Best Firm Cover Golf Balls


Looking for a golf ball that has a firm cover?

We all have preferences when it comes to how we like a golf ball to feel. Some golfers prefer a softer feel while others prefer a firmer feel. It could be that you use a putter with a soft insert and are looking for a golf ball with a firmer feel.

We subjected leading golf balls to our patented test and rating method including bench testing where we assessed golf ball overall compression and cover hardness. The basis for our approach is U.S Patent 7,918,751, Method of Rating Golf Balls. The patent provides a testing and rating method to obtain performance data on golf balls in a manner that will assist golfers in selecting a golf ball that meets their specific swing profile, equipment, feel and price criteria.

Hardness is a measurement of how much the golf ball’s surface (cover) indents when a constant load is applied to it. It is an indication of how a golf ball feels around the green. The lower the rating the more the ball indents and feels softer, the higher the rating the less the ball indents and feels firmer.

Manufacturers often address the cover hardness of the various layers within a multilayer golf ball construction and design. Our testing addresses the golf ball’s surface hardness. We utilize a TECLOCK Type C hardness tester to conduct our hardness test.

The following golf balls were recognized, in alphabetical order, as a BEST GOLF BALLS in the Firm Cover category:

Best Firm Cover Golf Balls

Titleist Velocity 2013 | BUY NEW | BUY RECYCLED |


Wilson Staff Duo 2012 | BUY NEW |


Srixon Z-Star XV 2011 | BUY NEW | BUY RECYCLED |


Bridgestone e6 2013 | BUY NEW | BUY RECYCLED |


Bridgestone Tour B330-RX 2014 | BUY NEW | BUY RECYCLED |



In choosing the right golf ball, golfers should consider their “best fit” potential for their game in the context of their own preferences and the trade-offs they are prepared to take for distance, control and feel and according to their own unique ballistics measures of ball speed, launch angle and general spin rate. As with any ball, player preferences and individual launch/spin conditions are paramount to optimal golf ball selection.


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