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#1 Hehateme

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 08:50 PM

Kind of a new years resolution, gonna try to play non premium balls this year to see if they affect my overall play. Currently carrying a 2.8 hdcp and typically play premium balls only. Cheapest ball I play is the Chrome soft X and love it. Started playing the Titleist AVX two months ago and really like the way it plays as well.

So, what ball do I play? None of the "soft" balls work for me. Grabbed a sleeve of Titleist NXT's from the shop and will try them as soon as it warms up (Live in Florida). Tried the E6 line and they are okay. SO, I guess the definition of cheap would be less than $35. Oh, as well, find myself liking the yellow balls more and more, so that would be a bonus. Help a brother out-

Edited by Hehateme, 05 February 2018 - 08:15 AM.


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:38 PM

I play the Cut Blue and also love the Snell MTB. Check those out - they both have sample packs and IMHO are “good enough” around the greens and check up for my mid-cap swing.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:43 PM

Bruddah, Home Depot.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:47 PM

My idea of cheap is the $0.97 per sleeve Wilson Duo Soft that I loaded up on. I've played a few rounds with them. To say soft is an understatement. It feels like I am hitting a sponge. Putting, it feels like the cover doesn't exist and I am just putting a rubber ball. The sound at impact with the driver is like slapping a dishwashing sponge against a half-inflated innertube. It's so soft, I have to ask my playing partners if I actually hit the ball. They aren't sure.

Fortunately, I was able to give away several dozen of them.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:48 PM

View PostHehateme, on 03 January 2018 - 08:50 PM, said:

Kind of a new years resolution, gonna try to play cheap balls this year to see if they affect my overall play. Currently carrying a 2.8 hdcp and typically play premium balls only. Cheapest ball I play is the Chrome soft X and love it. Started playing the Titleist AVX two months ago and really like the way it plays as well.

So, what ball do I play? None of the "soft" balls work for me. Grabbed a sleeve of Titleist NXT's from the shop and will try them as soon as it warms up (Live in Florida). Tried the E6 line and they are okay. SO, I guess the definition of cheap would be less than $35. Oh, as well, find myself liking the yellow balls more and more, so that would be a bonus. Help a brother out-

MG4 Yellow, 20 bucks plus shipping

Edited by Tanner25, 03 January 2018 - 09:49 PM.


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 10:01 PM

View Postsharkiesj, on 03 January 2018 - 09:43 PM, said:

Bruddah, Home Depot.

Been playing them all winter.  White and round...so who cares, right?  And by accident, I've found my new scramble tee shot ball of choice.  Loaded up on 6 dozen!
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Posted 03 January 2018 - 10:10 PM

If you want cheap, good, and yellow try Srixon Z-Stars. You can find them on eBay (new) typically for around $20-22 a dozen.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 10:48 PM

recently tried a TF Gamer...yellow too....kinda impressed

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 07:36 AM

My definition of "cheap" is far different than yours LOL.

2 doz for $30 (Duo) or 3 doz for $30 (SoftFli) fits my definition. And as a 19 hdcp, those fit my game just fine.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:15 AM

found this thread, which helps

http://www.golfwrx.c...urethane-balls/

Can't play the Duo, way to soft. And Hme Depot has a golf ball? WHAT!!


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:18 AM

Just play used balls from lostgolfballs. Premium balls, 50% of the price.. No need to go buying "cheap" balls.

I think you can get barely used tP5/Prov1 for <$20 a dozen now.
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 09:48 AM

Maxfli UFli Speed. They are $34.99 normally but regularly go on sale for $25.00. Urethane cover and a great ball. Snell MTB and Get sum are perfect options too.
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:05 AM

View PostZ1ggy16, on 04 January 2018 - 08:18 AM, said:

Just play used balls from lostgolfballs. Premium balls, 50% of the price.. No need to go buying "cheap" balls.

I think you can get barely used tP5/Prov1 for <$20 a dozen now.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:21 AM

The cheap ball I have been using is the Callaway Soft or Super Soft. (the one's in the white box $20)  I like them a lot.  I tend to hit the ball with a good bit of spin anyway so I really haven't noticed any issues using it.  The course I play typically plays a little soft and receptive, but I backed an 8i up about 5 foot last week with one.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:47 AM

View PostHehateme, on 03 January 2018 - 08:50 PM, said:

Kind of a new years resolution, gonna try to play cheap balls this year to see if they affect my overall play. Currently carrying a 2.8 hdcp and typically play premium balls only. Cheapest ball I play is the Chrome soft X and love it. Started playing the Titleist AVX two months ago and really like the way it plays as well.

