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#31 sgsst18

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 01:18 PM

I still get such a joy out of finding golf balls.  That second of anticipation hoping for a Pro V1 just to find a Slazenger.   But I keep them all to use as shag balls or launch into the woods on the next tee.  And I would not hesitate to put any of the premium balls that I find into play.  Sure beats paying $4 a ball.  Still waiting to find my first k-sig.


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 01:37 PM

Found balls go on the bottom shelf in the golf ball closet until there's a big enough quantity to donate to a local school.

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The shelf above them used to be the Woot - Lethal Shelf.

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The top shelf is filled with KSigs...I'd post that pic but the alarm system isn't turned on right now.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 12:10 PM

If a found ball is one of 3 or 4 that I usually play then it goes in the bag.  Sometimes I'll play a ball that isn't on the "top 10 list" just to see how it performs.... I like to make my own mind up rather than play a ball based solely on "reviews."  There's probably 10-15 balls that could be substituted for each other with minimal differences.  Would like to see a test done with nameless (non logo) balls... might be interesting to see what people choose as a favorite.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 02:34 PM

That's all I play. I have about 42 dozen ProV1x's and 25 dozen ProV1's, as well as a few dozen other premium balls.

I haven't done much looking this season...I have enough for now, and dealing with thorn bushes, poison ivy, insects, and what not, has kind of lost its appeal.

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Posted 09 June 2017 - 03:28 PM

If it weren't for found balls, I would not have any idea which balls I like to hit.

I play all comers, until I decide if I like it or not.

My current home course has a bucket to donate balls to the First Tee program - balls I don't want to play go into that bucket. Otherwise, they come home w me and get put into the rotation.


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Posted 09 June 2017 - 07:16 PM

View Posthybrid25, on 07 June 2017 - 01:49 PM, said:

Personally, I have never found a golf ball that seem to be affected bye laying for an extended period in the elements of weather. I usually don't play found golf balls unless they are the high-quality urethane balls like the Pro V1, Bridgestone b330, Etc. I would like to know, if anybody who cares to respond, that has played a found golf ball that they feel has been compromised by the environment in which they founded in? I'm not talking about golf balls that are missing part of their cover or whatever, I'm talking about golf balls that look good when they're cleaned up.

With the urethane balls the cover is likely to yellow over time so if you find a shiny new looking one, chances are it is good.  

Now the 2 piece type with firm type cover may look good, but the material can loose elasticity over time especially if stored in the frozen woods for example.  So I have experienced some apparent duds.  Usually if it looks good it will play good, but why take that chance during an important round.  

I still play found balls on courses where an errant shot means lost ball.  Reduces the level of irritation somewhat.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 07:35 AM

View PostSean2, on 09 June 2017 - 02:34 PM, said:

That's all I play. I have about 42 dozen ProV1x's and 25 dozen ProV1's, as well as a few dozen other premium balls.

I haven't done much looking this season...I have enough for now, and dealing with thorn bushes, poison ivy, insects, and what not, has kind of lost its appeal.
That supply should last you this season?

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 08:20 AM

I play almost exclusively with recent model ProV1's that I find in the woods, weeds, etc. I know all of the good finding places at my home course. If they are not in mint condition I use them for off-season rounds. Lesser brands/models of balls I usually just leave in the rough near where I found them for someone else to pick up if they want them. I will not play balls found in water nor will I play "refurbished" balls.

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 01:11 PM

View Posthybrid25, on 10 June 2017 - 07:35 AM, said:

View PostSean2, on 09 June 2017 - 02:34 PM, said:

That's all I play. I have about 42 dozen ProV1x's and 25 dozen ProV1's, as well as a few dozen other premium balls.

I haven't done much looking this season...I have enough for now, and dealing with thorn bushes, poison ivy, insects, and what not, has kind of lost its appeal.
That supply should last you this season?

I am hoping a few seasons. :-)

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 11:16 AM

If they are in decent condition, yes.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 01:00 PM

If it is a "premium" ball in good shape I'll keep it for holes that are difficult and where the possibility of losing one of my gamers is higher than normal. I'd rather lose a ball I found, even if it is a ProV, than one I paid for.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 01:04 PM

Found a Nike mojo once and got a hole in one with it. Next thing you know I bought 3 boxes. Glad those balls were cheap.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 03:37 PM

I have a boatload of shopping bags at home full of found balls that I wouldn't normally play.  I save 'em up and take them to a buddy's place where he has a range mat facing out into a canyon.  

Quality balls - ProV1, B330, etc. get set aside to become shag bag balls for short game work.  I never understand people using driving range balls for short game practice (Unless you're using pure distance balls on course - not counting swanky places where range balls are ProV1 Practice balls of course).  The feel of balls like Top Flite, etc is so different in the short game compared to what I normally play that I think practicing with them isn't worthwhile.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 04:16 PM

Nothing gets wasted, i use the less than perfect good ones for short game practice, especially bunkers, as that chews them up after a while. Balls i wouldn't play go down the driving range. I also keep hold of things like decent velocity or NXT and use them as a winter ball.

Finding a decent ball is good, last week i found a nearly new TP5x, found it did go a little further on good hits than the Pro V1, but suffered around the greens, i do head to heads almost every practice round, i'm not looking to replace, but i think it's nice to be reassured the one you use is the best for the game, and without finding nearly new nice ones, i'd always be wondering 'is there a better ball for me'.

