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#1 IPOs & IPAs

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:20 PM

I recently took up golf this summer and have been spending most of my time on the range. Have been getting my own clubs and equipment so I can play a few more rounds. The balls I have been using so far have been a mix of balls from the range when I come across a non range ball in the bucket. I am looking for a good ball for a beginner to keep straight on long balls while also having enough touch around the green. Would ideally not be to expensive (I still lose a fair number of balls), and come in high visibility colors (orange, pink, yellow). Would love some suggestions of balls to try out


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:36 PM

Wilson 50s. ;)
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:44 PM

Wilson Duo's in yellow or orange!

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 01:41 PM

My biggest suggestion would be to stick with the same ball for consistency reasons. Wilson Duo, Callaway Supersoft, any of the Top Flite Gamer series will work.
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 01:59 PM

Yeah, great value and great performing - Wilson Duo

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 03:58 PM

View PostPi5seeker, on 04 September 2017 - 01:41 PM, said:

My biggest suggestion would be to stick with the same ball for consistency reasons. Wilson Duo, Callaway Supersoft, any of the Top Flite Gamer series will work.
I agree with this advice for a serious player, but as a novice the OP would not hqve a consistent enough game for balls to make a difference.

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 08:59 PM

For a beginner, cheap...Taylormade distance+, or Snell Get Sum (not necessarily "cheap"). Just one man's opinion.

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:02 AM

View PostBeerPerHole, on 04 September 2017 - 08:59 PM, said:

For a beginner, cheap...Taylormade distance+, or Snell Get Sum (not necessarily "cheap"). Just one man's opinion.
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As a beginner, you're probably going to lose a lot of golf balls until you get consistent and better at.  You'll improve and figure out how you like to play and will need to find a ball to match that style and what you need.  Good luck!
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:45 AM

For the first year or two I stuck to sub-$20 a dozen golf balls as I was losing them at a steady clip. I didn't want to be losing an extra $20 a round on expensive balls on top of my green fees and cart fees.

As you get better, and your game becomes more consistent then start diving into the golf ball pond.

Truth be told, I'll still take some "cheap" golf balls over some of the premiums any day of the week.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 07:36 AM

Whatever yellow ball you can find on sale for around $12-$15/dozen. Ideally, get enough to play the same ball for at least a few weeks in a row so you'll be able to develop some touch for how the ball reacts around the greens.

Don't worry about finding a ball that "keeps straight on long balls". The direction and curvature of a golf ball are determined by your swing, not the ball. Balls that correct slices and hooks are not allowed under the Rules of Golf and anything that tells you otherwise is just marketing.

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

Dicks Sporting Goods has some really good deals on balls for the budget minded person.  Free shipping on orders over $25 if you don't have one local to you.

Top Flight D2+ Distance 30 balls for $25 (Can get in Yellow)
Top Flight Gamer/Gamer Soft 24 balls for $30 or 36 balls for $40 (Can get Gamer in Yellow and Gamer Soft in Blue)
Top Flight Gamer Tour 24 balls for $35
Maxfli U6 Tour/Tour Soft 24 balls for $30
Top Flight Bomb 48 balls for $35 (24 pack BOGO, can get in Yellow)
Slazenger Raw series 36 balls for $25

I have played the Gamer Tour and it's pretty solid for a budget urethane 3 piece.  Been wanting to try the Maxfli U6 Tour Soft (I'm pretty stocked up right now on balls), but it's a 6 piece urethane.

Wilson 50's are awesome and if you have Amazon Prime you can get Yellows for $13 and the Orange frequently goes on sale for $8 as an add-on item, which is a steal for this ball.  Walmart and Kmart stock the 50 as well for about $14.  I like both the yellow and orange for high vis balls.  Seen some complaints about the 50 yellow color but it doesn't bother me one bit.  YMMV

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 11:16 AM

Top Flite D2 Straight does a solid impersonnation of the E6 and run about 80 cents per ball.  It has changed my opinion of what a Top Flite can be.

Wilson 50 Elite and Duo are damn good balls too.  You should be able to find some deals on bulk Duo's where they're about 90 cents per ball.

Edited by lspky_muskie, 05 September 2017 - 07:08 PM.


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Posted 05 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

Another vote for Wilson 50 elite. Pretty good ball, and at the price point, it won't make you tear up to put one in the lake.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 02:39 PM

Geeze, don't overthink it.

Get yourself a s*** ton of used Callaway Supersofts and call it a day. ~$.50 a ball on the Bay.

You'll like the softness on misshits.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:43 PM

As a beginner the ball shouldn't matter much. Just buy whatever's on sale at the store that claims to be soft. Should do the job fine


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:29 AM

I still can't find a better all-around ball than the Gamer Soft. Three piece, non-urethane. Long as anything, great feel, medium spin on irons, low spin off the driver. Play whatever gets you to Black Friday and then you should be able to load up when Dick's and/or Golf Galaxy offer them for $10 a dozen plus free shipping. This ball flat out performs.

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

I second the Gamer Soft.  If you want something a touch softer the Maxfli Softfli at $25/2 Dozen is a good choice.  I have never tried used golf balls but that is another option.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 12:31 PM

Get the ball at the price you feel comfortable with, and don't pass up any balls you find on the course!

