Golf balls all come in a uniform shape and color, but there are actually four different types of golf balls. They are differentiated by the amount of pieces that they are made with. Understanding the differences between the four main types of golf balls allows you to choose the one that best suits your game and play style.
One Piece Golf Balls
One piece golf balls are made out of a single piece of hard plastic. They are not used on actual golf courses because they offer lower distance when compared to other types of golf balls, and instead are most commonly found on driving ranges. This is because one piece golf balls offer the highest degree of durability of all the available golf balls on the market.
Two Piece Golf Balls
The most common type of golf ball on the market, two piece balls are made of a large rubber core that is surrounded by a harder, plastic white covering. Each ball manufacturer can change how the ball acts in the air by changing the size of the core and altering the density and shape of the covering. However, as a general rule, two piece balls are designed to have a flat, straight trajectory. Two piece balls are the most affordable type of golf ball that you can find on the market.
Three Piece Golf Balls
Sometimes called hybrid golf balls, three piece balls have a single, large rubber core that is then surrounded by another thin layer of plastic called the mantel, which is then covered by the outside covering. The extra layer allows the ball to go higher, and it has more of a curved trajectory than two piece balls. Three piece balls are designed to offer greater performance, distance, and speed over two piece balls, but they are also more likely to hook or slice sideways than their two pieced counterparts.
Four Piece Golf Balls
Four piece gold balls, which are also referred to as performance golf balls, are designed for professional or competitive golfers. They are designed with a small inner core that is then surrounded by a second layer, much like a three piece ball, but that second layer tends to be thicker, and is once again surrounded by a third layer before being sealed by the outside of the ball. Four piece balls offer the flexibility to choose between the straight, flat drive needed for distance and the hooked, slower shot with an iron in order to drop the ball exactly where you need it.