Golf Ball Guide: Golf Balls in Cold Weather

For those hardy souls who play winter golf, remember a cold golf ball is likely to go less far than when you normally hit it, so take more club than you usually do, and by all means dress in layers and stay warm.

BOSTON, Mass – If you play golf in cold weather, we’re talking to you New Englanders, you shouldn’t expect your golf ball to perform like it does in late May or the middle of August.

Here’s why: Cold air is denser and creates more drag on the golf ball. Therefore, as the temperature drops, the golf ball flies shorter distances.

For example, your golf ball loses two yards of carry for each 10-degree drop in temperature. While an ideal temperature range for golf balls is 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures in the 40s can result in distance losses of 5 to 10 yards.

But all is not lost. You can adjust to cold-weather conditions. For instance, a soft, low-compression golf ball will perform better than other balls in cold temperatures. You can also hit more club. Reach for the 5-iron instead of the 6 or 7. (Leave your pride in the parking lot.)

Based on reliable research and testing, here are six golf balls that perform better than others when the weather turns cold:

● Bridgestone E6
● Wilson Staff Zip
● Callaway Supersoft
● Callaway Hex Solaire
● TaylorMade Noodle Long and Soft
● Titleist NXT Tour S

Lastly, store your golf balls in a warm place.

Today’s golf balls are durable and offer consistent performance thanks to advances in technology and the highest-quality manufacturing standards.

There are simple things golfers can do to get the most from this essential piece of equipment.

During and after play, clean your golf ball to remove any dirt, mud, grass stains, or other material. And clean it often, like when you get to the green (after marking) and/or before you begin playing a new hole.

Why be so fussy about golf ball cleanliness?

Because flight, direction and roll are adversely affected when a golf ball carries foreign debris. For the same performance reasons, remove a golf ball from play if you see scuffs, cuts and other imperfections.

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