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What golf balls do the best players in the world use?

Want to fill your bag with the same balls as your favourite players? Check out the top players golf balls of choice.

 

Whether it’s using the same gear or wearing the same clothes, we all like to emulate our heroes. So we’ve rounded up the top players golf balls so you can see how they might perform for you over the season.

We’ve put together a list of the top golfers in the world, based on the official world golf rankings, and their ball of choice.

We’ve even included links so you can see the price comparisons from various online retailers – including the recycled/reconditioned option.

Golf Balls Played On Tour


Scottie Scheffler – Titleist Pro V1

Despite being a TaylorMade ambassador Scottie is yet to make the transition with his golf ball. He still uses the Titleist Pro V1 as he has done his entire professional career and with the rate he is racking up trophies and Major Championships, it may be hard to convince him to switch.

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titleist pro v1

Rory McIlroy – TaylorMade TP5x

McIlroy opts for the TaylorMade TP5x golf ball due to the fact it spins lower and also launches slightly lower than the TP5 model. He has switched straight into TaylorMade’s new 2024 model.

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Wyndham Clark – Titleist Pro V1x

The Titleist Pro V1x is Titleist’s highest spinning tour golf ball which suits Wyndham Clark as a lower spin golfer.

“I play [Pro V1x] because it’s kind of the perfect combination for me of launch and spin. … I’m a low-spin player, I have a lot of speed, but I don’t spin the ball very much. And the Pro V1x, especially with my irons and driver, spins at the numbers that I want. Also, I think it’s great around the greens.”

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titleist pro v1x

Xander Schauffele – Callaway Chrome Tour X

Xander has swapped into Callaway’s brand-new Chrome Tour X for the 2024 season.

“It really checks all the boxes for me. It’s got a very stable flight off the tee. It maintains spin really well on half shots. It’s got great spin and feel around the greens. Maybe the most impressive thing about the ball, though, is its stability in the wind. It can be tricky to find a ball that performs so well with every club in the bag, but that’s exactly what Chrome Tour does.”

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callaway chrome tour x

Jon Rahm – Callaway Chrome Soft X LS

Jon Rahm is known for his immense ball speeds so it is no surprise he is using Callaway’s firmest tour golf ball. This has more optimal spin characteristics that suit Rahm’s game.

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top players golf balls

Ludwig Aberg – Titleist Pro V1x

Aberg uses Titleist’s firmer Pro V1x golf ball model to complement the rest of this Titleist set-up.

“I like to put spin on the ball. I like to hit it a little bit higher to have a little bit of a different angle coming into the firmer greens that we play here on the PGA Tour. So I think the Pro V1x helps me with that and it helps me to be able to compete against the best players in the world.”

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Viktor Hovland – Titleist Pro V1

Hovland has played the Titleist Pro V1 throughout his amateur and professional career and that doesn’t look like it is going to change anytime soon.

“I just always grew up with the Titleist Pro V1 feel and always loved it. There was not a thought in my head that occurred, ‘Oh, I should maybe try a different ball.’ Why would I? I was really happy with the consistency. I think there’s always been this consensus that you go in the pro shop and you buy a sleeve of balls, you’re going to get the same ball as the last time you bought the sleeve of balls. I think that consistency gives you that reassurance that you know what you’re going to get.”

viktor Hovland
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Patrick Cantlay – Titleist Pro V1x

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top golf balls

Brian Harman – Titleist Pro V1

Harman opts to use the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball as it allows him to flight his irons better and reduces his spin slightly. Compared to the Pro V1x golf ball the Pro V1 flies slightly lower and spins less.

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top golf balls


Max Homa – Titleist Pro V1

Homa chooses to play with the softest golf ball in Titleist’s tour line-up, the Pro V1. Max can generate a lot of spin, so this slightly lower spinning model is great for him to keep maximum control of the golf ball.

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titleist pro v1

There we have it – top players and the choice of golf ball they tee up with, but what is the most popular ball on tour?

Most Played Golf Ball On Tour

The top choice for PGA Tour players is still overwhelmingly Titleist. The Pro V1 just takes the lead over the Pro V1x as the most popular model.

Here are the most popular models on the PGA Tour this season:

Titleist Pro V144
Titleist Pro V1x42
Callaway Chrome Soft X8
TaylorMade TP5x7
Srixon Z-Star XV5
Callaway Chrome Tour X3
Titleist Pro V1 Left Dot3
Srixon Z-Star Diamond2
Bridgestone Tour B X2
TaylorMade TP52
Callaway Chrome Tour1
Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash1
Titleist Pro V1x Yellow1
Bridgestone Tour B XS1

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Paul Miller

Paul has been playing golf for around a fourth of a Century, whilst his time on this Earth is rapidly approaching half a Century!
During that time his handicap, on average, has gone down around half a shot a year and is currently at 8.
His general love of Sport included a time studying the Philosophy and Sociology of Sport.
In 2013 he co-authored a book chapter 'The good and bad of youth sport today'.
His passion for youth sport is equally matched in his role heading up the Buyer's Guides for National Club Golfer.
He wants to inform golfers what gear is the best whilst finding all the best golf deals so you can save money.
Since joining the equipment testing team at NCG he has become a hybrid convert and is ready to tell you to ditch the long irons if you want to hit more greens this season!
Paul uses a Cobra DarkSpeed Max driver, Callaway Ai Smoke hybrids, an Odyssey Ai-ONE Putter and a TaylorMade Tour Response golf ball.

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