Best Cheap Golf Balls 2023

Finding the best cheap golf balls is an over-riding priority for many golfers for a variety of reasons. Here we point you towards some of the best options

Best Cheap Golf Balls
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Best Cheap Golf Balls

If we’re being brutally honest, for all the technology the major golf ball brands plough into the very best golf balls on the market (and other models in their ranges), for some golfers, golf ball purchases will always ultimately be about cost.

This might be because they have limited means at their disposal full stop; it might be because they’re relatively new to the game or are spraying it around a bit so value is a top priority; or it might be that they simply wish to choose how they spend their money and are perfectly happy with the performance of certain less expensive models.

Some people may think if it’s cheap it can’t be any good but this is most definitely not the case with golf balls. Many inexpensive models offer plenty of performance as well as plenty of ammo for your money. We’ve got manufacturers’ prices here ranging from $8 a dozen (yes, you heard that right!) up to $36 a dozen. Our selection includes some of the best value balls on the market, some of the best distance balls and some of the best soft-feel balls.

Most models at this end of the market feature a simple two-piece design – a core and a cover of varying attributes to promote different blends of performance. But models like the TaylorMade’s Soft Response (opens in new tab) or Cut Blue are three and four-piece designs respectively, offering a little more in the way of all-round performance. Some people might prefer the word ‘inexpensive’, but at the end of the day, cheap is what these balls are. And we shouldn’t run away from the seeming bluntness of the word because it is, after all, the key factor in many golf ball-buying decisions …

Best Cheap Golf Balls

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Titleist Trufeel 2022 Golf Ball

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Lowest-priced option from golf's premier ball brand

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 3 (white, yellow, red)

Reasons to buy

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A particularly good performer on full iron shots
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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

Titleist’s latest TruFeel ball promises improved driver distance compared to its predecessor thanks to a new core blessed with speed-generating properties. As a result, driver ball speeds are up, while also keeping spin low to maximize distance. The cover’s aerodynamic properties have been further improved to help out on the distance front too.

In testing this ball definitely feels soft on all shots, which might well translate into better control for some. It will grab on well-struck greenside shots but does release out a little more on wedge shots than some balls. However, it flies higher too, which helps to boost stopping power a little. This improved Titleist all-rounder gives those on a limited budget the chance to still play golf’s premier ball brand.

srixon distance ball and packaging

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One of the longest golf balls out there

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 1 (white)

Reasons to buy

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A great ball for those delivering 80+mph swing speeds
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A high penetrating ball flight with excellent carry distance

Reasons to avoid

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The durable cover will feel too firm to some golfers

The latest incarnation of Srixon’s popular Distance model has a softer compression than the previous model. It delivers on its distance claims via a combination of increased initial velocity with a higher launch angle for a penetrating ball flight. As such in testing it was encouraging to see the ball hold its line in windy conditions, and therefore not curve off and lose important yards.

The dimple count is down by no fewer than 108 too, and Srixon says this new configuration reduces drag and increases lift for better performance whatever the wind is doing. Another important design element is the cover, which is engineered for greater cut-proof durability, but this does mean a firmer feel on those scoring shots around the greens.

Of course with all of this there is still a degree of compromise, for when it came to playing more delicate shots around the greens, it didn't feel quite so easy to control - less 'grippy'. However this is only a minor point given who this ball is aimed at.

Bridgestone e12 Contact golf ball

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Scores high marks for accuracy

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 4 (white, matte red, matte green, matte yellow)

Reasons to buy

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Produced limited curve on full shots
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Impressive driver distance

Reasons to avoid

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Limited workability

The technology story around the e12 Contact centers on a unique dimple pattern that Bridgestone believes not only promotes distance but a straighter ball flight as well. The dimples have a raised section in the center and an outer section that was designed  to reduce horizontal rotation, with the goal being a combination of accuracy and speed.

And to Bridgestone’s credit, the technology seemed to deliver in our testing, as the e12 Contact was long off the tee and produced noticeably straight golf shots. It also offered soft feel on and around the greens, and the greenside spin it provided was what you’d expect from a ball at this price point. If you are, however, a golfer who likes to work the ball off the tee and into the green, this e12 Contact might not be the best choice, as shaping shots was difficult in our testing sessions.

Callaway Warbird golf ball

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Excellent hang time and carry distance

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.

The Warbird name has featured in Callaway’s ranges almost from day one and is now synonymous with cost-effective distance and speed in its ball collection.

The latest Callaway Warbird’s two-piece construction features an extra-large, high-energy core, which paves the way to a higher launch and more yards for golfers with different swing speeds. The cover design also reduces drag to generate more speed, greater hang time and added distance. In 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 this firmish cover does aid durability. There were plenty of occasions where this ball could have scuffed, yet it seems able to take the odd poor strike without blemishing too severely.

