Best Value Golf Balls 2024

Check out our guide to the best value golf balls that offer good all-round performance without breaking the bank

Best Value Golf Balls
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As with nearly all things in life, the very best golf balls on the market come at a price that may well be too much for many to contemplate. Yes, the top of the range best golf balls may deliver the finest all-round performance when it comes to feel, spin control and distance. But the modest price tags can be a real obstacle for many, especially if you’re still losing so many balls that all the performance benefits in the world could never justify the expense!

The best premium golf balls undeniably offer the very best performance and should be considered if you have designs on improving and getting the very best out of your game. But don’t underestimate value golf balls if you can’t, or don’t want to, pay premium prices. From our testing many have improved beyond all measure and will happily provide you with all the performance you need for where your golf game or budget is at right now. Gone are the days when all lower-priced balls felt like rocks. Times have changed, and so have the performance levels on offer.

We’d recommend you try a few before settling on a particular model, taking into account whether your game might benefit more from extra yards off the tee, better distance control on your approach shots or added feel around the greens. If you are interested, feel free to take time to check out our other golf ball guides too, whether you’re looking for the best mid price golf balls, the best distance golf balls or the best soft feel golf balls

The Quick List

Best Value Golf Balls

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Top pick

Titleist 2024 TruFeel Golf Ball Review

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Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 1 (White)

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money
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Strong greenside performance
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Good alignment features

Reasons to avoid

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Won’t suit faster swingers who create a lot of spin

First up we have the TruFeel golf balls from Titleist which cost slightly more than some of the other models in this list but we think the performance on offer still makes them good value. 

A two-piece golf ball, Titleist has incorporated a softer 3.0 Truflex cover to provide more greenside spin and control. In testing it was also noticeable that it has a springy feel on and around the greens which suggests it has been designed with beginner players in mind. What's more, there was a surprising amount of spin, which only aids the performance further.

Along with the cover, a new TruTouch core has also been introduced to promote longer distance and, although it produced adequate distances with driver in testing, it was always going to be shorter than the likes of the Pro V1. But the TruFeel is half the price of the Tour level golf balls and yet the performance is solid. Overall it is unquestionably one of the best cheap golf balls on the market.

Best color choice

Callaway Supersoft golf ball, callaway golf ball with putter, callaway golf ball on grass

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Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors : 6 (White, Yellow, Red, Pink, Orange, Green)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent all-round ball
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Maintained distance with longer clubs
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Superb control around the greens

Reasons to avoid

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Faster swingers won’t get the most out of the low-compression core

Callaway’s low-compression Supersoft ball, aimed at those with average swing speeds seeking a soft feel, has undergone several improvements. Principle among these is a new hybrid cover featuring what Callaway has christened a Paraloid Impact Modifier. The benefits are improved distance and durability without sacrificing feel and short-game control. Callaway’s famous HEX Aerodynamics cover pattern reduces drag and increases lift to help you launch the ball better. The Soft Compression Core then enhances energy transfer for more ball speed and a high-launch, low-spin combo in your longer clubs. In our testing we definitely felt this was the case and we also saw some receptiveness with approach shots, especially longer irons and hybrids.

Another feature of the ball that we were particularly impressed with was the black background on the Supersoft name that provided a great alignment tool. It is also available in six colors - white and yellow plus matte orange, green, pink and red whilst there are also several cool patterned designs to choose from as well. 

Best ball flight

Wilson Duo Soft 2023 Golf Ball Review

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Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 5 (White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Green)

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

The latest iteration of the Duo Soft from Wilson comes with the title of the world's softest golf ball and, with a compression rating of 40, it’s hard to argue against it. To begin with, the Duo Soft is a two-piece, Ionomer covered ball and is one of the best soft feel golf balls on the market.

How is this the softest golf ball on the market you may ask? Well, it comes from a newly formulated core which has been designed to allow for maximum energy return, meaning this ball flies further and launches higher with less effort. In testing, it backed up these claims, producing a towering, high trajectory with every club in the bag. In fact this ball flight really sets this ball apart from the competition and is a model to go for if you want a high flight.

Overall, the performance certainly offers great value for money and we can confidently say it’s one of the best golf balls for slower swing speeds we have tested. What's more, it is available in five different colors, including fluorescent yellow and red, making it a great option for winter golf.

Best durability

Piper Black Golf Ball

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Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Color: 1 (White)

Reasons to buy

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Impressive greenside spin and control
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Exceptional durability
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Soft, responsive feel

Reasons to avoid

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Custom alignment aid might not appeal to all

Piper Golf has only been around for a little over a year, but its Piper Black golf ball is an exceptional product. A three-piece golf ball with a urethane cover, the Piper Black offers premium tee-to-green performance along with a price point that's much lower than many comparable golf balls.

