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#31 Redhaze737

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 12:54 PM

I've purchased and used hundreds of 5A Pro V1x balls. I've never noticed a problem with the performance of the balls. I tried some refinished of the same model and ran into problems with bad balls doing weird and unusual things off the driver club face. Won't go with refinished ever again.


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 02:25 PM

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 11:06 AM, said:

For me i feel the used ones don't feel as good but it could be mental
I really think it's a mental thing, but if that affects you're play then it is worth to play the new ones. I'm sort of the opposite, I purchase 5 a balls from the used golf ball store close to home. I have never found one of these type all balls to have performance issues. With that in mind, I can keep my mental game in order with respect to use golf balls.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 02:49 PM

View Posthybrid25, on 06 November 2017 - 02:25 PM, said:

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 11:06 AM, said:

For me i feel the used ones don't feel as good but it could be mental
I really think it's a mental thing, but if that affects you're play then it is worth to play the new ones. I'm sort of the opposite, I purchase 5 a balls from the used golf ball store close to home. I have never found one of these type all balls to have performance issues. With that in mind, I can keep my mental game in order with respect to use golf balls.
Yeah i really can't say a used ball made my game worse tbh, really the only thing that may be in my head is off the tee with them feel not as lovely but again i can't prove it but my brain says it's not as good as the new one lol

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 02:55 PM

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 02:49 PM, said:

View Posthybrid25, on 06 November 2017 - 02:25 PM, said:

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 11:06 AM, said:

For me i feel the used ones don't feel as good but it could be mental
I really think it's a mental thing, but if that affects you're play then it is worth to play the new ones. I'm sort of the opposite, I purchase 5 a balls from the used golf ball store close to home. I have never found one of these type all balls to have performance issues. With that in mind, I can keep my mental game in order with respect to use golf balls.
Yeah i really can't say a used ball made my game worse tbh, really the only thing that may be in my head is off the tee with them feel not as lovely but again i can't prove it but my brain says it's not as good as the new one lol

I'm sort of in this boat................but also can't say I've ever hit a bad used golf ball............it's been a mental thing that I had to buy new but with many out of my price range this is about the only way I can afford to play them
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:05 PM

View Postob18, on 06 November 2017 - 02:55 PM, said:

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 02:49 PM, said:

View Posthybrid25, on 06 November 2017 - 02:25 PM, said:

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 11:06 AM, said:

For me i feel the used ones don't feel as good but it could be mental
I really think it's a mental thing, but if that affects you're play then it is worth to play the new ones. I'm sort of the opposite, I purchase 5 a balls from the used golf ball store close to home. I have never found one of these type all balls to have performance issues. With that in mind, I can keep my mental game in order with respect to use golf balls.
Yeah i really can't say a used ball made my game worse tbh, really the only thing that may be in my head is off the tee with them feel not as lovely but again i can't prove it but my brain says it's not as good as the new one lol

I'm sort of in this boat................but also can't say I've ever hit a bad used golf ball............it's been a mental thing that I had to buy new but with many out of my price range this is about the only way I can afford to play them
If you like a premium ball like the Titleist prov line, i have been quite happy with golf Galaxy maxfli u6 tour line, i wait and get the bogo $22.50  , so basically $12 bucks a dozen and for me they feel and act the same , and i know it a brand new unit ball so it takes my mental it off the used ball lol


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:52 PM

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 03:05 PM, said:

View Postob18, on 06 November 2017 - 02:55 PM, said:

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 02:49 PM, said:

View Posthybrid25, on 06 November 2017 - 02:25 PM, said:

View Postrbj69, on 06 November 2017 - 11:06 AM, said:

For me i feel the used ones don't feel as good but it could be mental
I really think it's a mental thing, but if that affects you're play then it is worth to play the new ones. I'm sort of the opposite, I purchase 5 a balls from the used golf ball store close to home. I have never found one of these type all balls to have performance issues. With that in mind, I can keep my mental game in order with respect to use golf balls.
Yeah i really can't say a used ball made my game worse tbh, really the only thing that may be in my head is off the tee with them feel not as lovely but again i can't prove it but my brain says it's not as good as the new one lol

I'm sort of in this boat................but also can't say I've ever hit a bad used golf ball............it's been a mental thing that I had to buy new but with many out of my price range this is about the only way I can afford to play them
If you like a premium ball like the Titleist prov line, i have been quite happy with golf Galaxy maxfli u6 tour line, i wait and get the bogo $22.50  , so basically $12 bucks a dozen and for me they feel and act the same , and i know it a brand new unit ball so it takes my mental it off the used ball lol

Never played it to know for sure which one would be best.........also no DSG near me stocks them on the shelves
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 04:50 PM

This thread reminds me of my brother.  He asked me to get him some 5a e6s from LGB Wwhen I was ordering a mass quantity.  When the balls arrived, I inspected all of them and they looked flawless. When I gave my brother his dozen, he (of course) found a microscopic spot on 1 of the balls.

I knew his head was spinning so I told him to mix the 5a balls with his new e6 stash.  Heard nothing further which means he found no difference  - otherwise I would have heard from him.