Piper Blue Golf Ball

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Exceptional durability and greenside control

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 1 (white

Reasons to buy

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Excellent greenside spin
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Extremely durable

Reasons to avoid

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Firmer feel won't appeal to all

The Piper Blue golf ball might be more expensive than some of the other options on this list, but the high level of performance that it provides at its price warrants a spot. In our testing, the Piper Blue excelled in terms of greenside spin and control, and it also offered impressive stopping power on approach shots.

With the driver, the Piper Blue wasn't the longest ball we tested but it was adequate from a distance standpoint and also very accurate. It also offered naturally high launch conditions, which could benefit golfers who struggle to get the ball in the air. And finally, in terms of durability, the Piper Blue is up there with the best golf balls we've tested this year.

Wilson Duo Soft+ Golf Ball Review

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Particularly good for those with more modest swing speeds

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 1 (white) but 2 logo colors – red or white

Reasons to buy

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More modest swing speeds will benefit greatly from its ultra-low 35 compression core
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It's very soft
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Good value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Not much sound at impact

The Wilson Staff Duo Soft+ ball is powered by a new VelocitiCOR, with the brand claiming it to be the softest and longest premium two-piece ball on the market. Since it also boasts low-spin credentials, it has the capacity to soften hook and slice spin a little. It launches high off the face of irons with the steep descent this generates adding to the stopping power on offer on full shots into greens.

Yes, it may feel a little firm to some around the greens, but as with the DX2 Soft that preceded it, there’s a lot of performance on offer here at a great price. And for those swayed by such things, its cover makes it one of the whitest of white golf balls on the market.

TaylorMade Soft Response 2022 Golf Ball Review

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A particularly strong performer in the wind

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 3 (white, yellow, red)

Reasons to buy

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Performs particularly well in the wind with a stable ball flight
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Carries a long way thanks to shallower U-shaped dimples

Reasons to avoid

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Not quite as much spin control as the Tour Response

The Soft Response and the more expensive Tour Response model sit below the premium TP5 product in TaylorMade’s ball range. The price difference between the two is significant, and with Soft Response readily available for much less than its RRP, it’s a worthy addition to this best cheap golf balls guide given the all-round performance on offer, especially with the new 2022 version.

Thanks to the durable ionomer cover, we thought the feel off the putter face was sublimely soft 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, given the performance on offer and lower price point, the Soft Response should definitely be a ball to consider from this guide. 

Kirkland Signature 3-Piece Urethane Cover 2.0 Golf Balls Review

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A short game standout

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 1 (white)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent greenside spin and control
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Durability exceeded expectations

Reasons to avoid

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Not the longest off the tee

The Kirkland Signature golf ball has garnered plenty of attention since being released, both for its on-course performance and the legal battle that its manufacturer, Costco, has had with Titleist. New is the Kirkland Signature 3-Piece Urethane Cover 2.0, which like its predecessor has been a fan favorite while remaining an exceptional value. And in our testing there was a lot to like about the 2.0 version.

Most notable were the performance and soft feel it offered around the greens. In our testing it also proved to deliver more ball speed and less spin off the driver than the original version, but overall it still didn’t quite measure up in terms of overall distance compared to some of the top three-piece, urethane golf balls. But the Kirkland is also far less expensive than most of those balls, so players who are looking for greenside control at a budget price, a combination that’s not always easy to find, might want to explore the Kirkland 2.0.

Best cheap golf balls - Pinnacle Soft

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Pinnacle Soft golf ball

A softer version of the ever-popular Pinnacle

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Core and cover are engineered for added distance off both driver and irons
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Likely to go slightly further than the sister Rush model at slower swing speeds

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly softer than previous generations which may not appeal to all

Pinnacle has long been associated with good-value distance balls at a great price and the latest Rush and Soft models continue that tradition.

A high-energy core helps to generate faster ball speeds with every club, with the 332-dimple, soft, durable cover paving the way to a consistent, powerful ball flight. We’ve selected the Soft model over the Rush here as it offers a little more all-round performance and should also prove a little longer for those with slower swing speeds. It’s also worth factoring into your buying decision that Pinnacle balls often still come in 15-ball packs rather than the standard dozen.

Honma A1 Golf Ball

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Great if you like a really soft-feeling golf ball

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 4 (white, yellow, orange + pink in the multi-color pack)

Reasons to buy

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Eye-catchingly priced option from one of golf’s premium brands
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Extremely soft feel off the face, good distance, and excellent value.

