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#1 Jamie4127

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 12:04 PM

I'm debating on if I should  switch to new balls. I'm still fairly new to the game but playing 2-3 times a month and have yet to break a 100. My best game was a couple weeks ago I shot a 102 on a fairly challenging course.

Maybe my question is when do you switch from reloads to a more premium/new ball?

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 12:57 PM

As long as they are still in "like new" condition I have no problem playing used balls. They're all used after the first hit anyway and you can get some great deals on like new premium used balls.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 01:16 PM

If you are losing a lot of balls then stick with the reloads unless you can get the new balls on deal. Unless of course money is no object?

I stopped using reloads as they seemed to get so beat up after just a round of use. New balls I can usually get 3 or 5 rounds out of before they starting looking like some of the reloads after just 1 round. YMMV and it may depend on where you buy them from.

Another thing you might consider is X-Outs rather than reloads but either way new, reloads, x-outs you probably won't see any difference in scoring.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 01:44 PM

What I sometimes do is if I'm playing a hole with no water and fairly open I use a premium/new ball. Holes with water/brush around I use my reloads. I do get messed with my friends for doing that...

I did find at academy Bridgestone extra soft 12 pack at academy for $16.97. Anyone try these?
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Posted 04 October 2017 - 02:14 PM

Depends on where you're giving up strokes and how many balls you lose in a round.  If you have a great swing and pretty much always hit the ball where you want it to go and rarely lose balls, but are terrible with your short game, then yes, buy better balls and play them.

However, if you're like most players struggling to break 100 (or even 90), you're probably hitting the ball all over the place and losing a lot of them.  

Until you're regularly playing better than bogey golf and/or only losing 2-3 balls per round max, find a ball you like the feel of at a price where you don't mind losing it as much, and play that ball always.  I don't think at your (my) level we're getting much benefit from a premium ball.  I buy the Wilson Smart Cores at ~$0.64 a piece at Walmart.  I think they feel and sound fine off the club face, including the putter.  I'm starting to break into the 80's more regularly and only losing 1-2 balls per round (sometimes none), and am just now starting to experiment with "better" balls (still keeping them under $1 each buying them on sale).


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 05:56 PM

I play used balls all the time and I'm a fair golfer. I get them from www.golfballsdirect.com, but there are several other sites that sell them equally as cheap. I typically go for the AAAA balls instead of the AAAAA ones as they look pretty new to me. Every once in a while you will get a clunker that wont perform as well as new, but those are rare.

Stay away from refinished balls. They look pretty and brand new, but under that fresh coat of paint they may be faded and ugly.
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Posted 04 October 2017 - 05:57 PM

I was using reloads, I thought they were a great deal when I was losing a ton of balls.
Now that i typically use the same ball the entire round, i've switched to new balls.

See what fits your budget. Can you afford to lose an X amount of balls per round?

I started losing less balls before using new balls, not the other way around.
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Posted 04 October 2017 - 06:16 PM

OP, don't take this the wrong way, but at this point in your game the ball isn't making as much difference as you might think. For under $20 you can get brand new ones at Walmart that will fit your bill nicely, allow you to relax and enjoy knowing you aren't losing expensive balls, and as you improve you can buy better ones.

To this day, and right now I am a 5.9, I keep my premium "tourney balls" that I only put in the bag when it is game time and I need to be 100% sure of the tools I am using. And I have lots of others in my ball closet - different brands I am messing with, boxes I won in drawings and such, some I bought on sale because I cannot pass up a bargain, and even a box of them I found that I use as shags now and then.
For fun in the beginning of the summer I bought a new dozen of Top Flites at Walmart - the wife took me grocery shopping and I saw them on sale; a box of 15 of them for like $12. I took them out and, other than feeling harder than I am used to (a lot), they weren't too bad at all. Durable, great distance, and sank into the pond at about the same speed as a Chrome Soft.

Hope this helps.

