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.

Ball Construction
Performance Characteristics
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.

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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