In our testing, we found the Piper Black to be exceptional around the greens in terms of spin, control, and feel, and it also offered ample distance in the long game. It also feels soft off of the putter but not too soft. Now it should be noted that the Black, according to Piper, fits into the low to mid-handicapper range with a driver swing of around 100mph so that is something to be aware of. 

One final aspect we loved was the durability. It proved to have one of the most durable covers of any ball we've tested, which only adds to its already immense value. After full rounds and the comprehensive testing sessions we conducted, the golf ball barely looked like it had been used. It’s as good as anything we’ve tested or played in recent years in that regard.

Best for feel

TaylorMade Soft Response 2022 Golf Ball Review

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Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
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
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Three good colors

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. Soft Response has been designed with moderate swing speeds in mind, offering all-round performance with a softer feel, courtesy of a soft but durable ionomer cover.

When we managed to get testing done on the ball, we thought the feel off the putter face was sublime and the performance with the wedges was excellent as well. Admittedly those players with faster swing speeds may lose some distance but if your driver head speed is around the 90mph mark, you may well find the long game performance is good.

Overall the TaylorMade Soft Response is a product that promises plenty of feel and performance. 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. So if you want a quality feeling golf ball from a well-respected brand, without breaking the bank, the Soft Response is definitely a model worth trying.

Best for distance

srixon distance ball and packaging

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Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 1 (White)

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for 80+mph swing speeds
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High penetrating ball flight
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Hard-wearing and wallet friendly

Reasons to avoid

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Durable cover is very hard

The latest Srixon Distance model boasts a softer compression than the previous version. It is designed to deliver optimum distance via greater initial velocity and a higher launch angle for a penetrating ball flight. The dimple count is down significantly too (108 fewer), which Srixon says will reduce drag and increase lift for better performance in all wind conditions. The durable cover is engineered for greater cut-proof durability. So, how did the Srixon Distance golf balls perform out on the course?

Well we did see a good increase in distance and it also penetrated the air in windy conditions a little better than other models as well, resulting in more yardage. The trade off with this ball is the lack of significant feel when compared to more premium models, although we were pleased it did not feel like a rock, which has often been an issue with golf balls designed purely for distance. Given these golf balls can come with a very low price, they really are a top choice for the golfer seeking more value.

How we test golf balls

When it comes to testing golf balls in general, as the video above shows, we use several members of the Golf Monthly team, who play at a variety of levels, to put golf balls to the test out on the golf course. At Golf Monthly we are all regular golfers and therefore seek to be as honest and insightful as possible in reviews and buyers' guides, so that you can make an informed decision.

We think golf balls have to be tested over a number of rounds because that is how you can test for things like distance, feel, durability, spin and so on. Additionally we should make very clear that no manufacturer can buy a good review because we tell it how it is.

How to choose golf balls

What factors should you consider when buying golf balls? We take a look here.

Durability

When it comes to value golf balls this is one of the most important factors. Occasionally cheaper models don't last as long because they cut up, or the cover isn't a high quality. Therefore they do not perform as well, for as long as other models. If you want durability to be a key factor, then check out balls that have firmer covers because they will be resistant to cuts and scrapes. Alternatively if feel is more important than durability, go for models with soft covers.

Long game or short game?

Linking with the above point, which aspect of the game is most important to you? Do you want to get as much distance as possible out of your golf ball or would you prefer a model that allows your short game to flourish thanks to improved feel?

For the former player, firmer and harder golf balls are better for distance, such as the Srixon Distance golf ball. Or, if you put a real premium on feel then models like the TaylorMade Soft Response or Titleist TruFeel are the way to go. Whatever you value, there is a model for you. (Also read our best soft feel golf balls guide for more models designed for feel.

Color

No longer do your golf balls have to be white, instead they can be different colors like yellow, red, or even green. These colors have different benefits especially in terms of being brighter and easier to see for those who may struggle with their eyesight. Additionally you can get models that have patterns or alignment aids on them as well so these days there are designs for every golfer.

Budget

In the value golf ball market there are still different levels and different price points so be aware of how much you want or are willing to spend. Importantly, pretty much all of the models above can be found at different price points depending on the retailer so we would definitely recommend checking different sites to get the best price.

Number of balls

Of course given how cheap some of the models are above, you can occasionally find deals on models that mean you can get 24 or sometimes even 36 golf balls for a cheap price. It is always worth checking this because we could always do with more golf balls in the bag right?

FAQs

What is the best inexpensive golf ball?

Thankfully there are lots of brands that mae excellent inexpensive golf balls, from the well-known ones like Titleist, Callaway and TaylorMade, to ones like Inesis, Volvik and Wilson. Importantly many of them have been designed to do different things - some are built for distance, some are designed to offer as much soft-feel as possible so be aware of what you want from a golf ball and find a model that matches that. 

We hope you enjoyed this guide on the best value golf balls. For more golf ball buying advice, check out our guides on the best golf balls for high handicappers, or best golf balls for seniors.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: