Yellow golf balls are a great option for any player who may often find themselves in the rough or find it hard to see their ball out on the course. Obviously yellow golf balls will divide opinion, but they are superb performers, with some of the best golf balls on the market introducing yellow options, including the all-conquering Titleist Pro V1.
Just a decade or so ago, the yellow golf ball would have been regarded as inappropriate by some of the golfing community; a lesser alternative that somehow conveyed the wrong message about you as a golfer. However, even those on the professional circuit have started using them, with the game's top pro's opting to play yellow balls in tournament play.
There’s a whole palette of different yellows on the market that would do Dulux proud. From matte and high-gloss finishes to vibrant, pearlescent and soft shades – though Dulux would no doubt come up with fancier names for them! The color of your golf ball is, of course, a personal preference, but on a practical level, there’s no doubt that yellow balls are easier to spot when there’s a dusting of frost on the ground.
Conversely, they might be a little harder to find in strong sunlight during autumn when the semi-rough is adorned with millions of golden leaves, but then, what ball is easy to spot in those conditions? In this guide, we'll be rounding up some of the best yellow balls on the market taking in a variety of different price points and target audiences. But why not also take a look at some of our other golf ball guides, on the best value golf balls, best golf balls for high handicappers and the best goofballs with unique markings.
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Titleist has raised the bar again with its new Pro V1 design. In our testing it was the added consistency in the long game that shone through. Doing so without dramatically changing the characteristics that have made the Pro V1 so popular.
If you’re a high-spin player looking for a ball that will offer a good combination of control and distance off the tee, as well as soft feel on the greens, the Chrome Soft 2022 golf ball is well worth considering.
TaylorMade's 2021 TP5x golf ball does a good job of blending tour performance and feel in a low-spinning golf ball that offers a firmer feel. This ball performed well in the wind and offers good distance and levels of consistency off the tee.
An excellent all rounder for the average but keen golfer that doesn’t want to cough up premium prices for golf balls that often go unfound.
There's much to admire in this inexpensive Wilson ball and if you're open to trying a matte finish, the greenside feel on offer here is among the softest
One of the best value for money golf balls on the market. While the Ram Tour Spin ball is a little on the firm side with the shorter clubs, it provides adequate spin when needed. The Tour Spin ball was plenty long and provided a strong trajectory off the tee.
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The Volvik Power Soft is a good value for money ball that is durable, has good feel for a 2-piece ball and enough spin to enable you to control it on the green.
Bridgestone’s best-selling golf ball has a new larger and softer core for faster compression and more distance. This is a great value two-piece ball that feels like an expensive multi-layer model
The Titlest TruFeel golf ball is ideal for those low to mid-swing speed players who want a soft, value for money golf ball with decent level of control around the greens.
The matte cover and choice of 11 colours is what makes the Volvik Vivid golf ball stand out. On the course it is a solid performer with relatively low spin and a firm feel.
We’ve tested many balls in this alternative category, including the Kirkland balls from Costco, Vice Golf and those from Pearl Golf and we can say with some confidence that the Decathlon Inesis Tour 900 is the best of the bunch.
The Callaway Warbird is a decent distance ball that can certainly offer yardage gains. For some, it won't offer quite enough spin and control around the greens, but for those who want every bit of help getting more distance, this won't be too much of a concern.
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Titleist Pro V1 2023 Golf Ball
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The Titleist Pro V1 is the most used golf ball on the professional circuit and arguably the biggest equipment franchise the game has ever seen. Now in its 23rd year, it still features in the white and yellow colors, with Titleist’s engineers upgrading the Pro V1 with a high-gradient core. Firmer at the periphery, the new core gets progressively softer towards the center which promotes fast ball speeds and low long game spin.
In testing, the main stand-out was the mid-iron performance, which delivered a reduction in spin and a little more distance. It’s also a similar story off the tee, as the Pro V1 offered excellent ball speed and distance from a familiarly strong ball flight. The Pro V1 is the slightly lower spinning model of the two (Pro V1x) and, what really impressed us with the standard model was how consistent it was on both the course and on a launch monitor. For us, it’s still the king when it comes to the golf ball market.
- Read our full Titleist Pro V1 2023 Golf Ball Review
Callaway Chrome Soft 2022 Golf Ball
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The 2022 version of the Chrome Soft is also available in yellow, as well as a Triple Track design. As you would expect the yellow version produces the same performance as the white model, which is very solid indeed. With the driver, we felt it produced a high launch and relatively low spin combination which gave our tester good distance. We also enjoyed the softer feel of the standard Chrome Soft over the X and LS versions which are a touch firmer.
In conclusion, the Callaway Chrome Soft for 2022 is a good all-around golf ball and one of the best in the entire Callaway range. The stand-out performance elements in our testing were the soft feel in the short game and the low spin but high launch flight off the tee. We should also acknowledge that you can get the X and LS versions of the Chrome Soft in yellow now, too.
- Read our full Callaway Chrome Soft 2022 Golf Ball Review
TaylorMade 2021 TP5x golf ball
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One more premium, Tour-level ball we wanted to include here is the TP5x from TaylorMade. A five-piece model that you'll find in the bags of many top professionals on the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour, including the likes of Tommy Fleetwood it got five stars from us in our review.
The TP5x is firmer than the TP5 model and is faster, longer and higher-launching in the right hands – namely those of faster swingers. But its new, slightly softer urethane cover provides better wedge-groove grip too for added greenside spin with a lower launch. The ball performed really well in all conditions on test and this hi-visibility yellow version is one of the most vibrantly colored around.
- Read our full TaylorMade TP5x Golf Ball Review