Kids Golf Balls

There are some really great kids golf balls that I wanted to share with you along with a few tips. I hope these recommendations help you decide what golf balls you should have your kids or juniors golfers playing out on the course. A lot of it has to do with the person needing golf balls and their swing speed. So here are some ideas for you on which golf balls you may want your kids or junior golfers to use.

 

 

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What is the Best Golf Ball For Kids?

Great question and I have some suggestions for you. For kids 12 and younger I recommend the Lynx Ai Hi-Fly golf balls. The Ai is designed to have higher spin rates for lower speed swings which means the golf ball will go higher and further giving your junior more confidence and fun. Lynx also makes golf clubs for different stages of heights to go with the Ai golf ball. My other suggestion for kids 12 and older the Callaway Golf Chrome Soft Truvis golf ball. The golf balls look like mini soccer balls and because of the look, the golf ball appears bigger so your kid thinks they have a much bigger target to hit and the golf balls are much easier to find out on the golf course.

 

 

 

How To Find The Right Golf Ball

Kids Golf Balls

I have done some research on this question for a while now, and I have some ideas about what you need to do to find the right golf ball or golf balls for your kids and possibly for yourself too.

When I started playing golf, I didn’t realize how damn expensive golf balls were. I said to myself, “well, I won’t be playing this for long”. I didn’t know anything about golf balls except that you put it on a tee and hit it with your club.

I would pick up golf balls that were just laying around my home town, or snag a 5-gallon bucket of golf balls at a garage sale you know like $5 for 100 golf balls. That bucket would have a ton of all kinds of golf balls.

Then I found out about men’s and ladies’ nights at my local golf course. I would go play the day after and holy cow, I found all kinds of top brand golf balls that players lost or didn’t even try to find.

I would gather all my golf balls by brand and head out to the fairgrounds and hack away. I found out which ones fell like hitting a rock, ones that you could barely feel when you hit them, which ones sliced/hooked bad and ones that made me look like I had been playing for years. I highly recommend using some used or cheap golf balls until you get the feel of them all.



Kids Golf Balls - TaylorMade Golf


Swing Speeds and Compression Ratings

Kids Golf Balls

For kids, I would suggest any golf ball under 60-65 compression rating, why? Well, I don’t know of any kids that have a swing speed of or above 85 m.p.h. Now there may be older juniors who are at or above that speed and I will talk about golf balls for them coming up.

If you don’t know your swing speed you can always purchase a launch monitor. There are some really good ones out there like the SkyTrac Launch Monitor, Swing Caddie and the less expensive FlightScope Mevo that can tell you everything you need, or just do what I did, I went and played on one of the best indoor golf simulators, the SkyTrac SwingBay simulator and it told me everything and I mean everything that I wanted to know.

Not many kids or juniors (unless they are advanced) need to play with a pro golf ball or the most expensive golf ball either, those golf balls don’t come cheap and if you are losing golf balls you won’t have any $$$ left for green fees soon.

Low-compression golf balls benefit the slower swing speeds by making the golf ball easier to compress on impact, which then gives you more distance and less spin so shots are farther and straighter, that’s exactly what kids need. This will help with their confidence and make the game more fun to play.

Selecting golf balls for kids or yourself all depends on how fast you swing that club. Golf balls don’t care if you are a boy, a girl, teenager, 20,30,40,50, or 80. Your speed picks your golf ball.

Low-compression golf balls are designed for slower swing speeds if you are over 85 m.p.h.  and use the low-compression ball you will hit it with less distance and have an inconsistent ball flight. Why? Because your swing speed is too fast you are over compressing the golf ball, In that case, you will need a higher compression golf ball to compensate for your swing speed.

I hope this little bit of knowledge helps some of you out there with selecting a golf ball for your kids or even yourself. I know it has helped me choose the right golf ball, even though I do change it up sometimes.


Kids Golf Balls

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Junior Golf Balls

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As I mentioned above, selecting a golf ball is done with your swing speed. With a swing of 85 m.p.h. and under you will want a low compression golf ball, it benefits your slower swing speed. If you have a swing of 85 m.p.h. and over, you are going to need a higher compression golf ball in order to take advantage of your swing speed.

Here are some golf balls that I recommend for juniors. The first two are your top golf balls, pros are playing these balls, so if they are over the 85 m.p.h. swing speed, they should try these out.

 

Titleist ProV1

The #1 golf ball on worldwide tours and the #1 ball in golf. The Titleist Pro V1 is the top dog golf balls.

It has the best combination of distance, durability,  great feel, and spin. This golf ball will do what you want when you want it, as long as you hit it right.

This golf ball is designed for swing speeds in excess of 105 m.p.h. and has a compression rating of 90. Best for older junior golfers needing a great golf ball.

Kids Golf Balls - Titleist Pro V1Kids Golf Balls - Titleist Pro V1

 

 

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X

TaylorMade has designed a great golf ball with the TP5 and TP5X. They are both great with distance, with high spin and a soft feel. The TP5 is designed for swing speeds of 90 m.p.h. or higher. The TP5 has a compression rating of 85 and the TP5X has a compression rating of 97. Another great golf ball for junior golfers looking for more performance.

