Golf Leap’s straightest golf ball review.
When it comes to golf balls, you’ve often heard of the Pro V1s being the best golf balls there are. In a way, that is true, but for a beginner to intermediate (mid-handicap golfer) player, buying a Pro V1 is not much different from buying any other golf ball available in the golf shop.
For most golfers, looking into the detailed specifications of a golf ball is unnecessary. However, a golf ball that feels great gives you an extra few more yardages, control, and consistency which can really dial in your game.
In this post, we’re going to narrow down the 7 straightest golf balls that most likely will give you the best results. We’ve tried them all and are confident that any golfer from the beginner to mid-handicap skill range will benefit most from these balls.
With that said, let’s begin!
Our Top 7 Picks
- Titleist Velocity (Winner: Straightest Golf Ball Right Now)
- Wilson SmartCore Straight Distance Double Dozen (Runner Up: Best Value-Pack For Straight Golf Balls)
- Bridgestone Golf e12 Contact Golf Balls (Runner-Up 2: Best Straight Golf Ball For Slower Swing Speed)
- Callaway 2021 Supersoft Max Golf Balls
- TaylorMade Noodle Long & Soft
- Callaway Warbird
- Bridgestone e6 2021
The Straightest Golf Ball – Our Top 7 Picks
Below are our top 3 picks for the straightest golf balls around. Below them are 4 more great options for you to consider. Since you’ll be running through golf balls like crazy over the course of your golf journey, we recommend you try out each golf ball on this list. Fortunately, golf balls aren’t that expensive compared to a new set of golf clubs!
Find which feels the greatest to you. Good luck!
1. Titleist Velocity (12 Golf Balls) (Winner: Straightest Golf Ball Right Now)
Titleist is known not only for their high-quality golf clubs. Instead, a big portion of its fame as a golf brand comes from its amazing golf balls. Without a doubt, Titleist is the leader in the golf ball industry. In terms of quality, desirability, feel, and performance, Titleist balls are second to none.
With the Titleist Velocity, it’s not only become one of the straightest golf balls there is but where it shines is its consistency in delivering the same feel and performance after each use. For most golf balls, you’d start noticing a slight change in ball flight after a few hits. The Titleist Velocity, on the other hand, will last much longer in its original state than any golf ball on the market.
Shots from the Velocity generate extremely low and consistent ball spin, and its soft but durable core is well-designed for generating more speed on full shots as more energy from the impact is retained instead of absorbed.
The outer NaZ+ ionomer cover of the Velocity has been reworked for the past 10 years, to enhance its feel to suit pretty much any golfer. The cover has an even 350 octahedral dimples to control ball spin in order to generate higher flight and better consistency.
If you’re looking for the straightest golf ball in the market that has perfected the combination of ball speed, soft feel, low spin, and high flight, then the Titleist Velocity is your best and safest choice.
2. Wilson SmartCore Straight Distance Double Dozen (24 Balls) (Runner Up: Best Value-Pack for Straight Golf Balls)
Wilson’s SmartCore Straight golf balls are the best bang for your buck options in the straightest golf ball category. To be fair, as beginners, high-handicap, and even mid-handicap golfers, you’re likely just looking for an affordable set of golf balls that offer a great feel, performance, distance, and control. In that case, the Wilson SmartCore is a good choice.
For a fraction of the price and a double dozen pack of balls, you’re getting every penny’s worth when purchasing these golf balls.
Performance-wise, they’re one of the straightest and most flexible golf balls on the market. Besides that, Wilson’s patented SmartCore Technology makes the ball react to your swing speed. This means on shorter shots, it generates more spin and a softer feel for better control around the green. And for farther shots, more accuracy from a controlled low spin, generating more total distance and straightness.
On top of that, they’re also extremely durable. The cover is made of Ionomer a hard polymer that makes these golf balls more resilient to dents and last longer in the bag.
3. Bridgestone Golf e12 Contact Golf Balls (12 Balls) (Runner-Up 2: Best Straight Golf Ball For Slower Swing Speed)
Bridgestone has been one of the top golf ball manufacturers for decades and is often ranked 4th in the golf ball categories behind Titleist, TaylorMade, and Callaway.
As experienced golfers, we know by now that the top 3 branded golf clubs are not necessarily the go-to when it comes to picking the right golf ball. Though Titleist is still the best golf ball manufacturer with their Pro V1, Bridgestone still outputs some of the best golf balls for beginner golfers.
What stands out about the Bridgestone e12 besides its ability to create straight and low spin golf shots is its improved feel. With a softer core and its Contact Force Dimple technology, it creates 38% more surface contact between the golf ball and the golf club for more efficient energy transfer. On top of that, the ball feels more comfortable on off-center hits and helps with distance for golfers that have a slower swing speed.
The e12s are ideal for those looking for high forgiveness in their golf balls while still providing good distance for slower swinging golfers.
These are our top 3 picks for the straight golf balls on the market. Below are 4 more golf balls that are all great within this category. From here onwards (No.4 to 7) these are not ordered in our opinion of which is better than the other, but just other great straight golf balls that you can try out to suit your preference.
