Best Winter Golf Ball 2024 - top models for the cold weather

There are a number of factors to ponder when choosing the best golf ball for cold weather. We explain what to consider and suggest some of the best options

Best Winter Golf Ball
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What is the best winter golf ball? This is an interesting, and not entirely straightforward, question. All balls, including the very best golf balls on the market, behave and perform differently at a variety of temperatures. You’ll often hear tour pros say the ball wasn’t flying so far this week in the cold or was going further in warmer temperatures.

Golf balls do lose a little distance in the cold because the air is denser, which increases lift and drag each shot. That means the ball will fly higher but drop a little shorter. If the golf ball itself gets very cold, this can affect the characteristics of its materials resulting in lower initial velocity off the clubface too. There are differing views as to the best winter golf ball, though. One school of thought is that balls with a softer compression might help you hit it a little further in the cold; the other is that a harder ball might carry further through the air and provide more distance overall when the fairways are soft - as they often are in the colder months.

In this guide, we’ve pooled together several balls from testing and some of our other guides that we believe will be beneficial for playing in colder months of the year. Some of these balls are also listed on our guides to the best value balls, the best distance balls and the best soft-feel balls. We take into account a variety of factors, one of which being visibility. For example, some balls will be easier to track and find in gloomier weather or when there’s frost on the ground than others. Our guide to the best yellow golf balls will come in handy here, and don’t forget there’s also now a much wider choice when it comes to golf ball color than there used to be.

Then there’s the small matter of greenside performance. If you go for a firmer ball for more carry distance, you might be concerned about its effect on your short game. But don’t forget – conditions are often softer and wetter in the colder months, and it may actually help you get the ball to the hole more easily on chips and long-range putts. Only you can ultimately decide which way to go!  

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Best Winter Golf Ball

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Best low-compression golf balls

callaway supersoft golf ball and putter

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Very low compression and a very soft feel

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Ideal all-around ball for those with average swing speeds
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New hybrid cover boosts distance and durability without sacrificing feel
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Ball’s construction and cover are engineered for straighter shots

Reasons to avoid

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The low-compression core won’t suit those with faster swing speeds

The Supersoft ball from Callaway is a low compression ball, more likely to be used by a player with a more average swing speed who prefers a soft feel at impact. One of the main differences from this ball's predecessor is the cover, as it now has a new hybrid design, using Callaways Paraloid Impact Modifier. The main promised improvements are the increased distances and the overall durability of the ball. This is done without any comprises to the feel and short game control around the greens. The Supersoft has a soft compression core, this is to boost ball speed and also create a higher launch all done while keeping the spin relatively low. 

Upon testing this ball we very much felt what was promised was delivered. There was good receptiveness with our approach shots, including the longer irons and hybrids. When you get to the green you benefit from a great feature which is a black 'Supersoft' stamping, which provides a great alignment aid. With the Supersoft you have four additional colors to choose from other than the traditional white, you can go with yellow, matte orange, green, pink, and red. We feel this is one of the softest balls Callaway provides in the range and performs well in colder climates.

Titleist Tour Speed 2022 Golf Ball

Titleist Tour Speed 2022 Golf Ball Review

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Excellent for year-round golf

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

The second iteration of the Tour Speed has some impressive updates which is amazing considering how high-performing it already was. This ball is great across the board but for those looking to find some extra performance in their long game then, this ball can help you to gain more distance. In comparison to the premium Pro V1, the Tour Speed is around $10 to $15 less per dozen, and still delivers similar performance levels and feel to the more premium balls.

This ball has a high flex case layer and Titleist has reformulated the core to help give more speed and lower spin to those longer shots. When we tested this ball we saw an additional 2mph ball speed in comparison to the previous model, and we saw the ball launching much higher too. When you strike the ball well you are rewarded for it with a nice strong ball flight, that seemed to hang in the air, but the ball doesn't feel too soft at impact when compared to other similarly priced urethane balls. 

Overall we found this to be a high-performing golf ball, that would be suitable for use all year round. If you are someone looking to improve their performance without having to go as far as purchasing the top premium balls then this ball is a great option. That is why we think the Titleist Tour Speed is one of the best value golf balls you can get. 

Srixon UltiSoft 2022 Golf Ball

Srixon UltiSoft 2022 Golf Ball

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Particularly good choice for slow to average swing speeds

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 1 (White)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent soft feel, most noticeable on and around the greens
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Consistently strong ball flights
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Good durability

Reasons to avoid

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Faster swingers may struggle for distance

The UltiSoft delivers a softer feel and has great ball flights no matter the club you are hitting, it is also great value for money. With upgrades from last year's model, it now has improved performance from tee to green, with the headline feature of this ball being the FastLayer core. The core creates a softer ball in the center which delivers a lower compression at just 42, which is the lowest of all the Srixon balls. So if you have a slower swing speed then this is a great choice for you. 

We wanted to see for ourselves how good (and how soft) this ball really was, so we tested it out on the course and on the range with the launch monitor. We were really impressed with its overall performance, it gave us decent launch angles and good distance with the long irons. However, we found that anyone with a swing speed on the fast end would struggle with this ball. We found in testing that this ball didn't offer much in the way of spin compared to premium golf balls, which reacted a lot quicker on the greens. Apart from this, it offers a lovely soft feel at impact through the bag which was something we loved.

Bridgestone e12 Contact Golf Ball

Bridgestone e12 Contact golf ball

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A fantastic option for those wanting less side-spin

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 4 (White, Yellow, Green, Red)

Reasons to buy

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Dimple design encourages straighter flight and less sidespin
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Contact Force dimples transfer more energy at impact
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Gradational soft core promotes better spin around the greens

Reasons to avoid

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Straighter ball flight doesn’t help golfers shape shots
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Less workability than similarly priced balls

The latest iteration of the Bridgestone e12 Contact ball uses a very distinctive Contact Force dimple, which has a raised area within the middle of each dimple. The raised area within these dimples allows for 38% more contact at impact between the clubface and ball, this is in comparison to the more traditional dimple. 

The overall result from these changes is improved ball speed and distance, especially nice things to have when playing out in the colder weather. Another aspect of the new dimples is a slight improvement in grip and spin around the greens, which is never a bad thing to improve on. This ball is available in white, matte green, matte red, and matte yellow. 

While it may not offer any major top level performance compared to the Bridgestone Tour B balls, it isn't too far behind giving a great cost ball with decent overall performance. 

TaylorMade Soft Response 2022 Golf Ball