The best golf balls 2019: for putting, driving and owning the green

The best golf balls will immediately enhance your game for longer drives, more accurate putts and a boost in confidence from the moment you walk on the course

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You could be the best golfer in the world but without the right golf ball your entire game could be thrown off. 

Or, to word it another way, if you're not as good at golf as you'd like then the right golf ball could help propel your game in the right direction. That's why it's important to find the best golf balls to improve your game – and if you're lucky, they'll drop price in the Boxing Day sales. If they do, those prices will be shown below.

Not to labour the point but, essentially, getting the right golf ball is a more affordable and easy way to shortcut yourself to a better game of golf. Minimum cost, minimum effort, maximum results. What's not to love?

The problem is, where do you start? Did you know golf balls have many different types aimed at different scenarios? Brands also vary offering different positives for each person's type of style.

If you're suddenly feeling a little like you wish you'd not opened this article, that glimpses into more complications in your game, fret not. We've done all the research and work for you so all you need to do is read on to find the best golf ball to enhance your game. But first, let's get a bit more detail on how golf balls vary – so you know what could be worth stretching the budget for.

How to buy the best golf ball for you

The main thing you need to think about when it comes to golf ball buying is squidge. Yup, the difference between soft and hard could make or break your game. 

A harder ball offers the best resilience to your impact meaning all of the power is retained for even longer drives. While this enhances the power you put in, it will also mean any errors are even more pronounced. 

A softer ball is more malleable to your club meaning it helps to absorb any slight errors you might make, offering greater accuracy but at the cost of some power.

These differences are referred to as high spin (hard) or low spin (soft). Luckily you don't need to go with one extreme or the other as there are many grades that let you pick the idea ball for your game and style.

The one piece ball, which has a single layer, is for pure power which makes it ideal as a range ball but unless you're a pro you'll want something softer with less spin for a full game. A two layer ball is a bit more forgiving and can be a good place for a newbie golfer, and so, on adding layers.

So, essentially, if you're really good you'll be able to take advantage of a high spin golf ball for maximum drive power. Beginners should stick to low spin to make sure shots are straight. Anyone in between those two will likely be best served with a mid spin ball that helps eke out distance from those shots while keeping them on target at the same time.

You may notice dimple variations between balls. This is also a part of that power to control variance. A ball with more dimples will create less drag and travel further than one with fewer so can be a good way to enhance your drive.

Expect variation between brands too with Titleist, Taylormade, Callaway and more all to offer something special for your style – and your wallet.

The best golf balls

The best golf balls: Titleist AVX

1. Titleist AVX

The best golf ball with a high-tech performance

Specifications
Quantity: 12
Dimples: 352
Handicap: Everyone
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+Consistent ball flight+Great soft feel on all shots 
Reasons to avoid
-Low trajectory might not suit your game

The new AVX ball from Titleist is a high-tech, high-performance golf ball. The reason it tops our best golf balls list is because it of the distance it provides, plus a soft feel through clever core, cover and aerodynamic tech. 

It’s a premium ball and price on a level with the Pro V1 and Pro V1x in all-round tee-to-green performance, but creates a lower spin and launch angle while still having the softest feel of the lot. 

The core is low in compression, allowing for high speeds and greater distances. Plus, the spherically-tiled 352 tetrahedral catenary designed dimples aim to create an optimal and consistent flight path.

The best golf balls: TaylorMade S Project

2. TaylorMade Project (S)

The best beginner-friendly budget golf ball

Specifications
Quantity: 12
Dimples: 342
Handicap: Beginner to intermediate
Colour: White, Yellow, Orange
Reasons to buy
+A driver’s ball+Reasonable feel+Great value
Reasons to avoid
-If your swing speed is above average

“Soft is slow without speed,” says TaylorMade, which is why they’ve produced the all-new Project (s) that aims to offers soft feel around the greens, but still with low driver spin and substantial driver distance. 

The dual-distance core in the Project (s) reduces  compression for softer feel while maintaining rebound and speed.  The outer core is a softer-resilient polymer that continues to improve feel and velocity. 

An aerodynamic ionomer cover, paired with TaylorMade’s high-lift 342LDP dimple pattern, decreases drag to increase distance. Overall, a great budget option for beginners likely to lose a few balls in the trees or lakes during their round.

