Golf Ball Brands Ranked — Golf Coach’s Advice

Golf Ball Brands Ranked from Tell Me More Golf Coaches Giving You Tips on Ball Companies

In this article, we’re going to look at golf ball brands. 

As the head golf coach at Tell Me More Golf, I have over 50 years experience in the game of golf. I’m here to share some thoughts on golf ball brands. 

With the game of golf growing in popularity all the time, there are now more golf ball brands than ever before. Let’s look at which brands are the best and which brands are the worst. We’ll also go over independent golf ball manufacturers and glance at what golf ball brands tend to be used most by professional golfers. 

Golf Ball Brands Ranked 

Here is our ranking of the best golf ball brands: 

  1. Titleist
  2. TaylorMade
  3. Bridgestone
  4. Srixon 
  5. Mizuno

The above are the brands that reach the upper echelons of the golf ball business. It’s hard to go with any other brand than Titleist in first spot. 

Titleist has been churning out high-end golf balls for a long time. The numerous variations of the famous Pro V1 remains the most popular choice on the PGA Tour.

That fact alone speaks volumes. 

Titleist is by no means just the choice of pros, though, oh no. Amateurs love Titleist too. In fact,  most low and high handicappers cite Titleist as their go-to golf ball brand. 

There are lots of good golf ball brands out there, but the brands behind Titleist on the above list are the most notable.

Again, such brands are well used by elite golfers at the highest level of the game and that says a lot. 

I myself have been using TaylorMade golf balls for a while now, opting mainly for the TP5, which is an excellent all round golf ball. 

Bridgestone is a very notable golf ball brand. The Bridgestone Tour BX has become very popular in recent times. This ball features a urethane cover which is said to help players generate more ball speed when hitting a longer club, such as a 3 or 4 iron. This is also supposed to help create high spin when hitting shorter clubs. 

Moreover, there are several players playing on the PGA Tour who currently use a Bridgestone ball, including Bryson DeChambeau and Matt Kuchar. 


Trendy New Golf Ball Brands 

Here are some trendy new golf brands: 

  • Volvik 
  • Vice
  • Cut Golf

You can’t really go wrong with the tried and tested top brands when it comes to golf balls. We’re talking Titleist, TaylorMade, Srixon, but there are some newer, more trendy brands that have made strides in the golf ball market in recent years. 

Worthy of special mention in this area are both Volvik and VICE. Starting with the former, we’re starting to see more and more golfers playing with Volvik golf balls.

You’ve probably seen some on your local course, as they’re easy to identify with their matte finish.

Volvik also produces a variety of balls, some of which are soft feel golf balls, in a variety of bright colors, so they’re certainly easy to spot. 

Interestingly, Volvik has fast become one of the most used golf ball brands on the LPGA. Currently, it is said that around 75% of the players competing on the Ladies PGA Tour play with a Volvik golf ball. 


Old Golf Ball Brands 

  • Strata
  • Ben Hogan
  • Maxfli
  • Precept 

The brands listed above are some of the golf ball company juggernauts of yesteryear. Once upon a time, these brands were popular and well used, but they are now largely a thing of the past. 

Some of these brands, such as Maxfli, still exist and you may still come across golf balls made by such companies at your local course, but they are becoming less and less common. Soon, such balls will be consigned to history. 


Worst Golf Ball Brands

According to our staff, these may just be the worst golf ball brands available: 

  • Top Flite
  • Pinnacle
  • Kirkland
  • Slazenger
  • Callaway*

Some golf balls have long been almost universally criticized or frowned upon. The golf ball brands stated above all fit into this category.

The above brands are known for being cheap, which means that they’re often used by beginners, but they’re also known for producing low-quality golf balls. As a golf coach, I would recommend choosing the right golf ball, and in that respect, a high-quality golf ball is the way to go. 

If you play with golf balls made by the above brands, then there are superior alternatives. In this case, the smartest move would be to clear out the bag and upgrade to a better quality ball. 

