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#31 NRJyzr

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 09:58 AM

View Poststarsail85, on 26 December 2018 - 02:45 AM, said:

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View PostJHR, on 31 October 2018 - 02:36 PM, said:

Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.

The ProV1 "Star" was the original version of the 'X'.  A lower spin ProV1.  If I recall, they were around for about 1 year or so in 2002.  The 'X' came out in '03

Man, seeing this brings back some memories. They came out around the same time as the 983K driver came out. Those two together were way longer off the tee than anything else in those days. Back when you could line up a ProV on the "seam" to make it go straighter, or at least that's what we thought.

Yeah,....Ernie Els was the most notable early in that '03 season, with a big distance increase from the combo of the V1x and the 983 driver.  If we look at the average driving distances on tour, that was the year where it really jumped up in general.  Was the point where ball and driver technology really came together and more players were getting an understanding of optimal higher launch and lower spin

Yeah Ernie picked up about 50 yards overnight that season , I remember the tournament of champions , he was hitting everything 350-400 yards .... didn't seem to have the same distance a year later ...almost wierd

He went from 281 to 303, his "regression" was to 298

Edited by NRJyzr, 26 December 2018 - 10:00 AM.

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Driver:  Cobra King LTD, ProtoPype 80x or RIP 80x, 43.5" -or- SuperDeep 9.5*, ProtoPype 80x or NV85x, 43.5"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, Motore F1 85 X, 42.5"
1 iron:  Maxfli Revolution, DGS400
2-PW, Golden Ram Tour Grind, Dynamic S
SW:  Acer XB 58*, DGS300 tipped
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.5", PP58 midsize grip
(Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 35" -or- Mizuno TPM-2, 35" as backups)
Balls:  in no particular order...  Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Urethane, or 50 Elite, Srixon ZStar/ZStar XV
   will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time
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#32 wkuo3

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 01:00 PM

Remembering playing with a couple of PGA professionals back in the days.
One in particular will start to exam his Balata Tour 100 after several holes.  I asked why he needed to do that, the answer was he's looking to see if the golf ball is out of rounds to the naked eyes.
I asked what if the golf ball was out of round ?  He looked at me and said, do you want them ?  I jumped at it "hell yah " !
Back then a $ 3.00 Titleist is like $7-$8 today's money.
He got it for free from the sponsor and I pocketed half a dozen like new Tour 100.  Felt like Christmas morning.  Green fee was like $15.

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 06:46 PM

I found a Tour Balata and a couple of Titleist Professional's a few months ago and gave them a hit on the course. They were in a pretty poor condition and I am pretty sure that the winding in them would have loosened off but it was still good fun to hit them particularly wedge shots. The spin was crazy. Drivers were weird but I would put that down to the age of them making it pretty much impossible to do a fair comparison between them and a Pro V1.
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Posted 26 December 2018 - 06:52 PM

I loooooooooved the old maxfli ht-100 liquid filled balatas

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 09:33 PM

Now...IF you ever find an old Maxfli Black - preceded the HT-100 by about 10 years +/-...that was a great ball.

Many of them would "explode" in their new packaging, leaving a really weird looking, lop-sided ball.

Not too many of those survived long enough to make it to the range

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:20 PM

I swear to god that I would be a better bunker player if we were still using balata balls. The amount of shots I catch thin is crazy. One bladed bunker shot with a balata and the ball is ruined.
I would either go broke quickly or find a way not to do it.

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 10:49 PM

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A friend gave me these from his grandpa's basement maybe 20 years ago, one day I'm going to take them out and try them instead of letting them rot on a shelf. I'm guessing they are from the early 1980s.

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Posted 30 December 2018 - 10:57 AM

View PostMattyO1984, on 26 December 2018 - 06:46 PM, said:

I found a Tour Balata and a couple of Titleist Professional's a few months ago and gave them a hit on the course. They were in a pretty poor condition and I am pretty sure that the winding in them would have loosened off but it was still good fun to hit them particularly wedge shots. The spin was crazy. Drivers were weird but I would put that down to the age of them making it pretty much impossible to do a fair comparison between them and a Pro V1.


There are ball tests from 2001 out there that show the differences when the balls were new.  That difference is nowhere near as large as many would have you believe.

If you compare the PGA Tour driving distance stat from 1999, when the vast majority were playing wound balls, to 2002 (or even 2001), when the vast majority had switched, the increase in distance for players in both seasons was less than six yards.

I find that interesting.

Edited by NRJyzr, 30 December 2018 - 10:57 AM.

The Ever Changing Bag!

Driver:  Cobra King LTD, ProtoPype 80x or RIP 80x, 43.5" -or- SuperDeep 9.5*, ProtoPype 80x or NV85x, 43.5"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, Motore F1 85 X, 42.5"
1 iron:  Maxfli Revolution, DGS400
2-PW, Golden Ram Tour Grind, Dynamic S
SW:  Acer XB 58*, DGS300 tipped
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.5", PP58 midsize grip
(Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 35" -or- Mizuno TPM-2, 35" as backups)
Balls:  in no particular order...  Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Urethane, or 50 Elite, Srixon ZStar/ZStar XV
   will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time
Shoes by True Linkswear

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