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To help you in your quest for the perfect golf ball well take you on a journey from the humble beginnings of the golf ball through to todays technologically advanced balls. The Early Days In general the larger the bag the heavier it will be - despite help from durable lightweight materials. Although the lightest designs now weigh in below 3lb special lumbar and/or hip padding is available for comfort and can make a real difference In the earliest days of golf some 500 years ago players used primitive equipment to play the game in a rather haphazard and casual manner.
By 1890 golf balls were formed in iron moulds and the Bramble design with raised spherical bumps resembling a raspberry became the most popular ball of the Guttie era. Rubber - The advent of the rubber ball changed the face of golf as we know it. Invented by Coburn Haskell in 1898 it featured a solid rubber core wrapped in rubber thread. Early Gutta-percha covers soon gave way to the Balata cover that was introduced in the early 1900s. Although they looked like Gutties the average golfer could gain an extra 20 yards off the tee. So the guttie gave way to the aerodynamically superior dimple pattern first used in 1908 and still being used today.
At the same time you are likely to hit the ball further. The price of two-piece balls tends to be less meaning that they wont take a large bite out of your budget when they end up in the lake or the rough! Multi-Layer. Typically made of three or four layers in which the core is wrapped in one or two layers the multi layer golf ball is usually preferred by Tour players for the extra control it offers. Three-piece. These have a large synthetic core a thin mantel and a cover. Sometimes tungsten weights are used in the middle of the synthetic core for optimised weight centering. Four-piece. These multi-layer golf balls have a smaller inner core surrounded by an outer core similar to the three-piece ball. This is then surrounded by a thin mantel and a cover.
For golfers with a slower swing speed it is advisable to use a golf ball that is designed to maximise the driving distance for the slower club head speed. Ideal for ladies seniors and less powerful players Putting Perfection. Different makes and models of golf ball will roll different distances on the putting green with harder balls tending to roll further. Bear in mind more expensive balls are likely to roll truer as well due to better balancing. Play to your budget. It is better to play consistently with a golf ball you can afford rather than a premium ball that you cannot afford to practice with.