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Best Putter For Straight Back And Through Stroke 2022

It sounds simple, take the putter back on a straight line and then follow that line back though the ball but often our putter is not suited to this stroke. Using a putter designed for an arc-style putting stroke makes it much harder.

The solution to this problem could be in the putter you’re using. Blade putters look good but will show up any glitches in your stroke. Switching to a mallet design could help you hole more putts and get the Big Dick Energy of a putting maestro.

Let’s take a look at a few different models to see if we can find the best putter for straight back and through stroke in your game. 


Best Putter For Straight Back And Through Stroke

  1. Wilson Infinite Men's Golf Putter (Best value premium mallet putter)
  2. TaylorMade Truss Center Shaft Putter (Best for players who want a blade putter)
  3. Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter (traditional mallet best for purists)
  4. Tour Edge Wingman Putter (wildcard option best for alignment)
  5. Odyssey EXO Seven Putter (best for tech enthusiasts)

Amazing value putter with premium features 

Wilson Infinite Men's Golf Putter

This is a great putter. Simple. It is counterbalanced meaning the balance point of the club is closer to the hands which is ideal for a straight back and through stroke. The head has a matte black anti glare finish and features simple alignment guides which match up perfectly with the centre aligned shaft. 

The double milled CNC face feels amazing - even with harder distance balls. This is a hard putter to beat for the price!

Pros

  • Counterbalanced
  • Matte anti glare finish 
  • Really nice stock oversized grip 

A really interesting design which gives centre shafted fans a blade option

TaylorMade Truss TB2 Center Shaft Putter

Yes, the Truss design looks a bit strange, but it is there to add supreme stability to the club head throughout the putting stroke. This bladed version of the Truss line looks AWESOME down at address and you don’t notice the extra metal near the shaft at all.

This is a super premium product and everything about it looks and feels quality. TaylorMade says the Truss design can reduce head rotation but 70% in the centre shafted model, so this could be the silver bullet for straight back and through putters who are struggling for consistency. Worth a try if you have the budget! 

Pros

  • Truss technology provides extreme stability
  • Premium TaylorMade build quality
  • Blade head will attract many players 

No frills mallet from probably the best in the business 

Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter

If you don’t like the idea of a centre shafted putter but want the stability of a mallet, you can’t look past the Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0.

The White Hot Pro 2.0 has a white urethane face insert, which provides golfers with a soft and receptive face allowing the putter to have similar characteristics to that of a hard-faced putter but with much more feel and forgiveness.

The Eyefit alignment systems make framing the ball simple and the black finish rounds out the sleek look. A solid option for any golfer.

Pros

  • Simple clean design
  • White Hot face insert 
  • Good alignment aid on putter head

Cool design with high level of adjustability

Tour Edge Wingman Putter

Tour Edge makes excellent value products with premium features. I am a huge fan of their fairway woods and was interested to try this putter out. It’s packed full of technology and the weights can be adjusted to suit your putting stroke.

This putter has a super high MoI but it doesn’t feel like a sledgehammer in your hands. The alignment aid on the top is different to many designs out there but I really liked how it focused my attention on the ball. It was pretty obvious when you were misaligned, and combined with the centre shaft it was perfect for my stroke. 

Pros

  • Adjustable weights
  • Target lock alignment system 
  • Excellent pricing 

All of Callaway’s putter tech in one club

Odyssey White Hot Pro 2.0 Putter

The Odyssey #7 is an iconic putter shape and with the EXO features it includes all of the latest technology Callaway has to offer.

This version is claimed to be 50% more forgiving than the standard Seven which when combined with the centre shaft and Microhinged White Hot face , make this putter a seriously gameable option for players with a straight back and through stroke.

It’s on the pricey side, but with Odyssey, you know you’re getting a quality piece of kit which will deliver round after round.

Pros

  • Full of technology
  • Easy to align
  • Rear fins make picking the ball up easy
  • High level of forgiveness 

Factors for picking a Straight Back and Through putter

Your putter is easily the most important scoring club and that's why i focus so much on the short game in my videos and articles. You use the putter every round, on every hole between 25 and 45 times depending on your skill. Hopefully you move toward the 25 putts benchmark and not higher than 34 or so.

The putter keeps you in the game if you're having a bad ball-striking day and takes you low when you're hitting it close.

How to match putting stroke to putter style

Most golfers fit into a two styles of putting stroke. Remember there isn't really a putting swing, it's a different motion:

Straight Back and Through - A face-balanced putter will be best for the straight back and through stroke. The putters mentioned above are good for Straight Back Straight Through strokes. 

Arc Stroke - You want more weight toward the toe of the putter because this type of stroke means the toe will actually come around almost like a full golf shot. These are usually putters like blades where the toe hangs down below the heel when you balance it on your finger. 

Mallet or High MOI Putter

Mallets often behave more like a blade often. They have a longer back section for alignment but they have been taken over by the High MOI putter such as the Spider, some putters from Odyssey and also Scotty Cameron. The differences between the two are somewhat noticeable in the shape alone but there are some tech differences.

The mallet is smaller than the high MOI putter. The mallet can be face-balanced but often has toe hang. This can affect your ability to keep the head and face square in the straight back and straight through technique. Often the High MOI putters are face-balanced. 

Shape and Weight of Putter Head

The feeling in your hands and the look at address you prefer is completely subjective. I can't tell you which you should like more but I have some suggestions.

Shape - when you look at the putter behind the ball, you want to feel like it is easy to align. The rear of the putter alignment aid should be long and clear enough for you to know your face is aimed at your target. The overall shape whether square, round, or weirdly shaped is up to your taste. 

Weight - your tastes my vary to mine, but for quicker greens, I prefer a LIGHTER putter or a mallet. For slower greens, I prefer a HEAVIER putter or a HIgh MOI putter because it gets the ball moving with very little effort. On slower greens, you want to have the ball rolling assertively without much 'slap' or 'hit'. On quicker greens, you want to stroke the ball with minimal effort but maximum feel. 

Best putter shaft for straight back and through stroke

There are 3 types of shaft to choose from on putters and each will have its own characteristics and suitability for a straight straight stroke.

Double Bend Shaft - The face of a putter with a double bend shaft rotates much less. The double bend is probably your best choice for straight back and through putting. It minimizes potential errors in your wrist or hand action by preventing the twisting of the face. You'll be able to start the ball on line very easily.

Plumbers Neck - This type of neck is where the shaft ends and the putter begins with a 90° angle into the club head. The club face is set moderately behind the connection to the hosel. It encourages having your hands in front of the ball at address with minimal effort. This type of hosel typically has some toe hang. It will suit you if you sometimes take it back straight and follow through straight and sometimes use an arc. 

Center Shaft - The center shaft is my choice for straight back and through putting. You do need steady hands and must be sure your stroke is pure enough not to rotate the face because it is now set right in the middle of the head. You can really  become a steady, straight back, straight through putter with this shaft and if you can get the stroke consistent, you can be sure of every putt starting right on line. If you have a slight arc in your stroke, this is not for you. 

Alignment Aid

The alignment aid is a huge factor so that you can be confident that your putts are lined up to where the ball must go. If you ever doubt your alignment, you have lost the ability to putt correctly. Commitment and confidence is key. There are many putters out there with multiple alignment aids on one putter and these are your best bet if you're not a natural at lining up. If you're really confident with your natural alignment, you should choose a putter that just suits your eye because you're one of the lucky few.

Always use a good ballmarker to make sure your line is right and you are getting out the way of others. 

Conclusion

With a straight back and straight through putting stroke, you will be a machine on the greens. You do need the correct putter so that you groove good habits. If you practice enough, and use the correct tools for the job, you can start the ball on the line you intend and after some time, you will get the feeling of the pace with your new putter. I hope this guide helps you find the best putter for a straight stroke. 

Most Forgiving TaylorMade Driver 2022

TaylorMade produce the most popular drivers on tour. In the age of hybrid club deals, where professional golfers can pick and choose what golf clubs go into their bag from any manufacturer, TaylorMade regularly come out as favourites.

Why?

For starters they are constantly innovating and adding new tech to their lineup, and their products offer a nearly infinite level of adjustability.

But what is the most forgiving TaylorMade driver? Are they suitable for players of all skill levels? Let’s take a look at some of their golf drivers and see.

Most Forgiving TaylorMade Driver

  1. TaylorMade STEALTH (best most forgiving driver)
  2. TaylorMade SIM MAX (best for a slice)
  3. TaylorMade Gloire M Driver (best for slow swing speeds)
  4. TaylorMade M5 Driver (best for adjustability)

Impressive ball speeds and forgiveness

Most forgiving driver - TaylorMade Stealth

The new STEALTH from TaylorMade looks pretty much like a TaylorMade SIM MAX or SIM 2 MAX but with some subtle but significant differences. The sole has been simplified and the new colors are red and black, like they were in the M range of TaylorMade clubs.

The black finish with matte crown makes this club look really neat and compact behind the ball. The first thing you notice about this new STEALTH driver is the depth of the face. Yes the face is red, but honestly, it's way less bright than the promo photos you will have seen of this club. Also, unless you're playing a super high lifted version with the face wide open, you won't even see much of the face at address. 

The club looks the same size as the SIM 2, so how did TaylorMade manage to make the face deeper and more forgiving? The answer is in the new lightweight carbon material the face is made from. This weight saving mean there can be more material put into he face without making the driver illegal. The new carbon fiber face also makes it feel like golf balls explode off the club, it's a great feeling!

Site contributor Joe hit the STEALTH at the Belfry in the UK with the stock Project X Smoke shaft and was blown away by how easy it was to hit. He had the Cobra F Max in his bag and was struggling with hitting the ball high in the face. The deeper face of the STEALTH turned those hits into centre strikes out of the sweet spot with the same swing and tee height. He also noticed in increase in clubhead speed. It was like cheating. He now has the club on order. 

Definitely the most forgiving TaylorMade golf driver the OEM has ever produced. 

Pros

  • Improved topline looks more appealing than the TaylorMade M6 or SIMs
  • Packed with new technology
  • Higher spin benefits high handicappers for more control 
  • New carbon face increases ball speed with out a drop in MoI  
  • Simple driver, no adjustable weights.  
  • Sounds great!   

Cons

  • Expensive at the moment
  • Carbon face might take some getting used to

Best golf driver for eliminating a slice

TaylorMade SIM MAX

Now an older model, the TaylorMade SIM max driver straight out the gate impressed with the matte color charcoal gray crown. The muted gray top line looks so much sleeker and BOSS than the chunkier versions found on the older models.

Inertia Generator is the name they gave to the bulky thing in the back. You have to see it from the rear to fully FEEL it. When you see someone else holding the club behind the ball, you automatically get a feeling of power. It almost looks like a jet exhaust on a fighter plane. What it means is that when you get to hit with the club, that vision of power is in your mind.

That's the mental, but the physical is that it's supposed to reduce drag on your down swing. Whether that works or not, nothing takes away from the immensely powerful figure it creates behind the ball. I also felt like this feature helped me feel where the sweet spot was in my swing, allowing me to just grip it and rip it. 

If you have ever hit a TaylorMade driver, this is much the same as the prior models. I see no difference in performance on the golf course other than the confidence that the underside of the club gave me. Truly, that mental improvement alone is worth the money involved for a potential upgrade. 

Pros

  • Low centre of gravity with extended sole 
  • Hot face and particularly good off low heel and high toe strikes
  • Great price as it is two models old -  past most forgiving driver winner
  • Appealing head shape
  • Draw biased version available for slicers

Cons

  • Takes time to get used to the new looks compared to older drivers
  • Ugliest headcover of all time

Best driver for slow swing speeds

TaylorMade Gloire M Driver

The TaylorMade Gloire line of clubs was specifically created for Asian markets and released in 2012. Don't ask me how to pronounce it. This is some fandangled language!

