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#1 bulldog8b

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:38 PM

I've seen in the past that each player uses their regular ball when they're on the range at tour events. Who supplies those? Does say Titleist bring a bunch of practice ProV's for their guys? And then when the range gets picked does somebody have to sit there and separate out each type of ball? Just curious


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:44 PM

Yes.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:47 PM

View Postbulldog8b, on 06 February 2018 - 10:38 PM, said:

I've seen in the past that each player uses their regular ball when they're on the range at tour events. Who supplies those? Does say Titleist bring a bunch of practice ProV's for their guys? And then when the range gets picked does somebody have to sit there and separate out each type of ball? Just curious

Yes, volunteers separate the balls.  Those balls get shipped around to tourneys for practice. Not sure how long they are used or how many tourneys they get out of them though.
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 10:57 PM

View PostJ13, on 06 February 2018 - 10:47 PM, said:

View Postbulldog8b, on 06 February 2018 - 10:38 PM, said:

I've seen in the past that each player uses their regular ball when they're on the range at tour events. Who supplies those? Does say Titleist bring a bunch of practice ProV's for their guys? And then when the range gets picked does somebody have to sit there and separate out each type of ball? Just curious

Yes, volunteers separate the balls.  Those balls get shipped around to tourneys for practice. Not sure how long they are used or how many tourneys they get out of them though.

The balls are brand new at each event.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:01 PM

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:05 PM

After the balls are hit on to the range, the picker is carefully cleaned and wiped down with rubbing alcohol. Where it is possible, rubber is used to cover the machinery. After the balls are picked up, they are then hand sorted by volunteers who carefully inspect each one for damage. After sorting, the balls are individually cleaned with q-tips to ensure that each ball dimple is like new.

We can not have pro golfers hitting imperfect, dirty, no-name balls on the range. If that happened, there would be anarchy.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:08 PM

Yep, brand new Titleist Balatas, just like Tin Cup said.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:11 PM

I volunteered to work the Torrey Event when I was a Club Pro back in the 90’s.

I mainly shuttled the pros around the property on a cart.  To the range and back to the tee mostly.

I can tell you a fair number of those range Titleists ended up in people’s pockets on Sunday!!  ; )

I honestly can’t remember if the course kept them or the reps took them on Monday.

I feel like I remember someone saying  they were donated to a kids program or local highschool,  but it was so long ago I’m just not positive.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:11 PM

View Postwildcatden, on 06 February 2018 - 11:05 PM, said:

After the balls are hit on to the range, the picker is carefully cleaned and wiped down with rubbing alcohol. Where it is possible, rubber is used to cover the machinery. After the balls are picked up, they are then hand sorted by volunteers who carefully inspect each one for damage. After sorting, the balls are individually cleaned with q-tips to ensure that each ball dimple is like new.

We can not have pro golfers hitting imperfect, dirty, no-name balls on the range. If that happened, there would be anarchy.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:15 PM

You know, I really think they should have to hit the old dimpleless range balls the rest of us do.

Perfect range balls, Perfect greens, Perfect bunkers.  Jeez, these guys should shoot 59 or better every single round.

They should be warming up having to wonder if that double breaking hook-then-slice they just hit was them, or was it that cracked golf ball that made a funny noise like the rest of us.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:38 PM

The balls get shipped in a few days before the tournament along with some other equipment needed for the event. The balls are then bagged for use on Monday. Mon-Sun the range picker runs all day and balls are constantly being washed and sorted. After the tournament is over, the golf balls are boxed back up as a rep comes to collect them the next day.

Step 1: Get dirty golf balls
Step 2: Wash all golf balls
Step 3: Separate the golf balls by putting them in range bags for pros to use. The most common balls that are bagged is ProV1/ProV1x. Next are probably Taylormades, then Callaway, then Srixon or whatever else.
Step 4: Return golf balls to the range for pros to use
Step 5: Repeat process

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:51 AM

Range guys must have loved Bubba last year then
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:12 AM

View Postmd1m, on 07 February 2018 - 01:51 AM, said:

Range guys must have loved Bubba last year then

Who's Bubba?

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:51 AM

View PostBrianMcG, on 06 February 2018 - 11:08 PM, said:

Yep, brand new Titleist Balatas, just like Tin Cup said.

Sneak a few in the bag, we swipe enough free sh*t, we might pay for this fiasco!
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 04:43 AM

And at the short game area each player has a kid picking up only their balls and returning them, thatís the life


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:54 AM

Titleist takes the balls and sells them after events.   Our pro shop gets runs of them and they stay in a box at the counter for $1 each.  Usually look brand new.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 07:14 AM

This may come as a surprise, but some people do not play Titleist golf balls.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 07:58 AM

View Postbladehunter, on 07 February 2018 - 06:54 AM, said:

Titleist takes the balls and sells them after events.   Our pro shop gets runs of them and they stay in a box at the counter for $1 each.  Usually look brand new.

