Best Golf Balls for Slow Swing Speeds 2024

Most club golfers aren't blessed with tour pro swing speeds, hence the need for our guide to the best golf balls for slow swing speeds

Best Golf Balls for Slow Swing Speeds
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Although swing speed is talked about more than ever before, many golfers won’t really know what theirs is. So, how do you work out if you have a slower swing speed? Well, how far you hit it off the tee with a driver is certainly a major clue. TrackMan data accumulated over several years has revealed that the ‘average’ mid-teen-handicap, male golfer has a swing speed of 93.4mph with the driver and hits it 214 yards. If you don’t hit it as far as that, your swing would be in the slower half of golf’s swing speed spectrum, and you could be just the sort of golfer to benefit most from the ball models we showcase here.

While many club golfers lean towards the best golf balls, their slower swing speeds won’t reap maximum benefit from those models when it comes to distance. The superior short-game performance those balls also offer may still make that a price worth paying for some, but for others, getting as much distance as possible out of their swings will be a more pressing priority. Thankfully nearly all ball manufacturers make models designed to help them do just that.

If you’re aware that you’re not up there with the big hitters in terms of swing speed, whether that’s down to age (old or young), technique or perhaps injury, there are plenty of balls on the market that will help you squeeze a little more mileage out of what you do potentially have in the tank. And the good news is that, because these are typically not the tour-calibre models, you’ll be shelling out less for your ammo too. Read on to find out more about nine of the best golf balls for slow swing speeds. You might also find other models of interest in some of our other ball guides, such as the best distance golf balls or the best golf balls for beginners.

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Best Golf Balls for Slow Swing Speeds

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Top pick

Titleist 2024 Tour Soft Golf Ball Review

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Superb ball flights and distances

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Cover: Thin 4CE grafted cover
Compression: Soft
Colors: 3 (white, yellow, green)

Reasons to buy

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Bright white finish
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Useful alignment aid sidestamp
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Generous greenside spin

Reasons to avoid

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Small drop in carry distance compared to a premium ball

The first ball to include in this guide on the best balls for slower swingers is the Tour Soft from Titleist. As you would expect from the name, they are very soft indeed but they still felt powerful off the face. Some soft feel balls can often struggle to maintain speed but this wasn't the case with this model, which means even those with slower swing speeds will be able to get good distance. We must note that, if you are a high spin player, you may be better off looking elsewhere, as these balls did have a tendency to fly a little higher because of the spin.

Speaking of spin, out on the course we did see good levels of spin with the wedges and around the greens. We found they had a decent amount of control which is crucial for when you want to get the ball close to the target, and we managed to get good spin on pitch shots and flighted wedges. This is thanks to the refined thin Fusablend cover which aids greenside spin. All of this, including their great durability, make them another great option that won't break the bank.

Best high flight

Wilson Duo Soft 2023 Golf Ball Review

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A soft feel golf ball that offers up excellent value for money

Specifications

Construction : Two-piece
Cover: Ionomer
Compression: 40
Colors: 5 (White; Green; Red; Orange; Yellow)

Reasons to buy

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Long distance for a soft ball
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Very high ball flight
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Affordable price point

Reasons to avoid

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Feels a little springy off the face around the greens

Perhaps one of the best golf balls for slower swinging players, the 2023 Wilson Duo Soft golf ball comes with a compression rating of 40 that makes it easily one of the softest balls on the market. This ball comes with an ionomer cover that has been designed to deliver maximum energy return making it one of the best golf balls for seniors players and those who struggle to get the ball into the air as it will fly fast off the clubface. 

We found this was the case when we took it out on the course and it delivered high trajectories with every club in the bag. It delivered a soft feel on the club face but still felt springy too. This continued with the putter too. We were pleasantly surprised with this golf ball and considering its price tag, this is definitely one of the best value golf balls going. What's even better is that it comes in several different colors, including fluorescent, yellow and red. 

