Best Low Spin Golf Balls 2022

The best low spin golf balls will help some golfers optimise their distances, especially with the driver. Here are some of the top picks

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Best Low Spin Golf Balls

Things could get very technical here but we’re going to steer away from going too in-depth and rather focus on some of the basic principles and benefits of low spin. Many modern golf balls have been engineered to address some of the design problems in the golf balls of yesteryear – namely, that they often spun too much off the driver and longer clubs, costing golfers distance.

Today, the multi-layer construction of some of the very best golf balls on the market seeks to address that issue by offering a blend of high launch and low spin – particularly off the driver - that will keep the ball up there for longer and get you further down the fairway. That said, this chart from Ping highlights the optimal launch angle and spin rates off the driver at a variety of different swing speeds and angles of attack. It shows clearly that there is an optimum launch/spin combo for swings of all speeds and types, so a low-spinning ball off the tee may not be right for all golfers.

Best low spin golf balls - Ping optimal launch chart

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You will need to do a little research on that yourself, and perhaps even consider a golf ball fitting to help you find the right model for your game and swing. But here, our focus is on highlighting some of the best low-spinning options available whether you’re looking at the best premium golf balls or the best mid price golf balls.

These are aimed at both good golfers looking to optimise flight and therefore distance, as well as other golfers who tend to spin the ball a little too much, losing control of their flight and often coming up short of where they would otherwise be. So, keep an eye on your ball flight - if you feel like it is ballooning and coming up short, it’s possible that you are creating too much spin

And it’s worth stressing that, while much R&D in recent years has focused on trying to also build as much approach play and greenside spin as possible into balls that offer low spin off the driver, even Titleist's ball fitting guide (available online) says that “it is also important to remember that low-spin distance golf balls are typically low spin on all shots. This can have a detrimental impact on scoring shot performance.”

In other words, there are compromises to be made and only you can decide on the best course of action for your overall game! Finally, an added benefit of low-spin balls is that they not only reduce backspin but also sidespin, so there is some scope for slices and hooks to be a little less destructive… but please don’t expect miracles!

Best Low Spin 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. For that reason, the Titleist Tour Speed is one of the best value golf balls (opens in new tab) on the market.

Titleist AVX 2022 golf ball packaging on grass

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Lower-spinning and softer-feeling than the Pro V1 models

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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The AVX has a softer feel than Titleist’s Pro V1 models which will appeal to some golfers
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Low spin
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Premium construction

Reasons to avoid

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Not as much control around green as Pro V1

The Titleist AVX is an alternative premium ball to the ever-popular Pro V1 models. Its core, cover and unique catenary aerodynamic dimple design (the dimples do look very different) generates a piercing, low trajectory and a consistent flight on all shots along with a very soft feel.

Where it differs from Pro V1 is that it offers a lower spin and launch as well as a softer feel. This makes it the ideal premium Titleist ball for those who launch it too high or spin their irons and wedges too much.

In our testing, it was noticeable, even when compared to the Pro V1, how little the ball spun. This kind of performance will not be for everyone, but it is definitely worth a try if your game fits a low spinning ball, and a model that offers exceptionally soft feel.

Callaway Chrome Soft X LS ball packaging on grass

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Lower-spinning version for faster driver swing speeds

Specifications

Construction: Four-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow) plus Triple Track options

Reasons to buy

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Impressive ball speed and controlled spin off the tee
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High launching
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Impressive spin control inside 100 yards

Reasons to avoid

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Not as low spinning off the tee as we were expecting
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Feel is on the firm-ish side

Callaway first introduced the LS golf ball back in 2021 and the 2022 version is ‘designed for max distance in a fine-tuned lower spin profile.’ Is that what we saw in testing?

Well the ball speed was impressive as we saw a jump up when comparing it against the standard Chrome Soft. Then when hitting pitch and short game shots, we noticed a really good level of control along with a firmer feel which some players will like. 

What cannot be denied is the LS is a great all-round golf ball - and there will be some players who will get the most out of it. But given how close the LS and the X are in performance, we recommend that if you are a faster swinging player looking for distance off the tee and control into the greens, you test the two side-by-side.

Srixon Q-Star Tour 2022 Golf Ball packaging on grass

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Great mid-price low-spin option with a soft feel

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow) + two-tone Divide version

Reasons to buy

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Impressive short game spin
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High launch, low spin long game performance delivers good height and distance
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Soft feel off the putter

Reasons to avoid

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Minimal price difference with Srixon’s tour level balls

The beauty of the Srixon Q-Star is that it promises near tour-calibre performance with a very soft feel at a much friendlier price! That soft feel comes primarily via its low 72-compression FastLayer Core. This gradually transitions from a soft inner core to a firmer outer edge, delivering high levels of both distance and feel.

Srixon's Slide-Ring Material (SeRM) coating also helps the Q-Star’s cover dig deep into the grooves of wedges and irons, boosting friction and therefore spin and control. This ability to control the ball, along with the soft feel off the face, really sets the new version of the Q-Star Tour apart around the greens. 

In the long game, the ball offered up a high launch and low spin which delivered a good peak height and solid distance which became immediately apparent in our outdoor testing, and alongside our SkyTrak launch monitor. 

Overall the Q-Star Tour is an excellent golf ball that nearly performs as well as Tour-calibre balls, but comes without the larger price tag. 

