Welcome to ThinkVail – shop our list of the year’s top rated golf balls featuring Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Srixon, Bridgestone, Volvik and more.
Finding the right golf ball for your ability and type of play can go a long way to reducing your handicap, while increasing your enjoyment of the game. Here is a complete description of the year’s top rated golf balls, check it out to find the best ball for you.
When playing golf at high altitudes, like here in Vail Colorado, it’s best to use a soft, low compression ball because a softer ball will spin more than normal and help compensate for the thin air and lack of air resistance at altitude.
Soft golf balls are currently very popular, and are some of the best to play with because they offer a nice soft feel, are very forgiving and fly straighter. Here are some characteristics to consider when choosing the right ball.
The more layers (or pieces) the ball has, the softer the ball will feel. In addition, more layers usually translates to “more expensive”. Today, balls can contain up to 5-layers but that’s usually reserved for tour-level performance balls.
2-piece (or 2-layer) construction is very durable and ideal for beginners and high-handicap golfers with slower swing speeds. (speeds below 90 mph)
Multi-Layer construction is perfect for mid-to-low handicap golfers with faster swing speeds (speeds of 90-99 mph)
Soft balls have low-compression ratings because they compress easily. Deep compression means farther distances with less effort, so you don’t need to swing as hard with a low compression ball as you do with a higher compression ball.
Low compression balls are best for beginner and novice players, while high compression may be used by more advanced players.
Softer, low compression balls are preferred for high altitude golfing as well as for colder temperatures. Soft balls also perform better on hard-packed ground, where a high compression ball may bounce past the hole, a soft ball can spin back towards the hole
Generally speaking, most players prefer a softer golf ball which is why they make up the majority of the year’s top rated golf ball list.
The Titleist ProV1 is a player favorite and is the most-played golf ball in the world. Titleist has been the leader in the golf ball market for years.
This 3-piece solid-core golf ball offers extraordinary distance with consistent flight
Very low and long spin with penetrating trajectory
Drop-and-Stop short game control
Has a lovely, soft feel
Great for high spin on approach shots
17% thinner urethane cover adds speed while retaining spin and control.
Designed for advanced players.
Color: now available in white AND yellow
An expensive ball but well worth the cost
#2 Top Rated Golf Balls – Callaway Supersoft
The Callaway Supersoft is an ultra low compression 2-piece ball with a soft, really good feel and a great price.
Made with a Surlyn® cover, which is very durable and offers lower spin off the tee.
Optimized Hex Aerodynamics for less drag
35 compression is the softest golf ball on the market
Ultra low compression reduces spin so your shots go farther
Low spin and hex aerodynamics keeps your ball flying straight
Colors: available in white, yellow, pink, lime, orange or multi-color pack for a more easily visible and identifiable ball when you play.
Boasts distance control on approach shots and around the greens.
#3 Top Rated Golf Balls – Srixon Soft Feel
The Srixon SOFT FEEL golf ball is all about distance but offers a ton of stopping power as well. Less expensive than many competitors, it is a ball with a lot of value
2-piece golf ball for 70+ mile per hour swing speeds
The improved Energetic Gradient Growth Core keeps the ball feeling soft while maintaining optimal launch conditions and increasing speed
344 Speed Dimples pattern cuts through the wind, reduces drag and boast more distance.
Ionomer cover delivers more speed and lower spin off the driver
71 compression, with superior aerodynamics gives moderate and low swing speeds exceptional distance with a soft feel.
Unique alignment arrow, promotes target focus and additional accuracy when you swing.
Offering incredible carry and distance and superior stability.
Colors: available in white and yellow for better visibility on the course.
Higher trajectory and more lift make high, long ball flights easy for anyone.
#4 Top Rated Golf Balls – Bridgestone
The Bridgestone Tour BXS is made for the low-handicap golfer who wants distance and accuracy. The urethane cover improves the performance of every shot.
Low-handicap players who want distance and more of a soft feeling ball. It has a softer urethane cover and a lower compression of 75
Designed for golfers with swing speeds OVER 105MPH who want more spin and control.
REACTIV COVER reacts based on the force of impact, delivering increased distance off the tee and improved spin and control around the green
Dual Dimple technology provides efficient trajectory and reduced drag through enhanced aerodynamics
TIGER WOODS assisted in the development of this ball and plays it in professional competition.
#5 Top Rated Golf Balls – TaylorMade Noodle
TaylorMade Noodle Long & Soft golf ball is a low compression ball that feels great and offers a lot of value. If you have a tendency to lose balls but don’t want to sacrifice quality, than this is the ball for you.
2-piece golf ball with soft soft IOTHANE Surlyn cover is durable
The ultra-soft 34 compression gets lots distance and has a soft feel.
342 aerodynamic dimple design, helps cut through the wind for longer carries and straight flights
Do you agree with this list of top rated golf balls? What is your favorite golf ball and why? Do you like soft golf balls? What golf ball would you recommend? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments. Thanks for reading.
Thanks a lot for the awesome list of top rated golf balls. I will be playing golf in Aspen, Colorado next month and my friend recommended that I find some softer golf balls as they play better at altitude. I was really excited to see your post with a bunch of really good options. I am excited to see if it is true, although she swears that a softer ball is the best choice for high altitude golfing. I am looking at the Bridgestone Lady Precepts, they are ultrasoft and I think I might choose a colored option, so that it will be more visible. Thanks so much for all the great suggestions
Hi Jennifer I am so happy you found a perfect ball from the Top Rated Golf Ball List. Yes, your friend is right a soft ball is a better call when playing at altitude. Because our air is thinner, there is less friction so a soft golf ball actually spins more than a normal ball. Also your ball will go farther than at sea level so enjoy your extra yardage! To find out more tips about golfing at altitude check out the post Vail Area Golf Courses. Which is all about all the high altitude golf courses in the Vail Valley (1.5 hours to the west of Aspen, CO)The Bridgestone Lady Precepts are great golf balls. They are the #1 selling women's golf ball, and you are going to love them. Take care and have fun while you are in the area.