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#1 RPryor

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 10:44 PM

I once read here that you should use the same ball throughout your round. Whatís the reasoning behind it? Iíve been losing too many premium balls recently with my driver and considering driving with found balls and switching them to premiums on my approach. These are practice rounds obviously.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:18 PM

Unless there is a Condition of Competition (which doesn't seem to apply to you here), you can change balls after the completion of a hole.  During the play of a hole, you can't substitute another ball unless permitted under the Rules (i.e. you lose a ball).

That means if you get to a hole where you fear that you will lose it during the hole, you can tee it up with your least favourite ball so you don't sacrifice  a nice ProV1.
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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:33 PM

Why did this get moved to golf rules? My question is not wether this is legal or not, which obviously it isn’t, it has to do with factors regarding playing same specific ball (prov1, chrome soft, etc) throughout the round. Please move it back to where it was,

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:40 PM

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:33 PM, said:

Why did this get moved to golf rules? My question is not wether this is legal or not, which obviously it isn’t, it has to do with factors regarding playing same specific ball (prov1, chrome soft, etc) throughout the round. Please move it back to where it was,

Are you talking about balls from a performance perspective?  If so, changing balls will change the performance characteristics obviously.  Long story short, ball flight, spin, wind impact, trajectory would all be different from ball to ball but that is really specific and you would need to be impacting the ball consistently to even notice that.

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:45 PM

Yeah the post seemed to imply that if you started a round with a prov1x you shouldn’t switch to a top flight. My question is, does this really matter if you’re playing the same ball on all your shots except the driver. I hate losing a $3 ball on the driver because i’m WorkIng on my swing. I don’t lose balls on approach shots.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:46 PM

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:33 PM, said:

Why did this get moved to golf rules? My question is not wether this is legal or not, which obviously it isn’t, it has to do with factors regarding playing same specific ball (prov1, chrome soft, etc) throughout the round. Please move it back to where it was,

Don't really understand your question.  If you don't play by the rules, then you can do whatever you want, with whatever equipment you like and find makes a difference

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:51 PM

It's fun to test and compare balls.     If you compete, it might help to play the same ball regularly, to have confidence with how
it performs.

On practice rounds, it makes sense to conserve your best golf balls and drive with cheap distance balls and approach with your
premium balls.

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:52 PM

View PostCwebb, on 20 November 2017 - 11:46 PM, said:

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:33 PM, said:

Why did this get moved to golf rules? My question is not wether this is legal or not, which obviously it isn’t, it has to do with factors regarding playing same specific ball (prov1, chrome soft, etc) throughout the round. Please move it back to where it was,

Don't really understand your question.  If you don't play by the rules, then you can do whatever you want, with whatever equipment you like and find makes a difference

Ugh, this has nothing to do with rules. Someone moved the thread to rules because he didn’t read my post. If you see original post I mention this isn’t really legal. You’ve never switched balls on the fairway or green to chip/putt with a prov? Jesus!

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 12:09 AM

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:52 PM, said:

View PostCwebb, on 20 November 2017 - 11:46 PM, said:

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:33 PM, said:

Why did this get moved to golf rules? My question is not wether this is legal or not, which obviously it isn’t, it has to do with factors regarding playing same specific ball (prov1, chrome soft, etc) throughout the round. Please move it back to where it was,

Don't really understand your question.  If you don't play by the rules, then you can do whatever you want, with whatever equipment you like and find makes a difference

Ugh, this has nothing to do with rules. Someone moved the thread to rules because he didn’t read my post. If you see original post I mention this isn’t really legal. You’ve never switched balls on the fairway or green to chip/putt with a prov? Jesus!

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Yes, many of us have practiced that way.  What is your question?  Are you just wondering if others have done this?  Yes, we have...just not in "real rounds"

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 12:58 AM

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:52 PM, said:


If you see original post I mention this isnít really legal. Youíve never switched balls on the fairway or green to chip/putt with a prov? Jesus!

Thx Art

You can switch balls during a round unless the CoC says otherwise. Which is only pro and high-end amateur events. You can legally substitute a different type of ball during the play of a hole when a substitution is allowed.

