Conventional wisdom might suggest that the high-end golf balls used by touring pros provide the best option for amateurs. After all, professionals surely use the best equipment available. The facts, however, suggest otherwise. The average swing speed of a touring pro -- somewhere between 110 and 115 mph -- brings vastly different results with the premium golf balls than the swing of an average amateur. This raises the question of what ball is best for amateur swing speeds -- in the neighborhood of 90 mph.
Types of Balls
According to golfballguide.com, balls come in three basic constructions: two-piece, three-piece hybrid and three- or four-piece high-end performance. The number of pieces relates to the number of parts in the core of the ball. The characteristics of the three- or four-piece high-end balls, suited for higher swing speeds, appeals to professionals. Two-piece balls perform well for swing speeds lower than 85 mph. The three-piece hybrid ball features characteristics of each of the other types of balls, designed for those players with swing speeds between 85 and 105 mph.
Knetgolf.com points out that the compression of a golf ball -- that is, the degree to which it is misshapen by the force of a golf club -- plays a major role in the distance that ball travels. Amateurs require a softer ball to manage adequate compression with their slower swing speeds. Consequently, professionals with higher swing speeds use balls that are not soft enough for amateurs to compress. Every golf ball manufacturer features a variety of balls in their line which will compress better for slower swing speeds. Pro shops and golf stores are well versed in which balls offer this characteristic.
Launch Angle and Spin
Launch angle and spin rate also have an effect on the distance a golf ball will travel -- as well as the roll it will get after it's on the ground. According to zandergolf.com, each swing speed has an optimal spin rate and launch angle. Two prominent ball manufacturers -- Bridgestone and Titleist -- have established a ball-fitting process in which players have their swings analyzed by computer to determine the ideal launch angle and spin rate. Using that information, a player can be matched to the ideal ball for their swing characteristics.
If you don't have the opportunity to take part in a ball-fitting analysis, one golf ball in particular might fit the needs of your 90-mph swing is the Bridgestone B330RX. Bridgestone designed this ball specifically with the golfer who swings the club less than 100 mph in mind. The ball possesses a softer core -- allowing for better compression -- and maintains a lower spin rate to help provide control and distance. To this point, the B330RX stands alone among premium golf balls designed for swing speeds between 90 and 100 mph.