Best Value Golf Balls 2022

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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Best Value Golf Balls

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, golf’s best golf balls (opens in new tab), the top of the range models, 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 (opens in new tab) 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. 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. Before you find yourself next standing in front of a large, often intimidating in-store golf ball display, dip into our guide to the best value golf balls, so you know what’s what before parting with your cash.

And 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.

Best Value Golf Balls

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Titleist Tour Speed 2022 Golf Ball Review

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Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 2 (White, Yellow)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent all-round performer 
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Sub-premium price point
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Similar feel to tour-quality balls
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Excellent distance from drivers and irons

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't provide as much spin as Tour quality models

Titleist’s second-generation Tour Speed golf ball is an impressive update to an already high-performing mid-priced golf ball. The Tour Speed delivers in all areas of the bag, but in the long game, it can really help improve performance for those looking to gain more distance. It costs around $10 to $15 less per dozen than Titleist’s Pro V1 golf ball (opens in new tab) and provides very similar levels of performance and feel to the Tour models. 

The Tour Speed features a high flex casing layer and reformulated core that gives high speed and low spin on longer shots. We gained an extra 2 mph of ball speed over the previous Tour Speed model, with the ball also launching a lot higher than its previous model. The difference was even more noticeable when we tested it with our 7-iron, with the ball speed going to 7 mph faster while spinning around 1000 rpm more than the 2020 model. Well-struck shots were rewarded with strong ball flights that hung in the air and the ball didn’t feel too soft off the clubface in comparison to other mid-priced urethane golf balls. 

The only drawback this ball has compared to some of the best premium golf balls (opens in new tab) is the amount of spin on offer. Short pitch shots will grab but don’t check quite as much compared to Titleist’s Pro V1 or Pro V1x (opens in new tab) offerings. But it did offer greater levels of spin compared to the slightly less expensive Tour Soft (opens in new tab)model. Overall, it is a high-performing golf ball that is a great year-round golf ball that can help golfers looking to improve their performance without stretching to a more premium price. 

Carver Golf Ball

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Specifications

Construction: 3-piece
Colors: 1 (White)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent greenside spin
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Solid feel
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Looks like a premium ball
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Good value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Wedge shots created scuff marks
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Faster swingers may struggle for distance off the tee

A fantastic golf ball for beginner golfers (opens in new tab), the Carver Golf Ball is one of the most exciting new additions to the golf market and is packed with a ton of technology that will help you improve your swing and perform better around the greens. Interestingly, Carver are revolutionizing the way golfers buy new balls, offering their flagship ball for sale as a one-off online purchase or via a monthly subscription. If you opt-in to their monthly subscription service, the brand say that you can save 15% on their 12 or six premium golf ball subscription plans, which also come with free delivery. 

That is a fantastic offer for any beginner player who regularly loses golf balls on the course to save a ton of money on a fresh set of golf balls that will arrive each month. And we were very impressed by this 3-piece, urethane-covered golf ball. On testing, we found it offered excellent distance off the tee and it felt like it would deliver excellent performance in a variety of different conditions throughout the year. It also offered a lot of spin control, not just around the greens with our wedges, but with our mid-irons too, with the ball checking to attention even on the firm summer greens. 

OnCore 2022 ELIXR Golf Ball

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Impressively long and exceptionally durable

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 1 (White)

Reasons to buy

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Impressive long game performance
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Produces high, powerful flight conditions

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most workable golf ball

OnCore Golf has been around for about a decade but it's just starting to gain some of the recognition it probably deserves. The 2022 ELIXR, which is a three-piece golf ball with a urethane cover, was a standout in our testing, especially in terms of the distance in generated off the tee and when hitting full approach shots. It also provided a naturally high but powerful ball flight.

The 2022 ELIXR also proved to deliver ample greenside spin and control. There are balls out there that are better in that regard, but the ELIXR more than holds its own.  Also noteworthy is that its cover is among the most durable we've tested this year, and it provides the type of soft but responsive feel you'd expect from the best golf balls. If there is one potential downside to the ELIXR, we didn't find it to be especially workable, which might be an issue for shot-makers.

Srixon distance golf ball

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Our Pick

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

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?

Our tester 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.

Piper Black Golf Ball

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Exceptional tee-to-green performance, best in class durability

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

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. Additionally, it proved to have one of the most durable covers of any ball we've tested this year, which only adds to its already immense value.

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

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Best For Average Swing Speeds

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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New hybrid cover boosts distance and durability without sacrificing feel
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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
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Dimple design could be off putting at address.

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 colours - white and yellow plus matte orange, green, pink and red.

Titleist TruFeel golf ball, titleist trufeel packaging and golf ball, titleist golf ball on grass

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Best Value For Performance

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 3 (White, Yellow, Red)

Reasons to buy

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The least expensive option from golf’s premier ball brand
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Soft sound and feel
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Good control for this type of ball

Reasons to avoid

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Less driver distance at higher swing speeds

One of two Titleist models to make this guide on the best value golf balls, the TruFeel incarnation continues the evolution of the softest ball in the Titleist range. 

A couple of key technological changes worth mentioning are the new TruFlex cover which is now thinner to provide softer feel and spin control. Additionally the new TruTouch core has been made larger, 1.6 inches, to ensure distance is also achieved. 

As far as who the ball would suit, if you prefer a softer sound and feel then the Titleist TruFeel 2022 is the one to go for as it certainly won’t hurt your ears on and around the greens. If you generate too much spin, then the lower spinning nature of the TruFeel might help you gain some distance and straighten out some of your shots as well. 

