Different golf balls affecting performance?

With golf, you have to have the right fit and clubs, but if you’re an average golfer, does the type of golf ball you use make a difference?

CHARLOTTE, NC — The course is set and players are ready to play. We all know that with golf, you have to have the right fit and the right clubs. But if you’re an average golfer, does the type of golf ball you use really make a difference?

Walk into a golf club and you’ll find a variety of golf balls ranging from $10 a dozen to $50 a dozen. As an average golfer, does it really make a difference to spend more green to get further on the green?

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For answers, we’re looking for someone who really knows the game of golf. For 66 years, Bobby Ellis has been perfecting his game. He also teaches others how to drive the ball a mile across the course at Dr. Charles Sifford since the 1980s.

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“Golf is a sensation,” Bobby said. You have to feel to play.”

Bobby tells WCNC Charlotte that when you hit a golf ball, it feels different depending on the type. Golf.com shows the difference in ball types, top-notch golf balls are made to spin off the tee less, optimize distance on longer shots and provide controls on shorter shots.

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“Expensive balls go far, and they’ll stop, you want it to stop”
said Bobby.

They also feature high compression cores and multi-layer construction. So if you can hit the ball like Bobby, splurging on the more expensive ball can help your game. However, if you are still attacking the ball, stick with the cheapest brand as it could end up in the woods, water, or sand.

As an average player, Bobby suggests finding a ball you’re comfortable with and sticking with it.

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Like when you pick up your clubs, Bobby tells WCNC that you can go in with a teacher and test to see which ball fits you best.

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