Used balls (Mint) are OFTEN my tourney grade by the way. But in your case for the same price as some Mint premiums you can probably double the number of balls you can purchase and end up with new if you look around a bit.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 06:19 PM

2-3 Times a month?

I thought you were talking shotgun reloads when I saw the title.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 05:22 AM

never play recycled or refurbished golf balls


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:41 AM

If you are struggling to break 100 and using premium balls by all means go with used (not refurbished) balls.  There are quite a few inexpensive new balls that are very playable and well under $20/dozen.  I would take a look at the Maxfli Softfli (2 dozen/$25), Gamer Soft (2 dozen $30) and similar balls that accommodate the majority of golfers' games.   Many good choices available (Pinnacle, Bridgestone Soft, TF DT Feel, etc.).

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 10:31 AM

I normally shoot 75 to 85. (9 handicap) and still pull out that used slightly scuffed ball for the water holes.  Still hate losing a new one.  If I make a birdie I will keep the old ball in play or switch to a nice new one on a more open hole.  

Sometimes you can get some 'duds' with refurbished or used.  But usually good quality used is as good as new.  There are also new stock that costs less than used.

I believe if you can't break 100 or 90 with a pinnacle or TF XL it won't happen with a premium type either.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 12:18 PM

View PostNJpatbee, on 05 October 2017 - 09:41 AM, said:

If you are struggling to break 100 and using premium balls by all means go with used (not refurbished) balls.  There are quite a few inexpensive new balls that are very playable and well under $20/dozen.  I would take a look at the Maxfli Softfli (2 dozen/$25), Gamer Soft (2 dozen $30) and similar balls that accommodate the majority of golfers' games.   Many good choices available (Pinnacle, Bridgestone Soft, TF DT Feel, etc.).

why did you differentiate used vs refurbished?
Is there a  huge difference? What are places like lostgolfballs doing?
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 12:09 PM

View Postleopoldstotch, on 05 October 2017 - 12:18 PM, said:

View PostNJpatbee, on 05 October 2017 - 09:41 AM, said:

If you are struggling to break 100 and using premium balls by all means go with used (not refurbished) balls.  There are quite a few inexpensive new balls that are very playable and well under $20/dozen.  I would take a look at the Maxfli Softfli (2 dozen/$25), Gamer Soft (2 dozen $30) and similar balls that accommodate the majority of golfers' games.   Many good choices available (Pinnacle, Bridgestone Soft, TF DT Feel, etc.).

why did you differentiate used vs refurbished?
Is there a  huge difference? What are places like lostgolfballs doing?

There are basically 2 types of used balls you can purchase - refinished (suggest you stay away from as they are painted to look like new ) or recycled (which are washed clean) and these are the one to purchase either in AAAA or AAAAA condition. Lostgolfballs. com sell both types.
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Posted 06 October 2017 - 12:27 PM

View PostJamie4127, on 04 October 2017 - 12:04 PM, said:

I'm debating on if I should  switch to new balls. I'm still fairly new to the game but playing 2-3 times a month and have yet to break a 100. My best game was a couple weeks ago I shot a 102 on a fairly challenging course.

Maybe my question is when do you switch from reloads to a more premium/new ball?

Suggest you check out Dick's Sporting Goods on line, Go with a new topflite or maxfli ball as they are selling for as low as $8.00 / dozen.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 12:32 PM

I have ordered some used 5A condition balls in the past.  They worked fine, but I would only use them to fill a shag bag.  There are too many new balls that are priced low to worry about used.

Propman's suggestion is spot on.  The Dick's branded balls can be had cheap.  We are getting close to the Christmas sales next month which is a great way to stock up on Dick's/Golf Galaxy exclusives if you like them.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 04:27 PM

If you are playing a competition round, new balls. Non comp, reloads. Not much difference in a new ball after 2 holes and a reload, I just get a psychological edge from new balls in competition. Helps me switch into game mode.

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