The best golf balls: Titleist Pro V1 12

3. Titleist Pro V1

The best golf ball for distance, but with short game control

Specifications
Quantity: 12
Dimples: 352
Handicap: Everyone
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+Great all-round ball+No.1 choice for touring pros
Reasons to avoid
-Can be rather expensive

Titleist likes to remind us that that the Pro V1 is the No 1 ball used by professionals on worldwide golf tours, but that it's a great ball for non-superstars as well.

The ball is manufactured to perfectly balance short game control without sacrificing good yardage from the tee. Whether it achieves that might be subjective, but our testers sing the Pro V1’s praises as a great all-round golf ball with consistent results.

This model is one of the most expensive in our round-up of the best golf balls, but if you have at least some level of skill it's worth the investment. If you're a total newbie, consider one of the cheaper options here to hone your skills first.

The best golf balls: Vice Pro Soft

4. Vice Pro Soft

The best golf ball for increased visibility

Specifications
Quantity: 12
Dimples: 336
Handicap: Beginners to intermediate
Colour: White, Lime, Red
Reasons to buy
+Optimal flight trajectory+Great value for a pro golf ball
Reasons to avoid
-Only available online, not in pro shops

The Pro Soft has been optimised for distance for serious amateurs who have a medium-to-fast swing speed. This is one of a range of premium golf balls by Vice, available at a lower price compared to similar spec models. 

Vice says the Pro Soft is the the first matte-finished cast urethane golf ball in the world, thanks to silicate particles in the lacquer, which creates an anti-glare effect when you’re addressing the ball. 

Improved visibility in the sky and on the ground is another reason why the Pro Soft has made our round-up of the best golf balls you can buy. Also, S2TG tech in the cover has created a very thin skin, which some reviewers say creates nearly as much backspin on iron shots into greens as top tour balls.

The best golf balls: TaylorMade TPX5

5. TaylorMade TP5x

The best celeb-endorsed golf ball, for pros and amateurs alike

Specifications
Quantity: 12
Dimples: 332
Handicap: Everyone
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+Great for all styles of play+Good for green and tee
Reasons to avoid
-Quite a bit of spin 

Now famously used by former world No.1 golfer Rory McIlroy, who says: "I started hitting the TP5x ball and I was like 'Oh my, this is what I've been missing’."

Made with five layers, leading manufacturer TaylorMade intendS for these balls to be compatible with every club in your bag, on the tee or the green.

A favourite in our best golf balls round-up, the TP5x's core supplies progressive compression to transfer as much energy from your swing to the ball and a dual-spin cover that ensures accuracy when putting. 

Some reviewers say there’s a little too much spin on the ball, but others conclude that it’s a decent alternative to the Titleist Pro V1. 

The best golf balls: Mizuno MP-S

6. Mizuno MP-S

An enhanced golf ball for better players looking to improve their game

Specifications
Quantity: 12
Dimples: 330
Handicap: : Sub 15
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+Easy way to improve+Relatively affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not great for less able players

The Mizuno MP-S balls are aimed at better players whose games could do with something to help improve them. Thanks to the three-piece construction this is Mizuno's most responsive ball in its range making it perfect for controlled, accurate shots. 

There is still plenty of power and range to be had out of the MP-S thanks to the 330 dimple construction which aids in flight. This high number of dimples also helps to keep the ball more stable in flight making it great even in windy conditions.

The ball's outer layer is just 0.5mm thick which helps to further aid in ball speed. This makes this ball great driving off the tee for range as well as accuracy when struck just right. The outer is a refined urethane material which also helps to further increase the velocity of this ball in flight.

The best golf balls: Callaway Chrome Soft

7. Callaway Chrome Soft 2018

The best golf ball for weekend warriors

Specifications
Quantity: 12
Dimples: 332
Handicap: Everyone
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+Made from superhero material graphene +Hard as nails for longer distance
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks a little feel

For those golfers who are after more distance without paying a premium, there’s new 2018 four-piece Chrome Soft ball by respected brand Callaway. For 2018, it has a new Graphene Dual SoftFast Core. 

Graphene is the strongest and thinnest material on earth. Only one atom thick, it weighs a seventh of the weight of air, yet is still 200 times stronger than steel. 

This means the Chrome Soft golf ball has the thinnest possibly outer core, and a larger inner core, which enables Callaway to enhance the ball’s speed, while retaining soft feel for around and on the greens. 

Thanks to aerodynamically designed Hex dimples, the Chrome Soft also provides longer carry distance off the tee and long shots into greens.