While we’ve picked out what we believe to be stand out models, we understand every golfer is different, so you can click through to each retailer’s website to view their full collection.
Whenever a brand has an R & D department you imagine their products being created in a lab by men in white coats, but that’s exactly how it is with Callaway. Being one of the premier brands in golf today, it’s no surprise that the golf balls they offer give your drive, tee, and putt that scientific edge. With a wide range of types, including the ‘Chrome Soft series’, that contain unique engineering such as graphene-infused cores for increased distance and materials such as for the covering that decreases spin.
Prioritising performance in their approach to design, Mizuno has made picking the right golf ball simple by breaking them down into four categories; cover, layers, dimple design and compression. With large, velocity cores, and both ionomer and urethane covers to give you every advantage right off the tee for the ‘566 series’ and ‘Tour series’. These golf balls have been designed to perform against the wind, with specialised, drag-reducing dimples, and a strong, durable 4-piece construction that can withstand any drives you slug against them.
A relatively new brand founded in 2013, specialising in golf balls and accessories, and in that short time, have managed to take out the gold for Golf Digest’s 2020 Hot List for the ‘Pros series’. Being the gold standard brand comes with a lot of expectations, but fortunately, Vice lives up to them with 4 and 3-piece constructions, thinly layered urethane covers, High Energy Speed Cores (HESC) for higher ball speed and longer drive distance, to give you every advantage on the green.
With the tag, ‘#1 Ball In Golf’ written on the front of every box, Titleist definitely lives up to it with its range almost always being included in any ‘best of’ list you can find and has been regularly used by the pros on the tour circuit for decades now. They are always looking for what will give golfers of all levels and budgets the highest chance to hit the lowest score, and the ‘Pro V1 series’ are some of the best around. Their most well known products have been innovated and upgraded over the years with extensive research and performance testing, maintaining their spot at the top of the game.
When Tiger Woods was sponsored by Nike, and used branded golf balls, it wasn’t the swoosh that was making them and creating one of the best tour careers of all time, it was Bridgestone. Since leaving Nike, he has exclusively used Bridgstone golf balls and they are some of the most scientifically developed on the market. The higher-end balls, such as the ‘Tour B series’, use a special urethane cover technology called ‘Reactiv’ and use compression cores for more speed and dual dimple design for more roll.
A consistent and high-performing brand across all forms of golf from the major tours to the grass-roots, TaylorMade have been strong competitors in the game for decades with their technologically designed golf balls. What separates them from the pack is that they are the only tour-level ball with a 5-layer construction including a larger core for maximum height but low drag seen in their ‘TP5 series’, and finished with a soft, urethane cover, and an aerodynamic dimple design that promotes a higher flight time without sacrificing speed.
As a brand, the beginnings of Srixon are very similar to Bridgestone; they both got their start in manufacturing tyres and with the development in technology, went to the next level, making golf balls. All that really means is that they have a scientific understanding of what makes a golf ball strike the best on the course, having engineered their products, such as the ‘Z series’, with urethane and ionomer covers that feature more elasticity for more bite on the green.
Wilson Staff is the division within Wilson Sporting Goods dedicated to golf. They produced their first ball in 1954 and at the time was revolutionary when Wilson claimed that it travelled 40 percent faster than the speed of the club head. The ball quickly became a favourite among the top players on the PGA tour, so they must have been right. Today is no different, with the softest golf balls on the market, including the ‘DUO Soft series’, that have the lowest compression value for the best feel off the tee.
With over 40 years experience in golf ball production, Volvik have specialised in creating innovative, high-performing products with glossy, colourful finishes such as the ‘Vivid series’. Aside from their dual core that optimises distance by transferring the power from the more solid inner core to the softer outer layer, they have also experimented with different materials for their cores and covers such as Bismuth, that compresses in heat , and Zirconium, a base compound found in ceramic that improves durability without sacrificing spin control.
A large, soft core construction combined with an interior ionomer layer for a softer feel, optimal spin and higher ball speeds, is at the heart of Maxfli’s highest performing range of golf balls and their ‘Tour X series’ are among the best. Combine these with their ‘Centre of Gravity’ technology that is designed to align a golf ball's moment of inertia, when it makes contact with your club, with a player’s desired target for reduced side spin and higher flight, meaning every time you hit that sweet spot, that ball will go wherever you’re looking.
If you are the kind of golfer that isn’t serious about competition and enjoys a weekend round at the green or at the range, then Uther have some of the golf balls for you. Getting their start in golf towels, you know they are a creative bunch and they’ve applied that to their range of golf balls, layering their covers with colourful logos and slogans. There is more to them than that however, as all their golf balls, including the ‘Airx series’, come outfitted with ionomer covers and aerodynamic dimple patterns.
Pronounced ‘zek-si-oh’, they are the #1 brand in Japan and one of the fastest growing around the world including Australia and New Zealand. Choosing to design their products, including golf balls, around players with a moderate swing, XXIO, with the ‘X series’, have gone for a softer cover, 3 piece construction, FastLayer cores, and an SeRM coating that delivers on distance, greenside spin, and overall performance. If you're more of a casual player that isn’t on the green as often but is still looking for that advantage, then these are the golf balls for you.
The youngest brand on this list is actually the perfect brand for the kind of golfer that would never consider themselves a golfer. Union Green prides themselves on catering to those players who play on their own terms, for the love of the game and to escape the routine for the green of the course. Though that doesn’t mean the quality suffers and the ‘Pindrop series’ of golf balls are evidence of that, with their focus on all-round performance that will last all-round long.