To play with a ďputting ballĒ, where you make an illegal substitution after getting to the green? Not legal at all. And no, Iíve never done it.

When I test balls I do it during a practice session. When Iím on the course, Iím playing golf by the rules. In the very small percentage of the time I play a course by myself, itís a practice round so I do whatever Iíd like as itís not being posted anyway. More often than not though, even alone, I play a round of golf by all the rules.

Itís the beauty of the game to me. I can play a ďreal roundĒ of golf every time out. With people or not. And the rounds are all comparable if played by the same rules.


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 05:07 AM

At the range you get a bucket of range balls- no help whatsoever. WRX as we know is fabulous, so when you read about the golf balls others use it can get you interested. But the only way to try any of them yourself is to play them. So a practice round becomes the best way. I've found by 'mixing' which is one way to put it I suppose is a good method. You can compare a couple of brands or more for several holes, same course, same day, same conditions easier than you can if you just play one ball and play again another day, then say one ball is better than the other.
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Posted 21 November 2017 - 05:54 AM

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 10:44 PM, said:

I once read here that you should use the same ball throughout your round. What's the reasoning behind it? I've been losing too many premium balls recently with my driver and considering driving with found balls and switching them to premiums on my approach. These are practice rounds obviously.

To answer the actual question that you have asked, the reasoning behind using the same ball for everything is so that you become familiar with what it is going to do and how it plays. It is probably more of an issue around the green than it is with driving these days but that is aimed at people who are going to be practicing and then playing in competitions. For example, if you are going to play in a competition it makes sense to be familiar with the ball that you are using, how it is going to spin, etc, if you were chopping and changing all of the time, it would be harder to become familiar with it.

In a practice round, there is no problem doing what you are doing but as others have said, in competition, there would be. If you start a hole with a ball, unless you lose it or damage it, then you need to finish the hole with that ball.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:41 AM

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:45 PM, said:

Yeah the post seemed to imply that if you started a round with a prov1x you shouldn’t switch to a top flight. My question is, does this really matter if you’re playing the same ball on all your shots except the driver. I hate losing a $3 ball on the driver because i’m WorkIng on my swing. I don’t lose balls on approach shots.

I'm not sure why people are struggling with understanding the question. If you are losing your premium balls on your drives then by all means switch back and forth. Just be sure to play your premiums balls on your approach shots and ALWAYS on pitches, chips and putting. You need to be intimately familiar with how the ball reacts in those circumstances.

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:51 AM

Most rounds I switch balls a lot, just because it's fun to try new ones. In competition I typically use a ProV1

But not uncommon in a fun round to play 3 holes and switch to a totally different ball
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Posted 21 November 2017 - 09:13 AM

It matters when you get on the green.

If you know the firmness and a particular ball's response off the putter...it makes sense to stick with that ball.

The difference between a Prov1x and...say...a Wilson Duo...off the putter...is night and day.

On the green...if I hit a Wilson Duo with the same putter force as I do a Prov1x...I'll blast the Duo way past the hole.


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 10:32 AM

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 10:44 PM, said:

I once read here that you should use the same ball throughout your round. What's the reasoning behind it? I've been losing too many premium balls recently with my driver and considering driving with found balls and switching them to premiums on my approach. These are practice rounds obviously.
You worded your question poorly which is why you got the responses you got.

You had bad information about using the same ball throughout the round as that isn't a Rule.  So the question you asked wasn't really valid, but we gave you the only response that was correct regarding play.

Play what you like off the tee and if you feel like replacing it with a better ball for the approach - go ahead.  It's not a big deal.  Lots of people do it and I will do it in the fall when there are lots of leaves down and I really don't like losing $5 balls because it's under a leaf.  The game is supposed to be fun so do whatever makes it fun.
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Posted 21 November 2017 - 11:28 AM

I know a guy who switches to a yellow ball on the hole that parallels the range as he often pushes his drive near it. Makes it easy to spot amongst the range balls.

