For confused amateurs trying to educate themselves on the basics of the game, golf is an enjoyable pastime that requires an awful lot of patience and effort in attempting to learn the ropes. Most importantly, new players want to improve their skills, as well as learning the differences between the clubs they use, perfecting their golf swing, improving their chipping technique, discovering how balls roll in a diverse range of conditions and trying to effortlessly sink the perfect putt time after time. Golfers want to progress and develop, which takes an immense amount of time practicing, plus a lot of time spent retaining the information they have been taught.
When you start learning how to putt, a vast amount of questions are raised about the types of ball you use. Will using a heavier ball make putting easier or not? Does a particular brand manufacture higher quality balls than others? Does the color of the ball indicate a difference in its performance? Does the price of a ball denote a better level of experience? Will I ever find the ball of my dreams?
In relation to the brand associated with a golf ball, the jury is out. Many seasoned golfers exclaim that a certain name on their ball is a good luck charm – that their trusty Nike, Titleist, Bridgestone or Calloway ball is all they will ever use, but this is probably simple hyperbole. You may have heard the frustrated tones of golf veterans who wearily state, “It’s you, it’s not the ball. A golf ball is a golf ball is a golf ball.” Unfortunately, too many newbies spend too much time and money determining if a certain “go-to” ball is going to make them a better player overnight. Truthfully, it is not going to happen, so try not to become a stickler for such unimportant details, instead of simply practicing as much as you can to further your general progress.
When it comes to the color of a ball, experienced players are typically in agreement when they say that they prefer a traditional white ball, and that yellow and green balls are difficult to see when traveling through the air at fast speeds. If you are playing in bad weather conditions and the sky is overcast, yellow balls can be a little easier to spot due to the contrast of the sky’s color with the shade of the ball itself. Pink balls neatly contrast with green grass but can become easily lost if the ground is covered with leaves in the fall months.
As to how a ball’s color affects your overall performance, for the most part everyone concurs that there is no difference between a white ball and its colored counterparts. The only obvious advantage of a colored ball is that it will be instantly recognizable when playing with others who only use white balls.