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Golf Ball Compression
When a used golf ball is struck by a golf club, it is compressed, deformed and flattened by the force of impact (golf ball compression rating is less with harder core used golf balls than softer cored balls). Generally speaking, a harder (low compression used golf ball) travels further than a softer or high compression used golf ball. This is due to less compression at the point of impact, resulting in more energy transfer from golf club to ball.
Golf Ball Compression Rating
A few years ago, a number might appear on a ball indicating the golf ball's compression rating. A golf balls compression rating is a term that applies to how dense the ball is. A golf ball's compression rating -- is a rating of the softness or hardness of the ball. Generally speaking, the lower the compression rating the easier the ball compresses.
Until solid core balls drove the wound golf ball into virtual extinction in the late 90s, compression rating was a big deal to golfers. A low compression golf ball (compression rating of 70 or 80 for a wound ball) was regarded as an indicator that ball was a "ladies ball." A high compression rating of 110 meant you had to swing very hard to make that particular golf ball compress appropriately in order to respond properly upon impact.
Check out the assorted levels of golf ball compressions below to browse and find the perfect golf ball for you!
Low Compression Golf Balls
Today, we know that compression relates much more to feel than it does to golf ball distance. Solid, soft-core low compression golf balls are a huge segment of the golf ball market in todays market. , Today compressions can be in the low 30s or 40s ranging upward to 100 or so.
When these low-compression golf balls first appeared on the market, manufacturers felt there was still a stigma attached to low compression balls. They felt a low-compression golf ball would be viewed as a "ladies ball," and so numbers representing compression were dropped from most golf balls.
You'll still find them on some brands and they are almost certain to be -- two digits.