What is the Shelf Life of a golfball?
Posted 13 February 2011 - 06:26 AM
Edited by jaskanski, 13 February 2011 - 06:43 AM.
Posted 15 February 2011 - 01:58 PM
Posted 15 February 2011 - 02:49 PM
Urethane is softer so the cover does not hold up as well under playing conditions, but normal storage should also have imperceptible playing difference for several years.
It's perfectly ok to buy years worth of balls and play them only when you need.
I bought several dozen golf balls at the end of 2009, and I'm quite confident they'll play as new as most of today's golf balls. I don't buy into the claims of additional distance and spin so much because it only matters at extremes. A $50+ dozen simply doesn't play that much better than a $25 or under dozen.
And trust me if balls weren't free to tour golfers or were $500 a dozen (have to make the cost relative to us average people), you wouldn't see them paying the toll either.
Posted 15 February 2011 - 11:35 PM
Posted 16 February 2011 - 07:23 AM
Balls submerged in water or left in direct sunlight have been duds, while balls just sitting on dry ground in the woods seem to be okay.
I think it's fine to play a ball you find as long as it's actually perfect and not in the water.
Posted 16 February 2011 - 07:40 AM
He told me that today's golf balls are best in the first 30 days of production, where they will be closest to 100% performance. Then, after the first 30 days or so, the balls will drop to about 98% performance and will stay there for about 5 years. He also said that lost balls left in water will deteriorate/decline faster than those lot out of water.
I thought that was pretty good and that, since I didn't know the exact date of production of golf balls that I buy, a five year window was plenty.
When a ball company comes out with a new version of your favorite ball and reduces the price of the old version, you can stock up! Just be sure to date the boxes, just in case you get a good 'volume" discount and don't use them as fast as you think you will.
Posted 16 February 2011 - 10:07 AM
Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:33 PM
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Posted 16 February 2011 - 01:57 PM
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Posted 16 February 2011 - 02:12 PM
Weather, on the other hand, can break down golf balls. The sun wins all battles over time. It's just that there probably isn't that much time if a golf ball's or player's life.
If you like premium golf balls, buy them in bulk on specials or when discontinued and be comfortable knowing they'll play like new whenever you get to them.
Posted 16 February 2011 - 04:53 PM
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