We thought we would have a little fun with this one. But before we get to recommending the best golf ball for the average golfer, we had better figure out exactly who he is and what type of ball would suit his game. According to National Golf Foundation, Golf Monthly and the US Census Bureau the average golfer looks like this:
- Plays 18.2 rounds a year
- Loses 1.3 balls a round
- Household income of more than 100k
Based on our interpretations of the data our average golfer profile looks like this. His 14.5 handicap suggests he would be looking for a ball that is somewhat playable not just a driving ball so more likely a Urethane cover. Adding in the 93-mph swing speed it is more likely a 3-piece ball since there would be limited returns using a tour ball requiring greater striking power. With the relatively high household income and an estimated 24 balls lost per season there is no reason to think that the extra 60-70 dollars a season for premium balls would be an issue.
So, if this is you then here are our recommendations for the 5 best balls for the average golfer.
Our 5 top picks
|TaylorMade Tour Response||Titleist AVX||Volvik Tour S3||Callaway E•R•C Soft||Bridgestone Tour B RXS|
|Feel||Very Soft||Very Soft||Medium||Soft||Softer|
|Colors||W / Y||W / Y||W / O||W / Y||W / Y|
|Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon|
TaylorMade Tour Response – Our pick for best golf balls for the average golfer
- 3-Piece construction
- 332 seamless dimple pattern
- 100% soft Tour cast urethane cover
- Tour HFMq SPEEDMANTLE
- High spring core for faster speed and longer distance
- Increased groove interaction
- Low 40 compression
- Very Soft Feel
- Medium Driver Spin
- High Flight
TaylorMade believes the Tour Response is made for you. If you are a Mid Handicapper, who likes a low compression ball geared for distance of the tee with a great touch and feel around the greens then maybe they are absolutely right.
The 3-piece urethane covered ball has all the feel and performance of a premium ball but priced at a lower price point. It is a great ball for average swing speed golfers since it loves to get up and out there off the tee. Players will not feel they are giving up distance and still plays very well into the green.
We felt that the TaylorMade Tour Response really hit the sweet spot as far as delivering a ball that truly aligned with the derived profile and this is why it is our choice for the best golf balls for the average golfer.
Tour Response’s key selling points:
Engineered to Respond to Your Game
An ultra-low 40 compression core gives you a softer feel while maximizing energy transfer and rebound at impact, resulting in greater distance.
100% Urethane Cover
A soft, cast urethane cover allows the grooves of the wedge to better grip the golf ball for increased green-side spin. A crosslinking chemical reaction forms the urethane material, which creates an irreversible link for improved shear resistance and greater durability.
A core made from soft flexible materials with increased elastic components delivers better and softer feel with an ultra-low 40 compression.
Speedmantle™ with HFMq
A firmer second layer surrounds the soft inner core and allows for an explosive transfer of energy and increased ball speeds.
Our Runner Up – best golf balls for the average golfer
The Titleist AVX is designed to complement the premium line next to the ProV1 and ProV1x. For those golfers not able to generate the swing speeds or manage the increased driver spin rates of the flagship models the AVX is a great option.It delivers excellent scoring control for golfers who prioritize distance and extremely soft feel with a piercing, low ball flight. The newest version has improved the balance between distance and feel making it ideal for all around play.
- 3-Piece construction
- Unique Spherically-Tiled 352 Catenary Dimple Design
- Long Distance
- Low flight
- Low driver Spin
- Very Soft Feel
- Excellent Greenside Spin and Control
- Low compression
- Large Core Formulation
- High Flex Casing Layer
- Thin Cast Urethane Elastomer Cover
The AVX ‘s key selling points:
You’ll notice more distance on all your shots, due to a large core formulation, thin cover and unique aerodynamic dimple design that generates a piercing, low flight.
Increased Spin and Control
The thin urethane cover system gives you more precise control on scoring shots into the green.
Designed for Speed
The Titleist AVX golf ball is designed for high ball speed and long distance along with excellent greenside spin and control with very soft feel.
Our Other top picks for the best golf balls for the average golfer
Grabbing the last podium position the Volvik Tour S3 takes 3rd place on our best golf balls for average golfers list. It is a 3-piece mid-launch, low spin trajectory golf ball optimized for driver swing speeds from 95-110 mph. Those players who do not meet the needed swing speeds will not profit from the ball’s construction so ideally, they should be respected. Volvik’s patented VU-X Urethane cover, and 336 dimples provide for excellent control while still keeping spin rates from the tee low.
