A distance golf ball is a type of golf ball that's specifically designed to maximize the distance it travels when hit. This is typically achieved through a combination of factors including its construction, materials, and design. Here are a few characteristics common to distance golf balls:

  1. Harder Cover: Distance golf balls usually have a harder cover, often made of Surlyn or a similar material. This harder cover reduces spin, especially sidespin, which can lead to longer, straighter drives.

  2. High-Energy Core: The core of a distance golf ball is designed to react strongly to a powerful hit, maximizing the initial velocity and thus distance the ball will travel.

  3. Compression: Distance golf balls often have a higher compression rating (usually over 100), which means they are harder. This means they can be better suited for golfers with faster swing speeds.

  4. Low Spin: These balls are designed to reduce spin on the drive, which can increase the distance the ball travels in the air.

  5. Aerodynamics: The dimple pattern on a golf ball affects its aerodynamics. Manufacturers use specific dimple patterns to help the ball maintain lift and reduce drag, promoting longer flight.

However, it's important to remember that while distance golf balls can help you hit farther, they often sacrifice in other areas like control and feel around the greens. This is why they're typically recommended for beginners or high-handicap golfers, who benefit more from extra distance and less from fine control. As you develop your game, you may want to explore other types of balls that offer a balance between distance, spin, and control.

Different golfers may have different preferences, but here's a list of some of the top-rated distance golf balls that were popular up until then:

  1. Titleist Pro V1x: Known for its exceptional distance and consistency.

  2. Callaway Chrome Soft X LS: Designed to provide maximum distance with a high level of control.

  3. Bridgestone Golf Tour B RXS: Designed for golfers seeking distance and responsiveness.

  4. TaylorMade TP5x: Known for high launch and low spin, resulting in impressive distance.

  5. Srixon Z-Star XV: Designed to provide maximum distance for golfers with high swing speeds.

  6. Vice Pro Plus: A four-piece design with a dual casing for lower driver spin and increased distance.

  7. Mizuno RB 566V: Its unique 566 dimple pattern design helps to maintain flight, resulting in great carry distance.

  8. Wilson Staff Duo Professional: Combines soft feel with high velocity for maximum distance.

  9. Volvik Crystal: Known for its longer flight time, resulting in increased distance.

  10. Snell MTB-X: Designed to reduce driver spin and increase distance, while maintaining a good feel.

Please note that technology and offerings change quickly in the world of golf, so it's a good idea to do some research or ask a golf professional for their recommendations based on the latest offerings and your personal golfing style and preferences as of 2023.