Best feel

TaylorMade Soft Response 2022 Golf Ball Review

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Plenty of performance especially in terms of feel

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Cover: Urethane
Compression: 50
Colors: 3 (white, yellow, red)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent feel off the putter face
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Superb short game spin control

Reasons to avoid

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Faster swingers may see a drop off in driver distance

The TaylorMade Soft Response is one of two Response models (Tour Response is the other) sitting beneath the brand's premium TP5 models. One of the best TaylorMade golf balls on the market, Soft Response has been designed with mid to slow swing speeds in mind, offering all-round performance with a softer feel. This is thanks to the soft ionomer cover which also offers solid durability. It also comes in at a great price that will suit beginners and high handicap golfers. 

That became evident during our testing sessions and we thought the feel off the putter face was sublime and the performance with the wedges was excellent as well. But from a distance perspective, those players who swing a little slower will enjoy good performance here, whilst faster swinger may see a drop off in yardage. Overall whilst faster swingers may see a drop off in distance at the top end of the bag, slower swingers will still be able to benefit from the superb short game performance without seeing the same drop off.

Best control

Srixon Soft Feel Golf Balls 2023 resting on the green

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Excellent control around the greens

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Cover: Ionomer
Compression: 60
Colors: 4 (White, Red, Orange and Green)

Reasons to buy

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Soft feel at impact
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Good control around the greens

Reasons to avoid

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Soft feel might not give enough audible feedback on putts

This is the latest generation of Srixon’s Soft Feel model and is perhaps one of the softest options on this list. The ball has undergone an upgrade to improve its speed and lift compared to its predecessor, the Srixon Soft Feel 2021 golf ball. It is designed to help slower-swinging golfers maximize distance without compromising on feel. The ball comes with the brand's softest FastLayer Core, that boasts an impressive compression rating of 60, and like most golf balls at this level, delivers an excellent feel. This construction allows it to snap back into shape faster, delivering more ball speed at impact. 

Putting it to the test on the golf course, we found the 338 Speed Dimple Pattern also helped us generate piercing ball flights and cut the ball through the wind. We were also able to work the ball nicely and get some great yardages on the ball when struck firmly off the middle of the clubface. Around the greens the ball really excelled in terms of control, thanks to the 1.6mm ionomer casing. That helps to add to the soft feeling the Srixon boasts and so, if you like your golf balls to be a bit quieter when putting, this is a great option for you!

Best distance

the Callaway Warbird Golf Ball on the putting green

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A reliable and trusted golf ball that is great for beginners

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow)

Reasons to buy

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Impressive distance combined with a degree of greenside feel
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Excellent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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For some, it won't offer quite enough spin around the greens

Callaway has used the Warbird name for several decades now, and it has become synonymous with distance and speed in its ball range. The latest model uses a two-piece construction with an extra-large, high-energy core to promote distance with a high launch at different swing speeds.

All of that sounds ideal for the golfer seeking more yards and who struggles to get the ball in the air, but what was the performance actually like? Well in our testing we found there were extra yards to be had, especially on iron shots into the greens, but its firmish ionomer cover provides less check and control than some might want greenside. However, we feel this tradeoff is worth it because of the distance on offer. For more golf ball offerings from Callaway, check out our best Callaway golf balls guide.

Best cheap model

Inesis Soft 500 golf ball and its white packaging

Inesis Soft 500 golf ball

A fantastic golf ball for beginner players looking for a value option

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Cover: Surlyn
Compression: Soft
Colors: 6 (white, orange, yellow, green, red, pink)

Reasons to buy

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Low compression helps slower swinger create better energy transfer
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An extremely inexpensive option

Reasons to avoid

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Only claims to offer moderate grip around the greens

This Inesis Soft 500 two-piece ball from Decathlon has a low compression, so those not blessed with the fastest of swings can optimise their distances. The low compression allows them to generate better energy transfer at impact, which then translates into those added yards. 

Despite its name, it’s not the softest ball, but is eminently playable around the greens. Perhaps the biggest attraction, though, is its price – less per dozen than some lake balls! This makes it a good option for those who prefer to play with new balls but don’t have a limitless budget. It is available in six nice colors ranging from classic white, to bright pink.

Best 15-pack

Wilson Velocity Distance Golf Ball and its firey orange packaging resting on the golf course

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Great all-round distance in an excellent larger pack

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Cover: Ionomer
Compression: 70
Colors: 1 (white)