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The secrets of golf ball compression: Is AVANT 55 or ELIXR right for you?



500 microseconds. That's the amount of time that a driver clubface compresses a golf ball. No, it's not a lot of time, but it is a concept that garners a great deal of media attention. Golf ball compression leaves golfers wondering how to determine the best golf ball for them. Sit back and smile, because we are going to share those secrets with you, and you'll finally be able to pick the proper ball for your swing speed and your skillset.

Here is a departure point: golf balls compress when struck by you. How fast you swing will determine how much you compress the ball, and how far the ball subsequently goes. Companies market their golf balls to the entire spectrum of swing speeds, so if you are a data nut, you can find the precise ball for the precise swing on a precise day, under precise conditions ... precisely!

For those who don't overthink matters, let's keep it simple and break it down. If you are a slow swinger (under 90 mph with driver) you should use a low-compression ball. Why? Your swings with every other club get slower, based on the smaller arc you create with increasingly-shorter shafts. Oh, right! The wedge shafts are way shorter than the driver shaft, so physics tell us that the speed will be less. If you play in cooler or cold weather, the softer ball will not make your hands ache on less-than-perfect hits, and it will compress more than the high-compression one.

Let's continue. For those who rip the driver at speeds higher than 100 mph, you should definitely have the higher-compression ball. With a low-compression ball, unless it's stone-cold cold out, you lose a bit of distance with the softer ball. How about those between 90 and 100 mph driver speed? Simple. Choose the ball you like more.

More? You mean most, right? Nope, more. Fact is, you need to choose between 2 golf balls on any day: OnCore ELIXR (medium compression) and OnCore Avant 55 (low compression). That's it. That's all there is to consider. The holiday season is here in a few months, so put your favorite OnCore ball on your gift list and tell the world!

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Check out OnCore's Award-Winning Golf Balls:

ELIXR Golf Balls
One of the best golf balls on the market, taking Gold in the 2019 Golf Digest Hot List, and our most advanced ball to date.
 
AVANT 55 Golf Balls
OnCore's award-winning, super soft, low compression (55) distance golf ball. Featuring low spin rates off the driver for long and accurate tee shots.


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