So, what ball do I play? None of the "soft" balls work for me. Grabbed a sleeve of Titleist NXT's from the shop and will try them as soon as it warms up (Live in Florida). Tried the E6 line and they are okay. SO, I guess the definition of cheap would be less than $35. Oh, as well, find myself liking the yellow balls more and more, so that would be a bonus. Help a brother out-

Not sure I'm following. The AVX is pretty much the most expensive golf ball currently on the market. I like it too but it's the opposite of a cheap ball.

Outside of the AVX you can find any ball you like for $35/dozen. ProV1/ProV1x are a little hard to find quite that cheap but it's possible. Any of the Bridgestone or Taylormade or Srixon or Callaway "Tour" balls can be sourced for $30/dozen or less if you're willing to shop around and you buy a model/version that's been out for at least 18 months.

Paying $25 or more a dozen or something like an e6 or NXT Tour is again, the opposite of cheap.

If I resolved to play "cheap" balls it would be whatever last-years-model urethane ball I liked best among the ones I could find on eBay for around $20/dozen. There's no need to settle for low-performance Surlyn covered balls just to save money any more, unless you'll trying to drive the price down around a dollar a ball.

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 04 January 2018 - 03:49 PM

I bought some recycled  NXTs ar Walmart the other day.
The box has a clear window and you  could  shake it around and see the balls.
I picked the best looking one.
15 balls for $9.95.
All, but 3, were in 5A condition.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 03:57 PM

If you're not going for urethane cover, try the TopFlite Gamer

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 04:57 PM

Maybe I should have titled this thread "Non premium ball" rather than cheap ball. There seems to be different opinions on what cheap is

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 06:25 PM

Well “premium” doesn’t exactly have a standard meaning either. Do you mean you want to try “Surlyn cover” balls?

Price, brand, so-called “compression” are all over the place. The single most important thing determining the performance of a golf ball is Urethane vs Surlyn.
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 04 January 2018 - 06:37 PM

I've been playing the Snell MTB for a couple of years now, after a decade or more playing the ProV1,  Snell is bringing out two models of MTB this spring, I bet you'll find one that suits you, for about $32 a dozen including shipping, less in quantity.


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Posted 04 January 2018 - 07:45 PM

View PostHehateme, on 04 January 2018 - 04:57 PM, said:

Maybe I should have titled this thread "Non premium ball" rather than cheap ball. There seems to be different opinions on what cheap is

Cheap is generally a 2 piece surlyn ball.  Pricing as always, will vary

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:21 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 04 January 2018 - 10:47 AM, said:

View PostHehateme, on 03 January 2018 - 08:50 PM, said:

Kind of a new years resolution, gonna try to play cheap balls this year to see if they affect my overall play. Currently carrying a 2.8 hdcp and typically play premium balls only. Cheapest ball I play is the Chrome soft X and love it. Started playing the Titleist AVX two months ago and really like the way it plays as well.

So, what ball do I play? None of the "soft" balls work for me. Grabbed a sleeve of Titleist NXT's from the shop and will try them as soon as it warms up (Live in Florida). Tried the E6 line and they are okay. SO, I guess the definition of cheap would be less than $35. Oh, as well, find myself liking the yellow balls more and more, so that would be a bonus. Help a brother out-

Not sure I'm following. The AVX is pretty much the most expensive golf ball currently on the market. I like it too but it's the opposite of a cheap ball.

Outside of the AVX you can find any ball you like for $35/dozen. ProV1/ProV1x are a little hard to find quite that cheap but it's possible. Any of the Bridgestone or Taylormade or Srixon or Callaway "Tour" balls can be sourced for $30/dozen or less if you're willing to shop around and you buy a model/version that's been out for at least 18 months.

Paying $25 or more a dozen or something like an e6 or NXT Tour is again, the opposite of cheap.

If I resolved to play "cheap" balls it would be whatever last-years-model urethane ball I liked best among the ones I could find on eBay for around $20/dozen. There's no need to settle for low-performance Surlyn covered balls just to save money any more, unless you'll trying to drive the price down around a dollar a ball.
Low performing Surlyn balls?
Many are GREAT performing balls for a player who wants less spin......those who already naturally spin the ball a lot.
I have had to play Surlyn since it first appeared in the original wound Titleist DT. I have never been able to find a Balata or Urethane ball that did not spin too much.

