Best Golf Balls for Mid Handicappers (3 Options)

Are you looking to take your game to the next level?

Tired of being stuck at the mid handicapper level?

Ready to finally break 80 on a consistent basis?

The golf ball and overall equipment plays a major role in making sure you are maximizing your game and the opportunities.

Fortunately for golfers there are some impressive options at an affordable level for all golfers.

Making sure you properly assess your game will help ensure you are selecting the best golf ball for your game to take you to the next level.  Of course it is going to take some practice, but equipment and golf balls do play a major role in the scores that you shoot.

Below we will take you through a quick assessment and then provide the best option for golf balls for mid handicappers.

Here is a quick overview before we dive in!

While brand new golf balls aren’t essential, make sure you have something quality to play with.

What Are The Best Golf Balls for Mid Handicappers?

There are three great options that are recommended for mid handicappers:

  • Callaway SuperSoft (Soft Feel and Great Value)
  • Callaway ChromeSoft (Overall Performance and Quality Value)
  • Titleist Pro V1 (Premium Golf Ball)

I am currently a low single digit handicapper and have played with all three of these golf balls at different times.  Each has its benefits over the other, but ultimately the Titleist Pro V1 is a superior ball and performs greatly. 

However, based on the current needs in your game and what you value, you might find a different ball a better option for your game.

For example, if you need a high flying shot that has a very soft feel around the greens the Callaway SuperSoft ball is a great option for you.  Below, we will tell you the benefits of each ball, but first let’s identify what is important in your game.

Let’s quickly take you through the assessment below and rate each question with a scale of 1 thru 5.  1 being not true at all to you and 5 being very true.
  • You lack overall distance in your game.
  • You lack soft touch around the greens.
  • You seem to not be able to hold greens.
  • You want to be able to flight the ball and control your curve.
  • You need some spin around the greens on those 30-40 yard pitches.

Now quickly look and see where you rated your highest numbers.

Now for our recommendations.  See which category you fall into:
  • Are You seeking a soft feel around the greens, but don’t want to spend top dollar?
  • Are you Looking for a balance of the 5 categories, but don’t want to spend a premium dollar?
  • Are you seeking the best golf around to take your game to the next level?

Here is our recommendation for each of the categories above.  

Make sure you check out our bonus tips at the end to help you take your game to the next level regardless of the ball that best first your game.

The Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x is difficult to beat!

Option 1: For Those Seeking a Soft Feel Around the Greens

The Callaway Super Soft is a high flying, low spinning, soft ball that feels great off hte club.  If you prefer to softer feeling shot, there may not be a better ball on the market for you. 

I love playing this ball in the colder weather that we face in the northeastern part of the United States in the late fall and early spring.

When the courses are soft enough and spin is not highly required to stop the ball on the greens, the Callaway SuperSoft provides a phenomenal option. 

Plus when it is cold out, the softer feel helps me with my irons and allows me to feel the compression even when the temperatures are in the 30’s or 40’s.

The ball will launch extra high with the irons, so on some days, it is a great option.  It is also hard to beat the price range of these golf balls, which frequently can be found in the low 20 dollar range.

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Option 2: For Those looking for a Balance of the 5 categories, but don’t want to spend premium dollar

The Callaway ChromeSoft is a pretty awesome ball at the price point it can usually be found at.  I find this ball as a good middle ground between the SuperSoft and the Pro V1. 

While it is more of a premium ball, I find it soft, controllable and still long enough.  I don’t find the same amount of control as with the Titleist Pro V1, but it is still a high performing ball.

It is decent in the wind, provides a soft feel and enough spin to stop shots ont he green even in firm conditions.

Option 3: For Those Seeking the Best Golf Ball Around to Take Their Game to the Next Level

The Titleist Pro V1 to me is the best ball on the market.  Yes, you may call me a Titelist loyalist having played the professional back in the day and now the Pro V1, but overall I find that it does everything I need.

From the tee shot that drives through the wind with the right spin rate, or the ability to hit a 155 yard shot on the dime and have it stop, or from around the greens with a soft enough feel to make you freel comfortable.

Overall, in the wind and everywhere else you can rely on the consistency and the spin rates to be consistent.  You don’t ever get the extra flying ball on the approach shots or the over spinning shot on the tee shot. 

Instead the consistency of the ball is top notch and can save a shot or two per round.

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It is probably less expensive that you would imagine and can do wonders to get you down a single digit handicapper!

Where to buy the Golf Balls from?

I recently discovered  I was a bit skeptical at first, but when my mint level golf balls arrived, I thought I had discovered gold.  I paid in the mid 20 dollar range for lost Titleist Pro V1s. 

The condition of the golf books looked brand new and I was able to get a total of 4 dozen Pro V1s for under 100 dollars.

This means I paid around half price for golf balls.  While they are not all perfectly number and some have logos on them, I was very pleased with the quality of the golf ball.

Bonus Tips

The key to golf and testing what golf is best for you is to measure how you can control the curve of the ball, the flight of the ball (high or low) and if you have enough overall distance. 

I believe in looking at the three fundamentals of golf when evaluating your game and equipment.  

The Stack and Tilt Instructors said it best when they described what they believed were the fundamentals of golf.  They explained it somewhat similar to this:

  • Fundamental #1: The golfer’s ability to control the bottom of the golf swing.  The best golfers will hit the ground in the intended spot, close to 100% of the time.
  • Fundamental #2: The golfer’s ability to control the curve of the golf ball. The best golfers are able to start the ball to the right or left of the target line and have the ball curve towards the target without the ball over curving past the target.
  • Fundamental #3: The golfer’s ability to have enough power to play the golf course.  This means they are able to hit the ball far enough to play the course in regulation.

By looking at fundamental 2 and 3 for golf balls, you want the ball that provides the best combination between the two. If you are lacking greatly in distance, then it might be time to sacrifice some control for some distance.

Here are three video to help you with each fundamental above.

Low Point Control – Stack and Tilt Instructors (Fundamental 1)

Start Point and Curve of Ball Control (Fundamental 2)

Gain Distance (Fundamental 3)

I love the SuperSpeed Training Tools.  They are top notch and you truly can gain 5-8% in swing speed as early as your first time.  I have experienced this increase and have maintained it throughout the season.

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Take Action – What You Can Do Today to Get Better

What does this mean for you?  I believe in the following recipe to get better:

1 – Improve your motion in the golf swing by identifying a golf instructor.  Here are some options:

Here is a list of golf instructors that we have reviewed:

2 – Train to swing faster and improve your swing speed.  Here are some options:

Looking to gain more Speed and Distance in your swing. Two Options:

3 – Understand course strategy and work to break through your next barrier.  Here is a series on breaking through:

We have provided guides on how to break 100, 90, 80 and 70. Check out more below, if interested.

4 – Practice Frequently

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