4. Callaway 2021 Supersoft Max Golf Balls (12 Balls)
Over the years, the Callaway Supersoft golf balls have seen some changes. They are, nevertheless, still among the straightest golf balls available.
Despite the fact that the Supersoft Max is a two-piece golf ball, it provides a lot of performance for slower swinging golfers.
When your swing is slower, you’ll notice a lot of shots begin to fade to the right. When you don’t have a fast swing speed, this happens naturally.
Playing with a golf ball that compresses easily and launches high makes watching the ball flight much easier which you’ll get with the Supersoft Max.
5. TaylorMade Noodle Long & Soft (15 or 24 Balls)
You might be wondering, why the heck did TaylorMade name one of their golf balls the ‘Noodle’? Might sound like a low-quality golf ball, but it actually has an iothane cover made of ionomer and urethane. Strengthening the durability of the golf ball. This combined with its impact propulsion core helps it compress easier and fly longer, particularly for those with a slower swing speed.
What makes the Noodle a golf ball designed for straightness is its patented 342 dimples. These dimples are designed specifically to lower the drag on the golf ball when it’s up in the air.
So, what are you getting with the Noodle?
If you prefer to be a stress-free golfer who is looking for a set of budget-friendly golf balls that help with distance and accuracy, the TaylorMade Noodles might just be the balls for you.
6. Callaway Warbird (12 or 15 Golf Balls)
Right out of the bag, Callaway’s Warbird golf balls are engineered for maximum ball speed. Its extra-large, high-energy core is highly compressible to promote more distance for any swing speed, making it a highly adaptable ball for any golfer.
The HEX Aerodynamic dimple design is Callaway’s way of reducing drag and promoting launch. Besides that, it allows the Warbird to do all this without sacrificing speed and distance.
7. Bridgestone e6 2021 (12 Golf Balls)
The last golf ball on this list you should try out is the Bridgestone e6. As we mentioned, just because it is on the 7th of our list, doesn’t mean it’s worse than the rest listed above.
The 2021 Bridgestone e6 differs from the previous e6 models in that its core is slightly larger and softer. Like the other golf balls on this list, it’s a great choice for golfers looking for a softer feel, longer distance, and for hitting straight bombs off the tee.
Buying Guide [FAQ]
How Does Spin Affect a Golf Ball?
When looking into the straightest golf balls, the first detail we care about is the reduced amount of spin these golf balls produce. On a golf ball, the dimples affect the pressure in which the air affects the golf ball. All the dimples from the golf balls on this list are designed specifically to generate as little spin as possible. This reduces the amount of sidespin, backspin, and forward spin, making the golf ball less prone to the slices or hooks.
On the downside, less spin can make it harder to control the speed of the golf ball when playing around the greens.
Here’s a short video that shows you how spin on a sphere/ ball affects its flight:
The Downside of Golf Balls Designed For Straightness.
One of the biggest drawbacks to golf balls designed for straightness is ironically the reduced amount of ball spin that we just mentioned. In a way, reduced ball spin on golf balls will decrease the accuracy of your short game.
There’s a reason why professional golfers don’t use straight golf balls. First, hitting the ball straight is not a challenge for them, and at times a straight shot is not what they want. Most importantly, good golfers know that golf in the higher leagues is a game ‘within 150 yards’. In other words, being able to control the greens is what will drop their handicaps significantly.
That said, for most golf courses, a lack of spin on the ball won’t affect your game too much. But for tougher/ slippier greens which you’ll find on more challenging/ higher index golf courses golf balls with less spin may be extremely hard to control and harm your handicap.
Do you Need a Pro V1 as a High to Mid Handicap Golfer?
The quick answer is no. If you’re not playing at a low handicap to tour-level, then chances are you’re just wasting your money and maybe even yardage.
The Pro V1s might help when it comes to shaping the golf ball or controlling the golf ball when it lands on the green. But for most golfers (beginners to mid handicappers) like us, the features of the Pro V1 wouldn’t help us drop our handicap. To drop our handicap, we need a straight golf ball that launches far regardless of the swing speed. The golf balls in this list will do just that.
Our Conclusion – The Straightest Golf Ball
Likely, if you’re looking for the straightest golf ball on the market, the Titleist Velocity is your guaranteed choice. It’s got all the features, performance, feel, and consistency we look for in an ideal golf ball for beginner to mid-handicap golfers.
If you’re a low handicap golfer, you might not need any of the golf balls suggested in this list. However, beginners to mid-handicappers will find these 7 golf balls to be all they really need.
If we were you, we’d try each of the golf balls here to find the right one for you.
Before considering the right golf ball, however, you should first look into getting a suitable set of golf clubs. Check out these articles: 7 Best Irons for 10 Handicap Golfers, Best Irons for Beginners, 7 Best Drivers for Beginners and High Handicappers, and 11 Best Golf Drivers of All Time.
Good luck practicing! May the course be with you.