Whether you like a bit of show biz glamor and want everyone to look at your balls or you just can't see your balls so well anymore, you're in the right place. No, this isn't the urologists office!
But I have become a bit of a multi-color golf ball fiend. It wasn't always like that though - I mean we're supposed to be pros here, right? And watching golf on TV, besides Bubba Watson playing a pink ball for a while, we never see the pros playing high visibility golf balls. I was always intrigued by those yellow balls I watched the members of my club playing on the course but always thought they were for older boys.
But my search for the best high visibility golf balls wasn't really an arduous journey because I've had so much fun trying new golf balls I wouldn't have tried before and I'm a total convert. From the Volvik Vivids at a corporate day to the charity day where I was given a sleeve of soccer ball print Callaways, I've played a ton of them and with exception of maybe the Chromax, I haven't lost a bit of performance. But let's dive in...
Best High Visibility Golf Balls 2023
- Volvik Vivid (best visibility and performance combo)
- Callaway Chrome Soft (best all-round golf ball regardless of color)
- Bridgestone e12 Soft (best for slow swingers and more distance)
- Srixon Z-Star XV (colorful alternative to the Pro V1 for fast swingers)
- Callaway SuperSoft (best performing for slower swingers)
- Wilson DUO Professional (best value urethane golf ball)
Best high visibility and performance combo
Volvik Vivid balls come in REALLY bright colors and are a favorite with guys looking for more visibility because it's impossible to miss them in the air. If you have deep rough at your course, you'll be able to track this beauty effortlessly and lose far less balls. And when I say really bright, I mean that you might think they'll glow in the dark.
The cover has a matte finish which adds to the uniqueness of the ball. Playing partners wondered if it was a practice ball or a rubber ball. It's a perfectly conforming three-piece ball and made of the identical material as other golf balls, just without the high gloss finish on it.
Yes. They're straight with a middle of the range medium feel off the club & high ball flight.
A lot of guys will pick this ball up for a laugh, as I did through a corporate golf day. But the laughing stops once you hit it. The weirdest (but best) thing I noticed with them is when I hit a shot, at the point I expect the ball to start descending back to the ground, the ball just keeps going that extra few yards in the air.
I played these balls in a corporate day and I've used them often since then because they're long and straight and turn heads every time you break one out. I've hit my longest drives with this ball and it's no surprise Volvik is the sponsor for the long drive championships. I recently actually won a scramble using these balls while my partner used NXT Tour, my other new favorite golf ball.
Callaway Chrome Soft
The Chrome Soft got a bad rep with the My Golf Spy testing, but they've addressed that and put the important part of the 'best golf ball for high visibility'. Visibility is just a big bonus. This four-piece ball has taken the world by storm.
They come in bright yellow but also the Truvis design which is pretty much a soccer ball print all over the ball and the one I preferred for a very long time.
Callaway's Chrome Soft is a Tour level premium ball that competes toe to toe with the heavyweights like Titleist. The benefits to the average golfer are due to low compression and a urethane cover giving you excellent distance off the tee with soft feel and a lot of spin green side.
All swing speeds will benefit from this golf ball and it stands up to high-end tour models chip for chip, pitch for pitch and putt for putt. Approaches into greens fly high and land and stick with strong spin.
Bridgestone e12 Soft
Best high visibility ball for slower swing speeds
Three-piece golf balls are usually urethane covered, but Bridgestone has made a 3-piece surlyn covered ball.
They added the third layer because they wanted to generate more ball speed after the success of the e6. Bridgestone needed to focus less on the softness of the ball and focus on finding the speed from this additional layer in the core.
With the matte finish and 3 pieces, this surlyn ball will spin more than your average 2 piece ball, but of course not as much as a urethane covered ball.
Srixon Z-Star XV
Glaring brightness with premium performance for faster swings
The yellow Z Star XV golf ball is very bright and will be easy to see. Even the Pure White color balls are easier to spot than other white golf ball brands.
Srixon produced an awesome premium level ball that performs as good as the top manufacturers' premium balls and makes it one of the best high visibility golf balls. With a compression of 102, and a Spin Skin cover, this ball performs as a premium ball should. If you swing less than 90 mph, you'll want to check out the Srixon Q-Star though.
I use these golf balls on my channel a lot. I love the yellow ones but out in Asia, I even find orange ones. They are long and they stop on the greens exactly as any premium golf ball. I love the Srixon Z Star XV.
Best overall high visibility golf balls for slower swingers
The SuperSoft Multicolor pack comes with four sleeves of balls each one a different color. Much easier on your wallet than premium balls on this list, they pack mega bang for your buck.
The SuperSoft is not a very soft ball but will help most golfers increase their distances off the tee and from the fairway. It's a two-piece ball with a very low compression of 35!
For the slower swinging golfers, this ball is going to reduce spin on the tee shots and long approaches while giving you a delicate feel around the greens.
The SuperSoft is one of the most popular balls you'll find. The lower compression and trionomer cover produces less spin on your longer shots giving you more chance to hit the fairways and greens. That always makes golf more fun. If you're a mid to high handicapper, this is a perfect golf ball for you.
