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Hot List: Golf Balls

Distance is nice, but the balls on our 2014 Hot List offer the feel you need

May 2014
2014 Hot List Golf Balls

Photo by Dom Furore

We all crave distance, but how a golf ball performs on approach shots and around the green is what saves the most strokes. Maybe that's why manufacturers are focusing on feel—by lowering compression and reformulating softer covers to make chips and pitches check up quicker. It's what we saw in our review of 59 balls for the 2014 Hot List. Both in robot testing and player comments, the meaningful differences clearly came off the short wedge shots, not from the driver. The following pages highlight our favorite balls in three price categories (Over $36, $21-$36, and $20 and Under). So search for distance, but let feel make the final decision.
— Mike Stachura

GOLD: Balls that earned a score of 93 to 100 on our weighted scale.
SILVER: Balls that earned a score of 88 to 92.99.

Star ratings represent a scoring range within each price category. A ½-star is equal to the upper end of a particular range.
97-100 ........... ★★★★★
88-96 ............... ★★★★
70-87 ................. ★★★
51-69 ................... ★★
< 50 ........................
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