The best of the best! We roundup the best golf balls for slow swing speeds 2023
There are so many brands that offer many different types of balls and sometimes it’s difficult to know what will best suit you.
From our many hours of testing, we have created a guide on what balls best suit those players with a slower swing speed. These balls are not just for beginners or higher handicappers but for the players who need a little extra forgiveness off of the face.
So what are the Best Golf Ball for Slow Swing Speeds 2023? Let’s take a look…
Best Golf Balls for Slow Swing Speeds 2023
Callaway Supersoft golf ball
Super long, super straight, super soft. Just super in fact. That’s quite the set of claims for a golf ball that retails at under £30 a dozen but the Callaway Supersoft golf ball has enjoyed enduring popularity and the equipment giant say they’ve advanced the cover, core, and construction technologies, while also promising improved performance from tee to green.
It’s a good looking ball straight out of the box with its hexagonal dimple pattern and a clear and bold black line down the side which makes aligning with the hole a doddle on the green.
I’d expect carry numbers of around 205 yards, and this ball was weighing in way short at 191.5. In fact, the only shot I managed to carry over 200 yards was the opening shot. Just about every swing went right and, at an average of 22 yards, I wouldn’t be finding too many fairways.
When the swing speed dropped into my 7-iron, things started looking a bit different. My average carry with this club is around 137 yards, but my average with the Callaway Supersoft was nearly ten yards further! That’s a club’s extra carry distance just in a ball.
- Exceptional value at the price.
- Long distance with an iron in hand.
- Great sound and feel around the greens.
- Higher swing speed players may find it difficult to control with a driver.
- RELATED: Read our full Callaway Supersoft Golf Ball Review
More info: Callaway Golf
Srixon Soft Feel golf ball
Srixon Soft Feel balls have been around as long as I’ve been playing golf and I can’t really give a first impression as looks wise they haven’t really altered from what I can remember. The classic black Srixon logo with a number coloured according to the type of ball is very simple and effective. The Soft Feel is also offered in a yellow, with black writing.
Without getting too technical, the Srixon Soft Feel is a low-compression golf ball, having a compression of 60, meaning that it, should help those players with lower swing speeds get the ball speed that they need.
The feel off the club face was definitely a little softer than my usual Pro V1 x, but the softer feel was welcomed. I felt like they looked quite high off of the face than what I’m used to seeing but carry wise I can’t fault the numbers.
If you’re a low handicapper who requires spin to hold the ball then this probably isn’t best suited for you. But, this ball would work better for those mid to higher handicappers who aren’t looking for vast amount of spin.
- Low compression
- Reasonably priced
- Soft feel
- May not suit faster swinging players
- RELATED: Read our full Srixon Soft Feel golf ball review
More information: Srixon website
Callaway ERC Soft golf ball
Callaway have been busy with their latest version of the ERC Soft. The renowned equipment giant says a new GRIP Urethane Coating System provides more greenside spin, while the equally new HyperElastic SoftFast core “increases ball speed, while maintaining soft feel through the bag”.
You’ve got to love the ERC Soft ball around the putting surface and on the greens, though. There was good, consistent, roll out from the fringe, and the Triple Track Dagger remains an absolute winner.
Alignment really is a doddle with this and those big bold lines – not to mention the fact there are three of them – makes a really simple task to get the ball pointing exactly where you want to.
That done, you do get a little surge of confidence that it’s going to set off on target and that you’re going to have a decent chance of making the putt. It is a huge plus and it sets Callaway’s balls apart from their competitors.
It felt a little harder off the putter face than some of its rivals and, especially on long putts, you might want to hit it a little bit harder to be confident you’re going to get the distance right. I felt, though, that it promoted a positive stroke and, for most mid to high handicappers, getting it past the hole is not a bad thing in the slightest.
- Triple Track Dagger means alignment remains a doddle.
- Lack of roll may suit players who want a high, stopping, ball with their irons.
- Consistent feel around the greens promotes a more positive strike.
- It didn’t feel very forgiving for me following some poor striking.
- RELATED: Read our full Callaway ERC Soft Golf Ball Review
More info: Callaway Golf
Wilson Duo Soft golf ball
With a compression of under 40, Wilson aren’t joking when they say their two-piece ball is soft. With an Ionomer cover construction, and 302 dimples, they say the core has been formulated so shots will fly far further and launch easier, while its “optimised aerodynamics means reduced driver spin for long carry, straighter shots and more fairways”.
The Wilson Duo Soft just seemed to keep going, all the more surprising given I struck it pretty low and which roll out numbers of nigh on 15 yards reflect.
