The Best Distance Golf Ball for Seniors:The term senior golfer has long been used to describe an older male golfer, but in the 21st century, such a definition is as anachronistic as a golf ball made from feathers. In choosing the longest golf ball for your game, age is largely irrelevant, but swing speed is extremely important. A 6-year-old boy or a 40-year-old woman or a 90-year-old man might obtain maximum distance from hitting clubs and balls that are targeted to “seniors.” And an older golfer who generates a lot of clubhead speed might be better off playing balls designed for PGA Tour professionals.
Golf Ball Basics
Golf balls might all look about the same, but they are constructed using elaborate design and engineering techniques. As “Golf Digest” explains, there are four basic types of design — two-piece high-compression balls, two-piece low-compression, multiple layer with a hard cover such as Surlyn and multiple layer with a slightly softer cover for better feel, the type of ball played by Tiger Woods and other professionals. Two-piece balls tend to offer maximum distance and minimal spin, making them good choices for beginners and golfers with slow swing speeds, which include most but definitely not all older golfers.
If It Fits, You Must Hit It
If you want to improve your golf game, a session with a professional club fitter is highly recommended. A club fitter can measure you for the best clubs for your game and swing, and then match your swing and clubs to the right ball. As Bridgeport’s ball expert Shunsuke Tayama told “Golf Digest,” “The worse you are and the slower you swing, the more you benefit from ball fitting.”
The Best of Low and Slow
If you are a senior or anyone else with a lower clubhead speed, golf manufacturers offer you many options. One is the famed Lady Precept ball, introduced in 2000. An 80-compression, high-quality ball, it quickly became popular among women and older men with relatively slow golf swings. “Golf Digest” notes that PGA Tour player Frank Lickliter even teed up a Lady Precept in competition. The PGA explains that almost all top golf ball companies, such as Titleist, Nike, Callaway and TaylorMade make low-compression balls. For example, Bridgestone makes a lower compression ball with a soft core that compresses easily for longer distance off the tee.
Compression measurements range from zero, which is totally squishy, to a diamond-hard 200. The compression of a golf ball is determined by how much impact it takes to depress it when struck by your club. Low-compression golf balls usually are manufactured at 70 or 80 and high-compression golf balls at 100 or 110. As Golf-Information.com explains, if your clubhead speed is slow, roughly 80 mph or less, you want a ball with low-compression, because it depresses more easily and enables you to generate the maximum amount of power and distance. Low-compression golf balls also are easier to launch into the air, another key factor in obtaining maximum distance. High-compression balls are most suitable for golfers who produce high swing speeds, which can range over 120 mph for top professionals.