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.
Most compression ratings on the market range between 70 and 110. It is possible to find balls with numbers outside of that range.
The higher the rating, the harder the ball was made. The lower the rating, the softer it is.
Lower compressed balls usually equate to more distance and higher compressed balls usually lead to more control.
Higher compression golf balls are often recommended for experienced golfers with low handicaps and high swing speeds.
Lower compression balls are often designed for less experienced golfers with slower swings.
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 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.