Slicing the golf ball is one of the most frustrating aspects of golf. Is there any worse feeling than pulling out the driver to only then hit a big banana slice into the woods? Unfortunately, the slice afflicts about 80 percent of amateur golfers according to Baden Schaff, founder of Skillest. So it should come as no surprise that golfers are on the lookout for products, including golf balls, that can cure the slice. With that being said, what is the best golf ball for slicers?
A best golf ball for slicers doesn’t exist. Some golf balls are advertised to spin less, but this mainly applies to backspin and not sidespin. Golfers who hit chronic slices do so because of incorrect swing mechanics. Fixing the swing path and club face will cure the slice, not changing golf balls.
Now I know you came for golf ball recommendations, so I will certainly provide a list! One thing that most golfers who slice the golf ball have in common is a high number of lost balls during a round. Therefore, the balls I recommend will be the best golf balls for high handicap players priced at $30 and below. There is no reason to pay $50 for a dozen golf balls if you can’t keep them in play.
Best Golf Ball For High Handicap Players
The Callaway Supersoft is currently my favorite golf ball to play. The Supersoft has been one of Callaway’s most popular golf balls over the years, and this year’s version doesn’t disappoint. It comes with a Soft Compression Core that promotes maximum ball speeds with high launch. The hybrid cover, featuring the new PARALOID™ Impact Modifier, allows for a soft feel around the greens.
Verdict: “Supersoft” is in the title of this golf ball for good reason. This is the softest golf ball I’ve ever played, and I love it. I previously played the Vice Pro Plus golf ball and, the Callaway Supersoft yields similar results for me. If anything, I like how the Supersoft performs around and on the greens better. I get plenty of spin on chip shots with the Supersoft. Off the tee, it flies long and straight when I put a good swing on it. Aside from performance, the Supersoft comes in a variety of colors with the matte red being a personal favorite of mine. I don’t see myself changing golf balls anytime soon.
|Cover Material||Hybrid Cover Featuring Paraloid™|
|Colors Available||White, Matte Yellow, Matte Red, Matte Green, Matte Orange, Matte Pink|
|Price||$24.99 per dozen|
The Titleist TruFeel golf ball is the softest ball Titleist offers. This is a ball designed with distance in mind due to its TruTouch core, but it comes with a thinner cover which also provides a responsive feel around the greens. While this golf ball does have a soft feel, it’s not as soft as the Callaway Supersoft golf ball. All players won’t like an ultra-soft golf ball. The Titleist TruFeel provides a happy medium, not too soft and not too hard.
Verdict: I’ve played many rounds with this golf ball. I’m currently a 13 handicap with about a 105 average swing speed with the driver. When I put a proper driver swing on it, the TruFeel travels to the intended target with adequate distance. On approach shots, it launches high and lands softly. I have absolutely no problem with the TruFeel holding the green.
When I put a bad swing on a TruFeel, it results in a bad shot. The same thing happens when I put a bad swing on a Pro V1. I can’t stress this enough – it’s the golf swing that results in bad shots, not the golf ball.
|Cover Material||2.0 TruFlex Cover|
|Colors Available||White, High Optic Yellow, and Matte Red|
|Price||$24.99 per dozen|
3. Vice Tour
For those of you who aren’t a fan of the super soft golf ball, the Vice Tour is a great alternative. Vice touts this ball as an all-around golf ball suitable for golfers of different skill levels. The Vice Tour is apprised of 312 dimples, which results in less air resistance and a more stable ball trajectory. The ball has a DuPont™ Surlyn© cover which adds durability and makes it cut-resistant, which is nice for those shots that bounce off the cart path.
Verdict: When tested head to head against the Titleist Tour Speed, a $40 per dozen ball, the Vice Tour had comparable results. For the driver, the Vice Tour and Titleist Tour Speed had nearly identical ball speeds with the Vice Tour actually outperforming it by a small margin (138.1 mph vs. 137.6 mph). Not only was the ball speed higher for the Vice Tour, the driver spin was also lower (2290 rpm vs. 2556 rpm). All things considered, this resulted in the Vice Tour carrying 6.5 yards farther than the Titleist Tour. The detailed test results can be found here.