The S3’s uses the mixed power core with Bismuth metal and rubber to boost the balls resiliency and energy transfer. These gains are realized due to the expansion of the Bismuth material in the core by 3.5% in volume. Volkik has registered the world’s first patent using Bismuth to improve a golf balls performance.
The Tour S3 is a premium golf ball that is targeted at low to mid-level handicap players.
Volvik Tour S3
- Unique 3 Piece Oversized BISMUTH Mixed Core Construction
- Patented 336 Quasi-Cuboctahedron dimple pattern
- Patented VU-X Urethane Cover
- Soft feel
- Maximum Distance for swing speeds 85-105 mph
- Low Driver Spin
- High Wedge Spin
- Mid-height trajectory
- Medium 85 compression
If you are looking for a soft golf ball that performs well on the lower range of average swing speeds then it is worth giving the Callaway E•R•C Soft a try. Callaway’s claims it is their longest soft ball and we have not seen anything to prove them wrong. The new Hybrid Cover, with an Impact Modifier (PARALOID™), from Dow is one of the strongest, and still flexible, materials we have seen on a golf ball.
The E•R•C Soft does deliver a good combination of a ball that can be launched long and high from the tee while keeping low spin speeds that are important for the less accomplished golfer. The feel is soft and there is a moderate amount of spin into and around the green but there are balls that will give you more in this area. Some will like the triple alignment tracks for a little additional guidance on the greens but we are not sure if this translated into any stroked saved in our trials.
Since this is Callaways answer to the Titleist AVX is is only fitting that it also makes our best golf balls for average player rankings.
The Callaway E•R•C Soft
- 3-piece construction
- 332 Dimples
- Designed with groundbreaking technologies
- Multi-material Hybrid Cover
- Graphene-infused Dual SoftFast Core optimizes energy transfer
- Triple Track with Vernier Visual Acuity
- Low driver spin
- High Flight
- Fast ball speed
- Soft Feel
- High greenside spin
- Medium 60 compression
The E•R•C Soft key selling points:
Maximum Ball Speed and Total Performance from Tee-To-Green
High Energy Core is engineered to increase ball speed and distance through the bag. The core also works with the High-Speed Mantle to boost resilience and speed.
Exceptional Feel, Control and Spin with Long Distance
The new Hybrid Cover features an innovative PARALOID™ Impact Modifier made from DOW. This allows us to create a highly versatile, multi-material construction. It’s how we deliver an incredible combination of maximized distance from high launch and low spin, soft feel, durability, and excellent greenside control.
Enhanced Ball Speed and Control
Our High-Speed Mantle creates more efficient energy transfer between the layers for more ball speed, and provides more wedge spin around the green.
Advanced Alignment from Triple Track Technology
We’ve prominently featured our popular Triple Track lines on ERC Soft to help you focus and find the right alignment for every putt
To be clear the Bridgestone Tour B RXS is a great golfball. The only reason that it is down on our best golf balls for the average golfer list is that it pushes the limits of the average golfer. While the B RXS requires a little more ability to control the ball some of the other options can be more forgiving.
The Bridgestone Tour B RXS received an update last year introducing their new REACTIVE cover technology. The result, a more balanced ball with both impressive distance and green side spin. The RX line is the softer of Bridgestones flagship line of balls and the B RXS is the softest of them all. The ball does generate a medium-high 3000+ rpm from the drive which is best suited for low to mid handicappers.
The Bridgestone Tour B RXS
- 3-piece construction
- 338 Dual Dimple design
- Urethane Cover
- Softer Feel
- Medium-High Driver Spin
- High Flight
- Maximum greenside spin
The Tour B RXS key selling points:
Faster speed and reduced spin off the driver Gradational Core
Added distance and forgiveness comes from the Gradational Compression core. Higher initial ball speed and lower side spin from the Gradational Compression core help give you an advantage on the course.
Extra distance and enhanced aerodynamics are a result of the Dual Dimple technology. The added distance comes from a more efficient ball trajectory thanks to less drag when the ball is in flight.
Consistent flight and performance are a result of the proprietary Seamless Cover Technology. The perfect performance and aerodynamic balance comes from a manufacturing processes that creates a perfectly balanced dimple pattern.
This year I am tracking all the balls I find during my golf rounds to come up with this years winner of the OFF PIST GOLF BALL OF THE YEAR. If you would like to see if any of our recommendations strayed from the fairway come take a look.