They look that good as they haven't had chance to hit a tree like the rest of us

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:05 AM

I worked the range for several years at the Senior event in Austin and I guess we were lucky in that we only had Titleist so no sorting involved. IIRC they donated the range balls to local golf related charities after

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:23 AM

View PostCornwall1888, on 07 February 2018 - 04:43 AM, said:

And at the short game area each player has a kid picking up only their balls and returning them, that's the life
Actually, the volunteers pick up the balls from the short game area too, and sort them back into the appropriately colored bags for the next player.  I volunteered on the range for the AT&T at Congressional a few years ago, and that's what we did.  And we learned quickly that we were completely safe walking around the target greens picking up the balls, the pros would just work around us, completely controlled.  For the Pro-Am, the amateurs do NOT get the top of the line balls.  At the AT&T, they got Nikes.  It was a little amusing to see an am who thought he was a big shot get told to take THOSE balls, not THESE balls.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:29 AM

Wonder if Web.com, LPGA and Champions tour get new range ball?


20 year ago the LPGA played a tournament at my home club and they were hitting the same range balls we used.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:32 AM

View Postlumberman2462, on 07 February 2018 - 08:29 AM, said:

Wonder if Web.com, LPGA and Champions tour get new range ball?


20 year ago the LPGA played a tournament at my home club and they were hitting the same range balls we used.

Yes but everyone gets the same balls at those events. So no sorting.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:36 AM

View PostSoloman1, on 07 February 2018 - 07:14 AM, said:

This may come as a surprise, but some people do not play Titleist golf balls.


Yes. But I can only speak to what titleist does with some or all of them as thatís what Iíve seej the rep bring for sale.  We get all of the ones from the bmw pro am at thorn blade every year.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 08:46 AM

I've seen them sorting on the range at the Canadian Open. It was easily 6-8 people constantly sorting through balls and chucking them into large bins to be bagged.

Pretty sure Titleist sells these as Practice balls, with 'Practice' stamped on each ball. http://www.golftown....15#.WnsDLBXyvb0
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:17 AM

View Postbulldog8b, on 06 February 2018 - 10:38 PM, said:

I've seen in the past that each player uses their regular ball when they're on the range at tour events. Who supplies those? Does say Titleist bring a bunch of practice ProV's for their guys? And then when the range gets picked does somebody have to sit there and separate out each type of ball? Just curious

Yes....exactly what you said.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:41 AM

I was on the tournament staff for a few events back in '08. Things may have changed but when I was there, here's how it worked:

- Tournament Operations Manager works with manufacturer to determine qty of balls needed. For bigger events, there's no issue. For a smaller event, Sr. event, etc.. not all manufacturers always send balls
- Brands with more players using their balls (Titleist, Callaway) send a LOT, other brands like Srixon send fewer
- Balls arrive the week before the event, loose, in boxes of typically 24 dozen. Some balls have "Practice" on them or a "p" imprint - Bridgestone used to do this.
- Tournament volunteers put bags together - 25 or 50 balls each - and separate by brand and ball type.
- Players come through, grab the balls they need, hit the range/short area
- After range is picked, the volunteers in the range committee sort ball back into bags, rinse & repeat
- Post-event, every brand is different. Sometimes they were earmarked for donation to the First Tee, sometimes they were shipped back to manufacturers. Assume a percentage of "lost balls" into volunteers and tournament staff's trunks.

Every time we received range balls, they were (or at least appeared) brand new - not shipped from event to event.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:57 AM

Playing at TPC Deere Run in the fall the past two seasons, it seems that the PRACTICE range balls, lots of Srixon, Nike, Callaway and Bridgestone and to a lesser extent Titleist and Taylormade leftover from the John Deere Classic are put into circulation at the course's range.

This past season, prior to the PGA event, Deere Run was using Precept range balls but after the event, the majority of range balls were leftovers.

It's astonishing how many PRACTICE balls I found at my home course in the fall.  People that play Deere must fill their golf bags with PRACTICE balls prior to leaving the grounds for their round.
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 09:57 AM

Seems like everyone has a "same but different take" on what happens to the balls.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 10:16 AM

Maybe slightly off topic but I was lucky enough to play in the Pub Links when it was at Bandon Dunes and I walked up to the range the first day of the practice round to warm up. Behind this makeshift counter they created on the range was multiple tubs of balls and I thought nothing of it. I just thought it was a bunch of golf balls for the tournament. I asked for a bag of balls and they asked me if I wanted Pro V1 or Pro V1x and I was a little taken back. This was my first national tournament and didnít expect treatment like that. Those balls were brand spanking new too. I think a lot of guys reacted the same way and these balls ended up in a lot of players bags.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 10:19 AM

View Postlumberman2462, on 07 February 2018 - 08:29 AM, said:

Wonder if Web.com, LPGA and Champions tour get new range ball?


20 year ago the LPGA played a tournament at my home club and they were hitting the same range balls we used.

All the balls at the web.com event I went to are titleist pro-v. Range worker kicked one to my son as we walked by.


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