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 02:30 PM

I find Pro V1's everywhere..All those pros hitting them in the woods with me.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 12:21 PM

I'll play them if they're quality balls in good condition. Last weekend I was at a par 3 course of all places and found a black/yellow Chromesoft X. Really like the way it performs

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 01:21 PM

I haven't purchased a prov1 in over three years, but a round doesn't go by when I don't find 2-3 of them.

They go in the practice bag if they are in decent shape
Scuffed up I save for the range to hit with my driver
All other balls* go into the shag bag to be returned to the course via the driving range
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Posted 15 June 2017 - 05:57 PM

View PostERLoft, on 12 June 2017 - 03:37 PM, said:

I have a boatload of shopping bags at home full of found balls that I wouldn't normally play.  I save 'em up and take them to a buddy's place where he has a range mat facing out into a canyon.  

Quality balls - ProV1, B330, etc. get set aside to become shag bag balls for short game work.  I never understand people using driving range balls for short game practice (Unless you're using pure distance balls on course - not counting swanky places where range balls are ProV1 Practice balls of course).  The feel of balls like Top Flite, etc is so different in the short game compared to what I normally play that I think practicing with them isn't worthwhile.

I think it's ok to use crappy range type or 2 piece rocks on short game practice for the sake of working on your setup, stroke and ball striking.  It's better of course to practice with what you play in order to judge the bounce and roll out.  Especially before the round since the conditions can change day to day and from one course to another.  



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:05 PM

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I haven't purchased a prov1 in over three years, but a round doesn't go by when I don't find 2-3 of them.

They go in the practice bag if they are in decent shape
Scuffed up I save for the range to hit with my driver
All other balls* go into the shag bag to be returned to the course via the driving range
Topflites/dunlop/nitro/rocks I'll pick up only to throw into the water hazards to hopefully never be seen again

The pond ball harvesters must hate retrieving all those cheapo rocks.  😃  Those cheapos are ok for beginners who will lose a lot in a round.  The hard cut proof type also let you know when you miss the center of the club causing harsh vibration.  The Top Flites actually feel decent on a well struck shot.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 06:15 PM

I live on the golf course and find good balls everyday I take my dog for a walk. That's all I play. Crap balls I just hit into the driving range.

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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:00 PM

View PostNeed2golfalot, on 15 June 2017 - 06:05 PM, said:

View Postrcain1us, on 15 June 2017 - 01:21 PM, said:

I haven't purchased a prov1 in over three years, but a round doesn't go by when I don't find 2-3 of them.

They go in the practice bag if they are in decent shape
Scuffed up I save for the range to hit with my driver
All other balls* go into the shag bag to be returned to the course via the driving range
Topflites/dunlop/nitro/rocks I'll pick up only to throw into the water hazards to hopefully never be seen again

The pond ball harvesters must hate retrieving all those cheapo rocks.  😃  Those cheapos are ok for beginners who will lose a lot in a round.  The hard cut proof type also let you know when you miss the center of the club causing harsh vibration.  The Top Flites actually feel decent on a well struck shot.
I find many Pro V1 golf balls as compared to other brands. Actually, Pro-V1s are a higher compression golf ball that is not that much different feeling from a top-flight these days. They are much more workable.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 12:33 PM

If condition is good I don't hesitate at all playing a new ball for a few holes.  It's how I find out what I like usually. It does seem like I find more quality golf balls then cheap ones though, guess that's a good thing for me

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 07:12 PM

I always give them away. This post is making me rethink that.
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 10:01 PM

I'll give away balls I know I don't care for, or ones that are in rough shape

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 07:13 AM

View PostDavePelz4, on 08 June 2017 - 01:37 PM, said:

Found balls go on the bottom shelf in the golf ball closet until there's a big enough quantity to donate to a local school.

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The shelf above them used to be the Woot - Lethal Shelf.

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The top shelf is filled with KSigs...I'd post that pic but the alarm system isn't turned on right now.
That's funny because I've threatened to steal my friends KSigs


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Posted 20 June 2017 - 10:08 PM

View PostThrillhouse, on 31 May 2017 - 10:12 PM, said:

I usually give them away to other people in the group.

Exceptions are if it's a new pro v1 (the ball I play) I'll keep it because you might as well right? Or if it's in good shape and something I want to try I might use it for a few holes.

I do the same with found balls with the Pro v1 exception.  Just never know how long the balls have been subject to the elements.
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 03:27 PM

I pretty much only play balls I've found. My home course is pretty high end, so I mostly find Pro V's there.
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Posted Yesterday, 05:17 PM

Found balls equal Fun balls...no worries if you lose one

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Posted Yesterday, 05:29 PM

I was walking the course this morning before it opened, and not straining myself, I found 26 golf balls. Most were ProV's followed by Chrome Softs.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:05 PM

View PostSean2, on 26 June 2017 - 05:29 PM, said:

I was walking the course this morning before it opened, and not straining myself, I found 26 golf balls. Most were ProV's followed by Chrome Softs.

Must be fairly high end course.  The courses I play you would be lucky to find one tour level ball for every 20 'hacker' type.


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