glk23, on 14 October 2018 - 06:50 PM, said:
Jagpilotohio, on 14 October 2018 - 01:33 PM, said:
I’ve never understood why people do this. This has been discussed in a million threads.
Find a ball you love and Play the same ball.....ALWAYS. Golf is all about consistency. Changing balls on a whim is foolish. Your ball is important.
From a performance Standpoint there is absolutely no reason to change in cold weather. Not compression, not distance, not spin. No reason.
I take that back. If you don’t post scores in the winter and you don’t care as much about your score perhaps you don’t want to tear up $4 dollar Pro v’s.
I personally will never spend more than $2 bucks on a golf ball so that reason is irrelevant to me. I bought 20 dozen Srixon XV’s for $20 a dozen and I will use those until they are gone in a couple years. I will surely buy another 20 dozen of next years edition when they go on sale next spring.
And I don't understand this. There are plenty of resons to change golf balls during the winter. For me, I like a soft feeling ball and when the temps are in the 50's and below a ball with 90+ compression feels like a rock to me. Also, living in the PNW over half the year is played under soft conditions where a high spinning urethane ball is not needed. Most of the guys I play with use urethane year round and my 2/3 piece non urethane ball sits right where it landed under soft conditions. It often takes them time to adjust their short game as the urethane ball really bites on the soft greens and they often come up shorter than under firmer conditions.
Cost may also be a factor for many people. I play the TF D2 Feel and other random found balls throughout the late fall and winter. Doing this will keep me at .50 a ball or less for at least half of the year. Between leaves and some extremely soft places on the course, I will lose far more balls than any other time of the year.
Looking back at my low rounds for the current year (+2,3,4), they have been shot with at least 3-4 different balls.
Certainly play whatever makes you happy but changing balls because it’s cold and wet out is not something a low handicap player, competitive amatuer, or pro would ever do. It’s like changing golf clubs because the weather changed. It Doesn’t happen.
It’s 45 and rainy out. Does Rory or tiger change balls? Never. A college golfer? Never. The club champion at your private club? No.. The guy that won the city amatuer? Nope. Using a particular ball is as important as using a particular wedge or driver. You know what it does. You know how your ball checks up. You know how your ball reacts in different temperatures. How much distance you lose for every 10 degrees the temp drops. You know how it feels putting.
If none of that makes sense to anyone reading it, then it doesn’t matter if you change on a whim. I know some people change balls every time a new ball comes out or every time one goes on sale. I think that’s 100% insane, but I’ve been playing 35 years and I’ve been as low as a +2 in my life. I’m still pretty darn good and I feel truly knowing your ball and committing to a ball is critical to good scoring.
If you aren’t at a certain level of play to deeply appreciate the nuances of what different balls do, then it’s really irrelevant. Use any ball you like. That’s certainly not meant to be an insult. Many, many, many people use “tour quality” urethane balls and shouldn’t.. Sooooooooo many people are pissing their money away on ProV’s and TP5’s and Chrome softs and have no earthly reason to be playing them.
Once you get to a certain level of play you won’t change balls on a whim. I promise. Until then, at least try and stay with balls that are very similar to each other.