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#1 lenman73

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 01:50 PM

I got a dozen refurbished prov1x's but have not used them yet. I was wondering if any others have bought refurbished golf balls and if they will be worth the $22 I spent ?


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 04:15 PM

I only buy golf balls from lostgolfballs.com or ones that I find on the course.  Only play prov1 and prov1x.  I bought 4 dozen prov1s a month ago for 65 dollars (AAAA quality).  Play just as well as new ones.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:12 PM

Refurbished are no bueno.

Recycled on the other hand, are much better. :)

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:57 PM

Refurbished balls are in the same league as shag balls. The difference is they look pretty because they were recently painted. You have no idea what they looked like prior to the paint job, and if you spent $22 on one dozen you just got ripped off.

I use Two Guys With Balls and of all the different used ball vendors I've used they are the best. I get ProV1x balls in their 2nd category - Birdie, and most of them look brand new. They are $12.49/dz, but you can get their par quality for $8.99/dz.

If you want to play tour quality balls on a budget give them a try.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 06:26 PM

Alright. Thanks for the info. At least I can chip and put and practice bunker shots with these at the practice area with what I already got then.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 06:41 PM

I agree with Jackie Burke on this one (and most everything else Jackie Burke says).  Put ten different balls on the ground so the brand isn't visible and 99% of all golfers can't tell the difference after they hit each ball.  Recycled Pro Vs are fine.  So is saving $25 on a dozen balls.
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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:50 PM

 TheLarch, on 14 May 2018 - 06:41 PM, said:

I agree with Jackie Burke on this one (and most everything else Jackie Burke says).  Put ten different balls on the ground so the brand isn't visible and 99% of all golfers can't tell the difference after they hit each ball.  Recycled Pro Vs are fine.  So is saving $25 on a dozen balls.

If you mean used balls when you say recycled I agree. If you mean refurbished I disagree. I've bought 4 dz refurbished ProV's a few years ago not realizing they were refurbished vs recycled and there were several clunkers in the lot. I ended up using them as practice balls. BTW - I don't disagree that most golfers would be better served buying budget balls, but if you play a lot its pretty easy to tell the difference between a 2 piece surlyn ball and a 4 piece urethane ball.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 12:35 AM

Never ever ever buy refurbished (refinished) balls.

I wouldn't buy one if prov1 was $5 a dozen.



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:47 PM

I've played used balls (higher rating) for years and I can honestly say I couldn't tell any difference in performance. I how ever bought some refurbs before and did notice a difference in some of the balls in the bunch. I would never buy refurbs. I figure they paint them up because they were so yellowed it was the only way they could sell them. Why paint a ball if it was already nice and white?

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 02:57 PM

how many balls do you need to lose before you need to purchase refurbished golf balls?


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:23 PM

I will only purchase if AAAAA quality and I’ve used GolfBallsDirect.com in the past. I’ve bought a lot of Prov1x from them and since switching to Bridgestone B XS have received a few dozen with zero complaints and no performance issues.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:24 PM

If two guys with balls are all just recycled and not refinished I would be tempted to go that route. It's the repainted ones I don't trust. However if you wanna sell me $47 dozen balls for $20 just because they ended up lost in a pond or the woods after two shots that's probably a deal! So many balls get lost with just a few hits on them so they are practically new. Hell, I'm probably buying back some of mine! LOL

As a new golfer the ball im using doesn't matter much on my bad hits but when I do get solid contact I will say that my Chrome Softs do exactly what I want and stick on the green was better than my cheap e6.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:32 PM

 BryanS4, on 15 May 2018 - 05:23 PM, said:

I will only purchase if AAAAA quality and I’ve used GolfBallsDirect.com in the past. I’ve bought a lot of Prov1x from them and since switching to Bridgestone B XS have received a few dozen with zero complaints and no performance issues.

I Agree with everyone previously.  Refurbished are rubbish.  If they are so bad they need to be repainted you want no part of them.

“Recycled” lake balls are a different story.  I’ve bought the 5A balls from golf balls direct many times and had zero issues.

I am a certifiable cheap a$$ when it comes to balls.  I’ve been as low as a +2 in my life and I will never pay more than $20-$25 a dozen.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:03 PM

Refurbished balls are garbage. Hit a prov1 against a real prov1 and you can immediately tell the difference in terms of flight distance and spin. Probably just useful for chipping around your yard

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:09 PM

I used to buy the "refurbished" until about 3 months after the K-Sigs came on the market, cheaper, work bettwe than refurbished Pro-V1's and cheaper,,,


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:25 PM

 BryanS4, on 15 May 2018 - 05:23 PM, said:

I will only purchase if AAAAA quality and I’ve used GolfBallsDirect.com in the past. I’ve bought a lot of Prov1x from them and since switching to Bridgestone B XS have received a few dozen with zero complaints and no performance issues.

Which did you get?  There is a difference between recycled and refurbished.  This topic comes up every few months and folks confuse the two.  

