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Best Golf Balls for Distance of 2018 – Complete Reviews with Comparisons

Best Golf Balls for Distance of 2018 - Complete Reviews with Comparisons
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There are many golfers out there who have nearly mastered the short game but still struggle to consistently drive over 200 yards. No matter how many clubs they try and technique adjustments they make, some still can’t get top yardage.

One potential solution is to change their golf balls. The best golf balls for distance on the market don’t compromise ground control as much as some players may think, so they’re often worth a try.

The following golf balls are some of the best if you’re looking to improve your long shots while still maintaining decent control over the short shots. However, keep in mind that some of them will be better suited for you than others since they each has a certain skill level requirement that you simply must account for.

Comparison Chart

Volvik Vivid Golf Balls, Prior Generation (One Dozen)

Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls, Prior Generation, (One Dozen)

Oncore ELIXR Golf Balls

Bridgestone 2015 Lady Precept Golf Balls 12-Ball Pack

Wilson Ultra 500 Distance Golf Balls

Best Golf Balls for Distance Reviews

1. Volvik Vivid Golf Balls

While not the most popular golf balls out there, the Korean-made Volvik Vivid are garnering a lot of attention among amateur and semi-pro golfers that need a boost in distance.

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These balls have a 3-piece design that centers around the power core. The core facilitates great explosiveness off the drive and delivers a good boost in yardage if you have a slow- to medium-swing speed. The effect however fades off as you begin to reach higher speeds of over 105 mph.

Although the emphasis is placed more on low spin in the air and lift generation, the Vivid golf balls also offer some decent stop and spin control on the ground. This gives them some decent versatility, which is nice to see given the price tag.

The balls come in a 12-pack and they have eight color choices too. All the balls have a matte finish so you won’t notice the dimples from a distance. The bright green balls make the dimples difficult to see even from up close, but don’t worry, they are part of the design.

The superior visibility courtesy of the bright colors will allow you to track each long shot and make adjustments on the fly to your technique should you notice any problems with your planned trajectory. While not important for performance, the unique look of the Vivid golf balls also makes you stand out on the course.

PROS

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    Good lift
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    Medium flight trajectory
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    Decent ground control
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    Superior visibility

CONS

  • A bit pricey for the overall performance
  • High swing speeds are not favored

2. Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls

The Chrome Soft is the successor to Callaway’s SuperSoft golf ball series. These balls clearly come with improved design features and responsiveness. They’re a solid product made by one of the most popular and consistent golf equipment manufacturers in the world.

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The Chrome Soft golf balls aim to deliver balanced control for both long shots and short game situations. However, the lift and the carry seem to be the focus here. Along with the hex dimple pattern, a low spin ratio in the air gives the Chrome Soft a very straight trajectory whether you lack swing speed or not.

They also offer good correction for slice shots off the tee. Being able to achieve extra distance with a driver and irons is what you should be looking for in a distance golf ball, but, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice too much ground control either.

The balance between the two that the Chrome Soft offers is pretty nice. This is achieved by using a four-piece design including a tournament-quality polyurethane cover which gives the balls a very soft feel.

To make things even sweeter, there are also some interesting design features that improve your ability to track the ball. All the balls in this line have a soccer ball pattern painted on them. Two versions also have a solid color yellow background.

PROS

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    Superior control in the air
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    Solid ground control
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    Good value for the money
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    Good visibility features

CONS

  • Not forgiving to medium handicap players
  • Doesn’t help those with slow swing speeds

3. OnCore ELIXR Golf Balls

OnCore golf balls are a perfect example of how sports science has evolved over the years. OnCore is one of the few manufacturers that experimented with hollow metal cores. The intricate design and optimization allows them to make some of the highest velocity golf balls on the market today.

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The ELIXR golf balls have a feel superior to almost any regular golf balls, but perhaps not quite as good as what some brands use as X models. The cast urethane cover has a premium feel that brings them close to most tournament-quality balls.

