Thursday, January 24

The Golf Ball Guide: Golf Balls in Cold Weather

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IF YOU PLAY GOLF IN COLD WEATHER, you shouldn't expect your golf ball to perform like it does in late May or the middle of August.

Here's why: Cold air is denser and creates more drag on the golf ball. Therefore, as the temperature drops, the golf ball flies shorter distances.

For example, your golf ball loses two yards of carry for each 10-degree drop in temperature. While an ideal temperature range for golf balls is 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures in the 40s can result in distance losses of 5 to 10 yards.

But all is not lost. You can adjust to cold-weather conditions. For instance, a soft, low-compression golf ball will perform better than other balls in cold temperatures. You can also hit more club. Reach for the 5-iron instead of the 6 or 7. (Leave your pride in the parking lot.)

Based on research and testing, here are six golf balls that perform better than others when the weather turns cold:

Bridgestone E6 
Wilson Staff Zip
Callaway Supersoft
Callaway Hex Solaire
TaylorMade Noodle Long and Soft
Titleist NXT Tour S

Lastly, store your golf balls in a warm place.

Next time: Golf ball care.

The Golf Ball Guide: Introduction
The Golf Ball Guide: Golf Ball Construction
The Golf Ball Guide: Golf Ball Categories and Brands
The Golf Ball Guide: Two-Piece Golf Balls
The Golf Ball Guide: Multi-Piece Golf Balls

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I'm waiting to try the new Callaway Magna golfball being realeased in mid-Feb. May help us aging and inconsistent golfers. The fix is always just around the corner :-).