Soft Soft Soft

Soft is a widely used term for golf balls. This is just some information to clear a few misconceptions up for soft golf balls. Soft doesn’t mean spin.


The compression of the ball comes from the core and is how much the ball, well, compresses. Softer compression is linked to benefiting slower swing speeds and higher (harder) compression is linked to suiting higher swing speeds for maximum distance.

Compression can get as low as 29 in the likes of a Wilson Staff Duo Soft which is the softest I’ve come across but anything below 60 is going to be functionally soft from other brands. Rising up to numbers like 102 in the Srixon Z Star XV, anything above 90 I would consider as hard. (Titleist Pro V1 and Taylormade TP5 are around 90 yet marketed as soft)

Side note – You can’t hit more than 18 drivers in a round of golf so try not to fit a golf ball to your driver. You hit way more putts and chips and approach shots so I tend to start discussions there when looking at the ideal golf ball for your game.


Materials on the covers sit between Surlyn and Urethane.

The benefits of Surlyn; mostly found in 2 piece golf balls it is more durable, lower spin with driver and lower priced in general. This material will not spin as much with your wedges compared to Urethane but tend to have reduced spin and curvature with your bigger clubs for more distance and roll out after landing.

Urethane however; found more often in 3, 4 and 5 piece golf ball covers and is a softer material but it’s normally on a harder compression ball like the Titleist Pro V1 and Taylormade TP5. This is how these golf balls are marketed as soft, it’s just in a different area of the ball than the compression. They have a premium price for the extra tech.

The Urethane cover is so attractive because of its ability to grip the face of your wedges and generate extra spin for control.

No Wrong Answer

The way I see it, there is no wrong answer, use what gives you confidence as every ball has its merits for different reasons. What I like to see is the same ball used as often as possible or even the entire season. That way if the ball goes 20 yards further or shorter all of a sudden, you can discount the likelihood it’s the balls fault and look elsewhere in your game to improve.

What ball do you use? Comment brand or model please!

Published by HoleSaleGolf

PGA Golf Professional - Specialist in club building and custom golf equipment. Here to work with you to play better golf and enjoy yourself.

One thought on “Soft Soft Soft

  1. Good points raised here. It’s easy to want more distance with the driver and seek a ball to gain yards. I want that as a nearly 60 year old but I want a ball to bounce,bounce,check with my approach shots, be a mid height, perform well in the wind (I play a links course) and make the right click noise when I putt. If there was a perfectly matched ball for this, the ball market would be finished. Instead I try all sorts of balls to nearly do what I want for an affordable price. In recent times I’ve tried all makes of balls, recent, new and older versions. My top 3 that tick most boxes are:
    1. Callaway Chrome soft (despite me being confused with the name, as “chrome” is a hard metal, odd choice for a ball)
    2. Wilson staff Model
    3. Bridgestone Tour B RXS (why such ridiculous abbreviations and titles? It doesn’t help make quick decisions)
    I wish I could influence the manufacturers to simplify choice!
    Good article 👍


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