For the average golfer, the type of ball does make a difference. The compression of the ball and how many pieces the ball (explained later in the article) is made of can dictate different results for different players.
Golf ball compression is how golf ball manufacturers calculate how hard a golf ball is created.
Many compressions of golf balls can be found from 60 to 120. There are some others below and above. The smaller the number, the softer the ball is. If a ball has a larger number then the ball will be harder.
The balls with less compression roll out more and lead to longer drives. The ones with higher numbers lead to more spin and accuracy.
Compression balls that are low are ideal for high handicap golfers. High compression balls are good for advanced players.
Low spin balls often sound appealing when marketed because of their low spin leading to high distances off the tee.
Many golfers make the mistake of trying to find distance off the tee in their ball despite the driver being one of the least hit clubs in the bag during a round.
High spin balls usually travel just as far, but also respond much better around the greens.
An average golfer with a mid-low handicap should try out different balls and find one that suits their game.