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Golf Ball Recommendation for 73 Year Old, High Handicap Golfer, need distance


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#1 Kazfury

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 01:29 PM

Hi,

Anyone have distance golf ball recommendations for a 73 year old golfer who hits the driver 170 yard?

Thanks!


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 01:37 PM

If he's just playing to have fun and enjoy the course (not USGA sanctioned tourneys, etc) - the MG Senior ball would be helpful for him.

We've got an older gentleman at the club that had a heart attack in his 80s and just can't swing very hard. He went from about 150 yards to 165 with driver by trying the senior ball.
Again, not for competition - but if he's looking to get a little distance back, check out the MG senior.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 01:41 PM

Not sure of your friend's swing speed but I am 66 and have an 88 mph driver swing speed for reference purposes.  I drive balls like the Supersoft and Softfli longer than most probably due to additional rollout.  For balls almost as long but a bit better on the green I would recommend the Gamer Soft, DT Trusoft, or e6 Soft.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 01:55 PM

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 02:39 PM

View Postlambo428, on 09 July 2018 - 01:55 PM, said:

Titleist Velocity

OR Tour Soft.

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 04:28 PM

Cally SuperSoft
Srixon Soft Feel
Wilson Duo's
Maxfli Softfli's
etc.

Lots of good two piece balls out there that are better off the driver that are not rocks nowadays so fine for iron play too!

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:57 AM

Wilson Duo.
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Posted 10 July 2018 - 10:20 AM

Golf balls pretty much all go the same distance so it's more of a preference between a soft feeling golf ball or a firmer ball. Balls with a urethane cover will stop better on the greens but cost more.

The GamerSoft is a great value ball. As long as anything else I've played with, great feel, and decent around the greens. Durable, too.

If you're approach shots run over the green and don't hold or if you have a low ball flight I'd look at a ball with a urethane cover for more stopping power. (I say this because my dad is about your age and he plays on hard greens so he has come to really like the Srixon Z Star).

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 11:00 AM

Cally Super Softs are pretty long!
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Posted 10 July 2018 - 02:17 PM

Bridgestone Ladies Precept. Not even joking.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 02:28 PM

Velocity.
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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:29 PM

With todayís class of balls I donít find any appreciable difference in distance. If a given hole plays driver/7 iron with a ProV1 it probably will with a Velocity also.  My take is if you arenít reaching par 4ís in two and still have 10 to 30 yards into the green a urethane ball will help you more than any small distance gain from a two-piece ball.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 07:42 PM

Wilson Duo and 50/50 elite are both good and the Titleist DT Trusoft is nice also.
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Posted 10 July 2018 - 08:19 PM

View Postcristphoto, on 10 July 2018 - 05:29 PM, said:

With today's class of balls I don't find any appreciable difference in distance. If a given hole plays driver/7 iron with a ProV1 it probably will with a Velocity also.  My take is if you aren't reaching par 4's in two and still have 10 to 30 yards into the green a urethane ball will help you more than any small distance gain from a two-piece ball.

I'm 70 and not a long hitter.  This describes my game to a T.  I play the Snell MTB (original, not red or black) and it really helps on that shot that I need to get close to the pin because I'm one over GIR.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 06:18 AM

Bridgestone Extra Soft is one that rarely gets mentioned. It is plenty long and a little firmer for feel compared to the Duo, Maxfli. It comes in yellow. Firmer? Velocity is a good choice.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:21 AM

View PostBirdieRoll, on 10 July 2018 - 10:20 AM, said:

Golf balls pretty much all go the same distance so it's more of a preference between a soft feeling golf ball or a firmer ball. Balls with a urethane cover will stop better on the greens but cost more.

The GamerSoft is a great value ball. As long as anything else I've played with, great feel, and decent around the greens. Durable, too.

If you're approach shots run over the green and don't hold or if you have a low ball flight I'd look at a ball with a urethane cover for more stopping power. (I say this because my dad is about your age and he plays on hard greens so he has come to really like the Srixon Z Star).

Your post is confusing. You start by stating that all balls go the same distance. But then later say that the Gamet Soft is ďas long as anything else Iíve played,Ē which implies that there are some balls that donít go as long as anything youíve played. But if what you meant was that it goes as long as anything youíve played along with every other ball (as expected), then stating that it goes ďas long as anything youíve playedĒ is redundant.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:25 PM

View Postatomheartmother, on 11 July 2018 - 09:21 AM, said:

View PostBirdieRoll, on 10 July 2018 - 10:20 AM, said:

Golf balls pretty much all go the same distance so it's more of a preference between a soft feeling golf ball or a firmer ball. Balls with a urethane cover will stop better on the greens but cost more.

The GamerSoft is a great value ball. As long as anything else I've played with, great feel, and decent around the greens. Durable, too.

If you're approach shots run over the green and don't hold or if you have a low ball flight I'd look at a ball with a urethane cover for more stopping power. (I say this because my dad is about your age and he plays on hard greens so he has come to really like the Srixon Z Star).

