Ball Tips: We have all played with the basic ball and while it’s good enough to get us through the initial phases of Golf Clash, there comes a time when it’s time to upgrade your balls. Today we're going to go over ball usage, acquisition, and how to upgrade without paying a dime unless you want to. If you think it will take forever to get enough Titans or Kingmakers to play more than a few rounds, you're right. You could spend some money, but without good skills, these power three balls will be a waste. If you learn to play with upgraded balls you will come to depend on them to play even on easy holes and this puts you on a cycle of purchasing upgrades just to maintain the quality of your game.
Ball Usage: The basic ball is a no frills ball with limited distance and not a lot in the way of curl or spin. Your first instinct will be to start upgrading balls and leave this one behind. For the most part this would be true, however the basic ball will help you to play more effectively. To get the most from your Golf Clash education, we recommend playing with the basic or marlin ball in tours 1-3 as long as you can stand it. This gives you time to gain some experience, upgrade your clubs, and save up some gems (see gem tips) that can be used to upgrade balls for free. These low end balls will come into play in later tours when your clubs are greater than the course and you need a low power ball.
Power I Balls: Once you’ve developed some real skills and upgraded your clubs, it’s time to move up to tours 4-6. Most of these courses can easily be played with the power II Navigator or Quasar. They are basically the same with the Nav having more wind resistance and the Quasar having more sidespin. My preference is the Quasar since wind speeds are easy to adjust for and sidespin along with curl can save your game in a tight spot. These are affordable balls at 60 gems for 9 balls and if you’re in a good clan, your gems are coming in fast. You should be able to play most courses with one of these balls.
Power II and III Balls: The Katana is Power II with lots of sidespin and is a great go to ball on dogleg courses or situations where a lot of sidespin gives you an advantage. This ball is a favorite, but at 180 gems for 9, you have to save a lot of gems to acquire them. The Titan is a power III and runs 180 gems for 9 but does not have the sidespin the Katana offers. I save these up and usually only use them in tournaments or courses over tour 8.
The Kingmaker is a power III ball with lots of wind resistance and sidespin. Cost is 650 gems for a box of 9. I only use these during tournaments on long or difficult par 5’s.
The Berserker is power V and you cannot get this one with gems. Until you’re playing tour 10-12, it’s unlikely you will need this ball. Just wait and let them store up. They usually come in chests or prizes. Save them up for tournaments.
How do I get a bunch of Power II and III balls? First join a clan that’s at least rookie II or above and you get a 30% increase in gems with each chest. If you save your gems and only trade for power I balls, you will find that in just a few weeks, you will have acquired a ton of gems. Our Pro II clan gets a 55% bonus on gems. See how many gems I have in my Eaglemaster account. (see pic above) I can trade for 22 boxes of Katanas if I want. I never have to worry about ball upgrades as long as I have gems.
If you review the prizes for tournaments, you will see the ball upgrades. Place well in a tournament and you get a bunch of balls. This is where learning how to play the game without upgraded balls is most important. While you’re playing the lower tours, you’re building up a nice bank of Navigator and Quasar from tour chest. These balls power I balls and increased experience are going to help you place well in the tourneys. You don’t have to win, but it helps. Usually a Top 10 finish will get you a bunch of Power II and III balls. All of my power II and III balls where acquired in tournament play.
This strategy was developed from personal experience after playing for two years and struggling. Hopefully this helps everyone who takes the time to read it. Go and Play Well!
Gem Tips: If you’re wondering what the Golf Clash gems are, they do not have a lot of use other than purchasing ball upgrades or purchasing club cards. Golf clash attempts to draw you in to trade gems for coins and it’s very tempting, but if you don’t have enough experience you might blow through your coins in short order and it’s almost equal to not getting any coins at all. You can occasionally use them in the shop to purchase club cards, but in the long run, save them up for ball upgrades.
There are times you might be tempted to open a treasure chest early by sacrificing a few gems. Treasure chest are your only source of gems and unless you're in a clan with a big gem bonus percentage, they come slowly with each chest. If you sacrifice gems to open a chest, that chest will probably not contain gems. It's best to be patient, open the chest later and get a few gems. Joining a clan with a good solid ranking has some great benefits including a percentage bonus on gems. For example: A typical treasure chest might have 5-10 gems. If you're part of a clan ranked at Rookie II, you would get a 30% bonus on your gem count.
If you want to play the game without paying real money, the best use of your gems is to save them up for ball upgrades. Most players focus on club upgrades, but even if you have great clubs you’ll find courses where having a great club is not enough due to distance or wind speed. This is where ball upgrades really come into play. Later on when you're playing in the deep tours, these ball upgrades can make the difference between winning and losing. Having a bank of over 3000 gems is a game saver. Good Luck.
EagleMaster is one of my alternate accounts opened in the spring of 2018. If you look in the top right corner, you will see the gem count is high. Purchasing almost any ball upgrade is easy if you have the means. It means Free Ball Upgrades!