Feeling overwhelmed by all the golf gear you need to buy? Yeahhh, we’ve been there, we totally get it, and we’re here to help you figure it out.

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: to be a golfer, you just need three things — a club, a ball, and the courage to give golf a swing. We've already dished out the deets on clubs (check out our blog post: One Club Wonder), so let's tee off with part two: golf balls.

One of the coolest perks of being a newbie golfer? You don’t need to splurge on fancy balls (sorry, Titleist). Let us repeat that: do not buy expensive balls. Here’s why:

  1. Expensive Balls Are Overkill: Fancy balls are built for primo spin and max distance — factors that usually clash. As a newbie, you don’t need to worry about or even think about spin. Let’s be real, no rookie is smashing the ball with enough oomph and precision to make it spin like a pro. Plus, these spin-happy balls are coated with less durable materials. So, why fork out more cash for something you don’t even need?
  2. You’re Gonna Lose 'Em: When you're acclimating to playing on the course, you're bound to lose a bunch of balls. They’ll find water, hide under logs, or disappear into some enchanted fairyland. Losing a $5 Pro V1? Major bummer. Keep it cheap and keep your cool.

Think of it like the car you’d get a teen learning to drive. You want an old, sturdy car that can take a few hits — not a Lamborghini that’s pricey, delicate, and tricky to handle. When you’re new, the goal is just to drive. Same with golf — let’s just hit the green and have fun!

Now that we've sorted out the basics, let’s tackle the burning question: What are the best golf balls for beginners? Drumroll, please... Here are our top picks:

  1. Noodle: Every beginner’s go-to golf ball. It’s practically a rite of passage.
  2. Vice Golf Drive: Promises extra distance and durability, plus they come in rad colors and patterns.
  3. Second-Hand Balls:
    • Garage Sales (watch out for cracks or overly smooth balls)
    • Used Sports Equipment Stores
    • The PGA Tour Superstore sells buckets of refurbished balls in-store
    • Lostgolfballs.com: Your one-stop-shop for pre-loved balls

Check out more of our blog posts for extra tips and tricks. Now giddy up and get golfin’!