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One of the most important factors to consider when choosing your golf ball is what type of cover you want to play, and 99% of the time this will come down to Urethane vs Surlyn You choice of cover will affect your.

Surlyn is an ionomer resin introduced by DuPont in the 1960s. It’s been the material of choice for the covers of so-called “distance balls” – like Top-Flite and Pinnacle products – for decades. Surlyn is extremely durable and will not cut or scuff through normal use (although mower blades and cart paths can damage it), making it the preferred cover for most amateur golfers.

The primary drawback to Surlyn balls is that they don’t provide the backspin or feel demanded by professionals and many low-handicap amateurs. And that’s where urethane comes in.

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Urethane is softer than Surlyn and delivers higher spin rates on iron and wedge shots. Because Urethane can be reheated and re-muddled, it allows for more precision and design flexibility. Consequently, Urethane can be crafted for a softer feel, and so is normally found in more expensive, premium golf balls. Skilled golfers prefer this control and, because they generate high club head speeds, lose little if any distance compared to Surlyn balls. Urethane is technically softer than balata – the cover material of high-performance balls of the past — but is actually more durable and less prone to cuts and scrapes.

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In a nutshell, Surlyn-covered golf balls are generally less expensive, slightly more durable and may provide a little more distance than urethane models, but don’t provide the spin needed to stop shots quickly around the greens. Golfers who don’t mind spending more for urethane will see most benefits in the short game while giving up very little in the distance and durability departments.


Post time: Oct-21-2019