TaylorMade 2021 TP5x Golf Ball on grass, ball and sleeve of TP5x golf ball

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Excellent low-spinning option for faster swing speeds

Specifications

Construction: Five-piece
Colors: 2 (white, yellow) - also available in Pix design

Reasons to buy

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Firmer feel
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Good stability in the wind
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‘Speed-Layer System’ boosts ball speed via improved energy conversion

Reasons to avoid

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Only faster swing speeds will get the most out of the TP5x model

The new Tour Flight Dimple Pattern on the latest TaylorMade TP5x brings improved aerodynamics. New ‘dual-radius’ dimples help to optimise airflow around the ball to reduce drag and promote greater distance. 

The five-piece TP5x also uses the High-Flex Material (HFM) as part of a ‘Speed-Layer System’ to deliver added ball speed via optimal energy conversion. It remains the firmer model when compared to the TP5, and is faster, longer and higher-launching in the right hands. But a new, slightly softer, cast urethane cover helps it grip wedge grooves better for increased spin and a lower launch around the greens.

Despite feeling firmer than the TP5, it’s certainly not too firm and TaylorMade has done a good job of blending tour performance and feel in a low spinning golf ball with this firmer feel.

Honma TW-X golf ball with white background

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Represents excellent value for a good all-round performer

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Great all-round performance on offer here for the money
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Good greenside spin and control courtesy of a soft urethane cover

Reasons to avoid

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Low penetrating flight means it won’t suit all

The high-velocity core in the Honma TW-X ball generates high ball speeds with good short-game control, with the mid-layer acting to keep driver spin low. The 326 dimples have been designed and positioned to promote a low penetrating ball flight so this ball is a good performer in the wind.

Overall, the TW-X feels more premium than the price suggests and is a great value ball for faster-swinging golfers looking for good greenside control too. Of the selection of balls Neil Tappin was able to test on Trackman, this was the lowest-spinning of all – 2,133rpm of driver spin at 112mph with a carry distance of 271.9 yards.

Vice Drive golf ball with white background

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Vice Drive golf ball

Lower driver spin but higher wedge spin than previous model

Specifications

Construction: Two-piece
Colors: 1 (white)

Reasons to buy

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One of the lowest-priced balls on the market with the price reducing for bulk purchases
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The durable cover is extremely cut-resistant

Reasons to avoid

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Not the right Vice ball for those with faster swings

The Vice Drive’s soft Energy Speed Core is a real distance generator for those with low to medium swing speeds, promising lower spin off the driver than the previous model. It has a durable Surlyn cover, which is highly cut-resistant on mishits and has fewer dimples than most other balls.

Those 312 large dimples keep air resistance to a minimum for a more stable ball flight, while wedge spin rates are higher in this latest version for greater greenside control. 

While it doesn’t offer the premium performance of other products in the Vice range, it’s definitely one of the best distance golf balls out there if that is what you’re looking for. Around the greens it performed perhaps a little better than we expected but it’s off the tee where this ball comes into its own.

Mizuno RB566V golf ball

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Mizuno RB566V golf ball

Launches a little higher than sister RB566 model

Specifications

Construction: Three-piece
Colors: 1 (white)

Reasons to buy

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Micro-dimples help to keep the ball in the air for longer as it descends
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A good option for mid to low swing speeds in warmer conditions

Reasons to avoid

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Not the softest of covers for shots on and around the greens

This soft-compression three-piece ball is designed to improve ball speeds off the face. Once airborne, the ball’s unique micro-dimples work with the larger, standard-sized dimples to help delay the rate of descent once the ball has passed its flight apex for more distance overall.

The reformulated core helps to add a softer feel for greenside work. This RB566V model may help slower swingers launch the ball a little higher than the sister RB566 model. In terms of spin, expect low spin off the driver with mid to high spin closer to the greens.

How we test golf balls

The test team at Golf Monthly 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 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, and therefore value, 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 our guide to the best distance golf balls. If short-game feel is your thing, check out our best soft feel golf balls guide.

Spin - Many balls now promise low spin off the driver and longer clubs, which, in conjunction with a high launch, will help some golfers generate more distance. But this can come at the expense of short-game spin and control, so you will typically need to find the best overall package that lets your play to your key strengths. A compromise may be required!

Colour – Almost anything goes now when it comes to golf balls, with many models available in three or more colours, with 11 the widest colour palette we’ve seen!

Bulk buying – Sometimes buying in bulk will get you an even better price, and this is particularly the case with the Vice Golf ball range. Committing to five dozen at a time brings the price per ball down by 30p a ball or 20%.

FAQ's

Should I play a low spin golf ball?

This will depend on the state of your golf game. Low spin golf balls are aimed at both good golfers looking to optimise flight and therefore distance, as well as other golfers who tend to spin the ball a little too much, losing control of their flight and often coming up short of where they would otherwise be. As a result, you need to be aware of your numbers, ball flight and where you tend to miss. An added benefit of low-spin balls is that they not only reduce backspin but also sidespin, so there is some scope for slices and hooks to be a little less destructive. 

However low spin golf balls can have a detrimental impact on the scoring shots because obviously, less spin is created. Therefore it is worth considering the trade-off here and whether your game will best suit a low spin ball. To find out, we would recommend getting a proper golf ball fitting. 

We hope you enjoyed this guide on the best low spin golf balls, and for more buying advice in this regard, check out the Golf Monthly website.