Reasons to avoid

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Limited spin control around the greens.

This prestigious Japanese brand may historically have sat at the super-premium end of the golf club market, but it's a little different in the Honma ball range.

Yes, it does have premium models but the A1 provides one of the best low-cost options for golfers on a budget. The A1’s super-soft core is around 20% lighter than in the D1 model, and Honma says the primary benefit of this is to reduce any sidespin imparted at impact to potentially neutralize the severity of slices a little.

Our testing showed there is perhaps a degree of truth in this, although don’t expect the severest of slices to miraculously find their way back on to the fairway. It’s also super-soft off the clubface on full shots for those who like that sort of feel.

Cut Blue Golf Ball

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Cut Blue Golf Ball

Delivers distance and soft feel

Specifications

Construction: Four-piece
Colors: 1 (white)

Reasons to buy

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Soft, responsive feel through the bag
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Long off the tee

Reasons to avoid

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Cover durability can be an issue

Cut Golf has made an impact on the golf ball market in recent years, and the Cut Blue has been one of the company’s most successful products. It’s a four-piece golf ball that features a urethane cover, but it comes in at a price point that’s vastly lower than other four-piece golf balls on the market.

The Cut Blue was designed to deliver low spin and a penetrating ball flight with the driver, a great combination for distance, as well as significant greenside spin and control. Its dimple pattern also offers impressive stability in the wind. If the Cut Blue does have one drawback it would be a cover that’s not the most durable. But at this price point, some sacrifices should be expected. But performance isn’t one of them with this ball.

How we test golf balls

The test team at Golf Monthly (opens in new tab) is highly experienced. All of them either play a lot of golf or have worked in the golf industry for many years. In many cases, it’s both! Some are more proficient at getting the ball out there off the tee; some excel playing into the greens; others have a sometimes irritating habit of getting up and down far too often around the greens; and others still are dab-hands with the flatstick.

We aim to test every ball model on the market as soon as it become available to us, putting in many hours out on the golf course, the practice ground, the short-game area and the putting green so we can get a feel for every ball's strengths and weaknesses from tee to green. Whenever possible, we will also seek to acquire launch monitor data for a more detailed analysis of each ball model's performance.

Factors to consider when buying cheap golf balls

Durability

Sometimes cheaper balls don't last as long because they cut up, or the cover isn't of a high quality. If durability is a key factor, stick to models with firmer, cut-resistant covers. If feel is more important, go for models with softer covers.

Long game or short game?

Do you want as much distance as possible from your golf ball or one that allows your short game to shine thanks to improved feel? If the former, then check out firmer models like the Srixon Distance. If short-game feel is your thing, models like the Honma A1 might suit you better. Check out our best soft feel golf balls guide for more models designed for feel.

Trade-off

As per the above, at this end of the market there are often compromises to be made between different elements of performance. You will need to decide which are most important to you. If you go down the route of wanting as much distance as possible, then chances are there will be a trade-off in relation to short-game feel, and the same can be said if you want an ultra-durable golf ball. As a result just be aware of what each golf ball has been designed to do and be aware of any trade-offs you may experience.

Color

Almost anything goes now when it comes to golf balls, with many models available in three or more colors. Eight is the widest color palette we’ve seen!

Budget

Prices here range from a mere $8 a dozen to $36 a dozen so it is important for you to think about budget and how much you want, or are willing, to spend on a dozen golf balls. 

Number of balls

Sometimes buying in bulk will get you an even better price, and this is particularly the case with smaller brands, or ones that offer big discounts on websites like Amazon. We would also recommend keeping a look out for sales on retailers, for example Black Friday is a great time to buy golf balls in bulk.

FAQ's

Are cheap golf balls worth it?

In a lot of ways, yes. If you are a beginner to the game and don't want to invest in the most premium models, then cheap golf balls are worth it. Whilst if you are a better player, the performance of the higher end golf balls usually helps to justify the cost.

That being said we think a lot of players of different abilities can enjoy the performance on offer from cheap golf balls because the quality of the technology and designs have become excellent, especially when testing models from brands like Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade and so on. 

Ultimately, golf ball performance is about a player finding a model that best performs for them and the way they play, and if that happens to be a cheaper model, then it is definitely worth it. 

What is the cheapest brand of golf balls?

There are lots of brands that offer cheap golf balls and given how many retailers there are, you can actually find many of the models we selected here for a lot less than the usual RRP's because of deals and promotions. As a result we cannot definitively say which is the cheapest brand of golf balls. 

We hope you enjoyed this guide on the best cheap golf balls and for more ball research, check out the Golf Monthly website.