Edited by nbg352, 04 January 2018 - 08:22 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:29 PM

View Postnbg352, on 04 January 2018 - 08:21 PM, said:

View PostNorth Butte, on 04 January 2018 - 10:47 AM, said:

View PostHehateme, on 03 January 2018 - 08:50 PM, said:

Kind of a new years resolution, gonna try to play cheap balls this year to see if they affect my overall play. Currently carrying a 2.8 hdcp and typically play premium balls only. Cheapest ball I play is the Chrome soft X and love it. Started playing the Titleist AVX two months ago and really like the way it plays as well.

So, what ball do I play? None of the "soft" balls work for me. Grabbed a sleeve of Titleist NXT's from the shop and will try them as soon as it warms up (Live in Florida). Tried the E6 line and they are okay. SO, I guess the definition of cheap would be less than $35. Oh, as well, find myself liking the yellow balls more and more, so that would be a bonus. Help a brother out-

Not sure I'm following. The AVX is pretty much the most expensive golf ball currently on the market. I like it too but it's the opposite of a cheap ball.

Outside of the AVX you can find any ball you like for $35/dozen. ProV1/ProV1x are a little hard to find quite that cheap but it's possible. Any of the Bridgestone or Taylormade or Srixon or Callaway "Tour" balls can be sourced for $30/dozen or less if you're willing to shop around and you buy a model/version that's been out for at least 18 months.

Paying $25 or more a dozen or something like an e6 or NXT Tour is again, the opposite of cheap.

If I resolved to play "cheap" balls it would be whatever last-years-model urethane ball I liked best among the ones I could find on eBay for around $20/dozen. There's no need to settle for low-performance Surlyn covered balls just to save money any more, unless you'll trying to drive the price down around a dollar a ball.
Low performing Surlyn balls?
Many are GREAT performing balls for a player who wants less spin......those who already naturally spin the ball a lot.
I have had to play Surlyn since it first appeared in the original wound Titleist DT. I have never been able to find a Balata or Urethane ball that did not spin too much.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:56 PM

I highly recommend the TF Gamer line- really good for the price (any model, find the one you prefer- I'm partial to the yellow).  If your looking for even cheaper but very good for the price: the Wilson 50 elites or the TF D2 feels are awesome.  For cheap and a fun design, the slazenger Money Ball is pretty darn good for the price point of around 2 x 20 packs for $35 (disclaimer: they offer a gold option, I don't play those as I think they'd be pretty tough to spot on the course).
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:58 PM

View Postcitizenfore, on 04 January 2018 - 08:56 PM, said:

I highly recommend the TF Gamer line- really good for the price (any model, find the one you prefer- I'm partial to the yellow).  If your looking for even cheaper but very good for the price: the Wilson 50 elites or the TF D2 feels are awesome.  For cheap and a fun design, the slazenger Money Ball is pretty darn good for the price point of around 2 x 20 packs for $35 (disclaimer: they offer a gold option, I don't play those as I think they'd be pretty tough to spot on the course).

Used to play the gamer line and something got in my head and felt I needed to get away from the "store brand" line but with the cost of everything out there I am considering going back............tried used but that also doesn't sit that well with me either.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:59 PM

View Postob18, on 04 January 2018 - 08:29 PM, said:

View Postnbg352, on 04 January 2018 - 08:21 PM, said:

View PostNorth Butte, on 04 January 2018 - 10:47 AM, said:

View PostHehateme, on 03 January 2018 - 08:50 PM, said:

Kind of a new years resolution, gonna try to play cheap balls this year to see if they affect my overall play. Currently carrying a 2.8 hdcp and typically play premium balls only. Cheapest ball I play is the Chrome soft X and love it. Started playing the Titleist AVX two months ago and really like the way it plays as well.

So, what ball do I play? None of the "soft" balls work for me. Grabbed a sleeve of Titleist NXT's from the shop and will try them as soon as it warms up (Live in Florida). Tried the E6 line and they are okay. SO, I guess the definition of cheap would be less than $35. Oh, as well, find myself liking the yellow balls more and more, so that would be a bonus. Help a brother out-

Not sure I'm following. The AVX is pretty much the most expensive golf ball currently on the market. I like it too but it's the opposite of a cheap ball.

Outside of the AVX you can find any ball you like for $35/dozen. ProV1/ProV1x are a little hard to find quite that cheap but it's possible. Any of the Bridgestone or Taylormade or Srixon or Callaway "Tour" balls can be sourced for $30/dozen or less if you're willing to shop around and you buy a model/version that's been out for at least 18 months.