It is available in white, optic yellow and also a matte red design in October 2022. If you want to check out the rest of the Titleist ball range, have a read of our best Titleist golf balls (opens in new tab) guide.

TaylorMade Soft Response golf ball and packaging

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Performs Well In The Wind

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

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 2022 is a product that promises plenty of 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 golf ball from a well-respected brand, without breaking the bank, the Soft Response is definitely a model worth trying.

Cut Golf Cut DC Golf Ball

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Impressive tee-to-green performance

Specifications

Construction: Four-piece
Colors: 2 (White Yellow)

Reasons to buy

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Impressive greenside spin and control
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Long off the tee

Reasons to avoid

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Cover exhibited durability issues in testing

You won't find many four-piece, urethane golf balls on this list or for the retail price of just under $30 that the Cut DC commands. And at that price point it's an amazing value given the performance it delivers. In our testing, the Cut DC proved to be exceptional around the greens and competitively long off the tee and on full iron shots. It also feels great both on and around the greens.

Additionally, the Cut DC was good in the wind and we found it to be very workable. The one area in which the Cut DC did struggle, however, was in terms of cover durability, as in our testing after modest use it showed fairly significant wear.  But the performance this ball delivers at this price point can't be ignored, which is why it's one of our picks in this category.

Srixon Soft Feel golf ball, srixon golf ball and packaging, srixon golf ball on grass

Best Around The Green

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 2 (White, Yellow)

Reasons to buy

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This 12th generation model is Srixon’s longest Soft Feel ball to date
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Very thin cover improves greenside feel and spin.

Reasons to avoid

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This ball will feel a little too soft off the face for some golfers

Srixon’s latest Soft Feel model has been engineered primarily to help slower-swinging golfers max out their distances while retaining excellent greenside feel. At its heart lies Srixon’s softest FastLayer Core, which is soft in the centre and firmer around its outer edges. This allows the ball to snap back into shape more quickly after impact for added speed.

It also helps reduce long-game sidespin, so those misdirected shots may not stray quite as far offline. The 338 Speed Dimple Pattern reduces drag and increases lift for better performance in the wind. There is also a slightly softer Ladies version, only available in White. 

Vice Tour golf ball, vice golf ball and packaging, vice golf ball on grass

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Suits A Wide Range Of Players

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 1 (White)

Reasons to buy

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A good all-round ball for golfers of all swing speeds
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Designed for minimum driver spin to help eke out more distance

Reasons to avoid

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Cover material may feel a little too firm to some golfers

The three-piece Vice Tour golf ball boasts a soft Energy Speed Core (ESC) to help boost ball speed, aided by a surlyn cover engineered to keep driver spin down. The cover may be tough and cut-resistant, but still offers good levels of greenside control and feel.

Vice are a fairly unknown brand especially when it comes to the UK so if you want more information on the current ball range, be sure to have a read of our guide on the best Vice golf balls (opens in new tab).

honma a1 golf ball

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Soft Feeling Model

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 4 (white, yellow, orange, red)

Reasons to buy

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Low-priced option from one of golf’s premium equipment brands
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Extremely soft feel off the face

Reasons to avoid

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Choice of colours in the multipack won’t suit everyone.
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Limited spin control around the greens.

Honma may be at the super-premium end of the club market, but the new A1 ball is anything but premium-priced and represents an excellent value option. It’s lighter and around 20% softer than Honma’s D1 ball thanks to a newly developed super-soft core. The brand says this reduces sidespin to help counter the dreaded slice - the club golfer's most common affliction.

On long-game shots, the ball felt ultra-soft off the clubface with the 368-dimple pattern contributing to a high and straight flight. In the short game it was slightly difficult to control but on the whole though, a lack of short game control is a sacrifice worth making for beginner golfers or those with a slow swing speed, as this ball has enough decent qualities to benefit them. Available in white, yellow, or orange, plus a multicolor pack option including pink.

A box of TaylorMade V3 Soft golf balls sitting on the putting green at Gleneagles

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Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 1 (white)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent greenside feel
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Competitive distance

Reasons to avoid

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Not great in the wind

TaylorMade says the V3 soft has been designed to offer an efficient blend of distance and feel, with particular emphasis on short game performance thanks to the Ionomer cover. Our testing did seem to agree with this, specifically, the feel on offer approaching and around the greens was excellent.

This nice impact sensation was further evident when hitting full shots. At such a price point, most would be forgiven for thinking it would feel like a brick, especially off the tee. Again, it proved us wrong. Thanks to the REACT Core, distance was also impressive compared to its direct competition.

One particular point to note though, it didn't work quite as well in the wind so it might be a ball best suited for inland courses, rather than links golf.

Inesis Tour 900 golf balls, inesis tour 900 golf ball and packaging

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Best Overall Value

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 2 (White, Yellow)

Reasons to buy

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Very good spin control on iron shots and around the green
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One of the best-priced urethane-covered balls on the market

Reasons to avoid

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Will spin too much for some players off the tee, especially into the wind

The appeal of Decathlon's Inesis Tour 900 ball is 1) a great price for a three-piece urethane-covered ball and 2) excellent spin control and performance on approach shots and chips.

When testing alongside the Titleist Pro V1 we found it produced some good numbers. Ball speed was just shy of the premium model although the spin was higher and launched lower. As a result it carried around 10 yards shorted however we expected this from a ball that is significantly cheaper.  The ball has a slightly duller, darker finish than Titleist's Pro V1, for example, and features a handy alignment side stamp. 

In essence, it offers mid-price performance at more of a budget price.

How we test golf balls

When it comes to testing golf balls (opens in new tab) 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.

What to consider when buying value 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 a model like the Honma A1 is 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.

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.

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?

FAQ's

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.