*Callaway are mentioned in this section, but it’s worth noting that Callaway golf balls are generally of a decent quality, so they are by no means one of the worst golf brands. However, they do warrant a mention here. Why? Well, Callaway once produced a golf ball known as the Warbird, which was widely criticized and is often cited as one of the worst golf balls ever made. 


Independent Golf Ball Manufacturers 

Here are some independent golf ball manufacturers: 

  • Snell Golf
  • Vice
  • Quantix Golf
  • Seed
  • RZN Golf

In lots of industries, you have direct-to-consumer, independent brands, and golf is no different. In the independent golf ball game, the brands above deliver a solid straight-to-consumer experience. 

Of the independent golf brands listed above, Snell is hard to beat. Created by Dean Snell, who previously worked for both Titleist and TaylorMade, Snell produces high-quality golf balls that are fast-becoming popular. Several students of mine have played with Snell balls and the feedback has been very positive indeed. 

Seed is another really cool independent Golf Ball manufacturer. If you subscribe to their golf ball, you will get a pre-set amount per month, every two months or every quarter, depending on your preference. Doing so means you get more golf balls for less money. In other words, this subscription based service means that you pay less per ball, which is never a bad thing. 


What Golf Ball Brands Do Pros Use?

So, what golf ball brands do the pros use? Well, this is a question that has several answers. There is far from just one choice of golf ball when it comes to the professionals, especially those on the PGA Tour. 

Titleist golf balls have always been the number one choice amongst elite golfers, and that continues to be the. Many PGA Tour players, including Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland, Patrick Reed and Justin Rose opt for the Titleist Pro V1

Jordan Speith, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Smith, Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris also choose Titleist as their golf ball brand, though they currently play a slightly different ball to those above, opting for the Pro V1x. 

In recent times, some top players have opted for a TaylorMade golf ball, with both TaylorMade TP5 and TP5x being popular choices. The likes of multiple major winners Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson both have TP5x’s in their bags, as does Tommy Fleetwood. 

Srixon tends to be another popular choice amongst professional golfers competing at the highest level. The likes of Hideki Matsuyama and Shane Lowry both play with the Srixon Z-Star XV Ball. 

Callaway is a big golf brand, and although they are not as prolific in terms of golf balls as Titleist or TaylorMade, they’re still sizable players in the golf ball market. Famously, long-time world number one Jon Rahm plays with a Callaway ball, most recently opting for the Chrome Soft X. This particular Callaway golf ball is also used by other PGA Tour players such as Siwoo Kim and Adam Svensson. 

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The most popular brand of golf ball is Titleist. Titleist is known as a top-quality maker of golf balls.

Titleist produces several golf balls, but the most popular is undoubtedly the Pro V1 golf ball range, which is not only the number one choice for thousands of amateur golfers, but is also used by a plethora of professional golfers, including Scottie Scheffler. 

What golf ball brands are there?

There are a multitude of golf ball brands. Top golfing companies such as TaylorMade, Callaway and Titleist all produce golf balls. 

You also have golf ball brands such as Bridgestone, Vice, Srixon, Wilson, Mizuno, Noodle, Pinnacle, Volvik and Top Flite. 

How many golf ball brands are there?

The market for golf balls is big business and there are thus plenty of golf ball companies and brands producing golf balls right now. 

It is estimated that there are over 100 golf ball brands currently producing golf balls, many of which produce high-quality golf balls, such as TaylorMade, Titleist, Mizuno, Srixon and Callaway. 

What is the oldest golf ball brand?

It is widely accepted that the first ever golf ball brand was the Haskell Golf Ball Company, which was formed by American Coburn Haskell in the early 20 century. It came after Haskell first received a patent for his golf ball design from the United States Patent Office in 1899.


Patrick Corley Tell Me More Golf Instructor and Coach
Patrick Corley
From a golf scholarship to a Southern California University, to a private golf coaching career and an instructor position at a nonprofit organization, I’m here to help you get better at golf! With my 50+ years of golf experience; I bring you Tell Me More Golf. A golf coaching website that helps your game with instructional golfing content that’s ultimately geared toward making you a better golfer and having more fun!
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