These clubs are expensive, but they do contain features which aren’t found in the standard TaylorMade models. This Gloire driver is straight point and shoot. There's no fiddling with weights or shaft options for changing the lofts. The low centre of gravity in this model will suit players with slower swing speeds who struggle to get the ball airborne. 

You'll find the same Speed Slot and Twist Face in the Gloire series but there is no Inertia Generator as found in the latest STEALTH and SIM models. In terms of looks this club most closely resembles the excellent M4 driver and might remind some players of the legendary TaylorMade RBZ. As the Gloire is a premium line, you can be sure that each golf club has been built to the highest standards. 

If you want to stand out from the crowd and add some distance to your drives, this is the club for you, especially if you have a steady or slower swing speed.

Pros

  • Forged face technology and lightweight for much more speed and higher launch
  • Striking looks very premium
  • Same premium technology as other TaylorMade options just a focus on slower swings  

Cons

  • Your initial reaction is that it's fake but I promise it's a real name

TaylorMade M5 Driver

I played this driver for some time on my channel and I loved it. But like all drivers, I moved onto another model. During its time on my channel, I hit some big dogs with it. It's a good driver. 

The weight adjustment is useful as you can control the flight left and right and up and down. The only negative is this thing gets FULL of turf after a round of golf. 

Once you have your settings dialed in, don't mess around with them both on the shaft and on the bottom of the club with the weights. The Speed Slot and Twist Face are still major features of this club. For the M5 and M6 they added speed foam into the face to take it past legal limits, then bring it back(?).

If you're in the market for a more budget friendly option, this one will be like a much cheaper STEALTH HD. The reason I would go for the STEALTH HD always is purely because of the sole design. The STEALTH gives me so much confidence because of that. 

But if you like a solid, no frills looking driver, the M5 is a delicious piece of machinery available at bargain prices. 

Pros

  • Adjustable for endless possibilities for your golf ball flight
  • Lightweight and punchy face for more explosive impact
  • Good from the high toe and low heel
  • Hot face with big sweet spot

Cons

  • Lots of turd gets caught in between the little edges and nooks and crannies on the sole

What makes a driver forgiving? 

If you are looking to buy a forgiving new driver it can be a bit intimidating, especially if you're a beginner. There are so many brands, features and options to navigate. 

What we want to focus on is choosing the club which has the most forgiving features - designed to reduce bad shots. Golf brands want to sell their clubs to as many players as possible. To do this they have designed drivers which are easy to hit, promote straight shots, and make the game more fun to play. 

Drivers used to made from materials like persimmon and steel. Their shafts were very heavy and heads very small. With the introduction of new compounds like titanium and carbon fiber, manufactures could make bigger, easier to hit heads. Now big drives were an option for everyone! Here's an in depth look at some of the common terms associated with driver forgiveness. 

Moment of Inertia 

MoI increases the forgiveness of a driver through perimeter weighting. It means that any off center hits are less likely to twist the face and cause a drive to go wildly offline. The higher the MOI the more forgiving the club head. An increase in MoI will also lead to a larger sweet spot. All of this should lead to a good shot being the outcome. 

Launch Angle

Forgiving drivers will give you the ability to get he ball into the air more easily. For higher handicap golfers with moderate swing speeds, we want the golf ball to be in the air for as long at possible. This will give it the best chance to fly as far as possible.

Increasing your launch angle will increase forgiveness but it has to be combined with a positive attack angle. Here, we are trying to reduce excessive spin which will prevent roll out on drives. 

Loft

If you want forgiveness in a driver, forget anything below 11 degrees of loft. Yes there will be exceptions to this rule, but the average player won't be able to successfully hit an 8 degree driver. You need the optimum loft for your swing speed and face delivery. The lower the loft, the harder it will be to square up the face at impact.

Ever hit a low drive which falls out of the sky quickly? Check your loft! You may be playing with a driver which has far too little loft for you. If in doubt, go and see a PGA professional or qualified club fitter and hit some balls with a different driver. If you take one thing away from this guide, playing the correct loft should be it. 

Adjustability

I would approach adjustable drivers with caution BUT they can give you options to increase forgiveness. The weights and loft can be adjusted to adapt to your game as it changes. I would always suggest getting a club fitter or PGA pro to make adjustments. Then put the wrench away!

I saw a professional fitter and he moved the weights in my TaylorMade driver into the back and perimeter of the club head. This immediately created a more forgiving ball flight. May people have the weights too close to the club face to chase "low spin." This concept has become an obsession with the industry but it is completely misunderstood. Lowering spin on drives can help to keep them straight and add roll out, but spin is what gets the ball into the air. We need to find the optimum position of the weights in our club, combined with the correct loft to give us our desired launch conditions. 

Center of Gravity

This can get really confusing but let's try and simplify this concept. For a driver to be forgiving, the club's centre of gravity (CoG) and sweet spot needs to be low and back in the driver head. This means that the club is doing everything it can to promote a higher launch angle and positive angle of attack.

As we have seen with the above points, these are essential to hitting better drives which go higher and farther.

Shaft flex and material 

This is another key feature for a forgiving driver but be very careful. Shafts can become a rabbit hole which we can fall into and never come out of. 

As a rule of thumb, the slower the swing, the more flexible the shaft needs to be. The idea here is that we want the shaft to help us square the club face up at impact. If you swing slow with a very stiff shaft, you will have to time every part of the club's delivery perfectly to make pure contact with the ball. 

Shafts marked, A, R or Lite will be the most forgiving for the vast majority of golfers. All of the main brands will provide these options with their clubs.

It's really not a thing these days, but avoid steel shafts in your woods. Some better players may put them in (rarely) for their own reasons but we need the help provided by modern multi material golf shafts.

Conclusion

Overall TaylorMade makes very forgiving drivers. You can't really go wrong with any that have been made in the last 4-5 years. If you're trying to break 100 or 90, these could be the drivers to but in your golf bag. 

The Gloire is great golf club for slow speeds, and any of the others are great for every speed, depending on the shaft you use and if it's right for your swing. 

The additional settings on the lie and loft as well as the weights under the club should be set up with a club fitter or a PGA professional and from there, you really can't go wrong. As always, give your golf equipment the attention it deserves. 

If you're looking for a forgiving driver and you have any doubt in your mind, get the new STEALTH big stick, it really does live up to the hype. 

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Best Golf Balls For Cold Weather 2022

Playing in the cold is for die hard golfers. I’m a fair weather player, but there is something appealing about a round on a cold, crisp winter day when the sun is shining. So I asked Joe, a subscriber to help me with this article. He is from England and he is mad. Joe is also able to give a real insight into the best golf balls for cold weather.

Wearing warm clothing and the right shoes is essential, but have you considered your golf ball? Playing the best cold weather golf balls is an important factor when trying to play cold weather golf. 

best golf balls for cold weather

What to look for in a cold weather golf ball

Cold weather means that the golf course will be playing differently. In some parts of the world, temporary tees and greens can be in use and bunkers out of action. The turf is likely to be soggy and the air heavy with moisture. There can be leaves on the ground, obscuring your golf ball in the rough. All of these things will act to make golf a different game in these weather conditions. 

As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when looking for the best golf balls for cold weather.

Here is a quick rundown of what we should be looking for.

Durability

Cold, wintery conditions are tough on balls and they are more likely to scuff. We need to choose a golf ball which can withstand the cold weather elements and perform round after round.

Speed (best distance golf ball) 

Cold air is denser than warm air and creates additional drag on the golf ball. For every 10 degrees drop in temperature, the ball loses two yards of distance. We must choose a winter golf ball which maximises every MPH of club head speed in cold temperatures. 

Visibility (best colour golf balls for winter)

Light can be low in cold, wintry conditions and balls can get plugged or obscured by leaves in the rough. Choosing a brightly coloured winter golf ball can be the difference between losing a ball in the semi or finding it.

Price

A premium ball with a soft cover isn’t going to add much to your game in the winter. Save your money for the summer season and choose a more economical golf ball for your low temperature rounds.


Best Golf Balls For Cold Weather

  1. Titleist TruFeel (Best for all round winter performance)
  2. Taylormade Tour Response (Premium urethane option)
  3. Bridgestone e6 Speed (Excellent option for higher ball flight)
  4. Nitro Pulsar (Best budget option)
  5. Volvik Vimax Soft (Low compression ball for high flight)

Consistent performer from the #1 ball OEM in golf

Titleist trufeel golf balls

What makes this such an attractive winter option is the use of the fastest material Titleist can create in the ball’s construction. This golf ball flies really high in the colder air and I found that it wasn’t overly affected by the windy conditions.

As you would expect from a Titleist ball, there were no issues with durability, even when playing out of wet bunkers and soggy lies. Around the greens this ball performed really despite being harder than other balls in the range. It doesn't feel like a two piece ball, and has the softer feeling you'd associate with a more expensive golf ball. 

The yellow ball is my preferred color option and I was able to pick it up really well on a misty February morning. The side stamp decal was really useful for lining up putts. It's not a Pro V1, but would you notice the difference in cold damp conditions? 

Pros

  • Above average all round performance
  • Highly durable - won't scuff like a Pro V1
  • Piercing ball flight
  • 3 colour options: White, yellow, orange. 

Premium urethane option which ticks all of the boxes

Taylormade Tour Response golf balls - best golf ball for 85 to 95 mph swing speed

If you crave the soft feel of urethane but don’t want to risk scuffing or losing a super premium golf ball, this might just be the golf ball for you. I found this ball to feel very similar to the TP5 and performed really well even though my swing speed was slower than normal due to the amount of winter clothing I was wearing.

The ball was stopping dead on the softer greens and gave me the confidence I needed to fire at the pin. On short wedge shots the ball skidded in the dew once before checking up near to the hole. Off the putter, the ball has a good feel, soft but with enough resistance to give good levels of feedback.

Available in yellow or white, this would’ve taken the top spot if it were slightly cheaper. 

Pros

  • Above average all round performance
  • Highly durable
  • Piercing ball flight
  • 3 colour options: White, yellow, orange. 

Point and shoot option for higher handicappers

bridgestone-e6 golf balls

I’ve used and reviewed the Bridgestone e6 before so I was interested to see how they would perform in cold conditions. I have come to expect a golf ball that goes long and straight but isn’t super soft.

It turns out this combination is PERFECT for cold weather and wintery conditions. The two piece construction and low compression allows this ball to fly in the dense air and the unique Dual Dimple pattern reduces sidespin making the ball super stable in the wind.
The 2021 e6 Speed is an improvement on older models and the yellow version is particularly striking and easy to follow.

Check these out. You won’t be disappointed. 

Pros

  • Dimple pattern designed to significantly reduce slices and hooks
  • More distance from less unwanted side spin and increased rollout
  • High durability and visibility 

Surprising results from a super budget option

nitro pulsar golf balls

Ok I’ll level with you. When I pulled these out of the sleeve, I wasn’t expecting much. The matte finish reminded me of my go-to Volvik Vivid, but something wasn’t sitting right. Was it the colour? Anyway, long story short is that these are EPIC. Ignore the fantastical claims on the box and let the golf ball do the talking because these things produce BOMBS!

This could be the stealth contender for one of the best golf balls for cold weather. They come in a silly low price, they are available in lots of colours and they are consistent in the cold, dense air. This is everything we’re looking for from a cold weather ball.

This is a 3 piece ball so they did spin well around the green and felt very soft which was a surprise considering how far they flew. The ionomer cover meant they were super durable. I will definitely be keeping some of these in my bag. 

