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What do the different colored numbers on the ball mean? The most common colors I see are red and black. Yesterday though, I saw one with a brown number.
--Jim B. from Shrewsbury, MA

Hi Jim. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

To answer your question, they mean nothing really. In the old days it used to represent compression or as some might say a ladies ball vs. a man's. The old Titleist red balls were lower compression and black were higher if I remember correctly.

Some brands use red, some black and other brands may use different colors on different types of balls.

For the most part the number is there for identifying it. So you can say "I'm playing a Taylor Made 3 today." Yours may be red while another player's may be black, but both could be Taylor Made 3s. It's just that they are different types of TMade balls.

Double digits used to represent compression and triple represented the number of dimples on the ball, but I'm not too sure many manufacturers do that much anymore.

With all that being said, always be sure to mark your golf ball individually with a marker so that you can always distinguish your golf ball from other competitors'.

Thanks for writing in and let me know if you have any other questions.

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