I wouldn’t normally have expected to see this in a really low compression ball given I get into the mid 90s with my swing speed but Wilson say the core is designed for maximum energy return, resulting in shots that go further and launch easier.
And while the Duo Soft is also cited for its fast ball speeds and low driver spin, the numbers looked nothing out of the ordinary to me. What I would say, though, is that I’m replicating performance with a ball that’s half the price of some others I would play.
I like the big Wilson logo and I’d be more inclined to use this as an alignment tool rather than the arrowed stripe down the side of the ball. As with the Triad, I’d rather that be a bolder, solid, line but that’s purely a personal preference.
- Very good performance at the price point.
- Flies off the face of the driver but still drops relatively softly with an iron.
- Consistent roll on the putting surface.
- Very little to criticise given they’re under £25 a dozen.
- RELATED: Read our full Wilson Duo Soft Golf Ball Review
More information: Wilson website
Titleist TruFeel golf ball
The Titleist TruFeel has the thinnest truflex cover of any ball that Titleist produce to give the player the best feel around the greens, and I was excited to give it a go.
The TruFeel is designed to provide the softest possible feel above anything else, which is does a great job of. Usually, these types of balls feel very hard and harsh off the face, especially when chipping and putting around the green.
Moving onto the 7 irons, I was actually really pleased with the performance of the Titleist TruFeel. The spin was pretty consistently above 5000rpm, and the 184-yard carry distance is plenty. I just found the ball went quite low, and as an already low ball player, this might affect my ability to stop the ball on a green with the mid to long irons.
The Titleist golf ball performed really off my driver. I thought I might over compress the ball and see some high spin shots, but the handled the club head speed really well. 263 carry is not to be sniffed at, and the spin stayed pretty low too.
This is a really solid ball and will suit a lot of players. Alongside the Titleist Velocity, Tour Soft and Tour Speed, it’s a great ball offering an extremely soft feel and distances that amateurs will love.
- Extremely consistent
- Unrivalled value
- Drivers and irons felt great
- High speed players will not get the best performance out of it
- Spin drops off around the greens
- RELATED: Read our full Titleist TruFeel Golf Ball Review
More info: Titleist website
Titleist Velocity golf ball
I’m nowhere near the longest hitter on the range and, as a player who fluctuates between single figures and mid-handicap, shelling out £50 for a dozen Pro V1s isn’t a clever option given my propensity to find parts of the course better players don’t reach.
It’s all about speed with Titleist’s latest Velocity model. The company promises ‘deep downrange distance’, combined with extremely low spin in the long game and a high flight on all shots. While I don’t think anyone would describe the Velocity as ‘soft’, they’re also saying you can achieve playable greenside feel.
I got a little bit more with a 7-iron. I usually tote a consistent carry distance of about 137 and so to get an extra five yards and a ball speed passing 100mph was a decent fillip. Those distances were very consistent too, with fewer than four yards from front to back in the data.
This version certainly seems to offer more around the green and on the putting surfaces. I was pretty happy to find nearly half a club more distance with an iron and the price point is always attractive for golfers who want to play a solid Titleist golf ball but don’t necessarily want to plump for a premium option.
- A five yard distance boost with a 7-iron is a very decent return.
- More responsive around the green than you might expect.
- Good price point for budget conscious players.
- Harder feel won’t suit all.
- I’d hoped for a little more distance with driver in hand.
- RELATED: Read our full Titleist Velocity Golf Ball Review
More info: Titleist website
Best Golf Ball for Slow Swing Speeds 2023
How do we test golf balls?
At National Club Golfer, we are passionate about producing accurate and thorough reviews and make sure our testing process is rigorous so we get a good understanding of how each club performs.
We headed to Woodhall Spa Golf Club to allow us to collect launch monitor data with our in-house TrackMan and Flightscope. We tested each golf ball on the putting surface and around the greens before collecting data on 50-yard pitch shots, with a 7-iron and with a driver.
What is important when buying a new golf ball?
Golf ball feel is a personal preference. Different balls on the market will feel softer or firmer depending on their compression and structure. It is crucial to test balls when putting, chipping and hitting long game shots to check you like the performance across all areas.
How far you want to hit the golf ball is a crucial consideration when picking a brand and model. Getting the right compression relative to your swing speed and strike will help you get the maximum distance out of a golf ball. You also need to consider if getting maximum distance is important to you or if you would rather give up some yardage to gain in other areas.
Generally, lower handicappers are looking for a ball that spins more so they can get more control around the greens. In this case, getting a ball with a urethane cover is really important as it will give you the most spin and control.
Not everyone wants to spend £50 a dozen on golf balls. When picking the right golf ball for you, you should consider how much you want to spend relative to what performance you want.
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