Pros

  • Crazy low price
  • Impressive distance for a 3 piece ball
  • High level of durability 
  • Lots of color options

Great ball for slower swing speeds

volvik vimax soft golf balls

I love Volvik balls. I regularly game the Volvik Vivid so I wanted to try out the ViMax as I’d heard they offered similar performance at a slightly lower price point.

Volvik ViMAX Soft balls have a 2 piece construction, 75 compression and high launch with soft greenside spin. This ball felt slightly harder than the Vivid, but the matte finish and high visibility color made it feel very familiar.

This ball felt hot and long off the driver with a medium ball flight. With my long irons this ball went so high, I was glad that I had selected the red finish as I might’ve lost it! Spin on and around the greens wasn’t the most I’ve experienced, but I was playing on pretty moist surfaces. In the summer these would probably suit a player who prefers to roll up their chips and pitches. 

Pros

  • Great price Volvik ball 
  • Great visibility due to matte finish and color options 
  • Perfect for slower swingers - 75 - 90 MPH. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some of the most common questions about cold weather golf balls. 

Does Cold Weather Affect Golf Balls?

Yes, it does. The temperature of the weather affects your golf balls a lot. The material of a ball has a thermal reaction. It can expand and shrink due to the high and low of the weather.

Do Golf Balls Go Shorter in Cold Weather?

Yes, they do. Cold weather can make the golf balls go shorter. Cool air can drag the ball more and make it launch higher and can’t fly far.

Why Do Golf Balls Go Farther in Warm Weather?

Golf balls go farther in warm weather for some reason. First, the warm air is less dense than the cool air. It does not add any extra drag to the ball. Second, both your ball and clubs are colder, so your energy transferring process is slower and inefficient.

How Much Distance Do You Lose in Cold Weather Golf?

According to Trackman Golf, you can lose one yard in every 10-degree lowering in temperature. It means you can lose about four yards if you play on a 50-degree day compared with playing on a 90-degree one.

Is It Legal To Warm Golf Balls?

No, it isn’t. According to USGA rules, warming a golf ball artificially is illegal (rule 14-3 or 13.5). However, you can put a ball in your vest pocket to warm it trickly and legally before using it in a round.

What is the longest golf ball in cold weather?

The longest golf ball for cold weather is the Bridgestone E6. BUT this ball is better suited to average to below average swing speeds. Higher swing speeds will get more distance from the Titleist TruFeel or TaylorMade Tour response. 

In cold weather conditions we want a golf ball with a compression level which will allow us to get the most out of our swing. As a rule, the slower your swing, the lower the compression of the ball needs to be. We must not confuse compression with golf ball hardness, the can go side by side but are different things. Compression refers to the inner core whereas cover hardness refers to how hard the golf ball cover actually is. For example you can have a low compression ball with a very hard cover (common in some cheaper balls) and high compression balls with very soft covers (Pro V1 X for example.) 

Golf ball distance temperature chart

Here's a simple chart to break down how weather conditions and temperature will affect the distance of a golf ball. 

Golf ball temperature chart

Final thoughts

Cold weather golf is a brave mans sport. You need to be super keen and have a stock of hand warmers for your pockets. You want to have durable and high visibility golf balls that will still go a decent distance. Remember, playing the best golf balls for cold weather is an important factor when trying to tackle difficult conditions. 

The threat of losing balls, not finding them for no apparent reason and also the lack of distance will render most golf balls the same. Go cheaper, go colorful, and good luck!

Best 14 Way Golf Stand Bag 2022

Your golf bag should be something that doesn't get in your way. You need to be focusing on your shots, and have the clubs easily accessible, without snagging, tugging, twisting and goddamn it! That damn thing won't come out! That's where the best 14 way golf stand bag comes to the rescue. 

Then you pull the inner lining out of the bag and have to tuck it back in, all while losing your temper. No thank you! That’s where the best 14 way divider golf bag can come in to save face so you don't have to be huffing and puffing in front of your buddies. A safe place for every club with minimum effort. Simple. No tangling, no frustration, no kicking the bag!

14 way bag divider

Best 14 Way Golf Stand Bag 2022

  1. Sun Mountain 4.5 Ls Stand Bag (most comfortable to carry)
  2. Callaway Golf Fairway Stand Bag (most versatile stand bag)
  3. PING New Hoofer 14 Way Stand Bag (best for durability)
  4. OGIO Wood E Stand Bag (best big brand alternative)
  5. Titleist Hybrid 14 Bag (best for use with a trolley)
  6. Bag Boy Golf Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag (best budget option)

Extreme comfort and extensive storage

Sun mountain golf bag - 14 way stand bag

Sun Mountain make some of the best golf bags out there and the 4.5 Ls 14-Way doesn’t disappoint - everything about this bag screams quality. It weighs in at 5.2lbs, which is on the lighter side for a bag with this many features. The 14 way divider works as expected but as a bonus, each divider runs the full length of the bag, NO MORE tangled grips!

The 4.5LS 14-Way Golf Stand Bag features Sun Mountain’s adjustable, E-Z Fit Dual Strap System with padded straps made of three-layer foam construction. These are some of the most comfortable shoulder straps out there and the back padding is also a premium touch.

When it comes to storage, this bag really takes things to the next level. There are 9 pockets in total including;

- Gigantic clothing pocket
- Easy access hydration pouch
- A super cool velour-lined valuables pocket
- Multiple accessory pockets for tees and balls

Another premium feature of this bag is the inclusion of a speaker pocket, full umbrella sleeve, and integrated alignment rod holder. Sun Mountain really has thought of everything!
One of my pet peeves with stand bags can be the folding legs. When these are bad they are really annoying and can lead to bags falling over. The legs on the Sun Mountain 2020 4.5 Ls 14-Way are no problem at all. When extended they are solid and the enlarged foot pads mean they won’t sink into soft ground. Another cool feature is a velcro strap to hold the legs in place for travel/storage or when using a cart.

The bag comes with a rain hood which works perfectly and makes sure you keep things dry when the bad weather arrives. 

Pros

  • Full length dividers all the way to the bottom
  • Multiple storage pockets for everything imaginable
  • Comfortable straps easy carry
  • Can be used with a push cart or riding cart easily

Cons

  • Top of the bag can appear bulky with the top handle to pick the bag up into the car

Great versatility for Callaway fans

Callaway 14 way divider bag

The Callaway Fairway 14 Stand Bag has been designed to be used in a variety of settings. It’s definitely one of the most versatile Callaway golf bags.

The OptiFit straps and X-Act Fit strap system are really comfortable, making it a great carry option. The bag also has ample storage and a sturdy structure, meaning it will also work as a cart bag, especially with the bottom of the bag not featuring a sticky outy lever system.

The 14-way divider top allows for easy club separation and organization, while the pocket design has been updated from previous models to increase storage.

You can fit all of your gear in the different sections with room to spare. In fact, there’s more storage available on this stand bag than you’ll find on some cart bags.

This is an excellent crossover bag that’s ideal for golfers who like to mix it up between carrying, using a push cart and taking a cart - which is ever increasing on a lot of golf courses these days. 

Pros

  • Easy to use on a cart or trolley because of the shape and lever system
  • Super comfy straps 
  • Top handle very sturdy for quick moving around without needing to use straps
  • Great price with wide selection of colors 

Cons

  • Top of the bag slants so the putter goes on top

Reliable and durable - everything you expect from a PING bag

Ping hoofer 14 way stand bag

The PING Hoofer series is synonymous with reliability and has been a go to for golfers for years. Even people who don’t play PING clubs will use a PING bag because they are that good.

PING claims to have invented the collapsible leg design found on most carry bags and the version the Hoofer doesn’t disappoint. It’s a solid design which doesn’t get stuck and can be easily locked into place when using a trolley or cart.

The 14-way top makes it easy enough to keep track of your clubs, but what stands out is all the storage. Some people like to take a minimalist approach to what’s in their bag: a few balls, some tees, maybe a jacket and a pencil to keep score. That isn’t me. I’m always carrying more than I need and I’m never caught short on the course. I have my wet weather gear, Suncream, gloves, spare batteries for my phone, a tool to adjust my driver, plenty of balls, tees and markers and loads of “water”.

With all the pockets on the Hoofer, I was able to stow everything away where it was easily accessible. I also liked how the water bottle always stays upright, something which is often overlooked in a carry bag.

The final big plus is the comfort this bag provides. I carried it for 36 holes and it was a lifesaver for my lower back. An excellent choice all round. 

Pros

  • Great for people with back issues 
  • Easily accessible compartment
  • Solid extendable legs 

Cons

  • Often out of stock

Surprise offering from a lesser now brand

OGIO 14 way stand bag

Not everyone has heard of OGIO but they offer great golf accessories at a very reasonable price point. But why would you ditch one of the “big” brands for someone you haven't really heard of before?

This isn’t the most lightweight bag but it’s really comfortable to carry with a nifty club separation idea. There are ridges that the clubs can sit in and while it's not strictly 14 way divided, there are 8 dividing holes at the top.

There are 4 smaller ones which will hold your woods, with 4 larger ones which will hold your irons. The irons will fit into the ridges on the entry of the bag, while the woods and putter is kept separate which is a perfect design concept. 

Storage is excellent with 9 front facing pockets providing space for clothing and accessories. The top divider with ridges allows you to keep clubs well separated and organized. No more fighting with the bag to organize your putter and woods away from your irons.

The load balancing double straps and padded hip pad means this hybrid bag performs well if you want to carry. There is a built in lift handle plus double cart strap pass-through giving this bag a great amount of versatility.

OGIO are serious bag manufacturers also specializing in tough as nails travel baggage. This bag will last you forever. 

Pros

  • Separating the woods and putter from the irons such a breeze
  • Easy and comfortable to carry
  • Light and sturdy legs plus superb built quality and materials
  • Insulated beverage pouch

Cons

  • Low brand recognition
  • Design a bit boring

Cleverly designed base means this is easy to use on a trolley

Titleist 14 way stand bag

Some people are brand loyalists when it comes to their golf bags and I’d say this is very true of Titleist owners. This is probably the perfect bag for a Titleist fan as it works really well as both a carry and trolley bag. My friend in the UK noted that this is especially useful as many players over there will switch between trolley/carry depending on the weather conditions.

It is worth noting that this bag is fairly expensive compared to other bags in this space. Also not all the club dividers were full length. BUT it is super light and comfortable to carry around the course. Using a push trolley was easy and it fitted nicely into a Powakaddy base. A nice feature is the insulated drink compartment and, as expected, it has loads of room for your gear. Definitely worth considering for Titleist fans. 

Pros

  • Easy to switch between carry and trolley use 
  • Solid overall construction
  • Insulated drinks pouch 
  • Titleist brand appeal 

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Finnicky legs and attachments

Excellent range of features for a bag at this price point

Bag boy 14 way stand bag

If you're on a budget and want a bag that can be used for carry, push trolley or golf cart the Bag Boy Golf 2018 Go Lite Hybrid Stand Bag might be the choice for you. I found this bag to work really well in all situations - especially when on a cart.

The legs on this bag are very sturdy and folded away nicely when not in use. I found the base of the bag to be more square than other designs, meaning it fit onto the back of a cart a bit more easily than a classic carry bag.

The dividers work well, although a couple were a little tight towards the top, meaning larger grips tended to get stuck occasionally but not that often to be a concern. Overall a very good offering for the money. 