I have had no issues using recycled balls.  Refurbished balls are junk however.  Years ago, a buddy of mine gave me three Pro-V1's.  I looked closely at them and threw them back at him.  Back then, the Pro-V1's had a seam.  These did not.  For all I know, they were Top Flite XL2000's.  Don't buy refurbished.  You don't know what's under the new paint job.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:32 PM

A few months ago I found a refurbished "pro v1". I gave it to my playing partner who plays pro v. He wanted to clean a stain off the ball, so he wiped it off with a solvent not knowing it would damage the paint. Well it took the paint off enough to see that it was in fact a pinnacle. At first I was shocked. Today's world, kind of expected it
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:48 PM

 Wooderson, on 15 May 2018 - 09:32 PM, said:

A few months ago I found a refurbished "pro v1". I gave it to my playing partner who plays pro v. He wanted to clean a stain off the ball, so he wiped it off with a solvent not knowing it would damage the paint. Well it took the paint off enough to see that it was in fact a pinnacle. At first I was shocked. Today's world, kind of expected it

If this is true it’s actually a crime. It’s fraud to misrepresent the product being sold and copyright infringement against Titleist.

Ive never heard of any company actually changing the brand of a refurbished ball but I guess very little surprises me any more.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:57 PM

 Jagpilotohio, on 15 May 2018 - 09:48 PM, said:

 Wooderson, on 15 May 2018 - 09:32 PM, said:

A few months ago I found a refurbished "pro v1". I gave it to my playing partner who plays pro v. He wanted to clean a stain off the ball, so he wiped it off with a solvent not knowing it would damage the paint. Well it took the paint off enough to see that it was in fact a pinnacle. At first I was shocked. Today's world, kind of expected it

If this is true it’s actually a crime. It’s fraud to misrepresent the product being sold and copyright infringement against Titleist.

Ive never heard of any company actually changing the brand of a refurbished ball but I guess very little surprises me any more.

How are they allowed to restamp a ball with the Titleist insignia?  I think a lot those companies are foreign and shut down and reopen under different names frequently.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:01 AM

 soregongolfer, on 15 May 2018 - 09:25 PM, said:

 BryanS4, on 15 May 2018 - 05:23 PM, said:

I will only purchase if AAAAA quality and I’ve used GolfBallsDirect.com in the past. I’ve bought a lot of Prov1x from them and since switching to Bridgestone B XS have received a few dozen with zero complaints and no performance issues.

Which did you get?  There is a difference between recycled and refurbished.  This topic comes up every few months and folks confuse the two.  

I have had no issues using recycled balls.  Refurbished balls are junk however.  Years ago, a buddy of mine gave me three Pro-V1's.  I looked closely at them and threw them back at him.  Back then, the Pro-V1's had a seam.  These did not.  For all I know, they were Top Flite XL2000's.  Don't buy refurbished.  You don't know what's under the new paint job.

5xA recycled balls. Agree, refurbished are junk and not worth buying unless for a shag bag.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:36 AM

Yup I agree. They put on the paint thick and unevenly. Paint is no substitute for Urethane

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:13 AM

Well my daughter is turning 8 in a couple weeks and is getting into golf and going to a 4 day junior golf school in a month. I will just stuff them in her golf bag and let her hit them. She went know the difference and then they can still be used.

Edited by lenman73, 16 May 2018 - 09:13 AM.


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 02:10 AM

View Postlenman73, on 16 May 2018 - 09:13 AM, said:

Well my daughter is turning 8 in a couple weeks and is getting into golf and going to a 4 day junior golf school in a month. I will just stuff them in her golf bag and let her hit them. She went know the difference and then they can still be used.

You monster! ;)

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 03:55 AM

View Postsoregongolfer, on 17 May 2018 - 02:10 AM, said:

View Postlenman73, on 16 May 2018 - 09:13 AM, said:

Well my daughter is turning 8 in a couple weeks and is getting into golf and going to a 4 day junior golf school in a month. I will just stuff them in her golf bag and let her hit them. She went know the difference and then they can still be used.

You monster! ;)

That's worse than the time my uncle gave his wife a fake £20 note to go play bingo so he could get out for a game of golf - she still doesn't know about it :busted_cop:

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:19 AM

She's only 8. She won't care, she doesn't take golf as serious as us. Lol



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Posted 03 August 2018 - 08:37 PM

View PostTwism86, on 15 May 2018 - 05:24 PM, said:

If two guys with balls are all just recycled and not refinished I would be tempted to go that route. It's the repainted ones I don't trust. However if you wanna sell me $47 dozen balls for $20 just because they ended up lost in a pond or the woods after two shots that's probably a deal! So many balls get lost with just a few hits on them so they are practically new. Hell, I'm probably buying back some of mine! LOL

As a new golfer the ball im using doesn't matter much on my bad hits but when I do get solid contact I will say that my Chrome Softs do exactly what I want and stick on the green was better than my cheap e6.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

When buying recycled golf balls, the issue isn't "how many times it was hit before it was lost".  Just because it was hit once or twice before it ended up in the water doesn't matter...it's how long it was submerged under water that matters.  You might get some that were in water for a month, and you might get some that were in water for a year.  A multi-layer ball can lose around 12 yds of distance after 3 months and 15 yds of distance after 6 months.

The ball makes a big difference even for higher handicap players.  Yes, the Chrome Soft will have more spin on approach shots than the e6, which is fine...the e6 isn't designed to spin as much   In fact it's designed to have low spin which helps make it straighter and longer when you don't catch it perfectly.  When you're swinging good and hitting the ball solidly your gear doesn't matter as much as when you're not playing well.

Just a couple of things to think about.

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 09:14 PM

View Postlenman73, on 17 May 2018 - 06:19 AM, said:

She's only 8. She won't care, she doesn't take golf as serious as us. Lol



You better hope your wife doesn’t try to sell her “diamond” ring.  Lol.   Teasing.   I love your ball trick.

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