We watched in amazement as the fellas at ProCheck asked for a ball out of our bag. It was a TaylorMade Noodle that had been unused for quite some time. It’s supposed to be soft and low compression. They popped that Noodle into the ProCheck and with a push of a button discovered my Noodle was now a rock hard Pinacle.
Time does that to a golf ball. Who knew?
“A golfer achieves the maximum energy transfer and the most driving distance if the hardness (compression) of the ball is matched to their swing speed of the club,” said John Donahue. “Golfers with slower swing speeds (60-70 mph) should play softer golf balls, and those with fast swing speeds (100-110 mph) should play firmer golf balls. Matching swing speed with ball compression causes the ball to have the optimum degree of flattening at impact. That flattening creates a trampoline-like energy transfer. Too much flattening or too little reduces the energy transfer. This concept is well understood in the golfing world.”
Donahue said the majority of amateur and recreational golfers aren’t playing the correct golf ball to their swing speeds. He also said not all golf balls in a box of a dozen are the exact same compression.
“Each manufacturer measures compression with a laboratory device called an ATTI. Each manufacturing year’s ball run is assigned an ATTI number based on the average compression of a sample of balls. These compression numbers are published and can be found on the 2016 GBT Technologies pdf website,” Donahue said. “But here’s the rub. Those numbers are averages and there can be a significant difference from ball to ball, even in the same box. Some manufacturers have tighter control over compression variability than others.”
The ProCheck measures the compression of a golf ball on a scale of very soft to very firm, with three measures in between.
Weather is another factor impacting the compression of the ball.
On a very hot day, the ball loses compression and you should play a harder ball than usual. On a cold day, the ball gets harder and you should play a softer ball to get the maximum distance. So whether you are teeing it up on a Saturday morning with a brand new ball or just reaching into your bag for something white — the compression may be much different than what you want and that will affect your distance by 10-20%. Now you can test your golf ball’s compression with a sophisticated hand held device that will give you confidence that the ball you are playing is right for you. You can be sure the compression of that ball matches your swing speed.
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