What is the impact of water on the performance of your golf ball? With wet conditions much more common during the winter golf months, we tested wet and dry golf balls head-to-head to find out exactly what difference a little moisture could make to your game.


We’ve all played cold, wet, freezing mornings. The kind of mornings when pants get muddy and socks get wet, when there’s no way for your golf ball to avoid the moisture that’s on every blade of grass on the golf course.

Mevery one of us has practiced or been set up on a practice field where the golf balls come straight out of the ball washer and always have a wet layer covering their cover as well.

But have you ever stopped to think about the impact of humidity on the golf ball on your driver, iron and wedge shots?

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Unsurprisingly, Bryson DeChambeau has. At the 2018 Tour Championship at East Lake, DeChambeau was seen spraying water on his Bridgestone golf balls on the driving range in an attempt to replicate the morning dew and humidity of the course before using a pitch monitor to hit both wet and balls and record how performance differed.

Looking at the results of our test, the US Open champion was definitely on to something and it’s time to factor the moisture on the golf ball into our on-course decision making, as it can make a considerable difference in performance.

Meet our Wet vs Dry Golf Ball Tester

TG Test Pro Neil Wain (below) is a highly experienced PGA Professional based in Keele Golf Center in Staffordshire. For consistency, we work with Neil on all of our golf club and ball testing.

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How We Did Our Wet vs Dry Golf Balls Test

We had Neil hit shots with his driver, 7 iron, and pitching wedge, all with the same brand and model of golf ball on the Foresight GC Quad launch monitor.

During the wet golf ball testing session, we sprayed each ball several times before it hit. During the dry golf ball testing session, each ball was thoroughly dried with a golf towel before hitting.

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What Our Wet vs Dry Golf Balls Test Revealed

Few golfers play with a wet ball because it’s usually in your hand or pocket. But if you play off the tee while you wait, or drop the ball before throwing it, you’ll likely see a drop in backspin (or certainly backspin predictability between shots) of up to 6%.

It might not sound too dramatic, but a drop in backspin means an increase in carry, and our pro gained seven yards (or 2.6%) with a wetball. But before you start rolling yours in the grass before you go, just remember that any moisture on the ball or clubface results in less predictability and reduced consistency.

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And while a drop in backspin is good with a driver, it’s definitely not the case with a wedge. Incredibly, we saw an 88.3% drop in backspin with a wet corner ball (the launch angle was also 23% higher, as the punches slide across the face uncontrollably), which obviously has a huge impact on how the punches stop, or don’t stop in this case, when hitting a green.

You may ask ‘what control do I have over hitting a wet golf ball on course? Well, if your course has winter rules where you can lift, clean and replace the ball, it’s worth drying your ball too.

And if you use a ball washer between a green and the next tee, be sure to dry it thoroughly, especially if the next hole is a par 3.]

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Wet vs. Dry Golf Ball Test: The Stats

The numbers from our wet golf balls vs dry golf balls test.

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