In golf, like in many other aspects of sport and life, you get what you pay for. After rigorous testing, we can confirm that the best balls tend to be the most expensive ones. Naturally, the balls with higher prices tend to have more science and technology behind them.
Having said that, value options can still be found and some of the cheaper balls are still capable of offering great feel and performance levels. We know that not everyone wants to spend huge amounts on golf balls, so we’ll be looking at a variety of products with a wide range of prices here today.
Breaking Down the Best Golf Balls on the Market
This year’s top golf ball list is a nice combination of classic balls that have been reimagined like the Tour Preferred and, of course, the Pro V1 and what we are calling ‘new classics’ like the Chrome Soft and RZN. Without further ado, let’s kick off our complete list of best golf balls for 2016.
Callaway Chrome Soft ($40)
The Chrome Soft rewrites the rules around ball softness. This new design from Callaway is made from four pieces, with a tough cover and a more flexible core to offer extra reliability and a bit of extra spin.
Bridgestone B330 Series ($40-45)
This series contains a few different balls. The B330 and B330S are well-suited to people with rapid swings, while the RX and RXS are designed to be a little softer, offering additional spin.
Nike RZN Tour ($48)
Nike’s famous RZN technology is in use once again here. This balls has a RZN core to glide through the air more smoothly, along with grooved edges for stronger drives. The cover of the ball is covered in thousands of miniscule dimples to aid with flight.
Srixon Z-Star/XV ($45)
These balls look almost identical at first glance, but they each feature quite different technology. The XV has a unique dual core and is best-suited to fast-swinging golfers who are looking for big drives. Meanwhile, the regular Star is a little softer and offers extra spin.
Titleist Pro V1/X ($48)
One of the more expensive items on the list, but these Pro balls are worthy of their price tag. The regular V1 is the softer of the two, while the V1X offers better flight. Both balls offer a really nice overall feel and top class performance.
TaylorMade Tour Preferred/X ($48)
A lot of technology has gone into the layering of these balls, which are both made up from four pieces. The regular ball is softer with a more flexible core, while the X variant offers some more spin with its tough cover.
Volvik Vibe ($36)
The Vibe is the softest ball we’ve ever seen from Volvik thanks to its exceedingly low-compression core. This ball is very well-suited to people with slower or average swings and offers less spin than most other brands.
TaylorMade Project (A) ($35)
Another low compression ball here, made up of several carefully-balanced layers. This TaylorMade ball has a urethane cover for a nice amount of spin that offers a good experience all-round.
Titleist NXT Tour ($35)
The NXT has a really nice cover that provides extra levels of control, particularly when hitting the ball short distances. This ball also has a slightly larger-than-normal core to reduce spin on the big drives.
Bridgestone E5 ($29)
The cover of the E5 is riddled with countless little dimples to reduce friction and improve flight direction. This ball offers excellent launch and will work well for big swingers.
Wilson Duo Urethane ($38)
One of the softest balls on our list, the Duo Urethane contains an incredibly low-compression core rating of just 25. Despite being so soft, this ball is still able to carry a lot of energy.
Bridgestone E6 ($29)
The E6, like many other Bridgestone balls, has a widely-dimpled cover to improve flight and smoothness. This ball also contains a thin layer placed between the core and the cover to provide a bit of extra control for the player.
Callaway Superhot 55 ($28)
Another ball with a very low-compression core, the Superhot 55 provides reliable shots that travel smoothly through the air. The cover is also quite soft to offer some extra control.
Nike RZN Speed Red ($30)
The grooved RZN core of this ball helps to store up energy and help the ball travel further. Meanwhile, the cover has been carefully dimpled to ease up on the friction levels.
Nike RZN Speed White ($30)
Like its sibling, the White variant of Nike’s RZN Speed range has a grooved core for big hits. However, this ball is a little softer and provides some extra spin. The difference between the White and Red balls is minimal, but could still have an impact on the way you play.
Snell MY Tour Ball ($32)
This ball is made up from three pieces, with a thin layer between cover and core to help with extra control and reduced spin on big hits and drives. The urethane cover helps to provide extra spin on short-game shots.
TaylorMade Aeroburner Pro ($27)
TaylorMade has done a good job with this particular ball. The Aeroburner Pro has a soft cover to improve spin levels on short hits, while the soft core inside manages to improve the player’s control over long drives.
Titleist NXT Tour S ($35)
This ball is soft all over and simply charges through the air. It works well with a wide range of clubs and offers a pleasant feel.
Titleist Velocity ($27)
As the name suggests, this ball is all about speed and distance. Velocity is a two-piece ball with a big core and slim cover to offer the best speeds possible.
Vice Pro Plus ($35)
Another urethane cover helps this ball to have a good degree of spin on short hits. Two layers of mantle encourage the ball to move further and faster.
Wilson Duo Spin ($27)
Incredibly, the softness of this ball is actually below zero (-55, to be exact). The Duo Spin is a really soft ball with low levels of spin off big drives.
Callaway Supersoft ($22)
As the name suggests, Callaway was looking to make a very soft ball here and succeeded quite well. The Supersoft is more of a budget offering compared to other balls but has a great feel.
Pinnacle Soft ($16)
The cheapest ball on our list today, the Pinnacle Soft has a low compression rating and is capable of offering a comfortable feel and good distances.
Snell Get Sum ($21)
This ball has a big core for bonus speed, along with a thin cover with very high launches and smooth flight.
Srixon Q-Star ($25)
Another two-piece ball here, the Q-Star’s cover actually boosts friction to offer cleaner impacts. This gives the player additional control.
Titleist DT Trusoft ($22)
The softest ball that Titleist has ever made. The Trusoft has some powerful technology behind it and works reliably for a range of different shots.
Top Flite Gamer Tour ($25)
One of the only multi-layer balls available for such a low price, the Gamer Tour is well-designed to offer additional spin for the short game.
Wilson Duo ($20)
Another ball from Wilson with a very low compression rating. The Duo has a soft all-round feel while also being able to offer huge launches and plenty of distance.