Kids Golf Balls - Taylormade Golf Tp5 Golf Balls

Kids Golf Balls - TaylorMade TP5 Golf Balls

 

Bridgestone Tour B X, XS

The Tour B X has been used by swing speeds of 85 m.p.h. to 120+ m.p.h. with a compression rating of 85.

All of Bridgestones Tour B golf balls perform the same for any swing speed. Their R&D has tested these golf balls with all types of golfers. Their golf balls are going to be probably the best in the market.

With 20 years of research and testing with the world’s greatest golfer, Tiger Woods Bridgestone Tour B golf balls will improve your game.

I think this is the one everyone should be using, they designed this golf ball to fit every player.

Kids Golf Balls - Bridgestone B, X, XS

Kids Golf Balls - Bridgestone B, X, XS

 

Callaway SuperSoft

The SuperSoft is designed for swing speeds of 95 m.p.h. and under with a compression rating of 38. This is Callaway’s softest golf ball ever. Callaway says when hitting this golf ball it feels like your hitting a pillow.

Now, I wouldn’t recommend this for anything faster than 95 m.p.h., because anything faster will over-compress the golf ball and you will lose distance.

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Wilson Ultra 500

Wilson has this for beginners that are starting to get their swing speeds faster, the Ultra 500 provides long-lasting durability, the high energy core with the unique dimple pattern gives this golf ball an optimal flight trajectory and tour like distance making your kids feel like they are being like the pros.

Kids Golf Balls - Ultra 500

Kids Golf Balls - Ultra 500

 

 


New vs Used

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I am not a pro golfer, I don’t play like one either and I can’t afford pro golf balls. But if you can spend the $$$ on them I would try them out. Like I said, get the ones that match your swing speed and play the heck out of them. Me, I will pick up golf balls in that jar at the clubhouse or buy some cheap ones, that won’t hurt the wallet or me nearly as bad as losing a ProV1, TP5, or any other expensive golf balls.

Kids can benefit from used balls because they are going to lose them either in the tall rough, or the ponds. It’s a given, this will happen until they really get going, as they get older and their play is considerably better. I would suggest that kids play with used or cheap golf balls, this way they can get the feel of different ones, and when their ready, they might already know which golf ball suits them the best.

 

Practice and Theme Golf Balls for Kids

Here are some awesome foam practice golf balls for your kids to use. They are safe for everyone around, also for windows and whatever else can break around your home.

 

Callaway HX Practice Golf Balls

These are perfect to get your kids to practice around the backyard.

They are foam golf balls just like the real thing.

They are multicolor, safe for windows, and anything breakable.

The practice golf balls come in a net bag for storage.

Kids Golf Balls - Callaway HX Practice Golf BallsKids Golf Balls - Callaway HX Practice Golf Balls

 

 

Sci-Core Real Feel Indoor/Outdoor Practice Balls

Golf Digest featured these as the best practice golf balls on the market.

They give a nice pop when you hit them with your woods and irons.

They are safe for indoors and outdoors and have a non-marking finish.

You can also get the Swing Coach Club to go along with these practice golf balls.

Kids Golf Balls - Sci-Core Real Feel Indoor/Outdoor Practice Golf Balls

Kids Golf Balls - Sci-Core Real Feel Indoor/Outdoor Practice Golf Balls

 

 

Volvik Vivid Marvel Golf Balls

Do your kids love superheroes? Volvik has Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, Black Panther, The Hulk, and Thor golf balls. These golf balls come in a four-pack and with a hat clip ball marker.

The Volvik is designed for swing speeds of 70-90 m.p.h. with a compression rating of 75. They are colorful and look fantastic. Any kid would enjoy these golf balls, and they’d really make a statement out on the course.

Kids Golf Balls - Volvik Vivid Marvel Golf Balls

Kids Golf Balls - Volvik Vivid Marvel Golf Balls

 

 

Lynx Golf Hi-Fly AI Golf Ball

I just read about this new golf ball and this is the golf ball that I think would be the best for kids starting out. When looking at this golf ball nothing special stands out. It’s just a plain old golf ball. Then you grab it and WTH?!! This golf ball wants to float away like bubbles, crazy right? Guess what? Lynx Golf designed this awesome golf ball to do just that. You’re probably saying,  WHAT?!!

Yes, now this golf ball DOES NOT CONFORM TO USGA RULES, but that doesn’t matter. This is a starter golf ball made to be played by kids and juniors with swing speeds under or at 70 m.p.h.

The AI golf ball is smaller and lighter. It’s designed to create more spin in order to get the golf ball up in the air. This design eliminates the golf ball from just diving to the ground even when you crush a great shot, unlike a regular golf ball.

Lynx Golf has made a TRANSITION GOLF BALL, the better your game gets the sooner you can move up to the regular golf balls. They are also making a six color-coded junior golf club sets with the AI golf ball included. Cool, right?

 


Conclusion

Kids Golf Balls

So that’s my opinion on how to select kids’ golf balls by using their swing speed. I hope I gave you some information that you can use on deciding what golf balls to try and play with. There are some really good choices here and I hope these golf balls will keep your kids playing this wonderful game called golf.