Pros

  • Excellent price point 
  • Multi purpose - carry, push, cart
  • 14 full-length club dividers
  • Quality construction

Cons

  • A bit of tangling when extracting clubs
  • Large grips may have trouble entering and exiting

Things to consider in 14 way stand bags

Weight

If you're carrying your stand bag, you want it as light as possible - try go as low as you can, under 5 lbs. If you put it on a push or pull cart, the weight could be a bit higher and if you play with a buggy or golf cart exclusively, then weight doesn't mean a thing. 

The more pockets and features the bag has, the heavier it will be. It will depend on whether you play in conditions that are stable or variable whether you get a bag that has ample storage space for jackets, rain gear, towels, extra accessories. 

Storage capacity/number of pockets

The number of pockets on a stand bag will be limited in general because of the are of the bag that touches your butt as you walk. There is usually a pad there so you lose that storage capacity.

On the opposite side of the bag there is the long pocket which can house your jackets and accessories for rain. Pockets on the front side of the bag keep your rangefinders, tees, drinks and other gear. 

Durability and Leg sturdiness

Depending on the weather conditions and how often you play, you want a bag that is going to be tough. This will come down to the fabric they use and the build quality of the frame. These are generally fine in all stand bags, but the big one is the legs. 

Check out the legs of the stand bag. They are usually folded up on display and kept in place with a velcro strap. When you check out a bag, unstrap them, and let the bag stand on the ground of the shop as it would on the course. Wiggle the legs a bit and make sure that they feel strong in the joints where they attach to the bag. Check the spring looking joint that attaches the middle of  the legs to the middle of the bag. These hinge and should. be fixed securely.

Sometimes the hinge part pops out of the leg and you have a leg flying all over the place. Make sure the feel also have nice non-slip feet for when you have to put your bag on a path or paved area around the practice green.

Layout of the top of the bag

The 14 way dividers should give enough room to get the clubs in and out easily without frustration. Some of the bags may have full length liners. If they do not, sometimes your grips can tangle on other grips. There is an easy solution to this. 

You can get some plastic pipes that fit into the bag to house the entire club. 

Conclusion

14 way dividers are all I have used since 2015 and I can't see myself ever using a bag that has only 6 holes unless there is a special place for every clubhead to rest. Removing the frustration is so easy with the new bags that can often double as both stand bags and cart bags. The Sun Mountain is the best of the best. 

Best Putter For Alignment 2022

I’ve had the yips. I was standing over a 2 foot putt and had no confidence that it would go in the hole. My problems went deep and I had to overhaul many aspects of my game from my psychological approach to my technique and equipment. 

Something I really struggled with was my alignment. I grew up playing bent grass greens, and when i moved to Asia where we play on mostly bermuda grass, I was dead in the water. The best putter for alignment can come in different shapes and sizes and needs to work for YOU. 


Best Putter For Alignment 2022

  1. Ping 2021 Fetch Mallet Putter (best for slow greens)
  2. S7K Standing Putter (best for lining up long putts)
  3. Odyssey Golf 2021 Ten Putter (best for framing the ball)
  4. Evnroll ER5 Hatchback Mallet Putter (best quality materials)
  5. TaylorMade Spider EX Putter (most forgiving putter)
  6. Waddaplaya Zenlightenment Alignment Marker (essential alignment tool)

There are many options out there which are designed to make your stroke more consistent, with countless features like perimeter weighting and face inserts as well as with long alignment aids in the back of the putter. Try a few and see which feels right.

Best putter for slower greens

Ping Fetch putters have a hole in the back of them for alignment which works much like a two-ball putter design like Odyssey makes.

The difference is of course that the Fetch has a hole which contrasts the green grass with the metallic tones of the putter. It's incredibly easy to align this putter and if I didn't putt with an EVNROLL, I would have a Ping Fetch in my hands. 

The fetch system is a standout feature as it saves your back from reaching down to pick up the ball. It’s a small thing to some but MASSIVE for those with a bad back. 

I like this putter on quick greens as well as slower greens. I would say though, if you play on greens below 9 on the stimp meter, then this is going to a very easy putter to use. The power generated from a small stroke is excellent and the insert gives such a silky feeling off the face.

100% this is my 2nd choice after my EVNROLL blade. 

Pros

  • Stealthy anti glare finish contrasts with the green surface for alignment mastery 
  • Fetch system for bad backs - the ball fits in the hole
  • Easy to line up due to clear alignment aids and contrasting top line

Cons

  • A heavier putter might make you anxious on speedy greens

Yes it's gimmicky but this is an alignment guide

S7K Standing Putter

Your playing partners will not enjoy watching you do it, but you can stand this putter up and get setup, then literally let go of the putter, walk away and the putter stays where you left it. It just stands there.

If there is any way to make certain of your alignment, that's the only way. It is a bit gimmicky but it works. It is the best stand alone putter on the market today. 

Pros

  • Amazing alignment, especially on long putts and is tournament legal 
  • Premium construction materials for a quality product actually
  • Conversation starter - people won't believe it's a putter that stands up

Cons

  • Playing partners will probably not approve so be careful!

Triple Track is the best alignment aid in years

Odyssey Golf 2021 Ten Putter

Steve from my channel has been using the Triple Track putter with a Triple Track Callaway ERC Soft since 2020 and he has become unbeatable inside 6 feet.

That is not a coincidence as he bought this specific putter after 5 visits to the store to make sure it was what he thought it was. He wanted something to be able to give him confidence to bash the ball at least 2 or 3 feet past the hole on his birdie putts.

Never up never in is what they say, so he was tired of hitting them short leaving tap-ins like a scared person. Now he hits them past the hole, KNOWING that he will jam the returning 2, 3 or 4 footer.

The triple track on the back of the club, combined with the line on the Callaway golf balls means that if you can get them lined up together, on the correct line on the putting green, it's going in. 

You'll lose all the doubt about being aligned correctly.

Pros

  • Triple Track in combination with the Triple Track balls works plain and simple
  • Forgiving insert to get mis strikes near the hole enough
  • Premium Stroke Lab shaft and grip options

Cons

  • The only issue you might find is that you don't like the insert

Evnroll quality with arm lock benefits

Evnroll ER5 Hatchback Mallet Putter

Fang style putters work for alignment. I get ciliary spasm in my eyes from too much computer work and alignment of the putter can be tough on the next rounds back. Regardless of the manufacturer, these fang style putters are some of the easiest to align in the game.

The EVNROLL has a small dot on the top line, a white line extending back and the fang portion hollowed out so you have 3 alignment tools to get set for your putt. EVNROLL black putters are easier to align because of the high contrast.

If you prefer chrome finish though, their entire range comes in chrome. The function of the face which is the main selling point of EVNROLL is also consistent throughout the range of putters. The ridges in the face help to realign your mis strikes and get them closer to the hole instead of leaving them 2-3 feet short.

I used my EVNROLL with a thin grip to start with but upgraded to the Gravity Grip and it changes the feel of the putter completely. I'd say that it activates cheat codes to hole more putts. 

Pros

  • Gravity grip changes this putter from good to great
  • Face construction is designed to help roll the ball better off mis-hits and it works
  • Alignment of the fang design is one of the best options for lining up
  • Top of the line construction with superior materials

Cons

  • Expensive piece of gear

Popular tour level putter with high level of forgiveness

TaylorMade Spider X Putter

There’s a number of reasons the TaylorMade Spider X is so popular on tour. They look great, and they have a reputation of being really stable and forgiving, things that even the best players in the world want from their short stick.

The Spider X is the compact model in the Spider range and this short slanted version gives you a great amount of feel through the putting stroke. The face on these putters is a little shallower than other brands and I find it makes you really focus on your putts, ensuring the ball comes off the face as smoothly as possible.

The high MOI design means that off centre strikes still perform really well and I really like the clean alignment aids on the top of the head.

Pros

  • Paintwork and alignment aid is as long as the Triple Track
  • Forgiving putter which makes it a favorite among amateurs
  • Plenty of shaft options to choose from

Cons

  • Takes time to get used to the extra power behind the stroke because of the weighting

Not a putter but an essential piece of equipment for any player

how to align a putt

I’m biased as I designed this alignment marker, but I truly believe it is one of the best golf products on the market. I like taking time over reading my putts, but I don’t want to hold up play. This marker means I can make a preliminary gut based read when I mark my ball, leaving me to make a minor adjustment when it’s my turn to play.

It’s a beautiful size and weight and the detailing is mesmerising. If you don’t want to change your putter, consider this as the next best thing to enhance your putting game. 

Pros

  • Easy addition to align your ball, to your marker, to your putter -the full system
  • Speeds up play
  • Improves your green reading skills
  • Amazing size and weight

How to align the ball on the greens

Putter alignment lines

The lines you have on your putter will make a big difference to how well you can align the putter to the intended target. Two key concepts decide if you make putts and it's very simple.

Line

The line is the first aspect of the putt that you will assess as you walk to the green. You'll start to get a feel for the slope, and observe how the green will affect the direction the ball will move on the green toward or away from the hole.

When your brain sees a line, remember that generally, it's already taken into account a pace. You do not need to worry about the pace of the putt since the line your brain has shown you is factoring in that speed. You just need to focus on hitting the ball starting on the target line.

Pace

Speed of the putt is important to match the line you chose.

Too hard, right line

When the ball finishes behind the hole, but in line with the cup, it means you hit it on the right line, just too hard.

Too soft, right line

If you hit it too soft on the correct line, then the ball will finish in line with the hole, but short of the cup

Too hard, wrong line

If you hit your putt too hard and finish beyond the hole, but the ball is either right or left of the cup when it settles, it means your line was incorrect

Too soft, wrong line

Usually we hit the putt too soft and do not take enough break so we finish in front of the cup, toward the side the ball is breaking. This is the weakest, most fearful style of putt and should be avoided at all costs. 

How to start a putt on the target line

When you decide on your line, and see the patch that the call will take to the hole, find a piece of grass or a blemish on the line you chose, in line with the hole. So if your line is 6 inches right of the cup, select a piece of grass or ball mark 6 inches to the right of the cup and try to make your putt a straight putt to that point.

You can align your putter face to the small target near the hole, but it is quite difficult. you should find something 1-2 feet in front of the ball to align your putter face to. From there you can be very sure that the face is starting in the correct position for the putting line you chose. Make the correct stroke with the correct pace, starting the ball on your line, and you'll improve very quickly. 

How to improve your putting alignment

You can watch my Youtube video where I give you in depth details on how to start the putt online and putt and how to align your putter to the correct line you chose. Also check out the Waddaplaya ball marker above to see how the marker you use can affect lining up your golf ball. 

Your eyes, brain and body must all agree. There is only 100% commitment with putting. That means you must feel comfortable that your brain is telling your eyes that you are aligned. When your eyes agree, your body must accept it and allow you to make a pure stroke. If you have any doubt in your brain or body or eyes, you will make compromises and adjustments. This is the end of your alignment. You must be perfectly in sync with yourself. Check out the video below. 

Which putters are best for hitting your target line?

Whether you're a low, high or medium handicapper, improving your putting is how you SLASH strokes from your game.

The best putters for you to improve your lining up are a) Mallet putters if you have a straight back and through stroke and b) blade putters are best for players who arc their putting stroke.

Mallet putters

Mallet putters can give you the advantage because of the extended rear part of the putter which contains very easy to use alignment lines. They are usually very bold and stand out in contrast to the color of the putter and because of the length of the rear of the putter, can really help your eyes line up.

Blade putters

If your swing is not straight and comes down and you have an arc to your swing, the blade is best. But you will find it more difficult to align your eyes with the alignment aid on these putters on the greens. The alignment aids are usually a single line, or maybe 2 lines and they are generally less than 1.5 inches in length. 