I don’t typically lose a lot of balls, but when I do it’s usually a brand new premium ball that I just put in play. I can play with a crappy ball forever.
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Posted 23 November 2017 - 07:09 AM

The only issue I see is that switching out your ball on the fairway changes the lie. Not a rules thing but if you're practicing hitting the ball as it lies you undermine that a bit.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 07:19 AM

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:52 PM, said:

View PostCwebb, on 20 November 2017 - 11:46 PM, said:

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 11:33 PM, said:

Why did this get moved to golf rules? My question is not wether this is legal or not, which obviously it isn’t, it has to do with factors regarding playing same specific ball (prov1, chrome soft, etc) throughout the round. Please move it back to where it was,

Don't really understand your question.  If you don't play by the rules, then you can do whatever you want, with whatever equipment you like and find makes a difference

Ugh, this has nothing to do with rules. Someone moved the thread to rules because he didn’t read my post. If you see original post I mention this isn’t really legal. You’ve never switched balls on the fairway or green to chip/putt with a prov? Jesus!

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 09:04 AM

I try to use the same model for a round. I get used to the feel/reaction of the same ball. Especially 100 yards and in. Some models-ball to ball feels different. Isn't that why titleist sells so well. Quality control. Been playing the wilson duo the past year. Feels consistent to me.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 12:25 PM

View PostMattyO1984, on 21 November 2017 - 05:54 AM, said:

View PostRPryor, on 20 November 2017 - 10:44 PM, said:

I once read here that you should use the same ball throughout your round. What's the reasoning behind it? I've been losing too many premium balls recently with my driver and considering driving with found balls and switching them to premiums on my approach. These are practice rounds obviously.

To answer the actual question that you have asked, the reasoning behind using the same ball for everything is so that you become familiar with what it is going to do and how it plays. It is probably more of an issue around the green than it is with driving these days but that is aimed at people who are going to be practicing and then playing in competitions. For example, if you are going to play in a competition it makes sense to be familiar with the ball that you are using, how it is going to spin, etc, if you were chopping and changing all of the time, it would be harder to become familiar with it.

In a practice round, there is no problem doing what you are doing but as others have said, in competition, there would be. If you start a hole with a ball, unless you lose it or damage it, then you need to finish the hole with that ball.

Yes this is why they say you should play the same ball throughout the round, for consistency and feel so it is the same for the whole round.  Otherwise you round could suffer!  :)

Personally I think that if you can't afford to lose a Pro V or two or three during a round, then you shouldn't be playing them or you are paying to much for them.  You should never go into a round with only 2 Pro V's in your bag and 10 Pinnacle's or Topflite's!  I have a buddy that does this and it drives me nuts.  If he hits a bad shot and loses his Pro V, then he will pull out a "cheap" ball to play the rest of the round with or until he thinks he is hitting better and then he may switch back to a Pro V at least until anther bad shot happens.

I play the Chrome Soft's but I don't spend $40 a dozen on them and sometimes I may lose like 3 balls in a round.  This is rare for me but it does happen and the norm is one as I always have one bad shot that costs me a ball.  Now I am not saying I have only one bad shot but only one bad shot that costs me a ball.  I also don't spend time looking.  I go to where it was lost, take a quick look and move on!

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 01:09 PM

So if you're on Hole 1, you driver say a Laddie Precept or a Top Flite. You kept it in play somehow and because you're not in competition, you pick up and drop a ProV1 (garbage) and finish the hole out. Same thing next couple holes.

I won't lie, I've done this. Should you do it? Whatever. Just get better with your driver and hit more fairways. I know, easier said than done, but, that's the only way you can mitigate this problem. Or, you can just use a better club off the box. Going shorter isn't always worse. Look at Coach Lockey on Crossfields channel. The guy hits 3 / 4 iron off the box a ton and is a great player. He rarely misses hard enough to lose a ball.

Maybe just don't use such an expensive ball. I won't care as much dropping a Top Flite in the woods when they're 30 - 50 cents a ball compared to a TP5 etc. etc.

Hope that helps man. And if you play with people that care that so much about you swapping a ball, then ditch them and play your own game.
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Posted 23 November 2017 - 04:49 PM

Just buy some Top Flight Gamer Tours (3 dozen for $45 for Black Friday) and try that for a while. You get a 3 pc ball with a quality urethane cover. You will not feel so bad losing a few in a round if they are just over a $1 ea.
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