If you are asked to define the qualities needed for playing a successful game of golf, what would those be?
Some may say that golf is a game of precision, while some may say it is all about strategy. While these two may be necessary, the one crucial quality that we all need, irrespective of our level in golf, is our choice of proper equipment.
Who can deny the importance of a golf ball? After all, it is the only thing that needs to act on your skill and give you the desired result. While the ball may seem inexpensive, brand manufacturers are doing all they can to bring that additional ‘extra edge” to its dynamics, so that you get the best from the rest.
When seniors play golf, the main aim is to get maximum distance and accuracy with a slow swing.
The aging process can erode distance and swing to a great extent. And to solve that, we have reviewed the best five golf balls for seniors that will help them to keep their game alive even with advancing age.
High visibility golf balls add practicality to the game. For aging golfers, visibility is an important parameter, and brands like Chromax (since 2007) have manufactured colored golf balls that stand out in the sun, and, figuratively, in terms of usability, as our review shows.
- Durable patented Surly coating
- Larger dimple pattern
Why Should Seniors Use the Chromax Metallic M5 Colored Golf Balls?
Chromax balls are known for their metallic layers that work as a mirror by reflecting sunlight. The ball has been designed with an inter-illumination between its outer and inner layers that helps seniors see the ball easily, even in bright sunlight.
The outer cover of the ball is made of translucent and stain-resistant Surlyn cover that adds a soft feel to the ball along with the visibility to help seniors track the balls. The metallic layer, along with its Surlyn coating adds durability to the ball, lasting several rounds.
The ball sports a larger dimple design that helps the golfer achieve greater distance. More prominent 482 dimples help reduce air turbulence and ball drag, leading to a smooth ball flight with maximum distance and optimal control.
The ball is manufactured with a stronger high-energy titanium core to provide greater energy during shots and help in ensuring maximum ball trajectory.
The poly-butadiene rubber compound material used for the core also helps in providing elasticity and durability to the ball.
- Its availability in a variety of colors makes it popular among seniors who struggle with visibility issues.
- While the Chromax has its advantages, professional golfers may not like the colored fancy look of the ball and may prefer the traditional white color for the balls.
While the products may seem expensive, the technological innovation that is embedded in its products, especially its Burner golf ball, can promise exceptional results. No wonder, many players call it the all-rounder!
- REACT Core
- IOTHANE Cover
Why Should Seniors Use TaylorMade Burner Golf Balls?
Taylormade has used LDP technology for designing the outer cover, which contains 360 dimples. The design reduces ball drag and helps increase the flight of the ball in the air, thus increasing the total distance.
The REACT low compression/high-energy core limits the spin of the ball to provide greater distance and accuracy. Its 75-compression count provides excellent spin and touch for greenside shots.
The ball has been manufactured with a soft iothane cover for better feel and durability and resilience.
- In terms of durability, Callaway Superhot’s 3-piece construction wins over TaylorMade Burner’s 2-piece
- The IOTHANE cover, along with the 360-dimple aerodynamic design of the TaylorMade, is better than all others on the list
The Srixon AD333, which has already carved out a place for itself since 2006, has proved again that it dominates the market with each new upgrade.
AD333 2017 is a welcome addition to its already famous 2015 version and has been liked by golfers across all levels, as our review shows.
- Soft rabalon hr+ and pana-tetra blended thin cover
- Energetic gradient growth core
Why Should Seniors Use Srixon AD333 Golf Balls?
The 2017 model of the AD333 has 14 more dimples than the 2015 model, thus bringing improvement in terms of distance and ball flight. The Aerodynamic 338 Speed Dimple pattern reduces drags and provides greater control to the ball in the air.
The ball features an Energetic Gradient GrowthTM core that has a lower compression and used core technology to give a better feel and adds energy and distance to every shot.
The lower compression helps players with mid and slower swings (especially seniors) as the ball will rebound quickly, as compared to higher swings where it will lose energy.
The ball is manufactured with Third Generation Spin coating that is more elastic with fewer bonding points to produce consistent spins even from the rough. The urethane coating increases the friction to maximize the spin and the distance it covers.
- The Srixon AD333 comes at the top of our list as it has developed technology for all the four parameters of a successful game: Trajectory, Responsiveness, Spin, and Acceleration
- The unique computerized dimple technology used makes it better than the other four balls in our list
- The Spinskin technology is better than the Surlyn cover of the Chromax due to its elasticity
- In terms of visibility, Chromax wins due to its metallic finish and colored options, while Srixon AD333 only comes in neon green and white
The ball is made for starters and seniors who struggle with spin and distance. As our review shows, Wilson has imbibed technology in its name and promises that its golf ball will last more rounds than you can imagine!
- Smart core technology
- Durable lonomer cover
Why Should Seniors Use the Wilson Smart Core Golf Balls?
Smart Core Technology
The balls have been designed in a way that, during long shots, the spin is minimized, while on short shots, they are maximized. The technology helps senior golfers with greater spin and control, and the professionals with greater distance and accuracy.
Durable Ionomer Cover
Golfers often find their golf balls in a variety of different ground conditions, like sunny greens or on rain-drenched roughs. To help sustain the playability of the ball, the exterior cover has been manufactured with an Ionomer material that is durable and strong.
- The Wilson brand is inexpensive compared to Callaway or TaylorMade, and hence is the best fit for beginners and seniors who would prefer budget equipment
- While most balls have been designed with a core that is made specifically for low swing speeds, Wilson’s smart core helps all kinds of players, irrespective of their swing speeds
Callaway has always been associated with technological innovations, whether it be their gold clubs or their golf balls. Like the Chromax, Callaway has come up with vibrant colors to help seniors track the balls and make it easier to pick up even from damp ground conditions. While the colors may look fancy, the technological aspect of the ball is worth for what it claims.
- HEX Aerodynamics
- High-Velocity Core
Why Should Seniors Use the Callaway Superhot Golf Balls?
Callaway has designed the outer core of its balls on the HEX 332 pattern that reduces the drag and improves ball flight to give seniors the desired trajectory and ball course. The ball has been named super hot due to its vibrant colors, which cleanly complement its aerodynamics.
High Velocity Core
Callaway’s high Energy Core generates fast ball speeds and promised greater distance. The high-velocity core, along with its ultra-thin ionomer softcover, gives a soft feel to the senior golfer.
- The number of dimples in Srixon AD333 is greater than Callaway, thus making the Aerodynamics of Srixon better for seniors
- While advanced players would prefer the traditional white color, the bright matte finished look of the Callaway is slowly becoming popular among professionals too
- The 3-piece construction of the Callaway Superhot is better than the 2-piece construction of the Wilson Smart Core
- Some senior golfers may find the ball unstable for wedges due to its high spin rate
The choice of golf ball is a crucial part of the game. With the competitiveness prevailing in the game, it’s not a surprise that any extra-edge in terms of technology is a welcome addition to your game. For senior golfers, the parameters for selecting golf balls vary from the usual, and all the leading brands have come up with efficient solutions to tackle the ‘distance’ problems arising on the green.
If you have encountered such problems and have purchased one of the balls that we have reviewed, please share with us your experience in the comments section below.