Golf Ball Information Chart (layers, spin, compression)

There are a lot of things that you should consider when looking for new golf balls. The three most important factors to consider are the layers, the spin, and the compression of your balls. 

You should also factor in your swing speed when you are making your decision. We have compiled a chart of some of the most popular golf balls below to help you make the most informed choice. 

Golf ball layers

The layers on golf balls range from 2 to 6. 2-layer balls have a thin outer layer around a very large and solid center. The outer layer is very tough. These balls do not spin very much but can travel very far. They will not slice or hook. 

3-layer and 4-layer golf balls are the most common types. These have a fairly soft outer layer underpinned by 1 or 2 middle layers. These layers are all wrapped around a core. This is commonly solid but can occasionally be liquid. These balls will spin a lot, giving you lots of control over your balls on the green. These are perfect for playing draws and fades. 

5-layer golf balls are a relatively modern invention. They were invented and developed in 2010. The first model of its kind is the TaylorMade Penta. It has very similar benefits to the 3- and 4-layer balls. You can also get 6-layer balls, but again, these are not that common. 

Golf ball spin

The spin of a golf ball has a huge impact on how high and how far your shot will travel. It is not a number that is commonly taken into account, but we believe that it should be. This is what dictates the slices and hooks that you can perform during your game. 

If you can control the golf ball spin well, you are able to stop the ball with speed, keeping it close to the hole. Low spin balls are best for people who want to carry out a lot of hooks and slices. Medium spin balls are best for players who want to draw and fade the ball, to make it stop on the green. High speed balls are the best for people who want a lot of control over their balls, like scratch players. 

Golf ball compression

Compression is a measurement of how much the ball compresses against your golf club as it is hit. This is measured in a number that dictates a level of compression. As the compression is released, the ball is hit away from its starting position. 

Generally speaking, slower swing speeds are better suited to lower compression balls. High compression balls will work better for golfers with high swing speeds. This is because the lower the swing speed, the less compression is needed to launch the ball. 

Low compression balls have a compression rating of 65 or less. These are best suited to people with a swing speed of 85 mph or less. Mid-range compression balls have a rating of 66-89 and are best for people with swing speeds of around 85 - 105 mph. High compression balls have a rating of 90 or more. These are best for people with a swing speed of 105 mph or more. 

What are some signs that you are using the wrong ball?

If your hits are traveling a shorter distance than the other people you are playing with, it could be down to your choice of ball. If you have roughly the same swing speeds, it may be worth playing around with the compression on your ball.

If the ball is traveling very high in the air, your ball’s compression is too low. If it gets very high up then this simply means there is a lot of backspin on the ball. This causes you to lose control and distance over the ball. This is an issue when the ball is too soft relative to your swing speed.

If the ball is traveling very close to the ground this can also indicate you have chosen the wrong ball. This usually happens when your ball is too hard for the swing speeds you possess. This is known as a flat ball flight. It happens when your swing speeds are not forceful enough to adequately compress the ball and launch it forwards. To fix this, look for a golf ball with a softer feel. 

It is a good idea to stick with the same brand if you are experimenting with different ball compressions. Try varying models of their golf balls and see if any of the others perform better for you. Most brands have a range of compressions designed for different proficiencies and styles of golfer, and one should suit you perfectly. 

Bridgestone

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Tour B RX 
3
Mid
High
65
Mid
Mid
Tour B RXS
3
Mid
High
65
Soft 
Mid
Tour B X
3
Mid
High
85
Mid 
Fast 
Tour B XS
3
Mid
High
85
Soft 
Fast
e12 Contact
3
Low
Mid
70
Soft
Mid
e12 Soft
3
Low 
Mid 
50
Soft 
Mid 
e12 Speed
3
Low 
Mid 
75
Mid 
Fast 
e6
2
Low 
Low 
45
Soft
Mid 
e6 Lady
2
Low 
Low 
40
Soft
Mid 
Laddie Extreme
2
Low 
Low 
Low 
Soft
Slower 

Callaway

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Chrome Soft
3
Low 
High 
75
Soft 
Mid 
Chrome Soft X
4
Low 
High 
90
Soft 
Fast 
ERC Soft
2
Low 
Mid 
60 
Soft 
Mid 
Strata Eagle
3
Low 
Low 
Medium 
Mid 
Mid 
Superhot
3
Low 
Mid 
50
Soft 
Mid 
Supersoft
2
Low 
Mid  
40
Soft 
Slower 
Supersoft Magma
2
Low 
Mid 
40 
Soft 
Slower 
Warbird
2
Low 
Mid 
90
Mid 
Mid

