ball for you if you're looking for that extra distance boost while maintaining a soft feeling on the ball. The E6 promises straight distance with this 3 piece offering and it does just that.
9 to 20 handicappers
Bridgestone have created a ball to reduce spin on drives and long irons where a lot of golfers don't get maximum efficiency with most golf balls. You'll notice a longer penetrating ball on your longer shots with little movement left or right. Hitting the E6 feels relatively soft when comparing to a pure distance ball so no more feeling of hitting little rocks at impact.
The ball has an ionomer cover so won't perform like a urethane covered ball around the greens but has a softer feeling than 2 piece golf balls. This is designed as one of the best golf balls for mid handicappers looking for distance off the tee and with the longer clubs in the bag.
From personal experience, in my group of golfing friends handicapped 9 to 24, this is one of the most popular balls.
Are you a competitive golfer who plays often? Want to win more competitions?
Taylormade have made a really accessible Tour-style ball for amateur golfers with the Project (a). It's rated as a golf ball for 8 to 18 handicap so it falls within the range of best golf balls for mid handicappers especially if you're looking for more spin.
We like to call this a tamed down Tour-level ball. The construction is not as advanced on the interior but the outer cover made of urethane makes a big difference in spin. Combined with a low compression core, you have a ball to blast you through the big 80 or even breaking 90 every time.
The Project (a) uses a urethane cover to give the ball the grippy feel and quick stopping properties of a Tour ball. The difference between a surlyn and a urethane covered ball is something you need to experience to believe. Your chips and pitches just stop with no bounding far beyond the pin leaving those awful 20 footers for par.
Inside, the ball is a moderately low 70 compression making it perfect for reducing spin just enough but leaving enough in there for you to start shaping some shots.
Snell became very popular very quickly with the My Golf Spy golf ball testing. I of course tried them immediately and I can certifiably say, they perform equally as well as all the top balls and are as close to the ProV1 golf ball as you can get.
Except much cheaper. Urethane, 3piece golf ball that provides long distance and excellent stopping power on the greens. The logo is very unassuming and it's a very simple piece of good golf ball.
What I suggest when finding the best golf balls for mid handicappers
If you're confused or stuck between two balls, why not try both of them during a round? That way you can play different shots throughout the round comparing driving distance, green side play, approaches and putting.
I always encourage dropping Pro V1 golf balls for mid handicappers. The technology is set up for advanced players with very fast swings and the ability to control their spin rates.
Those premium tour balls will accentuate your slice or draws because of the increase in spin but also without the same repertoire of shots a pro has, the money could be better spent. The spin rate is not only referring to top spin or back spin, but also side spin. So bang for your buck in a $4 ball is very low.
Using mid handicapper, mid ranged balls will get you a lot more value for money and reduce the dread of hitting a ball over water to a par 3! And you'll save some money and lower your scores!