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It's the only piece of equipment you use for every shot, so if you’re the kind of player who wants a premium golf ball, then you’ve come to the right place.  

Some players might simply reach into their bag and use the first golf ball that comes to hand, but if you’re serious about shooting the best scores possible, then you need to be using something that performs well and is consistent.  

Whether that’s a ball that flies a long way off the tee, spins a lot around the greens, or does a little bit of everything, there’s something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best premium golf balls 2024 has to offer.  

Best premium golf balls 2024  

There’s plenty of choice here, with some usual suspects, as well as some new kids on the block...  

Credit: Bridgestone
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Bridgestone Tour B X
Tiger Woods uses these golf balls. What else is there to say?

PROS

  • Firmer cover allows for plenty distance
  • Still retains soft feel on short shots
  • Great if you like to use something different from your playing partners

CONS

  • Won't suit slower swing speeds
Available for £39.99 from Bridgestone

Tiger Woods switched to this ball in 2022, as it’s slightly firmer than the B XS, which he used prior to that.  

The new Reactiv X system inside this ball, along with the Reactiv iQ Smart Cover Technology, makes this ball very long off the tee, while still maintaining great control around the green. The Smart Cover Technology means you’ll find longer drives, along with more control on approach shots.  

Bridgestone say this ball is perfect for players who have a swing speed over 105mph. If that’s you and you’re looking for a golf ball that flies a long way off the tee, then this is a safe bet.  

Credit: Callaway
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Callaway Chrome Tour
Longer and more stable in the air, this is a triumph from Callaway.

PROS

  • Increase in speed from the previous model
  • Enhanced spin control
  • Chrome Tour logo is a built in alignment aid, but you can also get Triple Track, which we love

CONS

  • No low spin option like Callaway had in the past
Available for £55 from Callaway

A new addition to the Callaway range, the Chrome Tour range really impressed us. In our testing, it was going up to 5mph faster than the previous model. That’s a different world of distance.  

You’ll see that this ball features round dimples as well as hexagonal dimples on the cover and this is going to aid in giving you more aerodynamics off the tee. As well as that, you’ll find a softer feel, while you get a more penetrating ball flight, particularly with the driver.  
We found that these balls are particularly stable in the air, with the ball flight not massively impacted by outside elements. We’re sure this will be a popular option in 2024. 

Credit: PXG
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PXG Xtreme
The first golf ball from the American brand and it performs very well.

PROS

  • Price point is considerably less than the big players
  • Great distance off the tee
  • Receptive around the greens

CONS

  • There's softer feeling golf balls on the market
Available for £40 from PXG

PXG’s first attempt at a golf ball and they’ve done a pretty handy job. They said they wouldn’t go into the ball industry unless they knew they could perform, and they’ve pulled it off. 

As you would imagine, there’s plenty tech to get stuck into with the PXG ball. On the outside, there’s a 338 dimple pattern engineered to deliver aerodynamic characteristics designed for maximum distance with a high and penetrating trajectory. The polybutadiene core that’s created for high-speed performance will also help you achieve fantastic distance from the tee box. 

This is PXG’s first iteration of the golf ball and they’ve done a cracking job. At the price point, it’s a solid option. 

Credit: Srixon
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Srixon Z Star
A fantastic alternative to the Pro V1 that's popular on tour.

PROS

  • Very spinny. If you like that, you'll love this
  • A solid all rounder
  • We found it very durable

CONS

  • Lots of spin does sacrifice some distance
Available for £39.99 from Srixon

There’s three options in the Srixon Z Star range, and the standard Z Star is the softest and highest spinning version of them. If you want something that will react on your approach shots, this is the one for you.  

These balls feature a Fastlayer DG core, which starts off as soft at the centre, while getting increasingly firm the further out you go. This means that you’ll get greenside control, while maintaining fantastic distance off the tee. You’ll also want to know about the cover on this ball, which is the Spin Skin+ coating, which increases friction on short shots, to increase spin.  

Overall, a great choice for a wide range of golfers.

Credit: TaylorMade
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TaylorMade TP5
The TP5 has five layers and gets five stars from us.

PROS

  • Fantastic control on every shot
  • Feels soft but responsive
  • Option for the PIX technology will appeal to a lot of players

CONS

  • Only comes with the TP5 and TP5x option
Available for £39.99 from TaylorMade

The tour validation of the TaylorMade TP5 range speaks for itself. If it’s good enough for TaylorMade’s team of staffers, it’s good enough for us.  

The centrepiece tech in this ball is the larger, more reactive core. This is designed to store and release energy more efficiently, giving you a spring-like performance off the tee. As the name suggests, this is a five-layer golf ball that provides the highest spin from any TaylorMade golf ball.  

Certainly a competitor for 2024, the TaylorMade TP5 is excellent. There’s also the PIX version that Tommy Fleetwood uses, which we love.  

Credit: Titleist
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Titleist Pro V1
The No.1 ball in golf and for good reason. You can't go wrong with a Pro V1.

PROS

  • Great premium feel
  • Penetrating ball flight, without being low
  • Top quality control around the greens

CONS

  • Hard to fault
Available for £50 from Titleist

There’s not much that we can say about the Pro V1 that hasn’t been said already, but we’ll still try. It’s the most played ball on professional tours for a reason. 

The most recent iteration offers maximum short game control, with a mid flight trajectory for your tee shots. As well as that, you’re getting an all-round soft feel. The core is a high gradient offering, which means plenty of distance from the tee. On the outside, you get a spherically-tiled 388 tetrahedral dimple design delivers a penetrating and consistent flight. That might be a mouthful, but it works. 

The No.1 ball in golf, it’s hard to find fault with the Pro V1.  

Credit: Wilson
Wilson Staff Model image
Wilson Staff Model
Competing with the big boys in the golf ball market are Wilson, and they deliver

PROS

  • Durability is a big plus point
  • Great alignment aid on the side
  • Very solid distances off the tee

CONS

  • Price point means people are likely to opt for other brands
Available for £52 from Wilson

This might not be a ball you’d consider as a premium offering, but it really does compete with the big boys.  

This is a four piece golf ball, and it’s packed full of tech. Inside, there’s a medium compression core which generates maximum velocity from the tee. On the outside, a thin but durable 3six2 urethane cover offers durability, as well as maximum stopping power on your approach shots.  

This ball needs to perform, since it’s going up against the more established golf ball brands at its price point. It’s very durable, and certainly performs on the course.

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How we picked

Performance Consistency

We meticulously evaluated each piece of equipment's performance across a number of variables.

Forgiveness and Playability

With golf clubs, our assessment always considered the versatility and forgiveness levels, especially on off-centre strikes.

Innovative Technology

We scrutinise the incorporation of innovative technology in each piece of equipment we review.

Customisation

We consider factors like adjustable features and customisation options available to the buyer.


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Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

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