Your post is confusing. You start by stating that all balls go the same distance. But then later say that the Gamet Soft is "as long as anything else I've played," which implies that there are some balls that don't go as long as anything you've played. But if what you meant was that it goes as long as anything you've played along with every other ball (as expected), then stating that it goes "as long as anything you've played" is redundant.

Fair point. Given Top Flite's stigma/reptuation for making cheap/rock hard balls, I wanted to convey that for the price, one still gets a high-performing ball in the soft/non-urethane category with the GamerSoft and not a "shorter" ball just because of the lower price.

I've played it extensively and it flat out performs and on blow-out specials it's tough to beat for less than a buck a ball.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 09:34 PM

Best "cheap" ball I've found is the Srixon Distance.  Shop around.
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:56 PM

Another ball worth considering that I didn't list above because I never tried it til the other day is the Topflight Gamer (just Gamer, not soft, tour, etc).  I bought some to try since Dick's has them cheap, about $7.50 a dozen and I have to say they are not bad.  They are not the old Rockflights from like 10 years or so.  These are actually a decent 3 piece ball.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:35 PM

I'm approaching 70, suffering from far too many past athletic injuries, a +/- 23 handicap,  80 mph driver swing speed, and just happy to still be playing. I have tried just about every low compression ball available. I kept coming back to the  Supersoft as my go to ball for over three years. That said, I just switched to the Wilson duo optix balls. I find that the colors are well suited to my aging eye sight both in flight and on the ground (use red, orange, or yellow depending on conditions) . The ball flight (for me) is higher without sacrificing any distance. The softness of the ball is noticeable (it actually feels softer than the supersoft!). I have been consistently diving the ball 10 to 15 yards longer with it and usually straighter too. I'd highly recommend it to the swing speed challenged looking for a nice ball at a nice price point as well.  PS it's surprisingly durable as well.


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:36 AM

View Postkaycalkai, on 09 July 2018 - 01:37 PM, said:

If he's just playing to have fun and enjoy the course (not USGA sanctioned tourneys, etc) - the MG Senior ball would be helpful for him.

We've got an older gentleman at the club that had a heart attack in his 80s and just can't swing very hard. He went from about 150 yards to 165 with driver by trying the senior ball.
Again, not for competition - but if he's looking to get a little distance back, check out the MG senior.

I agree. That ball is stupid long, even for some higher speed players.
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:56 AM

View PostTollBros, on 14 July 2018 - 10:36 AM, said:

View Postkaycalkai, on 09 July 2018 - 01:37 PM, said:

If he's just playing to have fun and enjoy the course (not USGA sanctioned tourneys, etc) - the MG Senior ball would be helpful for him.

We've got an older gentleman at the club that had a heart attack in his 80s and just can't swing very hard. He went from about 150 yards to 165 with driver by trying the senior ball.
Again, not for competition - but if he's looking to get a little distance back, check out the MG senior.

I agree. That ball is stupid long, even for some higher speed players.

I've played the Sr Ball and do not see any benefit compared to a Velocity. Not sure what the buzz is all about. Seems like a marketing gimick. I will say it's a nice two piece yellow distance ball. Nothing wrong with that - just call it what it is.

Edited by Tanner25, 14 July 2018 - 10:56 AM.


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Posted 14 July 2018 - 11:02 AM

Would say it comes down to whether they like the feel of a real soft ball.  You've had a lot of recommendations for Supersoft, but if he's not necessarily looking for that real soft feel, the new DT TruSoft performs as good as any ball I've played recently tee to green, and is a great value.  Longer off the tee for me personally than any ball I've tried regardless of price.
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 07:43 AM

View PostTanner25, on 14 July 2018 - 10:56 AM, said:

View PostTollBros, on 14 July 2018 - 10:36 AM, said:

View Postkaycalkai, on 09 July 2018 - 01:37 PM, said:

If he's just playing to have fun and enjoy the course (not USGA sanctioned tourneys, etc) - the MG Senior ball would be helpful for him.

We've got an older gentleman at the club that had a heart attack in his 80s and just can't swing very hard. He went from about 150 yards to 165 with driver by trying the senior ball.
Again, not for competition - but if he's looking to get a little distance back, check out the MG senior.

I agree. That ball is stupid long, even for some higher speed players.

I've played the Sr Ball and do not see any benefit compared to a Velocity. Not sure what the buzz is all about. Seems like a marketing gimick. I will say it's a nice two piece yellow distance ball. Nothing wrong with that - just call it what it is.

We did a test on all the relevant non conforming balls on the market and some players saw up to 4mph increase in ball speed with it as well as very low spin rates. If you can get the ball up in the air off the tee, you should see some benefits. It's pretty consistently 8-14 yards longer than most regulation golf balls at launch angles of at least 12-13 degrees. Test done by all scratch or better players 105-125 swing speed.
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