That mental hurdle is a tough one to conquer.
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 04:59 PM

View Postpropman, on 06 November 2017 - 04:50 PM, said:

This thread reminds me of my brother.  He asked me to get him some 5a e6s from LGB Wwhen I was ordering a mass quantity.  When the balls arrived, I inspected all of them and they looked flawless. When I gave my brother his dozen, he (of course) found a microscopic spot on 1 of the balls.

I knew his head was spinning so I told him to mix the 5a balls with his new e6 stash.  Heard nothing further which means he found no difference  - otherwise I would have heard from him.

That mental hurdle is a tough one to conquer.
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 05:17 PM

For years just play the balls I find.  That being said, I just use the premium balls because I tend to find a lot of balls at my local course.  The refurbished balls I do not use the majority of the time.  Have had several of the refurbished balls that are "dead".  Always figure this due to being in the water for awhile.  However the refinished balls tend to be OK the vast majority of the time.  Like I said, I find a lot of balls.  Been over 10 years since I last bought a golf ball.  However this season I found just a few chrome soft X's & really loved them.  Now it's winter time & I have months to think about it....so have to resist the temptation of looking at buying myself some X's for Christmas.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 07:10 PM

Check out my $500.00 driver with premium shaft. My $1000.00 set of irons. I know green fees are $120.00 these days. Heck no I won't pay full price for a golf ball! This thread is amazing to read. Personally, I'd play used clubs all day long if they were in good condition, but the ball? It is so cheap in comparison to the rest of golf, and it is the one thing that is actually doing the flying. No way do I put a used ball in play, unless it was used by me...

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 07:40 PM

View Postjslane57, on 06 November 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

Check out my $500.00 driver with premium shaft. My $1000.00 set of irons. I know green fees are $120.00 these days. Heck no I won't pay full price for a golf ball! This thread is amazing to read. Personally, I'd play used clubs all day long if they were in good condition, but the ball? It is so cheap in comparison to the rest of golf, and it is the one thing that is actually doing the flying. No way do I put a used ball in play, unless it was used by me...
  I would play used equipment if my specs supported that. Hard to find used clubs that fit 6’2” with 38” WTF
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 08:56 PM

Good condition used balls are fine. Refinished are not fine. It makes used balls worse, not better, in my opinion, even if it makes them look better superficially. Just think about how jacked up they had to be to be unsellable used and need a touchup.
I used to buy used Nike balls off of Amazon in 50 packs when I first started. Mixed pack. Got to try a bunch of different cheap balls. Was fun and liked the variety.
Nowadays have succumbed to the WRX stockpiling addiction, and have over 5 dozen new balls bought on various sales. I buy them bc I'm always enjoying the variety of different equipment. It's part of the fun for me anyway.
But the typical high grade used balls have zero wrong w them. You can tell from outward appearance how off they are or aren't. Most are pond or rough and the people who go out and find them do so on a regular basis, and it's a business. So they do it almost daily and not monthly, so the fear of. months long lake balls is unfounded.
I only once got a bad batch of preowned Titleist, and they were labeled used but came refinished, many of them discontinued models over 5 years out of production and looking ultra fresh.
So you'll know what you received. And dist ance and playability losses are in the single digit percents.
So unless you're playing for $ or a tourney or league, buy used with confidence (but not refinished).
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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:00 PM

View PostBreak81, on 06 November 2017 - 07:40 PM, said:

View Postjslane57, on 06 November 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

Check out my $500.00 driver with premium shaft. My $1000.00 set of irons. I know green fees are $120.00 these days. Heck no I won't pay full price for a golf ball! This thread is amazing to read. Personally, I'd play used clubs all day long if they were in good condition, but the ball? It is so cheap in comparison to the rest of golf, and it is the one thing that is actually doing the flying. No way do I put a used ball in play, unless it was used by me...
  I would play used equipment if my specs supported that. Hard to find used clubs that fit 6’2” with 38” WTF

I know I'm going to regret this... but what is a 38" WTF?

Edit:  two rules, cant be wrist to floor nor what the f*#!

Edited by mountaintop, 06 November 2017 - 09:02 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:09 PM

View Postmountaintop, on 06 November 2017 - 09:00 PM, said:

View PostBreak81, on 06 November 2017 - 07:40 PM, said:

View Postjslane57, on 06 November 2017 - 07:10 PM, said:

Check out my $500.00 driver with premium shaft. My $1000.00 set of irons. I know green fees are $120.00 these days. Heck no I won't pay full price for a golf ball! This thread is amazing to read. Personally, I'd play used clubs all day long if they were in good condition, but the ball? It is so cheap in comparison to the rest of golf, and it is the one thing that is actually doing the flying. No way do I put a used ball in play, unless it was used by me...
  I would play used equipment if my specs supported that. Hard to find used clubs that fit 6’2” with 38” WTF

I know I'm going to regret this... but what is a 38" WTF?

