Choosing a Ball
You will need to figure out which ball is a good choice for you.
If you are just starting out, you might have a tendency to lose a lot of balls. Expensive balls are not going to help you enough (maybe not at all) so using more affordable balls is a good idea. Do not buy practice balls or range balls to play a round of golf. They are designed different from a normal golf ball so people don't hit out of the range.
Today there are so many brands and kinds of golf balls it can be very confusing which ball you should use.
Things that influence your ball selection could be:
how often to you play,
the types of courses
the conditions of the course,
price ($20 to $50 or more),
The high handicap or beginner probably would choose a lower price ball as they are going to lose many balls during their round. It doesn't make sense to pay $45 or $50 for a dozen if you are going to lose a lot and won't get the benefits of the high price balls anyway. You can go on the internet and find a lot of sites that can direct you in choosing the best type of ball for you.
No matter what the claims are, most of the balls today go about the same distance. You are not going to find a ball that's 10 or 20 yards longer. Really!
Warning: If you are a beginner and trying to find out if you even want to do this sport, do NOT go buy clubs and balls at a thrift store. The old balls really do loose their bounce. Some of the old balls are made out of strictly rubber bands. They don't make them that way anymore. The engineering and science behind the making of a ball today is so superior that you will only be discouraging yourself if you use old balls and old equipment. Try to find a store that will rent you clubs that are right for you. If you rent from the golf course you are at the mercy of what ever they have handy regardless of how you will be able to use it.
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The higher priced balls are ones that spin the most on your short game. This, I think, is most beneficial if you are a low to mid handicap. Saving strokes around the green is more important than gaining a few yards off the tee. The more the spin a ball can provide the better. Spin is what allows the ball to stop on the green instead of running off the edge of the green.
A good ball will give you more spin on your short game and less spin on the drive; which is what you want. However, if you are a high handicapper and don't want to spend extra money for a high price ball, it may not be worth the cost, especially if you lose a lot of balls on a round of golf.