In all the communications I’ve had with our Golfer’s Authority readers over the years, there’s one thing they want for their games more than anything: distance. And they aren’t alone. My regular group obsesses over hitting the ball farther, and I’d be lying if I said a few extra yards wouldn’t help my game too.
It’s in that spirit that the Golfer’s Authority staff decided to do some research and find the longest golf balls on the market to share with all of you.
I know this is long overdue, but nonetheless, here are the consensus picks.
Top Longest Golf Balls
Titleist Velocity Golf Ball
With a name like Velocity, it reasons that this ball from Titleist is one of the longest in the game.
The ball’s two-piece design is meant for one thing and one thing only: distance. This ball’s low spin properties allow it to maximize its aerodynamic potential off the tee.
Whereas a lot of balls seek to maximize both distance and control, the latter isn’t true of the Velocity. This ball flies through the air like a knuckleball and rolls like crazy when it hits the ground.
Each of the Velocity’s 350 dimples are octahedral in shape. Titleist has found that this design reduces drag and optimizes launch.
Even though this ball is a little higher priced than other distance balls, it’s sure to meet your expectations for distance.
Callaway Superhot Golf Ball
Callaway makes a wide array of golf balls, but none goes farther than the Superhot.
Designed for golfers with low to moderate swing speeds, this ball has a compression of 70. That means it doesn’t spin much. Remember, less spin equals more distance.
Each layer of the Superhot’s three-piece design is designed with a purpose. Two layers are meant for distance and not much else. However, the third layer provides golfers additional spin and feel around the greens where control is essential. This is an extra benefit that a lot of distance balls don’t offer.
Like most Callaway golf balls, the Superhot is aerodynamic. Its harder cover is also quit durable.
Available in a 15-pack, this ball is a great choice in terms of both distance and value.
TaylorMade Project S Golf Ball
Like Callaway and Titleist, TaylorMade makes balls with just about every type of player in mind.
The Project S is a great choice for players with slower swing speeds that could use extra distance and want soft feel around the green.
Whereas a lot of distance balls are two-piece designs, the Project S incorporates three pieces. The dual-distance core is where it gets most of its distance. However, the outer layers are soft and afford control and feel on short shots.
This ball’s compression of 60 makes it perfect for players with slower swing speeds that want to hit the ball in the air and carry it a bit farther.
Vice Tour Golf Ball
Vice has really made a name for itself in the last few years. Based out of Germany, this company has found a way to manufacture premium golf balls at a fraction of the cost to consumers as other name brands.
Hands down their longest ball is the Vice Tour.
This ball has some 392 dimples. That’s a lot compared to other balls. Additional dimples increase contact points with the club at impact. This means higher MOI and more forgiveness. You’ll likely find that this ball flies farther than others on both solid shots and mishits.
It’s three-piece construction also affords enough feel around the green that won’t feel like you’re hitting a rock.
A great value and high-performing ball, it’s hard to go wrong with the Vice Tour.
Titleist ProV1 Golf Ball
If there’s a ball on our list that delivers the best of both worlds for distance and control, it’s the Titleist ProV1. That’s why it’s hands down the most popular ball on Tours worldwide.
This is a three-piece ball whose core has a higher compression of around 90. This is ideal for golfers with medium to fast swing speeds.
Of the premium balls on the market, the ProV1 is by far the longest. But better players also demand control and spin with their short clubs. The ProV1 exceeds expectations in this regard too.
While this ball might not be the best option for players with slower swing speeds, it’s as good as it gets for advanced players that demand nothing but the best.
Volvik Vivid XT AMT Golf Ball
Volvik has become a household name. Widely popular on the LPGA Tour and even in the bag of Bubba Watson, these balls are most known for their array of bright colors that all golfers seem to love.
Of the balls they make, the Vivid XT AMT is the longest. Again, this ball utilizes a three-piece design that provides golfers both exceptional distance from the tee and adequate feel around the green. The latter is thanks to an Ionomer cover that’s soft and responsive.
Even though players with fast swing speeds might not benefit from this ball’s softer core, it’s perfect for those with medium and slower swings.
Bandit Non-Conforming Golf Balls
Our list of the longest balls wouldn’t be complete without including those from Bandit. While all the other balls on the list are legal to play in competition, the Bandit is not.
The reason this ball is non-conforming is because it goes too far. Simple as that. The Bandit’s patented dimple pattern and double-surlyn cover combine to make it arguably the longest ball ever made. Its high energy core only adds to the distance equation.
There’s no rule that says you have to play golf by the rules. So, if you’re just looking to have fun and hit it as far as you can, the Bandit is right up your alley.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Distance Golf Balls High or Low Spin?
By and large, distance golf balls are low spin. The reason is simple, the more a golf ball spins, the shorter it goes.
With that said, a lot of modern distance balls also have design features that allow them to be playable around the green. Most of the balls on our list are designed with feel and control in mind, as well as distance.
Is a Low Compression Core Good for Distance?
Generally speaking, golf balls with low compression cores help golfers with slower swing speeds get the ball in the air and carry it farther.
Conversely, golfers with fast swing speeds benefit from balls that have cores with a higher compression.
We’re all on the hunt for more distance. It’s true for everyone from the best players in the world to rank amateurs that are still learning to hit it in the air.
Thanks to such monumental advances in technology, it’s now more possible than ever for golfers to gain distance. While the clubs you play certainly matter, the type of ball you employ is a large part of the equation too.
When it comes to balls, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula. In other words, what’s best for one player might not be right for another.
If you’re looking for distance above all else, give some of the balls on our list a try. Chances are you’ll notice a difference, shoot lower scores, and have more fun.