Hold up a minute, everyone I just read another article about low and high compression golf balls. After reading it, it made me wonder more about what I posted. So I am just going to say this, I gave you my opinion on what to try with kids and juniors, but what it really comes down to is, it’s what makes your kids or your juniors feel comfortable and is pleasing to them and their game. They are the ones hitting, and playing the golf balls. So go get your kids and go hit some golf balls.

 

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12 thoughts on “Kids Golf Balls”

  1. Hi Zach,

    Awesome article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    My kids are still young, but I am sure they will love to play golf. Until now, I have never seen golf balls with superheroes on it.

    My son’s favorite superhero is Spiderman, and my daughter is Hulk. I am sure they will love the idea!

    The Sci-Core Real Feel Indoor can be used inside the house. I do have a question about this. What happens if I hit the window with this ball? Will it break? What material is the ball made of? Plastic?

    We are so bored because of the Coronavirus, so we are looking for ways to have a little fun:)

    Thank you for this excellent post!

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    • Thank you, Daniella, for your comment. Volvik has a lot of superheroes to choose from including the ones your kids love and the golf balls are very good quality. As for the Sic-Core Real Feel, yes it is an indoor-outdoor foam practice golf ball. It is safe and will not break any windows. Thank you again for your comment.

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  2. This brings back many memories when I used to caddy and we would look for balls at the private golf course and would find all kinds of top brand balls. When I was learning the game I hardly ever bought any golf balls, because we would just go out and look for them.

    Back in the day when you did not hit the ball properly or dubbed it, it was very easy to put a cut in the ball and it would become unusable. Not so these days with how they manufacture the balls. From what I remember, Top Flite was the first ball that you couldn’t cut. 

    Good information here on the compression of golf balls and matching it to your swing speed. Thanks for breaking down all the info on different brands of kids golf balls. I really need to pay more attention to compression than I do, but I haven’t played a lot lately so when I go out I use any ball in the bag. Much appreciated and all the best.

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    • Thank you, Joseph, for your comment. I still do go look for golf balls especially after men’s and women’s night at the golf course. Top-Flite was a golf ball I found and played a lot and I have my kids play these golf balls because they are tough to cut and I just think they never kept up with the other golf ball companies in improving their golf balls. Thank you again for your comment.

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  3. This is great, as I have young family who have found a sudden love of golf and they would certainly love some good golf balls as gifts. I had no idea that there were special / specific golf balls that would be better for kids. You had the unique experience of getting to test out that huge bucket of different balls, which sounds like it would be a good way to quickly become acquainted with the difference in how they feel and play. 

    Thanks for sharing your insight into all these different available options!

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    • Thank you, Aly, for your comment. Golf ball manufactures have really step-up and made some fantastic golf balls for kids with the golf balls staying up in the air longer and being a little bit bigger to ensure a sweet-spot strike. It’s just a better way to keep kids excited and interested in play golf. Yes, having been able to try several different golf balls from a bucket of golf balls from a garage sale saves you a ton of money and lets you find the ones you like to play.  Thank you again for your comment.

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  4. This is a great article Zach! Is it wrong that I want to try the Lynx AI golf ball? LOL To be perfectly honest, I would totally use golf balls with Charlie Brown or Snoopy printed on them : )Thanks for sharing, I learned a lot.

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    • Thank you for your comment Tracy, I don’t see why you can’t try the Lynx Golf AI Golf Ball, it is a beginner golf ball and it helps with confidence when you see it fly high and long.

      I love the idea of the Charlie Brown and Snoopy golf balls. I will definitely try and see if I can finds some and share the link to you.

      Thank you again for your comment.

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  5. I was unaware so much goes into the right golf ball. Can you tell me what junior consists of? My son is 6 and wishes to play golf since his 17 year old cousin is doing it. Personally I am more of a football man so I know next to none about this topic. 

    I heard the balls were different based on swing and age, but now I know its all based on that swing speed. Can you give me some pointers at to what kind of ball a 6 year old should be hitting on? Thank you so much in advance! You’re a life saver!

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    • Thank you for your comment Denton. A junior golfer is any boy or girl under the age of 19 or has not finished secondary school which is a school intermediate between elementary school and college and usually offering general, technical, vocational, or college-preparatory courses.

      I love football also Denton I am a huge Denver Broncos fan and I love to play golf also.

      I would recommend trying that Lynx AI Golf Ball with your son. It is designed to help them get the ball up in the air like the big boys do.

      Thanks again for your comment.

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  6. it was amazing seeing my 9 year old son so excited about playing golf. nothing brings more joy than seeing your children driven with passion about something you love. i might have to try out these different golf balls in other to get what i want. we could start with the junior golf balls

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    • Hello Benny thank you for your comment. That is my favorite thing is seeing my kids and other peoples kids enjoying playing golf. Makes me so happy to watch and play with them out on the course. 

      If you don’t know what golf balls you want to buy try picking up different brands at the club house that you are playing at. Most have a bucket there with single golf balls for around a $1 or so that way you can try them out without having to buy a box of golf balls you might not like.

      Thank you again for your comment.

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