Edit:  two rules, cant be wrist to floor nor what the f*#!
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Posted 07 November 2017 - 02:50 PM

View Postcgasucks, on 04 November 2017 - 10:36 PM, said:

All the golf ammo I use in my bag are used.  I tend to play used TM tour level balls (Penta, Lethal, Tour Preferred) as they tend to be slightly cheaper than the used Pro V1s which gives me the best bang for my buck.  I really don't see a difference in distance and spin compared to a new ball.
I buy beat up used balls for cheap to use as practice balls as I want similar performance, but like you even used I steer away from ProVs as they are still 25pc more expensive. I find TM and Srixon good value used.


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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:17 AM

The reason I ask is I have tried some used Chrome soft that I have found and really like them , but the price is what's holding me back. I buy most of my golf balls at Costco and at 29.99 a double dozen makes it hard to switch, but with lostgolfballs having 4A for 11.24 and 5a for 17.99 makes me want to give them a shot.

So with what I have read in this thread I just might have to give it a go.
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:41 AM

View Postzebra2955, on 10 November 2017 - 10:17 AM, said:

The reason I ask is I have tried some used Chrome soft that I have found and really like them , but the price is what's holding me back. I buy most of my golf balls at Costco and at 29.99 a double dozen makes it hard to switch, but with lostgolfballs having 4A for 11.24 and 5a for 17.99 makes me want to give them a shot.

So with what I have read in this thread I just might have to give it a go.

Suggestion - try golf balls direct and go with the 5a ball. . if you are new buyer  they knock off 20% plus I think their shipping might be a little cheaper than LGB.

Edited by propman, 10 November 2017 - 10:42 AM.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 04:34 PM

Been playing mostly balls purchased from www.redeemedgolf.com. A grade. Super cheap.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 05:44 PM

I have gotten better from the tee which I noticed playing the same ball for at least 5-7 holes per round.  At this point of my game I still consider used (recycled) balls due to the price of new premium golf balls. I narrowed it down to my 3 go to golf balls:

1. Titleist NXT Tour
2. Srixon Q-Star Tour
3. Taylormade Project A  

I use lostgolfballs.com to get my used Mint (5A) or Refinished golf balls. Recent order was NXT Tour (Refinished) in 70 degree weather played and felt as new with little or no difference as advertised.

Hope this helps. At the end it's about your current game and what you are willing to pay for new dozens or refinished to 5A status balls.
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Posted 17 November 2017 - 12:42 PM

I find several each round.... haven't purchased a ball in years.  Many of these have been hit a couple times.... nothing better than finding a new Pro V!  I've never noticed a difference between a "new found ball" and one from a sleeve.


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 11:52 PM

View PostMetro-PA, on 17 November 2017 - 12:42 PM, said:

I find several each round.... haven't purchased a ball in years.  Many of these have been hit a couple times.... nothing better than finding a new Pro V!  I've never noticed a difference between a "new found ball" and one from a sleeve.
   Wherever you play must have a lot of rich crappy golfers.  All I usually find are  cheap 2 pc distance balls.  

   Recently I did get a stroke of luck and played a course that went through a neighborhood and on the 5th hole a guy was throwing out balls that land in his backyard back onto the fairway.  I got a one hit TP5X and 2 mint ProVs .  At least I Knew they were not water balls.
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Posted 18 November 2017 - 03:44 AM

Like many others I purchase the 5A used balls in bulk from GBD and happily play new balls I receive as gifts or win in scrambles. I, however, refuse to knowingly play “refurbished” balls.

I’m also a sucker for end of year price reductions when a new model is being released and will stock up even though the used 5As are still cheaper.  I’m perfectly happy living 1 to 2 years behind the current release cycle for balls and clubs 99% of the time.
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Posted 18 November 2017 - 02:25 PM

View PostBreak81, on 17 November 2017 - 11:52 PM, said:

View PostMetro-PA, on 17 November 2017 - 12:42 PM, said:

I find several each round.... haven't purchased a ball in years.  Many of these have been hit a couple times.... nothing better than finding a new Pro V!  I've never noticed a difference between a "new found ball" and one from a sleeve.
   Wherever you play must have a lot of rich crappy golfers.  All I usually find are  cheap 2 pc distance balls.  

   Recently I did get a stroke of luck and played a course that went through a neighborhood and on the 5th hole a guy was throwing out balls that land in his backyard back onto the fairway.  I got a one hit TP5X and 2 mint ProVs .  At least I Knew they were not water balls.

Just a local course that players tend to play pro v’s, chrome soft, some tp5’s.... I do find many cheaper balls as well.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 10:47 PM

If trying a premium ball, I buy used as my game doesn't really justify the cost of buying new. But the TopFlite Gamer seems to always be on sale for around 3 boxes for $30, which are good enough for me and readily available.

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 09:18 PM

I used to play what ever I found. Still have a five gallon bucket full in the basement. When your loosing half dozen a round free is good.
As I got better, I prefer to play the same ball most of the time. Bridgestone e6's were my ball of choice cause I could pickup 10-12 dozen over the winter for less than 15 bucks a box. I still haven't tried the new e6's but I'm looking. Then I got wind of a little known ball from Costco 17 bucks a dozen boy do those work nicely. So I'm in the new category.
Right now the shelf has K-Sig's, NXT-s, Callaway Hex-Soft's (Winter ball), Bridgestone e6.

So I'm good for the next season and then some.

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