Center shaft putter

These putters are the best for alignment if you're struggling to find the line with your eyes. The promote a more eye-over-ball putting stance which allows your eyes to track much easier along the line. Beware though that you need a a very sturdy stroke.

A loopy stroke means you can often rotate your wrists and hands which, because the shaft is attached to the sweet spot, means you can open and close the face super easily. You can negate this with a thicker grip like a  Super Stroke or a Fat Cat.

Putters to avoid for alignment

Avoid the old school blades with only a single dot on the top line for alignment. They are not the ones with the plumbers neck hosel. I am talking about the ones that look like an iron or a hockey stick like in the picture below. This are very difficult to align.

Are these the best putters for the yips? 

They yips can find any one of us at any time, but sometime changing your putter can make the yips go away. There are many causes, by finding a good alignment putter can help remove another thing from your mind when you're on the greens. Find the best putter for the yips and stick with it! 


old school blades are bad for alignment

Conclusion

When aligning your ball on the green, you need the right line and then you need help to make sure you roll the ball on the correct starting line. if your stroke is pure enough, half the battle is won just by being aligned. 

The feeling of relief knowing you're aligned allows you to focus just on the pace of the putt. With a decent putter specifically made for alignment, you can be sure of it. Couple that with a ball that either has a line drawn on it or preprinted on the ball, and you're rolling it end over end like a pro.

Whatever you choose, make sure you swing the putter a few times. The one you love the feeling of in your hands, is the one you WILL putt better with. 

Best Golf Distance Measuring Devices 2022

If you're serious about improving your golf game, you need to know how far you hit the ball.

It's MOST ESSENTIAL if you're trying to break 90 or 80. Under or over clubbing could be the difference between a par, bogey or double. You know what it's like. Great drive, nice five because you landed in the deep deep bunker short of the green with no chance of parole with only 130 yards into the green.

So what are the best golf distance measuring devices? I’ve chosen a mix of options to cover all bases. Let’s take a look at what distance measuring device will improve your game. Personally the best in this category are the Bushnell Tour v5 Shift and Garmin Approach S40 

Best Golf Distance Measuring Devices 2022

  1. Bushnell Phantom 2 Handheld Golf GPS (best all round option)
  2. Garmin Approach S40 (best golf watch)
  3. Shot Scope PRO L1 Laser Rangefinder (best quality budget rangefinder)
  4. Callaway Hybrid Laser GPS/Range Finder (best hybrid distance device) 
  5. Bushnell Tour V5 Shift (best rangefinder on the market)
  6. Shot Scope H4 Handheld Device (best priced sensor and device package on the market)
  7. SkyTrak Launch Monitor (best price vs accuracy and experience)

Why even use a GPS, Rangefinder or GPS golf watch?

It used to be that the only way to work out your distances was from the markers on the course. These are OK to a point, but they are based on specific lines to the green from specific points in the fairway, from specific locations on the course. 

Then how far is the pin from the front or middle of the green? The scorecard states the hole is a certain distance but you hit a mediocre drive and the markers are telling you that it's a 290 yarder!

The scorecard states one distance of the entire hole. The tees change regularly so you never know the exact length of a hole. The hole is then measured up the middle of the fairway from the tee to the green - a dog leg will be measured up the center of the entire fairway, not over the dogleg. Sometimes the measurement is to the front of the green, sometimes it's to the middle of the green.

A lot of people are walking around not knowing how far they really hit the ball. Distance measuring devices help you dial in your true distance, and help you select the club and shot type for that distance.

You can use a touch screen, shoot a laser or have an accurate measurement to just the front, middle or the back of the green for max enjoyment. 


Handheld Golf GPS Device

Handheld GPS devices are a bit old school but are designed specifically for golf. I mention this because phones have taken over a lot of peoples golfing measurement device needs.

The reasons I don't use a phone are: battery life (short), need for cell phone signal, multiple apps not just for golf and my biggest pet peeve is having to unlock them with a swipe/password/passcode.

I've tried with cell phones but I find they just do not cut the mustard. A handheld golf specific GPS device will bring infinitely more pleasure. 

Pros

  • Easy storage in your bag - just remember to take it out for charging
  • Large screen for super easy navigation of the course - zoom in and out everywhere
  • Excellent battery life
  • Price has come down a lot for these
  • Almost every course you can imagine is mapped out
  • You don't need line of sight to the target to know how far you are

Cons

  • Limited use for golf only unlike a watch and even a rangefinder 
  • As big as a phone without being a phone 
  • Easy to lose if you're remotely careless

GPS Golf watch

best golf distance measuring devices

Golf GPS watches are more compact and wearable versions of the GPS handheld devices above. I like both but the watches have a feature that make them one of the best options for calculating your shot distances.

They come with technology that can feel when you've hit a golf shot. This allows the watch to track your entire round and ask you to input your club immediately after the shot. After 20 rounds, you'll have a great estimate of how far you hit your clubs within a very tight range.

I compare the Garmin S40 and S60 to help you figure out which is best. 

Pros

  • Battery life can last up to 3 rounds
  • Automatic shot tracking - identifying when you have hit a shot
  • Newer models allow for detailed overviews albeit on a smaller screen
  • Many models can be used for fitness tracking and sync to your phone for messaging
  • Sync to your GPS providers app software for you to review rounds 
  • Almost every course you can imagine is mapped out
  • You do not need line of sight to your target to know the distance
  • Almost impossible to lose while on your wrist!
  • Measurements to layup to the 100, 150, 200 markers as well as to reach and carry hazards

Cons

  • Small screen for zooming
  • Charging cables goes missing and you have to buy a specific replacement

Golf Laser Rangefinders

golf rangefinders for measuring devices

The golf rangefinder is a staple in my bag. I use everything, but nothing is as quick and easy as shooting a distance to a hazard, pin or green as a rangefinder.

As long as you have a line of sight to the object you're measuring, you have full confidence that that distance is accurate to within 1 yard. More expensive models are quicker and more accurate while mid range models are as accurate but not as quick. Lower priced models, and I mean really low, are usually trash. 

You get what you pay for in optics, and the investment will last you years. One of the big problems people have with rangefinders is the color and how they get lost on a cart seat or left on a cart strap. Always pack away your rangefinder first after your round!

Check out the guides on the best cheaper golf rangefinders that work and the best premium golf rangefinders.

Pros

  • CR batteries last plenty of time - I replace mine once a year
  • The most accurate measuring device on the market 
  • New models have both distance to pin and GPS measurements on the side
  • Slope calculations adjust the playing distance for you
  • No need to download any map or use GPS signal 
  • Very strong - dropped many times and still works

Cons

  • No fancy tracking or special apps - this is a measuring device for distance only
  • Slope function must be off for tournaments
  • Easy to lose if you're careless
  • Need line of sight to target

Improved screen on this impressive device

bushnell phantom 2 gps

If you’ve been around golf for any decent length of time, you know Bushnell. They are considered to be the number 1 manufacturer when it comes to distance measuring devices in golf, and the Bushnell Phantom 2 Handheld GPS is another device that proves their effectiveness time and again.

The Phantom 2 is a neat little package and is easy to use for golfers of all skill levels. This version has 40% bigger text on the screen than the previous model making it easy to read, and with 38,000 courses preloaded, it’s ready to go right out of the box.

The new GreenView technology, with movable pin placements for super accurate distances to the flag helps to get more accurate readings so you can hit the correct club.

Another usefull feature is the 'Dynamic Green Mapping' which provides measurements to the front, middle and back of the green regardless of which angle you are approaching from. Wherever you are on the course, you can see how much you need to reach the green, and if there is trouble long, know how far it is to the back edge etc.

One of my favorite things about this device is the high powered magnet which lets you stick it to your bag or buggy - you just need to remember to take it off and take it home with you after the round!

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • 38,000 preloaded courses
  • Excellent battery life
  • Big readable screen even in bright sunshine
  • Helps you to play middle, front or back of the green golf which is all most people need.

Cons

  • No fancy tracking or special apps - this is a measuring device for distance only
  • Not as full feature as a watch
  • Easy to lose if you're careless

Far and away the best golf GPS watch on the market today

Garmin approach s40 gps watch

I thought watches were a bit gimmicky. How could they be as accurate as my rangefinder? I have used a rangefinder for years and never thought I would buy a watch. 

But then I got a Garmin Approach S40 to track my changes in distance with a swing change I made. This is such a cool piece of gear and helped me not only to track how far I am hitting the ball with every club, but when i don't feel like pulling out the rangefinder, I just check middle of the green distance and hit.

The interface is really easy to use, and the partner Garmin Golf App for smartphones makes loading courses and analyzing your post round stats very easy. Check out the comparison with the S60 here. And my full review of the S40 here.

You get front, middle and back measurements to green and the option to pick a pin placement on the touch screen. Distances to hazards - both carry and reach - are on th watch. It just takes a little bit of scrolling on the touch screen.

The best feature however, is the auto shot tracking.

This is AMAZING. The watch detects when you hit a shot and you then quickly note which club you used by telling the watch after it prompts you. After your round, you will see every shot you played in perfect detail on the app after you sync up with your phone and watch. This is such a useful tool to see your club distances and also to see where you can improve specific parts of your game. It tracks fairways missed and which side, greens missed and putts. 

You can further enhance this feature with trackers which you can attach to your clubs. I haven’t seen the need to do this yet as the data I’m getting from the watch is so good. An excellent piece of kit which you can get for very reasonable prices. 

Pros

  • Very stylish and slick look - not like a casio calculator watch at all
  • Clear easy to read screen even in the sun 
  • Accurate shot tracking functionality to track your progress 
  • Battery life is about three 18 hole rounds
  • Includes step/sleep tracking and multisport functions

Cons

  • If you lose the charging cable, as I have, it's a pain to replace as it is specific
  • Not stats of where exactly you missed the greens
  • If you don't get the satellite tracking the course before the first tee, it might vibrate on your backswing when it finds the course!

Solid rangefinder from a respected golf watch brand

ShotScope Pro L1 - rangefinder

Shot Scope are best known for their golf watches, so does their expertise in that area transfer to the rangefinder market? The Shot Scope PRO L1 offers features of the premium models but at a slightly nicer price.

I find this rangefinder to be a solid build which is always a giveaway. I've bought rangefinders from all sorts of manufacturers, and the first thing you notice is always the build quality. Any rattling, weird empty feeling etc and I'm turned off.

The L1 is pretty basic in its design and build, but it's very reliable when providing distances on the course. The Target-Lock Vibration feature is very helpful to let you know it's locked onto a target and the slope feature gives accurate numbers. The red/blacks optics switch worked well, but red is not my style as I have a slight color blindness.

This is a very light rangefinder, weighing in nearly 100 grams less than my Bushnell. You may think it suggests the build quality is cheaper, but I didn't find this to be the case.

This is perfect for a golfer who wants a rangefinder but doesn’t want to blow a stash of cash for a premium model. 

Pros

  • Excellent price point for the features included 
  • Target-Lock Vibration works well
  • Slope distance adjustment to pick the right club up or downhill
  • Lightweight design
  • Scan mode useful for scanning and hitting objects in your line of target

Cons

  • Slower (than Bushnell) to display the distances on screen
  • The only problem with a rangefinder will be inaccurate distances and this one displays accurately, so no complaint

The complete package, but is it worth it?

callaway hybrid rangefinder

When I play golf, I use a laser rangefinder and a GPS golf watch. I like the accuracy and freedom that a rangefinder gives me and now can’t live without the rangefinder - I feel naked without it on the course.  

The GPS features on the Callaway seem like a good idea. But does having two sets of features create a better product? 

