Every golf ball has different character. Here's a breakdown of some terms associated with golf ball performance to help you understand product descriptions on packages easily. The performance is quite different between driver, iron, and wedge.
1. Ball Speed: The speed of the golf ball immediately after impact.- MPH
Ball speed is created by club speed and impact. Although a golfers club speed is key to potential distance, the ball speed that is the biggest factor in how far the ball actually carries.
2. Back Spin: A shot such that the ball rotates backwards after it's hit.- RPM
The greater the backspin, the higher the ball will fly and the more it will spin, and therefore stop or even spin backwards on impact with the turf.
3. Vert. Land: Descent angle of golf ball in degrees.
It affects the total distance.
4. F-TIME: Flight time of the ball in air-seconds.
The longer your ball is in the air, the more distance the driver has.
5. C-DISP: Carry dispersion (Ball landing) - feet.
Usually you want the golf ball that has the great combination of long carry and minimum dispersion.
6. C-DIST: Carry distance (Ball landing) - meters.
The straight line distance between where the golf ball was launched from and where it crosses a point that has the same elevation.
7. T-DIST: Total distance (Ball stop) - meters.
Total is carry plus or minus any bounce and roll.
8. Roll: Distance from carry to total - meters.
Normally you won't see a chart like this. It's confidential.
In this graphic, you don't have to understand every factor or details but it'll help you understand what type of golf ball you need. Let's take a look of different golf ball constructions.
Golf Ball Model: SS2 Soft
Golf Ball Model: SS3 Speed
Golf Ball Model: Tour Performance S
Golf Balla Model: FORTÉ 6