Cut

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Blue
3
Mid 
High 
90 
Mid 
Fast 
DC
4
Mid 
High 
105
Firm 
Fast 
Grey
3
Mid 
Mid 
80
Mid 
Mid 
Matte 
3
Mid 
Mid 
65
Mid 
Mid 
Red
2
Low 
Low 
60 
Mid 
Slower

Mizuno

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
RB Tour
4
Low 
High 
90
Soft 
Fast 
RB Tour X
4
Mid 
High 
110
Soft 
Fast 
RB 566
2
Low 
Mid 
Low 
Soft 
Slow / mid 
RB 566 V
3
Low 
High 
Low 
Soft 
Mid

Snell

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Get Sum
2
Low 
Low 
Low 
Soft
Slower 
MTB-Black
3
Low 
Mid 
80
Mid 
Mid 
MTB-X
3
Low 
Mid 
90
Firm 
Mid

Srixon

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Soft Feel
2
Mid 
Mid 
60
Soft 
Slower 
Q-Star
2
Mid 
Mid 
75
Mid 
Mid 
Q-Star Tour
3
Mid 
Mid 
70
Soft 
Mid 
Z-Star
3
Mid 
High 
90
Mid 
Mid 
Z-Star XV
4
Mid 
High 
100
Mid 
Fast

Taylormade

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Noodle Long and Soft
2
Low 
Low 
35
Soft 
Slow 
Project (a)
3
Low 
Mid 
70
Mid 
Mid 
Soft Response
3
Low 
Mid 
Low 
Soft 
Mid 
Tour Response
3
Low 
High 
70
Soft 
Mid 
TP5 
5
Mid 
High 
80
Soft 
Mid 
TP5 Pix
5
Mid 
High 
85
Soft 
Mid 
TP5X
5
Mid 
High 
90
Soft 
Fast 
TP5X Pix
5
Mid 
High 
100
Soft 
Fast

Titleist

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
AVX
3
Low 
High 
80
Soft 
Mid 
Pro V1
3
Low 
High 
90
Soft 
Mid 
Pro V1X
4
Low 
High 
100
Mid 
Fast 
Tour Soft
2
Low 
Mid 
65
Soft 
Mid 
Tour Speed
3
Low 
Mid 
80 
Mid 
Mid 
TruFeel
2
Low 
Mid 
Low 
Soft 
Slow 
Velocity
2
Low 
Mid 
Medium
Mid 
Mid

Vice

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Drive
2
Low 
Low 
Low 
Soft 
Slow 
Pro 
3
Low 
High 
Low 
Mid 
Mid 
Pro Plus
4
Low 
High 
High 
Mid 
Fast 
Pro Soft
3
Low 
High 
Low 
Soft 
Slow 
Tour
3
Low 
Mid 
Low 
Mid 
Mid

Volvik

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Crystal
3
Low 
Low 
High 
Firm 
Slow 
Power Soft
2
Low 
Low 
70
Soft 
Mid 
S3
3
Low 
High 
85
Mid 
Mid 
S4
4
Low 
High 
95
Mid 
Fast 
Solice
3
Low 
Mid 
Medium 
Mid 
Mid 
Vivid
3
Low 
Mid 
80
Mid 
Slow 
Vivid Lite
3
Low 
Low 
75
Mid 
Slow 
ViMax Soft
2
Low 
Low 
75
Soft 
Slow 
XT AMT
3
Low 
Mid 
90
Firm 
Mid 
XT Soft
3
Mid 
Mid 
70 
Mid 
Slow

Wilson

Name
Layers
Long game spin
Short game spin
Compression
Feel
Swing speed
Duo Optix
2
Low 
Low 
30
Mid 
Slow 
Duo Professional
3
Mid 
High 
60
Mid 
Mid 
Duo Soft +
2
Low 
Low 
35
Soft 
Slow 
Fifty Elite
2
Low 
Mid 
50
Soft 
Slow 
Staff Mode 4
4
Mid 
High 
High 
Mid 
Fast 
Tour Velocity Distance
2
Low 
Low 
Medium 
Firm 
Mid
Tour Velocity Feel
2
Low 
Low 
Medium 
Firm 
Mid 
Zip
2
Low 
Mid
Low 
Mid 
Mid

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