About GBT Technologies, LLC
GBT Technologies, LLC (GBT) owns and operates GolfBallTest.org and GolfBallSelector.com, and TheRightBall.com. GBT provides unrivaled product performance ratings – and search and decision support tools – that inform, enable, and empower the consumer. We are the Trusted Source for unbiased and fact-based information and performance ratings of golf balls. Learn more at GBT-Tech.com.
Unbiased and Independent
We are brand neutral in all of our work and in our ball recommendations and aspire to maintain our leadership and independence as the leading golf equipment performance lab and aid to amateur and professional golfers in support of their ball selection decisions. GolfBallSelector.com is a member-supported business which does not accept advertising, product endorsements or sponsorships. TheRightBall.com and GolfBallTest.org are advertising-supported web sites which may display ads and promotions for golf equipment or golfballs.
We use a patented golf ball rating method to create a performance index grading the qualities of the golf balls. Utilizing swing robots and real golfers, each ball is tested using a driver, six iron and sand wedge. Distance, spin and accuracy data is captured sing a patented launch monitor system to measure actual launch conditions. The human testing is conducted not with one “optimum” or “average” swing but by golfers of varying skill levels. Additionally, compression, cover hardness, and “hotness” are measured for each golf ball to access overall feel. All test results are validated by our staff using real golfers.
We conducted a series of robotic and human putter tests in developing our proprietary “feel” algorithms and index. Factors such as a ball’s “hotness” of the clubface; cover hardness and acoustical signature are evaluated.
Compression and Cover Hardness Bench Testing
Compression is a measurement of how much a golf ball deforms (compresses) when a load is applied to it. It is an indication of how a golf ball feels at impact. The lower the rating the more the ball deforms and feels softer, the higher the rating the less the ball deforms and feels firmer. Manufacturers often address the golf ball’s core compression when talking about its construction and design. The core is typically referred to as the inner most part of the golf ball in a two- or three- piece construction. Our testing addresses the golf ball’s overall compression. We do not test the golf ball’s internal core compression. We utilize ATTI and Majestix compression testers to conduct our overall golf ball compression test.Hardness is a measurement of how much the golf ball’s surface 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 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.
Our durability ratings are based upon subjective comparative analysis and our price ratings are based upon averaging of consumer pricing within the United States.