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Is there really a big difference in golf balls? Do you have a suggestion for low/mid/high priced golf balls?

A big difference? I would say that the better the player, the more they may notice different characteristics in balls. There are 3 main types of balls and they all perform differently.

2-peice balls are generally considered distance balls. Wound balls offer a softer feel and more spin.

Multilayer balls are the most versatile and are probably the most popular, being the best ball for most average golfers. You will get a good combination of distance and spin with this ball.

Wound and multilayer balls often have 3 pieces or more.

Covers also vary and this is mainly for feel. For years if you wanted a soft feel you would by balata balls, whereas surlyn was a bit harder and more durable. Urethane is the softest.

Not to confuse you more, but dimple patterns also vary. These affect the trajectory with deeper dimples resulting in a lower trajectory. Keep in mind that the rules of golf established by the governing body...the USGA...require that balls don't have an intial velocity of more than 250 feet per second, are 1.68 inches in diameter and 1.62 ounces so these things are standard.

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