One thing I love about Vice is the more golf balls you purchase from them, the lower the price becomes. A single dozen of the Vice Tour are already priced lower than most of its competitors at $22.99. However, if you buy five dozen at once, the price per dozen is dropped down to $18.99. For a golf ball of this quality, this price is absolutely ridiculous.
This ball is only available in white which is a bit of a bummer as other Vice golf balls have multiple color options to choose from.
|Cover Material||DuPont™ Surlyn© cover|
|Price||$22.99 per dozen|
The Kirkland Signature 3-Piece V2.0 golf ball is a favorite of many golfers. One thing to note about this golf ball is it’s sold exclusively at Costco, which requires a membership in order to shop. If this wasn’t the case, this ball would probably be #1 on the list. As mentioned in the name, it’s a three-piece golf ball which makes it comparable to some of the premium balls on the market (Pro V1, Chrome Soft, etc). So if you don’t like the idea of playing a 2-piece ball, this Kirkland golf ball would be an ideal pivot.
Verdict: I’ll keep this short and sweet. This is a quality golf ball. From a ball quality/performance perspective, I wouldn’t rate it as high as a Pro V1, but it’s only a couple of notches below. Factor in the price, and I would buy this ball over the Pro V1 every day of the week. Again, I’m a 13-handicap who tends to cycle through golf balls throughout a golf season. This Kirkland ball, as of November 2022, is priced at $34.99 for 24 golf balls compared to the Pro V1 which is priced at $49.99 for 12 golf balls.
Playing both balls myself, I didn’t see a huge difference between the two. The Pro V1 was around 5 yards longer off the tee for me compared to the Kirkland. The Kirkland spun more on the greens on approach shots for me. On the greens, both balls performed about the same. Maybe a scratch golfer would see a noticeable difference between the two, but I certainly did not. I highly recommend the Kirkland Signature 3-Piece V2.0.
|Cover Material||Urethane Cover|
|Price||34.99 per two dozen|
Rounding out the list is, in my opinion, the best golf ball on the market – the Titleist Pro V1. What happened to keeping the price under $30 you ask? Well, these are refurbished Pro V1’s which come at a discounted price. I know there are a lot of high handicap golfers out there who must play a premium golf ball. The refurbished Pro V1 certainly checks that box for them. I also know some golfers are apprehensive about playing “refurbished” golf balls. I was like that at one time myself until I tried out a box of these refurbished Pro V1’s. On the course, I couldn’t tell the balls were refurbished. They felt like a normal, new golf ball out of the box and performed as such.
Verdict: The Titleist Pro V1 is the most popular golf ball on the PGA Tour and for good reason. The performance is top-notch. It’s meant for a lower-handicap player, but I do understand the lure it provides to players of all skill levels. Who doesn’t want to play what the pros play? So, if you must play a premium golf ball, go to your local golf store or Walmart and pick up a box of these. Don’t let the “refurbished” label deter you. I highly doubt you will see a difference, but if you do, it’s only one box of balls at the end of the day. DON’T PAY $50 BUCKS FOR A BRAND-NEW BOX!
|Cover Material||Urethane Elastomer™ Cover System|
|Pattern||Tiled 352 Tetrahedral Dimple Design|
|Price||$24.99 – $26.99 per dozen|
The main takeaway I’d like you to get from this article is there is no such thing as a “best golf ball for slicers”. A slicer will absolutely slice every golf ball on the market, from a Noodle to the Pro V1. To fix a chronic slice, you must correct the swing path and club face. Plain and simple. Switching golf balls won’t solve it for you. While you’re working on the swing, play some of the lower-priced golf balls I’ve listed above. If you don’t fancy any of those, there are others on the market to choose from. Just keep it under $30 for a dozen, and use the money saved to play more golf. Good luck!