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Mesh pattern lattice golf ball for hickory!


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#1 dpark

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Posted 04 August 2018 - 11:26 PM

Started playing hickory golf and was introduced to it by the guys in the NW Hickory Players organization.

When playing with them recently at the Eastmoreland 100th anniversary, I noticed some of them were playing with a golf ball that had a lattice mesh pattern on them.

One of the guys, John Henry, was kind enough to send me a half box to play with.

They are so cool looking! Can't wait to take them out on the course!

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:22 AM

How do they feel compared to a modern ball?

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 09:19 AM

So glad you got some of the Ouimet balls. Iíve reaaly come to embrace the mesh pattern and it truly completes the hickory experience. People are always amazed when they see you playing with hickories, but not so much when you pull out a Pro V1. Mesh steps up the wow factor.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 09:45 AM

As ebeer said - wow factor.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 07:08 PM

I think the Hickory Golf Society or something like that, has these made for them. I remember seeing them on their site.

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 07:27 AM

View Postsbboudreau, on 05 August 2018 - 07:08 PM, said:

I think the Hickory Golf Society or something like that, has these made for them. I remember seeing them on their site.

This ball is made by McIntyre Golf. There are some events that require a reproduction ball to be used and they are allowed at virtually every event, but are not required for play at an SoHG supported event.  

View Postebeer, on 05 August 2018 - 09:19 AM, said:

So glad you got some of the Ouimet balls. I've reaaly come to embrace the mesh pattern and it truly completes the hickory experience. People are always amazed when they see you playing with hickories, but not so much when you pull out a Pro V1. Mesh steps up the wow factor.
In what way do you believe the mesh ball completes the experience. Is it just the completion of the hickory aestetic or do you feel that the performance of the ball is better suited for hickory? Personally I do feel that the look of the vintage ball help add to the aestetic as much as wearing a pair of plus 4's does, but I'm not convenced that the performance of the ball accuratly represents a true historical reproduction of performance.

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:30 AM

View Posthollabachgt, on 06 August 2018 - 07:27 AM, said:

In what way do you believe the mesh ball completes the experience. Is it just the completion of the hickory aestetic or do you feel that the performance of the ball is better suited for hickory? Personally I do feel that the look of the vintage ball help add to the aestetic as much as wearing a pair of plus 4's does, but I'm not convenced that the performance of the ball accuratly represents a true historical reproduction of performance.
Disclaimer:  No soap box speeches here, I think it's fine to use any ball you choose, and recommend playing the ball that provides the most pleasure and best playing experience.  For me, that's a period appropriate mesh pattern (there are round dimpled options from the late 20's too - see McIntye Golf).
Admittedly, it took some time and reflection for me to warm up to the mesh ball.  It will probably never be possible to fully replicate the exact ball of the 1920's, as our materials for core and cover are different (though not drastically) in current times.  That said, a lower compression, two-piece, surlyn covered ball is probably the best we can do.  Two aspects of the mesh ball are compelling to me.  The first is pure aesthetics, the ball looks old and it matches the date range for my hickories.  The second is a cover design with the exact pattern that was used during the era.  I fully recognize that spin, launch angle, and height are a product of many variables that include core material and compression in addition to dimple pattern.  However, dimple pattern is the only variable in the equation that I can put on level with hickory era play, so I choose to do so.  As I mentioned, everyone should play with the ball they feel best about, and if that's a ProV1 swing it and have a blast.  I have just found through personal experimentation that my hickory experience is more rewarding to me with mesh ball.

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 10:59 AM

dpark-

If you ever go to the headquarters of the USGA in Far Hills, NJ-

They have a practice area which includes a green, and some hickory shafted golf clubs, and some early style golf balls to try-

The Ouimet lattice mesh golf ball was among them.

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Posted 06 August 2018 - 07:58 PM

Rex the putters at USGA I made for them. Cool. Ebeer is right. There is very little difference in distance in using a Ouimet mesh or Callaway. Itís what you yourself enjoy playing. After all we play the game for our oersonal pleasure.

Edited by majic, 06 August 2018 - 07:58 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 09:13 AM

There is an older thread in this section (don't know how to link it to this reply), "Hickory Golf Balls - What are you playing" that is on about page 6 or 7 of this thread.

I currently use the Callaway super soft.  When I started playing hickory about a year ago, I bought the mesh balls. The look cool and I like the concept of playing with a period ball, but my experience with them is that they are a 1/2 to 1 club shorter with the irons and are about 20 yards shorter on the driver.  This is un-scientific based on going out at night and hitting multiple shots, but I expect that much of the distance difference is due to the dimple pattern.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 09:06 AM

Wow these are sweet!

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