In the many years that I have been working for The Pro Shop I have seen many golfers confused about the term “soft golf ball”. Some think that the word soft means the ball will land softly on the green and make the ball spin, but this is not what the word soft stands for on the ball at all. Soft means that the core of the golf ball is a softer compression. This means that you do not have to hit the ball at a fast swing speed to compress it.
When you hit a golf ball, it compresses and the amount that it compresses will influence the distance the ball travels. The distance and spin are also influenced by the number of dimples and the dimple pattern.
I also get asked the question often what the difference is between the Srixon Soft Feel, Srixon Soft feel Ladies and Srixon Ulti Soft
The Srixon Soft Feel and Soft Feel Lady balls are the same in all aspects except for one – The Srixon Lady ball’s cover is thinner than the Srixon Soft Feel. The reason is because with a slower swing speed a thinner cover helps you to activate the core easier. The Soft Feel’s cover is 0.063″ and the Srixon Ladies ball’s cover is 0.057″.
The rest of the features are the same, both have an Ionomer cover, they are 2-piece balls with a compression of 60 and 338 dimples on the cover.
They are designed to launch high, according to Srixon, for all swing speeds but I would recommend mid to lower swing speeds, with mid spin on the green.
In my opinion the Ultisoft is designed for low swing speeds under 65 mph with a 42 compression, the softest of all. The Cover is even thinner than the Srixon Lady ball, 1.45mm (about 0.06”) the rest of the features are the same as the two Soft Feel Balls.
I have used all 3 of these balls, they all perform well for me distance-wise as I have a mid to lower swing speed and the ball stops on the green very adequately. These balls also do not break the bank in the current economic times. Definitely Balls that I will always recommend with confidence.