The ground control is advertised as premium too. However, on the putter, you may feel like the ball is grabbing the club face, even if for the slightest moment. What’s very interesting is that the balls seem to react pretty much the same whether you have an average swing speed of 90 mph or a high speed of consistently over 110 mph.

This allows the OnCore ELIXR golf balls to work to the advantage of both beginner and expert golfers. The flight trajectory is high and given a good carry time provided by the low spin, the ELIXR golf balls are able to achieve impressive distances.

However, the balls still have a 10% mid-air spin gap compared to top tournament balls. This holds true whether using your driver or iron. But, because the peak height is sometimes higher, the end result is comparable. The flight trajectory is where things change a bit as medium- and low-swing speed golfers may find it hard to project a straight flight pattern.

PROS

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    Solid ground control
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    Great distance potential
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    Extra peak height
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    Very soft feel

CONS

  • The balls require an above-average skill level
  • Not suitable for slow swing speeds

4. Bridgestone Lady Precept Golf Balls

Bridgestone is just too good at making golf balls not to get involved in designing women’s golf balls of premium quality. Case in point, the Lady Percept has some of the most popular and perhaps even the best golf balls for distance that women can rely on to deliver in the air and on the green.

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These low compression golf balls have the potential to maximize your long shots whether you tend to average 125 yards or over 200 yards. The two-piece construction emphasizes low air spin while the 330 dimples provide the necessary aerodynamics for a penetrating trajectory.

Now, the lack of additional inner layers in the build means that the ground control is not that impressive. For professional golfers, the Lady Percept golf balls have little to offer in terms of chips or putts.

Still, the roll is decent enough, especially in this price range. But, with a compression rating that seems to come close to that of a Bridgestone E6 (50-rating), the ground control doesn’t even seem to come up in discussions.

The core allows you to get a higher launch angle and better peak height than almost any other women’s golf balls on the market. That’s probably because the core is also bigger than in other models. With the cover being so thin, the soft feel provides almost the perfect feedback off the drive.

PROS

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    Near tournament-quality feel
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    Larger core
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    Optimized for long shots
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    Higher launch angle

CONS

  • Average short game control
  • Not too reliable in the rough

5. Wilson Ultra 500 Golf Balls

Unless you’ve never watched sports in your life, you simply can’t help but recognize Wilson as one of the most legendary sports equipment manufacturers in the world. The company’s approach to golf balls is to make something for everyone, which is why they also offer plenty of budget-friendly choices.

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The Ultra 500 golf balls have a two-piece construction that focuses on delivering distance by maximizing the initial velocity. The optimization is achieved by the titanium core; titanium has excellent energy transfer potential. Not only that, but it also shows fewer differences in cold weather vis-à-vis warm weather.

The cover is also high-end, at least in terms of durability. The Ultra 500 may be some of the cheapest distance golf balls, but the cut-proof cover sure gives them a feel and a performance outside their price range.

Sadly, the short game control is nothing to write home about. The roll is OK but the spin is not forgiving for most amateur players. A decent level of skill is required to use the ball equally well on long shots and the green. However, this is offset by the fact that the Ultra 500s offer plenty of lift from the rough so they can get out of some sticky situations.

PROS

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    Very cheap
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    Durable cover
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    Great energy transfer
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    Promotes maximum initial velocity

CONS

  • Ground control not enough for high-handicap players

FINAL VERDICT

Still think that owning what others label as the ‘best golf balls for distance’ will guarantee the improvement of your long shots? More often than not this is the case. Even if you’re most interested in distance, your game will suffer if you don’t find a way to account for ground control.

This is why the OnCore ELIXR golf balls are our top pick. These balls have the best of both worlds as long as your swing speed is 80 mph and above. The ball velocity is impressive and the launch angle is very high. Compared to others, the ELIXR golf balls have the potential to consistently hit 4 ft. higher in peak average height.

A special mention should also go to the Bridgestone Lady Percept golf balls, which have the potential to allow women golfers reach distances of over 200 yards with consistency. It’s no wonder they’re insanely popular.

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