Winter conditions make it tricky to get out on the course, but not necessarily impossible. If it is just a light dusting that covers the fairways and you’re willing to brave the weather, then there is no reason you can’t squeeze in a few rounds during the colder months of the year. But just because you’re up to the task, that doesn’t mean your equipment is, especially when it comes to your golf balls. In fact, a golf ball loses about two yards of carry for every 10 degrees drop in temperature. This is due to the fact that the colder a golf ball gets, the harder it becomes, making it more difficult to compress. When teeing it up in less than ideal conditions, it’s a good idea to choose a ball that is a little softer than what you might normally play. It is also a good idea to go with a ball of the colored variety, to help increase visibility on a frosty or snow covered course. Here are the five best balls for golf in the winter, all of which can be found right here at LostGolfBalls.com.
The NXT Tour S offers the same performance as the NXT Tour with much softer feel and compression, making it perfect for a winter round. The ball’s dimple design combined with the low spin characteristics of the core means the ball has a slightly lower trajectory to provide maximum distance into cold winter winds. The ball’s bright yellow color also makes it easier to see against the grey sky. That means less time walking around looking for your ball, thus less time spent out in the cold.
The Chrome Soft is designed to offer Tour-level performance with exceptionally soft feel. The 4-piece construction and Dual SoftFast Core provide higher ball speeds and optimal spin rates to maximize performance through the bag. The low compression offers amazing feel around the green and plenty of distance in lower temperatures. It is also offered in yellow so it’ll be easy to spot sitting out there in the middle of the fairway.
The Srixon Soft Feel golf ball has been engineered to benefit golfers of all swing speeds and thus is a perfect choice for winter golf. The resilient rabalon-elastomer cover includes a "Hit Straight" alignment aid and a newly developed 328 dimple pattern for high lift and great control. The energetic gradient growth core provides explosive power on tee shots to gain higher initial velocity and squeeze maximum distance out of every shot.
The Bridgestone e6 is the softest multilayer golf ball on the market, designed to improve your accuracy, hit straighter shots, and boost your overall game. The ball’s Web Dimple enhances surface coverage for improved ball flight and more distance, perfect for cutting through dense cold air. The e6 features a soft gradational core, anti-side spin inner layer, and softer Surlyn cover for improved feel. These balls are also offered in a variety of color options including yellow, orange and pink to go along with the traditional white.
When it comes to this golf ball, the name says it all. The Supersoft is the softest golf ball on the market at just a 38 compression. Ultra-low compression reduces spin for increased distance, and low spin results in a straight ball flight. The HEX aerodynamics dimple pattern allows the ball to slice its way through the air helping golfers bomb it down the fairway in even the worst conditions. Like the Bridgestone e6, the Callaway Supersoft comes in yellow, orange and pink as well as teal.
What golf ball do you prefer when the temperatures start to plunge? Let us know in the comment section below and as always head to LostGolfBalls.com for all of your golf ball needs.