I still follow that advice and take the junkers to the range once I accumulate a decent amount.

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:44 PM

Cheapest balls you can find. Until you can see a difference from 120yds and in with different balls you don't have the game for a 3- or 4-piece ball.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:10 PM

Skip all that .......Snell MTB!  treat yourself


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 08:14 PM

Another yes for the Wilson 50 Elite. That's an interesting, inexpensive ball. I suggested the Taylormade Distance+ because it fits a formula I like for beginners: fairly soft+ionimer cover. Some here say the ball doesn't matter regarding curvature. I say "malarkey" to that. I remember when I was pretty new to the game a put a couple ballata balls in my bag and tried to play them. It was hilarious. Softer, stickier balls are more reactive to a marginal swing. I've learned all that the hard way...haha.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:38 AM

View PostNJpatbee, on 06 September 2017 - 10:10 AM, said:

I second the Gamer Soft.  If you want something a touch softer the Maxfli Softfli at $25/2 Dozen is a good choice.  I have never tried used golf balls but that is another option.

+ 1 for the GamerSoft. The white is nice. Not sure why they chose blue over yellow. The blue is hard to see. But, I suspect a fun color for others. Not a fan of the Softfli. Too soft.

Edited by Tanner25, 08 September 2017 - 05:39 AM.


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:44 AM

There's a Q&A video with Dean Snell on another site that is worth the watch to help you out. While not specific to his products, I've played both the GET SUM and MTB from Snell and they are awesome.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:38 AM

Titleist Pro V1s. Make an investment in your game.

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:51 AM

View PostJPW75, on 05 September 2017 - 10:10 AM, said:

Dicks Sporting Goods has some really good deals on balls for the budget minded person.  Free shipping on orders over $25 if you don't have one local to you.

Top Flight D2+ Distance 30 balls for $25 (Can get in Yellow)
Top Flight Gamer/Gamer Soft 24 balls for $30 or 36 balls for $40 (Can get Gamer in Yellow and Gamer Soft in Blue)
Top Flight Gamer Tour 24 balls for $35
Maxfli U6 Tour/Tour Soft 24 balls for $30
Top Flight Bomb 48 balls for $35 (24 pack BOGO, can get in Yellow)
Slazenger Raw series 36 balls for $25

I have played the Gamer Tour and it's pretty solid for a budget urethane 3 piece.  Been wanting to try the Maxfli U6 Tour Soft (I'm pretty stocked up right now on balls), but it's a 6 piece urethane.

Wilson 50's are awesome and if you have Amazon Prime you can get Yellows for $13 and the Orange frequently goes on sale for $8 as an add-on item, which is a steal for this ball.  Walmart and Kmart stock the 50 as well for about $14.  I like both the yellow and orange for high vis balls.  Seen some complaints about the 50 yellow color but it doesn't bother me one bit.  YMMV

Good luck!
This is some good advice.


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 02:54 PM

What are people's thoughts about recycled balls like from golfballplanet and other websites like that?

I used them last year and they obviously have different grading systems, but when you can get a dozen ProV1/Xs for $12-24 us and something like the Supersofts for $8-13 us per, is it a viable option? They also have larger bulk options like 25-50-100 ball specials.

I lost a lot of balls the in 2015 and 2016, probably upwards of 200-250. I was purchasing cheap new balls that were around $25 CDN per dozen and it would suck to lose almost that many in a round. That's when I made the switch to recycled balls until I got it under control. Only lose about a ball or two a round now and have switched to new balls.

Anyways, what are your thoughts about suggesting that to beginners? Because i have been suggesting that to my friends and would like a second opinion.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:00 PM

The Wilson Duo and the Callaway Supersoft are great golf balls, designed to promote a longer, straighter flight (no guarantee, remember),  and can be had at a good price. There might be a dozen others, those two are just favorites of mine.

The best thing you can do is pick one, buy a bunch, and stick to em. Give yourself as much consistency (in your equipment) as you can so you can focus on your swing!
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:42 PM

I may be in the minority but consider the used "play it again" pouch at Wal Mart. 48 balls for like $15.

The first few months I played golf I would lose multiple balls per hole sometimes. It can get pricey.

As you are so new I'm not sure new balls even matter.
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:53 PM

View PostMooJersey, on 20 September 2017 - 05:42 PM, said:

I may be in the minority but consider the used "play it again" pouch at Wal Mart. 48 balls for like $15.

The first few months I played golf I would lose multiple balls per hole sometimes. It can get pricey.

As you are so new I'm not sure new balls even matter.

nothing more frustrating to me when I was brand new than losing a brand new ball off the first tee. Regardless of how it was lost - tall grass, OB, hazard...whatever. Using used balls got me to be much less concerned and was able to think of something else besides..."oh man I hope I don't lose this ball" on the first tee. Losing balls still irk me but to a lesser degree, and they last more than one hit now. lol!
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Posted 20 September 2017 - 05:53 PM

View PostBeerPerHole, on 04 September 2017 - 08:59 PM, said:

For a beginner, cheap...Taylormade distance+, or Snell Get Sum (not necessarily "cheap"). Just one man's opinion.

RB has 6 dozen Get Sum's for 85 bucks.. so less than 15 per dozen.


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