Paying $25 or more a dozen or something like an e6 or NXT Tour is again, the opposite of cheap.

If I resolved to play "cheap" balls it would be whatever last-years-model urethane ball I liked best among the ones I could find on eBay for around $20/dozen. There's no need to settle for low-performance Surlyn covered balls just to save money any more, unless you'll trying to drive the price down around a dollar a ball.
Low performing Surlyn balls?
Many are GREAT performing balls for a player who wants less spin......those who already naturally spin the ball a lot.
I have had to play Surlyn since it first appeared in the original wound Titleist DT. I have never been able to find a Balata or Urethane ball that did not spin too much.

What do you normally put into play?
I used Titleist DT for many years until it became the SoLo, then I wandered in the golf ball wilderness for quite a while, desperately looking for a ball that was just right and never finding it. Then I found RZN Red and I fell in love. Now, the wilderness has me firmly in it's maw once more, as I slowly run out of the Red.
I have also had okay experience with any TM 3 piece ball with their proprietary Iothane cover, but I'm not in love with 'em, so the hunt begins anew......
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:08 PM

View Postnbg352, on 04 January 2018 - 08:59 PM, said:

View Postob18, on 04 January 2018 - 08:29 PM, said:

View Postnbg352, on 04 January 2018 - 08:21 PM, said:

View PostNorth Butte, on 04 January 2018 - 10:47 AM, said:

View PostHehateme, on 03 January 2018 - 08:50 PM, said:

Kind of a new years resolution, gonna try to play cheap balls this year to see if they affect my overall play. Currently carrying a 2.8 hdcp and typically play premium balls only. Cheapest ball I play is the Chrome soft X and love it. Started playing the Titleist AVX two months ago and really like the way it plays as well.

So, what ball do I play? None of the "soft" balls work for me. Grabbed a sleeve of Titleist NXT's from the shop and will try them as soon as it warms up (Live in Florida). Tried the E6 line and they are okay. SO, I guess the definition of cheap would be less than $35. Oh, as well, find myself liking the yellow balls more and more, so that would be a bonus. Help a brother out-

Not sure I'm following. The AVX is pretty much the most expensive golf ball currently on the market. I like it too but it's the opposite of a cheap ball.

Outside of the AVX you can find any ball you like for $35/dozen. ProV1/ProV1x are a little hard to find quite that cheap but it's possible. Any of the Bridgestone or Taylormade or Srixon or Callaway "Tour" balls can be sourced for $30/dozen or less if you're willing to shop around and you buy a model/version that's been out for at least 18 months.

Paying $25 or more a dozen or something like an e6 or NXT Tour is again, the opposite of cheap.

If I resolved to play "cheap" balls it would be whatever last-years-model urethane ball I liked best among the ones I could find on eBay for around $20/dozen. There's no need to settle for low-performance Surlyn covered balls just to save money any more, unless you'll trying to drive the price down around a dollar a ball.
Low performing Surlyn balls?
Many are GREAT performing balls for a player who wants less spin......those who already naturally spin the ball a lot.
I have had to play Surlyn since it first appeared in the original wound Titleist DT. I have never been able to find a Balata or Urethane ball that did not spin too much.

What do you normally put into play?
I used Titleist DT for many years until it became the SoLo, then I wandered in the golf ball wilderness for quite a while, desperately looking for a ball that was just right and never finding it. Then I found RZN Red and I fell in love. Now, the wilderness has me firmly in it's maw once more, as I slowly run out of the Red.
I have also had okay experience with any TM 3 piece ball with their proprietary Iothane cover, but I'm not in love with 'em, so the hunt begins anew......

I used to use mainly top flite gamers & gamer soft until one day I questioned them when the box said "new" turned out after many attempts I was told nothing was new about the ball and it was just the boxing that had changed.  Since then I've tried more than 24 golf balls and that's probably low.

I refuse to spend big because I play as much as can and try to have fun while shooting the best I can with something my wallet can afford.  Have no clue what I want to play this coming season.

Edited by ob18, 04 January 2018 - 10:10 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:15 PM

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:16 PM

View PostTheShaun, on 04 January 2018 - 10:15 PM, said:

wilson staff 50

One of many I tried, didn't like as much other than a winter or cold weather ball.
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#30 deetsal

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 10:48 PM

U6 Tour Soft. 2 for $35 when offered. Best all around ball for the money. Fits my game and wallet


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