The Callaway Hybrid Laser GPS/Range Finder has a small 18mm by 18mm screen below the viewfinder which displays GPS tracked front, middle and back distances to the green. The GPS has 30,000 preloaded courses which are picked up automatically when you switch the device on. 

I found having two different sets of yardages to work from positive in some situations. For example, when a flag is tucked away or the wind won’t allow you to get at it easily, I reverted to GPS middle of the green number automatically. It was really convenient to have the number right there and it removed analysis paralysis.

The screen is easy to read and the rangefinder operates as expected. The GPS gives you hazard information but it’s quicker to just use the rangefinder to work out those distances. The USB battery performed well for the GPS, giving you a round and change from a full charge, while the rangefinder is powered by a long life CR2 battery.

It’s a cool little device which will attract Callaway loyalists and techie types. I have tried these types of rangefinders before but didn't like the display on the left of the device. The placement on the Callaway is more intuitive than other models. 

Pros

  • Lots of features in one package
  • Rangefinder will get great battery life as it runs on a separate CR battery
  • Good battery life on GPS and USB charging makes it simple 
  • 30,000 preloaded courses  

Cons

  • If you lose the charging cable, as I have, it's a pain to replace as it is specific
  • Not stats of where exactly you missed the greens
  • If you don't get the satellite tracking the course before the first tee, it might vibrate on your backswing when it finds the course!

One of the best rangefinders on the market today

bushnell tour v5 shift rangefinder

The Bushnell “Tour V” range is the rangefinder equivalent of the Pro V1 to the golf ball market. Bushnell are always looking for ways to optimize their flagship product and the Tour V5 Shift model is focused on the speed that a target is acquired and confirmed on the course.

This rangefinder is sturdy and robust in your hands. It justifies its higher price point. All of the buttons and sliders are easily accessible and solid.

The yards to meters button helps a lot for me between altitude and sea level as I use yards at sea level and meters at altitude. The slope feature works excellently and the target acquisition on this model is simply the best in class.  Not other rangefinder comes close to speed and accuracy of the pin pointing of the target.

A small ring appears on the screen to confirm you have locked on and a little vibration acts as secondary confirmation.

Like all of the Bushnell’s products, the accessories that come with this device are premium and the case is particularly eye-catching. I’m a big fan of the BITE magnetic cart mount as it means your beautiful rangefinder isn’t sliding about in the buggy, potentially getting lost or scratched!

If you have the resources, this is definitely worth getting, it’s that good. 

Pros

  • Rapid target acquisition - the quickest distance finder
  • Premium construction and design makes this a solid piece of gear 
  • Excellent accessories for storage and keeping it safe from damage 
  • Strong BITE magnet makes it super accessible on a golf cart instead of flying around the place. 

Cons

  • Nothing, only the price

Check out the in depth full review here.

Which distance measuring devices should I avoid?

Avoid the ones that seem too good to be true.

In optics, whether binoculars, scopes or rangefinders, you get what you pay for I promise. 

Golf rangefinders have been specifically designs to see targets IN FRONT of the general bush or backdrop. Hunting rangefinders have been designs to pick up targets with a lot of backdrop or foreground - in other words, animals walking around. 

Why short-change yourself by going cheap? I have tried a lot of distance finding devices and you will be disappointed with the following items due to inaccuracy, defective production and unsuitable utility for golf:

1. Milessey Rangefinder

I tried 3 models and they all showed distance differences on the same measurement of +7 and -7 yards. Total trash.

2. Tectectec Rangefinder

I don't know how this thing has so many amazing reviews? For similar money, Precision Pro is a much better option.

3. Any hunting rangefinder

there is no point purchasing something ill suited to the task you need it for, just because it may be cheaper. Get a golf rangefinder and you will not regret it. Buyers remorse sucks!

Conclusion

You only have to decide what your priority is. From there, the selection is easy and with the above choices, you can't go wrong. Watches are for convenience and quick glance distances. Rangefinders are for specific distances to specific targets. Handheld devices are for those who want a bigger screen and don't want to use their phone.

Best Driver for 90 mph Swing Speed in 2022

A 90 mph swing speed creates the best environment for selecting a driver. The clubs you see in the store are almost all designed off the rack for your swing speed. I'll show you a few things in this article beyond the ordinary. 

We'll find which shaft is right for your swing, which lofts carry further as well as a list of the best drivers for 90 mph swing speeds. They're easier to hit than ever and with the right one, there is no limit on how low you can go. There may be some brands you haven't heard of on here, but this is hands-down the best collection for average swings. 


The Best Drivers for 90 mph Swing Speed


How to pick the right driver for your swing speed

The correct shaft for 90 mph swings is MOST IMPORTANT

With a 90 mph swing speed, you're around the average swing speed of golfers worldwide. That makes life incredibly easy for you! Your swing speed fits a REGULAR driver shaft perfectly and with a regular shaft, your tee shots will fly straighter and longer more often.

Stiff shafts will produce low ball flight and a lot of slices. A softer than regular shaft will cause shots to fly left and right at random. I suggest you get a driver with a REGULAR shaft.

If however, you have a very quick rhythm to your swing but the speed is still around 90 mph, there is a newer shaft introduced in the golfing world called SR - STIFF REGULAR. This is fantastic if you have a fast, jerky kind of swing to be able to actually give you more rhythm with a bit more stiffness.

The best thing you can do for your game is to get fitted for a shaft by a fitting professional if you find nothing seems to work. You can pick your favorite club online and take it to the club fitter and he'll install a shaft more appropriate for your exact swing. It's easily the best investment you can make.

Loft is 2nd most important

Loft is the 2nd most important aspect. While 9° or 10° are good lofts for professionals or 100 mph+ swingers; at 90 mph, I strongly suggest 11° to 13° of loft in a driver. The additional loft makes the club much more forgiving and far more accurate. Increased launch angle also means you'll get more carry on your drives for more distance. 

Imagine hitting a 3 iron. Ouch! Now imagine hitting the PW. Oh, that feels good right? Increased loft is evidently more forgiving just from our personal experience. The only thing keeping guys hitting low lofted drivers is ego. 

Drop all ego to find the right shaft and loft

Lots of guys have shafts that are too stiff, loft that is too low and clubs that are too long. 

Be honest with yourself and look at your shot-shape. Are you getting a straight ball flight or a little fade or a little draw? Or are you slicing and hooking erratically? Are you using an X-stiff or stiff shaft?

Are you still totally full-strength or losing power? Perhaps a super-lite regular shaft will help you instead of the stiff one you've had for 15 years!

New drivers are more forgiving than ever

Paired with the right golf ball, modern drivers can add significant yardage to your long game. Some guys even notice 20 yard gains. Below are the best drivers for a 90 mph swing speed.

Some drivers are also adjustable so you can change the loft of the club yourself and become your own club fitter. It all depends on how much you want to tinker.

It's important for me to note: I DO NOT advocate for drivers that adjust to infinite amount of settings. I don't mind perhaps a fixed interchangeable weight plate or the ability to adjust the loft up or down, but sliding weights and infinite settings is a surefire way to doubt yourself all the way round the course when you hit them offline.

Let's keep it simple as possible so you never have decision paralysis, and so that you an swing freely off the tee instead of worrying about your settings.


The Best Drivers for 90 mph Swing Speed

Forgiving toward the toe and high in the face

Srixon ZX5 Driver

While the name Srixon isn't so visible on the PGA Tour, the brand which falls under the Dunlop/Cleveland/Srixon umbrella have released a little masterpiece in this club.

The ZX5 golf driver has a 'rebound frame' for a better transfer of energy. It’s not only a new face but it’s really a new way of building the club. There are two areas - the face and then the body around it - have been designed to squash at impact and snap back creating a bigger rebound effect for more speed.

Why I recommend the ZX5 over the ZX7 is it's higher launching for the 90 mph swing speed. It does spin more than the LOW LOW LOW spin drivers but it's definitely only in the mid spin driver range. It's really a forgiving driver especially off the toe. 

There's no sliding weight but there is a single weight in the back of the head. Increased forgiveness from the places they set the weights mean you can swing and trust that the ball will be veering offline less and less. 

Srixon's ZX5 has weight and hosel adjustability. At the hosel, you can adjust the loft, face angle, and lie angle.  There's only one weight which can be used to change swing weight and feel but not shot shape. Be careful of the temptation to do this yourself as swing weight is a finnicky detail best sorted out by a good club fitter. Weights available are 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 grams that you can get from Srixon directly.

Pros

  • Adjustable at the hosel for lie angle and loft 
  • Simple weight system where you can only change the weight, not position
  • Toe hits go straighter and roll out further
  • New Rebound face means more efficient movement of energy into the ball
  • Up and coming game changing top quality material manufacturer

Cons

  • Face graphics moving away from simple and looks a but "callaway-esque"
  • Not good looking on the sole

Super option for senior golfers and golfers below 90mph swing speed

Cleveland Launcher XL Lite

The Launcher XL Lite is the newest addition to long line of lightweight Cleveland drivers. There are multiple loft options including a higher lofted 12 degrees, providing a higher launch with medium amount of spin. A lightweight head coupled with the shaft mean you can generate more club head speed which translates into longer carry. 

With the lightness and the deeper face of the driver, which is a Cleveland hallmark, most golfers notice a higher ball flight, needing less rollout to actually obtain any distance. The bonded hosel and lightweight shaft being this driver in at a whopping 12.5 lighter than the standard Launcher XL.  

After having played with three Cleveland drivers in my life, their offerings are always near the top of my list to check out. Their drivers always look totally clean on the crown and this one is equally beautiful with aa simple alignment aid and matte finish. 

You won't be able to adjust the loft of the driver nor are there any weights to move around. 9° 10.5° and a 12° option are all available and with a 90 mph swing, the 9° can be excluded from the selection. Like all Cleveland clubs, they won't be as hyped as Taylormade or Callaway but this driver is the business and will work if you are a slower swinger. 

Pros

  • Lightweight for more swing speed
  • Deeper face for higher ball flight to increase carry distance
  • Very forgiving and easy to hit with a lovely ping sound
  • Muted alignment aid and classic looking crown
  • Very well priced
  • High quality Japanese Miyazaki shaft

Cons

  • Low in the face not as forgiving
  • Quick tempo golfers should avoid

Best value driver - pound for pound

Wilson D9 Driver

The Wilson D9 has a very tall dominating face and setting up to the ball, it looks like a Cleveland of old. Classic shape and tall face with a massive sweet spot. Definitely in the sleeper category, not many guys will know about this driver and at this price, it's a best kept secret. 

It's the best looking driver that they have designed so far. In fact it even looks like a Titleist TSi1! 

The club is light and by light, I mean REALLY light. That might not appeal to everyone but it can definitely help pick up an extra couple mph in your swing. If you're hovering around 85 mph, this little beauty can bring you up to 90 mph and give you a few yards more off the tee.

If you find the big brands do not fit your style or budget, the D9 is comparable in every way besides brand-recognition. The flight is easy to launch and with the correct loft, you'll find forgiveness and distance with the Wilson D9 golf driver. 

Pros

  • Carbon looking crown makes it look very high end like the top brands
  • Very lightweight for increasing swing speed
  • Well priced - dollar to extra yards ratio is low
  • Premium shafts are included despite the low price - top value

Cons

  • Clangy loud sound

best golf driver for beginners

In every group of golfers there is always a PING man and then there are the guys who haven't tried them. What the PING men will all attest to is just how easy it is to hit a PING. They may not be the most used on Tour but they're certainly a mainstay of amateur golf for decades.

Steve who can be seen in the Golf Sidekick videos on Youtube, just purchased himself a G425 Max and is hitting the ball better than ever with this driver. It replaced his G400 which he left in a car park leaning against his car.

