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#1 ImChrisBosh

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 03:05 PM

I've heard they're just the same as the regular new balls, only with minor cosmetic blemishes and "Practice" stamped on them. Anyone had any experiences with playing Practice balls? Thinking of picking some up!


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:07 PM

Go for it.  I used to pick up the Practice Pro V's and had good luck with them.  They are a great way to save money during casual rounds.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:09 PM

 ImChrisBosh, on 07 October 2017 - 03:05 PM, said:

I've heard they're just the same as the regular new balls, only with minor cosmetic blemishes and "Practice" stamped on them. Anyone had any experiences with playing Practice balls? Thinking of picking some up!

Dunhams in my area has RZN Platinum Tour Practice balls for $8 per dozen in baggies.  Great balls!
They who are enamoured of practice
without knowledge are like the mariner
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Posted 07 October 2017 - 07:58 PM

From what I understand they are the same ball only in cheaper packing.  It gives the company a way to move balls at a  lower price without breaking agreements with wholesalers and retailers.  I could be wrong but that is what I have read. They are not X outs, practice balls are legal in tournaments X outs are not.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 10:44 PM

Same balls but with minor cosmetic blemishes and/or doesn’t meet manufacturing tolerances for quality.  Basically instead of throwing them away they sell them for a cheaper price to still make profit but they in theory won’t perform as consistently as the non practice balls.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 10:47 PM

 deetsal, on 07 October 2017 - 07:58 PM, said:

They are not X outs, practice balls are legal in tournaments X outs are not.
Actually X-Out balls are legal in tournaments under certain circumstances.

https://www.usga.org...AQidx=16&Rule=5

Rule 5-1

Status of "X-Out" and "Practice" Balls

Q.May I use an "x-out" ball or a ball stamped with "Practice" to play a round of golf?

A.Our present policy provides that if the List of Conforming Golf Balls or the One Ball Condition is in effect, a practice or logo ball may be used provided the other markings on the ball (i.e., pole and seam) correspond exactly to a ball listing on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls. Balls labeled with “PRACTICE” or a circled “P”, are essentially treated as a logo ball (such as a Mickey Mouse emblem). A player's name stamped on the ball is also acceptable. However, the original ball markings (i.e., pole and seam markings) must be readable in order for a Rules Official to determine whether that ball is on the List of Conforming Golf Balls. X-Out balls are not permitted to be used in any competition in which the List of Conforming Golf Balls or the One Ball Condition is in effect. However, if neither of these Conditions are in effect, X-Out balls may be used because all balls are presumed to conform unless they have been tested and found not to conform or are obviously non-conforming (e.g., too small or too heavy). (See Decisions 5-1/4).


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 12:31 AM

I used to play with them all the time......will play with them again if I need to.
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 03:59 PM

Awesome, thanks for the input everyone, gonna buy me some practice balls hah

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:15 PM

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.
I’m still living off of that deal. Got 7 dozen left.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 06:24 PM

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.
I'm still living off of that deal. Got 7 dozen left.

How many dz did you get...

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:25 PM

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:24 PM, said:

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.
I'm still living off of that deal. Got 7 dozen left.

How many dz did you get...
21 but I purchased 7 “dozen”.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:30 PM

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 07:25 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:24 PM, said:

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.
I'm still living off of that deal. Got 7 dozen left.

How many dz did you get...
21 but I purchased 7 "dozen".

That's awesome...a bit jealous.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:51 PM

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 07:30 PM, said:

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 07:25 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:24 PM, said:

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 06:15 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.
I'm still living off of that deal. Got 7 dozen left.

How many dz did you get...
21 but I purchased 7 "dozen".

That's awesome...a bit jealous.
Pretty sure you had the market cornered on KSigs, so you aren’t doing that bad either!

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:54 PM

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 07:51 PM, said:


Pretty sure you had the market cornered on KSigs, so you aren't doing that bad either!

I bought 10/30 dozen of the Lethal's and sent a bunch off to people who didn't have access to them.  Have done the same with the KSigs.  Really liked the Lethal ball though!


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 08:25 PM

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 07:54 PM, said:

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 07:51 PM, said:


Pretty sure you had the market cornered on KSigs, so you aren't doing that bad either!

