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Golf Basics: Breaking Down The Golf Ball Design

Welcome golfers! If you are new to golf, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed right now with all of the “golf basics.” What you thought would be a fun, casual activity to do on the weekends (perhaps with a beer in hand) has turned into a crash college course all over again. There is so much you need to know, like all of the rules, the terminology (Chili dip? Who brought the chips?), what type of attire to wear, choosing the right golf clubs, and even what type of golf ball to use. The good news is, in today’s blog, we are going to be breaking down the most basic golf ball designs to help you better understand the different types of golf balls.

Golf Ball Anatomy

We all know the classic line from teachers everywhere, “Pay attention! You never know when this information will be valuable in life.” Well, turns out they were kind of right. But, if only you could have studied golf ball anatomy, rather than having to memorize and learn the functions of 206 bones and nearly 78 organs. A golf ball is quite simpler in design, with only three main elements: dimples, core, and cover.


We know you’re probably asking, “Why do golf balls have dimples?” Well, to answer your question, it has to do with aerodynamics. To keep things short and sweet, golf balls fly farther with dimples than they would if they were smooth. Most golf balls have between 300-500 dimples. Our Dollar Golf Club top-rated golf balls have 352 dimples.


When it comes to golf, what’s on the inside really does matter! The core of a golf ball influences the speed, launch, spin, and compression of the ball — ultimately affecting your game. Most cheap golf balls that you find are one-piece balls made of 100 percent surlyn. These are the golf balls that feel like rocks. Most other golf balls, however, have cores beneath the cover that are made of resin or rubber. At Dollar Golf Club our golf balls have a solid synthetic rubber core for the ultimate distance and lower spin rate.


There are two main types of golf ball covers:


Surlyn is a type of resin that offers maximum durability and distance, but doesn’t provide backspin. It’s often used for cheap driving range golf balls.


Urethane is the cover used for most high-end golf balls, offering a softer feel and more control.

We believe you shouldn’t have to compromise your game in order to keep your pocket book thicker, which is why our golf balls are designed with a urethane cover.

Golf Ball Construction

While most golf balls feature the three main elements above, not every golf ball has the same amount of layers.

Two-Piece Construction

Two-piece golf balls consist of simply the core and the cover. Two-piece golf balls typically have a thicker cover, making them more durable and offer less spin — ideal for beginners.

Multi-Layer Construction

Multi-layer golf balls consist of a golf ball with more than two pieces and feature a core, mantle, and cover. Multi-layer golf balls are softer and produce more spin — ideal for advanced golfers who desire more control.

We know golf basics and choosing the right golf ball for you can be pretty overwhelming. That is why we did the hard work for you and designed the ultimate golf ball. Learn more about our golf ball design and why it’s the perfect high-quality driving range golf ball for you!

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