Wilson DUO Professional
Best overall high visibility golf balls for slower swingers
JMac from my Youtube channel LOVES Wilson DUO golf balls. He always looks for them in pro shops when they have the colorful ones.
These have a urethane cover so they spin and yet have the low compression for that low spin distance off the tee. There's nothing wrong with these golf balls at all and if you are used to playing balls like Srixon Soft Feels and want to start playing some urethane covered balls, these are the best to dip your toe into the premium ball pond.
Factors to consider for high visibility golf balls
Which color ball is the easiest to track?
This is quite a subjective question, but the general consensus between my friends and I seems to be in this order:
- Green golf balls - I like the Volvik Vivid Green as the easiest to see
- Yellow golf balls - The mainstay of colored golf balls
- Pink golf balls - Like Boy George, not very masculine, but easy to spot
- Orange golf balls - not advised for Fall/Autumn months with the leaves on the ground
- White golf balls
- Red golf balls - You expect them to be good, but if you are remotely colorblind, it's gone
- Blue golf balls - They get lost in the sky and don't contrast as well on the ground
Easiest golf ball color to find in rough
If you're struggling to find a standard white golf ball in the rough, then I would recommend switching to a yellow or orange ball. Joe , who writes for the site, played 4 rounds in a day recently for charity and used orange balls so that he could find his ball faster throughout the day. It also helps to play with a high visibility ball when you're in a foursome as you know which ball is yours right away, no checking with your playing partners. Find ball, pick shot, hit ball, move on. Easy life.
What's the difference between high visibility and white golf balls?
The only difference between a high visibility golf ball and a white ball of the same model is the color of the cover. The rest of the construction of the same model of golf ball is identical.
Do pro golfers use color or high visibility golf balls?
Bubba Watson used to use a pink golf ball made my Volvik and some specially made for him by Titleist. On the senior PGA Tour, you'll find some of the golfers use yellow balls for visibility. Pros practice so much with white balls, and have played so many rounds and hit so many balls on the range that are white. They can't change their conditioning just for the round.
They can actually use any color golf ball they like, be it yellow or pink or whatever. Unlike with us amateurs, the pro must start the round and finish the round with the same color golf ball. They cannot change from white to pink to yellow between holes. Mainly you will find older golfers on the Senior PGA Tour using color golf balls, but very few, if any on the PGA Tour.
Do color balls and white balls cost the same?
The balls in the same range or model name in a manufacturers line are identical but they just change the color of the cover. The cover will have the same properties and the ball will perform the same. There is no increase or decrease in price. If there is a line of colors that do not sell though, there may be some discounts and bargains to be had when they try clear them out.
Is it easy to change to a color golf ball?
If you are used to playing white golf balls, the difference can be quite big for your game. I mean this in a way that the ball looks radically different to your eye and brain. This can affect the way you hit the ball in the first few rounds.
I recommend hitting your new chosen color around the practice green a lot so you can get used to looking at something different. Once you're used to it, then you can mentally adjust to any color. For many though, they give up on the idea before they give it a real chance just because of the drastically different look at address. It takes time, but once you get through the mental process, you can play any golf ball.
Can high visibility golf balls improve my score?
Yes and no. The color of the ball won't make a difference to the way you hit the ball so physically no. But psychologically, the fun aspect and the ability to see your ball more easily through the air does give you a small confidence boost.
When you know you're going to find your golf ball because you saw exactly where it landed and can walk directly to that spot, you feel confident to grip it and rip it. The lack of confidence inhibits your swing. So maybe the extra confidence could help? Let us know.
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How can I improve my ability to see the ball in the air?
I have eye sight that can be described as "not great" and wear prescription lens sunglasses. You will find in every one of my Youtube videos, I am earing sunnies.
There's a very good reason I wear BROWN tinted sunglasses. The polarized are fancy and do the anti glare thing, but brown lenses bump up the contrast significantly especially on the greens I play which are very grainy. The grain can be seen in relation to the sun with reflections off the grass so you can read greens better.
For distance, it brightens up the ball vs the back drop you're hitting against. I only wear brown lens sunglasses for more visibility of the ball in flight and I always will.
Which color golf ball should I avoid?
I've found blue golf balls are terrible for the flight of the ball - probably to do with the sky color but I never see them land either. Green is often assumed to be the worst but it is in fact one of the best colors for seeing the ball in flight and they are usually very bright so you see them landing too.
What ball is best for visually impaired or color blind golfers?
You'll be fine with most colors but white and red seem to perform the worst for color blind golfers. I am a little color blind and I find the red golf balls are the worst I have found for good visibility for that.
When I use lower prescription as a way to reduce my current one, I prefer to use really bright yellow and green golf balls. Visually impaired golfers might enjoy very very bright yellow and green golf balls because of the high contrast between the sky and the ground compared to the ball. They show up really well against al sorts of backdrops when they land. If you have trouble with your eyes, white golf balls are some of the worst because they get lost in the glare, the clouds and any time there is a light color background.
The Volvik Vivids definitely take the cake for the best visibility and funkiest color availability as well as for big distance. But overall, disregarding the color aspect alone, the best overall ball would definitely be the Srixon Z Star XV.