It's a simple looking golf driver with simple colors and the shape is very classic-looking. A nice long and tall face with a tear drop shaped head. They've changed the color from a black to a lighter black almost dark grey color. 

The ball genuinely flies higher than most other drivers with its high launch properties. PINGs are renowned for the high and penetrating ball flight giving guys a lot more carry to get over more hazards and bunkers more confidently. 

At address, the crown is a pretty matte finish but there are a few kind of spike looking things on top. They are not entirely distracting and do help with alignment but if you prefer a very clean crown, this one might not be to your liking. 

There is a weight at the back of the sole to move around for different shot shapes. The hosel is also able to be moved around to increase or decrease loft depending on how low or high you would like to hit the ball.

Overall, a game-changer. Simply the best driver out there for 90 mph swingers who hit it too low. I can stand behind a recommendation for any golfer to try a PING. 

Pros

  • High yet penetrating ball flight
  • Matte dark grey finish for classy look at address
  • One of the best in the range
  • Extremely forgiving - misses left and right are severely improved

Cons

  • Loud sound at impact
  • They use a new hosel in this so you cannot use your shaft from your G400 in this one.

Simple point-and-shoot forgiveness golf driver

Taylormade STEALTH HD Driver

The STEALTH caused a massive buzz in the equipment world due to its RED carbon face and (outlandish) ball speed claims. What's not up for debate is that TaylorMade consistently produce some of the best drivers with every new release and the STEALTH is no exception. 

The HD model is one of the first TaylorMade drivers targeted at the slower swinger and those struggling with a slice. The carbon face is 40% lighter and lot and shaft options make it easy to find you perfect combination. 

The club really is a head turner on the course. The red face is a talking point and the sound of the face is supreme, as you expect from TaylorMade. The Taylormade STEALTH HD comes in 9°, 10.5° and 12° lofts and can add a new dimension to your tee game. Adjust the loft and you have a driver that can be 12.5° and 14° drivers if you please. There are no complicated set ups, just pick it up and smash.

Pros

  • Superlight face
  • Loft options are perfect for 90 mph swing speed
  • Massive sweet spot for total forgiveness
  • A lot of distance gains for a lot of golfers into the wind especially
  • Easy alignment

Cons

  • Tinkerers who want adjustable weights won't like
  • Color scheme isn't for everyone

Maximum forgiveness and ball speed

Cobra Air X Driver

Everything about this driver is geared toward maximizing swing speed. The shaft is light, the head is light and the face is forgiving. In the Air X range, there is also a draw model with an offset shaft. This will help you to correct a slice.

The best part of this range that Cobra releases is that these clubs are just dead simple to hit. They come in 9.5 and 10.5 degree options. That may sound a bit low, but the tall face and large footprint of the driver helps to get that ball way up in the air.

Brian, from the Golf Sidekick Youtube channel used to play with the older model of this driver to learn to hit driver. He struggled a lot with standard drivers but after playing this one, he learned and then moved onto the Cobra Speedzone and eventually a G410. That's the power of using a simple driver like the Cobra Air X. You get confidence to hit the ball solid, then upgrade when you stripe the pipe. 

Teaski, my sister, also enjoys her Cobra Air X but hers is in the women's clubs. The idea is the same though. Light and fun, easy to hit with a maximum forgiveness and high handsome ball flight. It's a no-brainer whenever someone wants a 'first nice driver'.

As a stickler for alignment aids not being distracting, this one is a perfect improvement on a Ping crown. The top of the club at address subtly helps to keep the club aimed where you want to go. 

The ultralight construction is designed to give you more speed in the downswing but what it also does is give you the feeling of not needing to hit the ball so hard because it is just so light. This gives you rhythm and with rhythm, you increase swing speed sub-consciously. 

Pros

  • Very lightweight for more swing speed and more distance
  • Incredibly well priced driver
  • Massive sweet spot for total forgiveness
  • Offset version can help with slices
  • Super alignment aid on the crown that does not distract

Cons

  • Tinkerers who want adjustable weights won't like
  • A bit more of a beginner or novice driver hitters club

Classic name brings classic forgiveness and distance

Callaway Big Bertha B21 Driver

The B21 driver is Callaway’s first high launch driver. Great options of 9, 10.5 and 12.5 degrees available. If you're a low hitter, or a slicer, this is a great golf club for you.

Exactly like Callaway’s headliner model drivers, the B21 driver has the famous Jailbreak bars behind the clubface for increased ball speeds at your swing speed. The face was designed using AI (artificial intelligence) so you know you're getting the best new technology on the market. 

The head shape is more triangular, being long from face to the back . The look at address is always confidence-building  as the club looks as though it can cover the ball and drive energy from behind. There's a built in draw-bias in the clubhead so the club reduces the distance loss from big slices. 

The grip and shaft have been selected especially for more forgiveness and distance. The driver is a result of deep research by Callaway into how higher handicappers actually hit their driver. This investigation led to the B21 to help these golfers, usually slower swing speeds, to get the ball higher, further, longer, more fun.


Common questions from 90 mph golfers

What golf ball is best if I have a 90 mph swing speed?

If you want more distance, use a a ball that is firmer and has more rollout. They are much cheaper and durable. You will need to factor in the extra rollout on your approach shots. 

You need spin to shape your shots sometimes and eventually you may want to look at some good golf balls for 85-90 mph swing speeds to take advantage of some urethane balls. 

What swing speed requires a stiff shaft?

A stiff shaft is recommended for swing speeds between 95-110 mph. If you’re not sure what your swing speed is, you can go to a fitting facility, or a pro shop or a place that rents bays by the hour. You can test it out on trackman. It's best to warm up a bit before hand and remember not to try CRUSH every ball. You want to get a good representation so you can always be sure the shaft you have works well for the golf club in hand. 

What's the best shaft for 95 mph golf swing?

If your swing is 95mph with the driver on a consistent basis, you should use a stiff shaft for your driver and probably your irons. The best shafts in the business are Miyazaki, Speeder, Ping stock shafts, Tour AD and Fujikura. The exact model of these shafts depends on your swing tempo but if you swing just under 100 mph, you should use a stiff golf shaft.

Conclusion

With so many drivers out there to choose from that are designed for the average golfer with an average swing speed, it can get confusing. 

Without a doubt, the best drivers for average swing speeds are the ones on this list. You don't need to splurge an insane amount of money to hit the ball well. You don't even need the latest year's models to enjoy your tee game.

PING, Taylormade, Srixon, Wilson and Cobra are definitely in the top manufacturers for the average weekend golfer. Try and find a driving range or golf club store that will let you try a few clubs out and see which is best for your golf game. 

Other golf driver articles 

Best Golf Ball for 85 mph to 90 mph Swing Speed in 2022

It's time to decide, do you want distance, spin or feel? Or a combination of all? We can get all three in one, but at a very premium price. I have hit every golf ball you can imagine and I've found that depending on your ability, you must pick a priority or two. That is how you find the best golf ball for 85 to 95 mph swing speed. 

Do you know your priority? If not, I will help you get there.

At a swing speed of 85 mph to 90 mph, you will fit into most golf balls. But the overall best ball for average swing speeds like this is the Kirkland Signature for feel and performance. The other option is the Taylormade Tour Response. These balls both factor in all three priorities. 

The Best Golf Ball for 85 mph Swing Speed (including 90 mph)


kirkland-signature golf ball

I cannot find anything to dislike about Kirkland Signatures. You can buy a dozen or more for peanuts and game a golf ball that gives you premium performance and the soft feel of a urethane cover. I am converted and believe the hype since I got 24 of these in the USA and played with them at Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay, and beyond.

The Kirkland Signatures are long BUT they hold greens with ease. They do spin after well struck shots, but not in a way that is uncontrollable. It will be a big difference for you if you move from a surlyn ball to the urethane of the Kirklands. I found there was actually a GAIN in yardage with the Kirklands and the balls sit down where they pitch. That's at a pretty high swing speed, so you may experience slightly less 'rip' with these balls.

Whether you're hitting out of a wet bunker or with a brand new wedge, these balls hold up very well, even compared premium urethane balls. You can go a full round with this ball and just keep using it. This is the perfect golf ball for mid handicappers because it's premium, urethane covered but it's at a price point where you don't feel bad about losing one.

It's very different when you're paying $4-$5 for a premium ball. I cannot stress this enough - the feeling of freedom when you don't worry about losing a golf ball is huge. When you don't care about losing balls, strangely, you lose less. The Kirklands are the gateway to that feeling. That's what makes the Kirklands so special. I played a 73 and a 71 at Pebble Beach and used Kirkland. You can enjoy that freedom too.

Pros

  • Longer and straighter woods and iron shots
  • Priced so well, you won't feel bad reloading if you lose one
  • Best quality urethane golf ball for average weekend golf - no frills

Cons

  • There is absolutely nothing to dislike about this golf ball

wilson duo pro golf balls

The DUO Pro has a 60 compression, making the ball feel like a soft marshmallow off the face and if you prefer the feeling of a softer ball, the urethane cover makes the ball spin like a boss as well. What's even nicer is that they make them in bright colors.

The ball was on the 2019 Golf Digest golf ball GOLD award winning list. That's high praise from a manufacturer on the more budget side of the spectrum. A great budget contender for best golf ball for 85 to 95 mph swing speed. 

Pros

  • Soft urethane cover that makes the ball grip the grooves
  • More stickability on the greens for your approaches
  • Value for money is genuinely off the charts hen comparing to big manufacturers 
  • Tour level quality golf ball for mid price
  • Distance will not be harmed

Cons

  • Increased spin will take time to get used to on chips

Taylormade Tour Response

Firmer feeling urethane covered Tour quality ball

Taylormade Tour Response golf balls - best golf ball for 85 to 95 mph swing speed

The Tour Response is the upgrade to the Project (a) which to be fair, is a brilliant ball on its own. 

The compression is slightly lower at 40 but the multilayer core coupled with the thin urethane skin makes this a lovely ball for distance and bite. 

In fact, you can see in one of my videos here, I hit a 285 yard carry drive with a Project (a) to land on the green on hole 4. Te Tour response is merely a repackaged Project (a) so if you prefer a bit more friendly on the budget golf ball...check out the Project (a) too! 

Pros

  • Travels a loooong way
  • Three-piece higher spin construction
  • Will increase the height of your shots
  • HEX dimples promote higher flight

Cons

  • Not soft around the greens - best for bump and run chips

Callaway Super Hot 70

Excellent for higher flight and more distance

callaway superhot 70 golf balls

The Callaway SuperHot 70 is sold in packs of 15 which gives you an extra 25% bang for your buck. And bang it does. This ball is designed for distance and higher ball flight to help you hit it longer with more carry.

The SuperHot 70 is a three-piece design with a 70 compression core and I like this combination for your 85 to 90 mph swing speed.Our swing speed is fast enough to take advantage of the three-piece design by putting enough of a lick on the ball to give us the extra distance off the tee.

It's a fun ball - it goes a long way and doesn't feel like a marshmallow like the new super soft golf balls. Off the tee, I noticed the ball flying a bit higher thanks to the dimple design. The HEX dimple design reduces drag on the ball putting it higher in the air for a steeper descent into the greens for quick stopping shots. So not necessarily more spin, but a ball flight that promotes fewer big bounces on the greens which is great for us.

Around the green it's best to manage expectations as the ball does have a Surlyn cover. Urethane is always preferred for green side spin so If your main concern is spin on chips and pitches, it's best to consider other options in this guide. The price of urethane-covered balls is also a lot higher. 

