Friday, January 18

The Golf Ball Guide: Multi-Piece Golf Balls

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GOLF BALLS WITH THREE OR MORE PIECES are a good choice for middle- to low-handicap golfers. Multi-piece balls typically enhance feel and spin to give higher-skilled golfers more shot control. In addition, multi-piece construction that includes mantle layering enables manufacturers to target playability features by adding unique layers to the golf ball.

Following are some representative multi-piece golf balls made by various companies.

Brand/Model
Ball Construction
Performance Characteristics
Price*
Bridgestone E6 Soft
Three-piece ball with ionomer cover and Delta dimple pattern.
Long, straight distance, with soft feel.
$
Callaway Superhot 70
Three-piece ball with ionomer cover and 332 Hex Aerodynamic dimple pattern.
Combination of distance, accuracy and feel. 70 compression.
$$
Srixon Z Star
Three-piece ball with a urethane cover and 338 Speed dimple pattern.
Feel and control for mid- to high-swing speeds. 88 compression.
$$
TaylorMade Project (a)
Three-piece ball with SoftTech™ (urethane) cover and 360 dimple pattern.
Soft feel and tour spin, plus distance. 70 compression.
$$
Titleist NXT Tour
Three-piece ball with Fusablend® (ionomer) cover and 302 octahedral dimple pattern.
Soft feel combined with distance and durability. High compression.
$$
Titleist Pro V1
Three-piece ball with soft Urethane Elastomer™ cover and 352 tetrahedral dimple pattern.
Very soft feel. Short game spin and control. Distance and durability. Upper 80s compression.
$$$
Wilson Staff DUO Spin
Three-piece ball with ionomer cover and 302 dimple pattern.
Very soft and extra greenside spin as compared to the DUO. 35 compression.
$$
Bridgestone Tour B330 B Mark
Four-piece ball with SlipRes (urethane) cover and 330 Dual dimple pattern.
Distance ball for players with swing speeds of 105 mph or faster. High compression.
$$$
Callaway Chrome Soft and Chrome Soft X
Four-piece ball with Tour Urethane cover and 332 Hex Aerodynamics dimple pattern.
Soft feel, low spin off tee for distance, greenside control. Low compression.
$$
Nike RZN Tour Platinum and Tour Black
Four-piece ball with urethane cover and 344 dimple pattern that includes 13,558 micro dimples.
Tour-level ball built for distance and feel. 74 compression.
$$
Srixon Z-Star XV
Four-piece ball with SpinSkin (urethane) cover and 338 Speed dimple pattern.
Soft feel and enhanced spin for faster swing speeds. 105 compression.
$$
TaylorMade Tour Preferred
Four-piece ball with SoftTech™ (urethane) cover and 322 dimple pattern.
Soft feel with tour-level performance for all swing speeds. 80 compression.
$
Titleist Pro V1x
Four-piece ball with soft Urethane Elastomer™ cover and 328 tetrahedral dimple pattern.
Soft feel, high flight and extra spin for greenside control. High compression.
$$$
TaylorMade TP5
Five-piece ball with Dual-Spin (urethane) cover and 322 seamless dimple pattern.
Soft feel and long distance. High spin for wedge play. 83 compression.
$$$

*Approximate price ranges from golf retailers:
$ = under $25
$$ = $25 to $39.99
$$$ = $40 and more

Next time: Golf balls in cold weather.

Related:
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

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