I bought 10/30 dozen of the Lethal's and sent a bunch off to people who didn't have access to them.  Have done the same with the KSigs.  Really liked the Lethal ball though!
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 08:26 PM

They are best suited for practice

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 08:28 PM

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 08:25 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 07:54 PM, said:

 jdmorris1980, on 08 October 2017 - 07:51 PM, said:

Pretty sure you had the market cornered on KSigs, so you aren't doing that bad either!

I bought 10/30 dozen of the Lethal's and sent a bunch off to people who didn't have access to them.  Have done the same with the KSigs.  Really liked the Lethal ball though!
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:20 PM

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.

I still have 3 dozen left from that deal!  Best deal of all time for me.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:48 PM

Has anybody been to Dunham's lately to get the Nike Rzn tour platinums? The store by me always rang up at 14.99 a dozen


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:47 PM

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.

Can that deal still be had or was it done along time ago?  I was looking to try those awhile ago but never found any at a good price like that so didn't buy any!

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 05:20 PM

 moledaxson57, on 09 October 2017 - 03:48 PM, said:

Has anybody been to Dunham's lately to get the Nike Rzn tour platinums? The store by me always rang up at 14.99 a dozen

Still some 'Sconnie stores ringing up at $7.99 per dozen.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 06:57 PM

 lil, on 09 October 2017 - 04:47 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.

Can that deal still be had or was it done along time ago?  I was looking to try those awhile ago but never found any at a good price like that so didn't buy any!
  I think the most recent version of this deal is the RBZ Urethane Practice.   Check rockbottomgolf.com
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:21 PM

 ImChrisBosh, on 07 October 2017 - 03:05 PM, said:

I've heard they're just the same as the regular new balls, only with minor cosmetic blemishes and "Practice" stamped on them. Anyone had any experiences with playing Practice balls? Thinking of picking some up!
Practice? We're talkin' about practice ? Not the game, practice ? Come on, man! :taunt:

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:23 AM

 lil, on 09 October 2017 - 04:47 PM, said:

 DavePelz4, on 08 October 2017 - 06:10 PM, said:

All time best deal, ever.  Taylor Made Lethals stamped PRACTICE, 3 dozen for $9.99/dozen. About $.25/ball.

Can that deal still be had or was it done along time ago?  I was looking to try those awhile ago but never found any at a good price like that so didn't buy any!

It was a couple of years ago on Woot.  It flashed twice and was gone.  They had 2 dozen balls basically taped together and they counted it as 1 SKU which is why you got 3 dozen balls for $9.99.


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:51 AM

As I was told a few years ago by the head golf professional @ Southern Hills CC when I asked the "difference between Practice vs. the real Pro V1?". "If you can tell the difference you'd be getting them for free."
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:31 AM

 nitram, on 10 October 2017 - 10:51 AM, said:

As I was told a few years ago by the head golf professional @ Southern Hills CC when I asked the "difference between Practice vs. the real Pro V1?". "If you can tell the difference you'd be getting them for free."
Isn't that the Gods honest truth...

I play and practice with my gamer, but I have the luxury of buying them 10 dozen at a time. Always have a lot of golf balls. :)

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 12:15 AM

Played a match this weekend. I found a pro v1 in good shape the day before and figured id play it. Previous owner had a big sharpie alignment line on it and halfway through the match it wore off and read PRACTICE. Played no different.

Whats everyone do for practice balls in shag tubes? Just throw the old gamers in when they get beat? Use cheaper balls? Obviously would want similar feel and distance for short game. Mines all old tour balls from various companys.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 11:38 PM

Found 50 practice ProV1s for $25, feel the same as regular ProVs

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 12:11 AM

 ImChrisBosh, on 19 October 2017 - 11:38 PM, said:

Found 50 practice ProV1s for $25, feel the same as regular ProVs

I would play them for that price!  lol

I have played the Nike RZN Tour Platinum Practice ball from Dunham's every now and then.  Seems like very good ball to me and I ended up hooking up some guys on here with like 5 dozen each when they were selling them for $7.99 a dozen.

Now even though they are not a practice ball, I wish someone would hook me up with some K-Sig's to try without trying to get Ebay pricing from me!


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