Pros

  • Travels a loooong way
  • Three-piece higher spin construction
  • Will increase the height of your shots
  • HEX dimples promote higher flight

Cons

  • Not soft around the greens - best for bump and run chips

Srixon Soft Feel 

Longer drives with moderate feel around the greens

srixon soft feel

It's a testament to the quality of this line of golf balls; I played this ball as far back as 2006 and when I was looking for a new ball recently, I was advised to try the Srixon Soft Feel while playing off a 13 handicap. This was the gateway drug that got me looking at all these balls.

It's a two-piece construction in it's 11th version but Srixon have reduced the compression to 60. That's more moderate than the ultra low trend at the moment and great for us. The implication is that the distance from the tee with more moderate compression is more impressive than with the compressions below 50 at our average swing speeds.

Srixon have also reduced the thickness of the cover and increased the softness. This added softness is the biggest contributing factor to spin around the greens and the Soft Feel delivers with one of the better two-piece balls for holding greens. It's not going to be zipping back, let's not over-exaggerate, but they'll be streaks ahead of the HARD lake balls you've been hitting.

I play a lot of rounds with the Soft Feel and a couple sleeves are always in my bag probably because of sentimental reasons but it's a really fun ball and so well priced - I think what made it so special to me is that it was the first ball I tried. And it got my mind out of thinking about losing $4 balls and into thinking about smacking $1.50 balls smoothly.

Pros

  • Soft cover for moderately soft feel around the greens
  • Nice feeling off insert putter faces
  • Consistent and repeatable bounce and rollout performance around the greens
  • Very well priced
  • Nice side chyron to line up putts

Cons

  • At this price, nothing

Srixon Q Star

Firmer feeling distance booster

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There are two models in the Q Star range with the Q Star being for more distance and made of 2 pieces (a core and a surlyn cover) while the Q Star Tour is a bit softer for more feel with a urethane ball and I urge you to have a look at it - easily one of my favorite golf balls. Both offer comparable distance. The main difference is in the feeling of the ball, where if you prefer a softer feel ball, the Q Star Tour is good for you. If you prefer a firmer feel, choose the Q Star.

I like the Q Star as the best golf ball for 85+ mph swing speed if you're looking for straight distance. Expect longer and straighter long iron & wood shots with it. The ball definitely goes long but what's interesting is how it wants to go straight without the sideways slice or hook.

Most golfers find the feeling off the face firm and they compare it to a rock but purely in terms of accuracy and distance this golf ball will suit the majority of weekend golfers who are looking to add more fun to their game with longer straighter drives. Who doesn't want a long ball in the fairway?

Pros

  • Long ball that goes straight
  • Reduces shape of shots by reducing overall spin rate on longer shots

Cons

  • They've removed the cool alignment chyron on the side of the ball

Volvik Vivid

Good looks with performance to boot

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I would say that this ball is a combination between a Titleist NXT Tour and Velocity - firm and long but surprises you when you chip by actually gripping on the club's grooves and on the greens.

The matte finish of the ball takes some getting used to but it gives it a distinct softer feel. That matte finish with the vivid colors these balls come in, make them practically impossible to lose while watching them in the air. The extra confidence of knowing I'll see and find my shot is the number one reason I recommend this ball - I just swing freer and easier at the ball.

Off the putter face the Vivid feels medium to hard with just the right amount of 'click' to tell you if you hit it well or not. 

The first time I tried them. I was given a sleeve of the Vivids at registration for a Hooters competition. Bright orange in color. I'd heard how bright they were but wow, when you see them in person, they're BRIGHT!

I understood quickly why these are used in the World Long Drive championships - I noticed a few extra yards off the tee. But what is unique is just how easily you can track the ball for it's entire flight. This makes it easy to see where my ball ends up if not in the fairway which is great for my confidence.

Bump and run chipping is excellent - it feels a bit hard off the club face but the matte finish cover feels like it's quite tacky and actually grips on the blades of grass on the green. For a firm ball, the Volvik Vivid doesn't roll out much on the chips so I could be more aggressive. It's not a golf ball for flop shots though.

If nothing else, it's a great conversation piece! People never get tired of seeing my bright little balls. Check out the full Volvik golf ball guide here.

Pros

  • Excellent for bump and run chips
  • Funky matte finish catches everyone's eye and if you like attention, this will give it to you
  • Easily as long as a Pro V1
  • Very easy to see in the air

Cons

  • Matte finish is strange for a few holes

Mizuno RB 566 V

Low compression ball for slower swing speeds

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I can admit I had never thought to try Mizuno golf balls. I have played their irons extensively but until I had these recommended to me, I had never hit a Mizuno ball. It turns out I was wrong to doubt that a company with as much golfing pedigree as Mizuno could produce an inferior product. 

Joe, who lives in the UK and contributes to this site has played these too and he has found them to be very good in cold and wet weather conditions. The 588 dimple pattern and low compression construction cause the ball to fly higher which is ideal for mid handicappers with slower swing speeds. 

Around the greens, this ball feels really, really soft. It doesn't spin as much as some of the premium balls, but I could get it so sit down on some pretty firm summer greens. Off the putter face there is a satisfying "click" which provides good feedback for your stroke. 

Joe swings it faster than recommended for this ball but didn't find it penalized him with the driver in hand. The ball still launches high and he found that it actually gave him a bit more control and he was confident finding fairways with this ball. 

Mizuno make high quality golf products and this ball is no different. After 18 wet and cold holes of golf, the cover of the ball still looked clean and bright. The ionomer shell didn't scuff up after bunker shots and the logo and alignments line were clear to see. 

These are a sleeper pick and definitely worth trying. The price is excellent too.   

Pros

  • Excellent for swings under 95 mph
  • Softness of the landing on chips really surprises you
  • Approach shots sit down quickly on the greens
  • Very durable covers that don't scuff easy
  • Excellent in cold and wet conditions

Cons

  • Suited to colder climates
  • Not suited to high swing speed players

Key criteria for the best golf balls at average swing speeds

The best golf balls for this range of swing speeds have medium compression (hardness). Golfers with slower swing speed are obsessed with ultra low compression balls, and this isn't our best bet at 85-95 mph. Anything between 55 and 70 will be the best golf ball for your swing speed.

85-95 mph swing speed is fast enough to put a decent move on the ball so medium compression golf balls are some of the best golf balls for 85 mph swing speeds. Of course, the driver swing speed is 85 mph to 95 mph but when we use irons, that speed will drop down to probably 70 to 80 mph with steel shafts and iron heads. 

The only thing you need to decide is whether you want a urethane (soft and spinning) cover or a surlyn (firmer with less spin) cover.

Golf ball cover material and how it affects your golf ball

Urethane

Urethane will give you more spin around the greens and hold greens more easily and is the material on Tour golf balls. It feels SO MUCH softer on the club face and grips onto the grooves much easier for more spin. 

The drawback of urethane covered golf balls is that urethane is very soft and can blemish and scratch very easily. If the ball hits a cart path or tree or you rip a wedge, then the cover can scratch easily. Weigh this up versus how many balls you last the entire round with. A urethane ball will be good for one entire 18 hole round. 

Urethane will hold greens really well but also remember, with more spin being generated after impact, by default, that also means the ball will spin more sideways, which can accentuate a big slice. 

Surlyn

Surlyn is the material used on most two-piece golf balls and is durable but produces much less spin than a urethane ball. It will run out more on drives and approaches as well as needing more space to roll when chipping onto the greens.

The surlyn covered golf balls really do last longer in regards to the cover. They don't scratch easily and they don't scuff too badly from road hits. Wedge hits hardly make a difference to the cover as well. If you're skilled enough to use a ball for more than one round, you could probably get 3 rounds of 18 out of one ball before it will be too shabby. 

Weigh up the options by picking your priorities: price, durability, feel on the club face, spin needed on approaches and chips, straighter ball flight or longer tee shots. 

What exactly does swing speed indicate?

When we talk about 85 mph or 90 mph swing speeds, we're referring to the speed of the head of the driver when swinging toward the ball.

Tour pros are averaging about 110 to 125 mph! Isn't that crazy?

So at that swing speed, they're able to take advantage of the extra tech put into those Tour balls. While these balls might not hurt your game if you're consistent, the extra spin you get with them can be to your detriment with off line shots going further....off line!

Should 85 to 90 mph swing speeds use hard or soft balls?

It's all about your priorities.

The latest trend in golf ball technology is an obsession with lowering the compression (hardness) as far as it can go. Wilson even makes a ball with a 29 compression. Tour balls are around 90 to 100. There are benefits to the low compression balls especially if your swing is slower but in general the best golf ball for 85 mph swing speed and up to 90 mph swing speed is going to be something in between hard and soft. 

A swing speed in your range can compress the ball enough to extract maximum distance and spin from a medium compression golf ball. But when looking at medium compression golf balls, it's the cover of the ball that makes the big difference between being "hard" & "soft" feel and performance.

Which balls won't get cut up and scuffed?

Urethane covers are less durable and will get scuffed from hard wedge shots and hitting trees, paths and concrete. Surlyn (also known as ionomer, trionomer etc) don't scuff nearly as much and I've played with guys who've used the same surlyn covered ball for 3 rounds in a row.

Does swing speed matter when selecting a golf ball? 

It is very important to choose a golf ball that matches your swing speed. Golfers with slower swings compress the ball less than a faster swing speed golfer can. 

Usually a slower swing speed means less distance but can vary depending on how WELL you strike the ball. A lower compression ball can help you to compress it easier and generate more distance with lower spin.

Is low spin off the tee important? 

Low spin off the tee helps moderate speed swingers to get more distance because your drives will roll a bit further after landing, as opposed to just dropping and stopping. 

If you are a player who slices the ball, this means you're generating a lot of side spin so a lower spin golf ball will reduce the impact of that sidespin on your shot shape. 

Around the greens, you want some more spin though, to constantly land and roll the ball to the hole. It's a balancing act between distance and spin depending on your priorities. 

Difference between premium balls and distance golf balls

A premium golf ball is expensive because it's made of premium materials and the prices range upward of $30. The value or distance ball is made of lesser technology because it has a different player in mind. Prices are much lower on a distance golf ball because of this. 

You get two camps of golfers. There are golfers who only play premium lines of golf balls. Then you get other golfers who will play anything. 

The big difference between the two types of balls are the number of layers and the cover material. The multilayer 3, 4 and 5 layer golf balls with urethane covers are your premium golf balls designed for pro's and elite players. The 2-3 layer balls with surlyn covers are the cheaper value balls that are designed for the average player. 

A urethane cover in the premium balls means the ball scuffs easily because the urethane is very soft. The surlyn is a much harder material and is more durable.

Real life example

Let's look at a two piece Srixon Soft Feel golf ball versus the five piece TP5. Price difference is large. The TP5 gives you the golfer, all the tech and necessities that the pro's need. Do you have the skills to fully use the expensive balls and do you lose many in a round?  The Srixon Soft Feel gives you a more resilient cover but you do not have a product filled with tech needed to execute pro shots. 

Unless you're a very good golfer, with a low handicap and multiple layers of skills, you won't notice much difference in performance between the two styles of golf balls. 

Conclusion

Extra spin will need a urethane cover while a Surlyn cover found on most two piece balls are going to give you extra distance. The best advice I can give you for golf balls is to take two or three different kinds out on the course and test them on your drives, on the par 3 tees and with your pitching and chipping. Find one you like and stick with it. Easy life!

At 85 mph to 90 mph swing speed, there is an endless supply of great golf balls and I highlighted a few for you here. Check out breaking 90 every time you play and if you're looking to pair a ball up with a driver for more distance, check out my guide on the best drivers for 90 mph swings.