ProCheck Measures Up

Everyone who plays golf enjoys hitting it as far as they can. While there are many factors that go into helping every player to maximize their own abilities in hitting the golf ball, one ingredient that is often overlooked today is golf ball compression.

While changes in modern ball and club technology have made compression an almost overlooked topic today, the amount of compression that a golf ball has still helps determine how far it will fly.

“A golf ball’s compression has a significant impact upon how far it will travel, with the golfer’s ultimate goal being to match ball compression with swing speed to achieve maximum distance. The correct compression causes the ball to have the optimum degree of flattening at impact to create a trampoline-like energy transfer and greater distance,” notes John Donahue, President of Golftek LLC, the company that manufactures ProCheck®, a hand-held device that can measure any golf ball’s compression in seconds.

Small enough to fit in an average golf bag, the ProCheck® has several noteworthy features that make it a valuable tool in evaluating golf balls and getting the right fit for each player. A chart comes with the unit that recommends the compression you should use to maximize results. Once you have tested several makes and models of balls to check their compression, you can use the chart to find your average driver distance and match that with the recommended compression that is displayed on the LED screen shown by the ProCheck® unit.

In addition, the unit can be used to check out those older balls in the bag to see if they still have any juice in them by checking the compression of the old balls with new ones to see if they have lost compression.

Most modern golf balls are essentially made of a rubber-like substance (elastomers) and the forces required to compress the ball can change over time or with temperature.  ProCheck®’s accurate force measurement detects this change and displays this information to the golfer as bars on the LED screen.

Donahue designed the device after conversations with an avid golfer who complained that with the new, more durable covers, old tired balls still look like new, but their compression had changed. He suggested that the game needed such a device. The ProCheck® was issued a United States patent in May 2017 and rivals the top golf ball manufacturers’ highly sophisticated compression testing equipment. In laboratory tests, the ProCheck® produced the same compression measurements as a device costing tens of thousands of dollars that is commonly used in the industry.

ProCheck® measures the force over a selected time interval to get an accurate force value with a high speed micro-processor that captures the force for a tested golf ball, processes the information and displays an accurate reading of its compression to the user.

“Callaway has long understood that compression plays a key role in optimizing the performance and consistency of golfers.   We at Callaway have tested the ProCheck® golf ball compression tester and found it to be an excellent tool for the consumer.  Its readings can help golfers determine the right ball for their game,” stated Jason Finley, Director, Brand Management, Callaway Golf.

In a study of 250 players conducted by the Brand institute Inc., on behalf of ProCheck®, 90% of respondents indicated there is a need for a product to check ball compression.

Golfers with slower swing speeds (under 80mph) should use lower compression balls, while golfers with faster swing speeds (over 100mph) should use higher compression balls to achieve maximum distance.

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