The Longest Golf Balls For The Best Distance

I’ve recently been doing some golf ball testing and I wanted to test distance gains that I would see with golf balls that are marketed as “distance” golf balls in comparison to the normal ball that I play. 

How I Test

Golf Balls on course with the ES14 Launch Monitor. I use my driver and 6 iron to determine increased distance.

My Golf Ball

ProV1X

My Current Numbers 

Club

Club Speed

Ball Speed

Spin

Launch

Carry

Total

Driver

109

160

2130

13.5º

266

275

6 Iron

90

124

6133

14º

176

178

Golf balls marketed as long golf balls or distance golf balls

Callaway Super Soft

My Thoughts: I’ve played with the Callaway Super Soft when I first started golfing. I really enjoyed the feel of this golf ball, but opted for a ball that has a lot more spin and control around the green because I’m typically a lower spinning and lower launching ball striker. 

Results: The numbers did exactly as I expected. The softer golf ball tends to have a bit lower spin which does indeed add more distance to my balls. The 6iron spin was getting into the mid 5000’s on some shot, but definitely more distance for sure.

Average of 5 Best Shots

Club

Club Speed

Ball Speed

Spin

Launch

Carry

Total

Driver

109

161

1849

13.5º

269

280

6 Iron

90

124

5787

14º

179

181

Things We Like

  • Great Value
  • Comes in an ERC model with better putter lines
  • Great iron spin

Bridgestone e12 Soft

My Thoughts: You’re going to hear me reiterate this many times throughout this test, but genuinely cannot feel the difference when I hit the ball off the face of the driver. There might be a slightly different noise, but the Callaway is such a unique sound that I’m not noticing it. On dead center hits with the irons, I don’t notice any difference but I think I was able to feel a slightly softer impact on off-centered hits. This is probably due to the fact that the ProV1X that I play is slightly more “clicky” and a bit harder

Results: I could definitely notice a lower spin and lower, more penetrating flight on this ball. While the carry numbers weren’t greater, I know for a fact that this is a ball that would easily roll on a hard surface to 290+ yards. This is a ball that would definitely pierce through the wind.

The iron shots were definitely longer.

Average of 5 Best Shots

Club

Club Speed

Ball Speed

Spin

Launch

Carry

Total

Driver

109

160

1744

13º

265

285

6 Iron

89

124

5387

14º

180

182

Things We Like

  • The furthest total distance gains
  • Great value for money

Titleist Velocity

My thoughts: As a Titleist ball player myself, I genuinely couldn’t tell if the familiarity of the logo and look of the ball just made me feel comfortable, but I did notice that my swing speed had picked up which probably attributed to some of the added distance I saw. It’s difficult to test when working with your own human variables, but I didn’t notice much of a difference in the feel from shot to shot.

Results: The longer iron shots were definitely longer and the data suggests that the ball was definitely coming off the club a bit faster. The drivers were pretty definitely longer off the tee by 4-5 yards.

Average Of 5 Best Shots

Club

Club Speed

Ball Speed

Spin

Launch

Carry

Total

Driver

110

162

1916

13º

270

280

6 Iron

90

126

5591

15º

181

183

Things We Like

  • The brand is synonymous with good golf
  • Good iron spin
  • Higher launch with irons

Vice Drive

My Thoughts: I’ve always liked Vice golf balls and they offer such a great value of balls for the money. I did notice that the Dive ball had a distinct sound off the driver’s face. I suspect this is due to the harder cover that the traditional softer balls I play.

Results: The driver flight was a bit lower, and the spin dropped off significantly which caused the ball to come in low and roll quite a bit. I noticed a similar pattern with the longer irons. The ball was coming in much lower than my normal height, but with that lower height and more penetrating flight came more spin.

Average of 5 Best Shots

Club

Club Speed

Ball Speed

Spin

Launch

Carry

Total

Driver

109

161

1765

13º

268

280

6 Iron

90

125

5398

15º

182

185

Things We Like

  • Best value for money
  • Black line is good for lining up puts
  • Cool packaging

The Verdict

So what is the longest golf ball for the best distance? 

I think any of the golfs balls on this list will increase your total distance off the tee. If you have club speeds slower than mine then you’re definitely going to get better gains as these balls are aimed at players with swings speeds under 90mph.

I hit a few of the distance golf balls with my driver while swinging around 90MPH and I saw some very impressive results.

At 90MPH swing speed.

Ball Speed 132MPH
Spin 2462
Carry 205
Total: 235

I’m fairly certain that if I were to have a driver optimized for a 90MPH swing I could get the launch numbers to roll out to 240+ yards. At those speeds, the drop off in spin on your longer irons probably isn’t a factor or you’re using hybrids and have already situated your game around lower flighted shots and expecting the ball to roll a bit.

I think any of these long-distance balls would work to add distance to your drives but in my testing, the Bridgestone e12 takes the cake. I saw an average gain of 5-10 yards in total distance with these golf balls that are the best for long distance off the tee.

Kennie Kat

Kennie 'Kat' Elerby is the creator of KennieKatGolf.com, a website created to share his journey, hold himself accountable and inspire other amateur golfers to improve. You can find my content on Youtube - KennieKatGolf