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#1 RPryor

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:55 PM

18 holes (if you don't lose)? Do you drive with cheap/found balls and change to premium for irons/wedges/chips/putts?

Personally I play them as long as I can. I lose them before this is even a consideration.

If I'm not playing well I drive with found balls then switch to premium balls for the approach.


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#2 18thbunker

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:38 AM

I will play with the same ball for the whole round unless I lose it or gets nasty scratches. At the end of the round, will see if the ball can still be played the next round, if so will go back to the sleeve box of new balls. Otherwise, will go to the sleeve of 'water carry' or toss it away.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:51 AM

I play a ball till I lose it. These days, trying to finish a round with the same ball is a challenge?! :(
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:58 AM

I average almost exactly one ball per round. But that means using one ball for 3-4 rounds then turning around and losing a whole sleeve in nine holes on a bad day.

Generally a ProV1x will look pretty iffy after about 72 holes or so. There are two lost-ball-magnet holes at my home course where I use a ball that already has a couple rounds on it rather than a brand hew one.

I don't use "found" balls except to hit a couple extra shots on a few holes when I'm working on my swing or something. If I'm keeping score I only use my regular new balls (currently 2017 ProV1x).
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:33 AM

I will play a ball until I lose it, and with the layout of my home course I rarely finish an entire round with 1 ball.  An occasional exception is if I find a ball that I want to try out.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:58 AM

For the most part I am able to use one ball for, maybe, more than a few rounds...
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:39 AM

Until I lose it. Then I just grab whatever out of the bag. I have a mix of balls from all the deals this year and all are similar enough that I don't even look at what it is.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:53 AM

View Post18thbunker, on 11 October 2017 - 12:38 AM, said:

I will play with the same ball for the whole round unless I lose it or gets nasty scratches. At the end of the round, will see if the ball can still be played the next round, if so will go back to the sleeve box of new balls. Otherwise, will go to the sleeve of 'water carry' or toss it away.

^^^^ This for me too!  

if it is bad, I put it back in the bag for a shag ball and then use it to either try a shot on the course I wouldn't normally try like over a hazard or water or cutting a corner hard or something like that.  If I am playing kinda bad, I may also use one for a provisional shot.

If it is okay, I will use it for the next round.  I check the ball often on the course especially if I have hit a bad shot and it bounced off a tree or two or tree limb trying to cut a corner etc.  Again if it is scuffed enough to have like spurr's or a scrap that roughs up the ball I will replace it.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:07 PM

If it makes it through 18 without getting scuffed up, it goes into the shag bag for practice.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:10 PM

until i lose it or scuff it. if i scuff it, it goes into my shag bag.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:12 PM

I usually get about 3 or 4 rounds out of a new ball (if I don't lose it) before it goes in the "practice" pocket on my bag.

During my rounds I play a new/newer, clean ball but when I go out and practice I pull the used balls out.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:49 PM

Until I lose it or it gets a nasty scratch.. but mostly due to the former lol

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 02:17 PM

I play found balls - 4A or 5A, then 3A when autumn leaves are falling, scuffs don’t bother me. Play a ball as long as it will stay with me. Throw it in the bag at the end of the round. Grab one out of the bag when I need one. Pretty sure I lose zero strokes to this practice and save mucho dollars.

Save my best balls for important tourneys.

Edited by terrell75, 11 October 2017 - 02:18 PM.


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 03:19 PM

I don't care if it looks like it's been cheese grated, I'll keep playing a ball until I lose it.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 03:26 PM

I play the same ProV1X ball until it starts looking worn or scratched, typically 4-5 rounds.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:54 PM

View Postdoublepar93, on 11 October 2017 - 03:19 PM, said:

I don't care if it looks like it's been cheese grated, I'll keep playing a ball until I lose it.

How about if the cheese grater had non-conforming grooves???
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:06 PM

I will use a ball until it hits a cart path and gets destroyed. Then I relegate it to practice net balls   But A ball will only last me a round or so before I lose it.  

I do enjoy hitting new balls though so that’s why I keep playing them
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:00 PM

I play a ball to a point to where it gets lost or there's a crack which exposes its inner layers.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:58 PM

Define a "bad scratch" or blemish...I have a bunch of golf balls that have minor minor scuffs but, I still play them. I notice extremely little difference but, I'm also not as seasoned as a lot of you.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:47 AM

Until I lose the thing... For me this season that has been at some point in every round. I don't think I have made 18 yet on a single ball. They've got the rough cut so high at my home course that you can have one hit the fairway and roll through on the right or left side just to lose the damned thing. ;)


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:44 AM

View Post_Stormin_, on 12 October 2017 - 04:47 AM, said:

Until I lose the thing... For me this season that has been at some point in every round. I don't think I have made 18 yet on a single ball. They've got the rough cut so high at my home course that you can have one hit the fairway and roll through on the right or left side just to lose the damned thing. ;)

Year ago, when I first joined, our club had a superintendent whose preference was for 3" or so of dense Bermuda rough and a separate "first cut" of an inch or so for the first couple yards off the fairway. That 3" stuff was a ball-eating nightmare come June/July/August and the members hated it. There just aren't many club-member golfers who can play out of 1-1/2" to 2" of thick Bermuda with anything other than wedge anyway. The extra length resulted in many more lost balls, time spent looking and it basically served no purpose for everyday play.

So our current guy prefers no first cut but just fairway and then rough that they cut down to 1-1/2" and then mow again when it hits about 2". You can at least find the ball once you're within 20 feet or so of it. The really deep stuff you had to practically step on the ball.

In golf terms, I'd rather have narrow fairways bordered with rough that I can find my ball than wider fairway bordered by the ball-magnet stuff. Each makes it an advantage to drive it straight but it's less of a life-or-death situation depending on miss or make. Nobody enjoys spending 30-40 minutes of every round looking for yours and your fellow players' golf balls.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 10:11 AM

I play them as long as I can until there's a pretty good scrape on it or I lose it.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:13 AM

I try to play the same ball all the way around a golf course.  If it is in good shape after that, it goes back in the bag to be used again.  I probably average 1-1/2 balls per round.

I try to play Pro V1x in the summer when it is firm.  In the spring and fall, I play NXT Tour, because the ball stops on the green anyway when they are soft.

Sometimes I play a B330 RX.  I need to try a TP5 or TP5X.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:36 AM

I generally play a ball until I lose it. If its a new ball on the first tee and it makes it through 18, I'll retire it assuming it hasn't wronged me. I lose like 1 per round or so. They don't last long enough for me to consider not using them because of wear.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:39 AM

If it gets a pretty good scrape from a tree or cart path or if I'm just kicking it around that day and decide to put the retail premium away in favor of a cheapo premium or lesser ball that I don't mind shanking off somewhere, at least until some semblance of ability shows up again.


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