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#1 zebra2955

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 01:33 PM

So I am watching Shells wonderful World of Golf. It's an old match between Arnold Palmer and Julios Boris. They say Palmer is playing the larger American ball and Boris is playing he smaller European ball.

What was the difference between these balls and is there a difference nowadays?

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:26 PM

A couple of interesting links

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:37 PM

It was thought at the time that the smaller ball cut through the air better so it went longer.  Maybe it was actually proven, I'm not sure.  I assume this is the match from the Bahamas.  I'm guessing that the Bahamas at the time were under the R&A rules, as the smaller ball was not legal under USGA rules at the time.  As was explained in the articles provided by dbdors, the size of the ball was unified in 1990.

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 05:26 PM

British ball was 1.62 inches. US 1.68. I  believe Hogan used a 1.62 to win at Carnoustie in 1953.

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 06:42 PM

You could certainly get the "British" ball here in the U.S. I remeber playing the Penfold which came in the four suits of cards.


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 06:49 PM

View Postphil75070, on 02 January 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

You could certainly get the "British" ball here in the U.S. I remeber playing the Penfold which came in the four suits of cards.
I remember seeing those too, or at least finding find a few on the course.  At that time, though, I wasn't good enough to tell any difference.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:47 PM

View Postdavep043, on 02 January 2018 - 06:49 PM, said:

View Postphil75070, on 02 January 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

You could certainly get the "British" ball here in the U.S. I remeber playing the Penfold which came in the four suits of cards.
I remember seeing those too, or at least finding find a few on the course.  At that time, though, I wasn't good enough to tell any difference.
I can.  I can have someone tee up different balls while I’m blindfolded and can tell the size, weight, cover type, layers and even the number of dimples (by the sound it makes going through the air as it leaves the tee) the ball has.  It’s not a gift. This ability was attained after many hours of practice. ������

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 09:50 PM

View Postdavep043, on 02 January 2018 - 06:49 PM, said:

View Postphil75070, on 02 January 2018 - 06:42 PM, said:

You could certainly get the "British" ball here in the U.S. I remeber playing the Penfold which came in the four suits of cards.
I remember seeing those too, or at least finding find a few on the course.  At that time, though, I wasn't good enough to tell any difference.
I remember when I was a kid finding and playing another smaller ball called Robinhood. They were great because they were one of the few balls that didn't sting my hands with shots hit with my old rusty blades!
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Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:13 AM

I remember finding the Penfold Patented as a kid.  The Dunlop 65 was another popular, smaller ball, iirc, and a Slazenger ball would show up occasionally.

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