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Between sporting goods stores, online outlets, and local pro shopS, picking out the right golf ball can be frustrating. While all golf balls may more or less look alike, they won’t all play the same way.
You’ll first want to consider two things when shopping: How well you know your game and what you want the golf ball to do for you. Next, work from the green backward. You want a ball optimized to your wedges and irons first since you’ll use those clubs most. After that, calibrate the rest of your game to fit the ball that works best for approaches and around the greens.
Below are five of the best golf balls, including my favorite overall, the Titleist AVX. Although this list isn’t exhaustive, it’s based on my own personal playing preferences and research; I’m a regular golfer who’s written about the game and its equipment for the last five years, and I’ve spent plenty of time playing with, testing, and analyzing almost every golf ball on the market.
You’ll also find insight into how I test golf balls, as well as answers to a few FAQs, at the end of this guide.
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Here are the best golf balls
Best overall: Titleist AVX, available at Dicks, $49.99
The Titleist AVX is a premium ball that works for slower swingers and is incredibly durable.
Best budget: Snell MTB-X, available at Snell, $34.99
Snell Golf’s MTB-X offers a high level of performance that you don’t find elsewhere at this price point.
Best tour ball: Bridgestone Tour B RXS, available at Amazon, $47.99
The Bridgestone Tour B RXS maximizes driver distance with a new cover designed to help spin (and stop) wedge shots.
Best new ball: Mizuno RB Tour and Tour X, available at Mizuno, from $35
Mizuno’s recently released RB Tour and Tour X ball is an impressive new tour ball that costs under $40 and delivers some serious driving distance.
Best for control: Wilson Staff Model R, available at Wilson, $49.99
The Wilson Staff Model R grips like a spider around the greens, giving you a bit more grab on short shots on the green.