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Do Golf Balls go Bad?


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#1 CUTiger

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 02:01 PM

Alright guys...need your help. I was given a box of Nike One Blacks today from a buddy...but they're about 3 years old. My question is, do they go bad? They look fine...but I'm wondering if theyll play the same as if they were new.

Thanks,

-Phil


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Posted 27 June 2007 - 02:08 PM

if they are still brand new in the box then i would have to say no they dont go bad just sitting there....but if they are 3 years old then the technology might not be the latest and greatest.  Take them out and use them.....thats the easiest way to find out!

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 02:25 PM

View PostCUTiger, on Jun 27 2007, 02:01 PM, said:

Alright guys...need your help. I was given a box of Nike One Blacks today from a buddy...but they're about 3 years old. My question is, do they go bad? They look fine...but I'm wondering if theyll play the same as if they were new.

Thanks,

-Phil

I had a couple of brand new Prov1's go bad right out of the box. But, it was because I drove them into the pond....

Balls Gone Bad! :)

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 03:03 PM

Do they taste funny?  :)

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 03:34 PM

They lose "pop" after a while meaning a titleist used for 72 holes wouldnt be any better than a new top-flie ball.  But that dosent happen very fast, but it is why pros change balls every hole.


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Posted 27 June 2007 - 03:35 PM

they go bad when the cover gets shredded by your wedge :)

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 05:05 PM

View PostSuperman, on Jun 27 2007, 03:34 PM, said:

They lose "pop" after a while meaning a titleist used for 72 holes wouldnt be any better than a new top-flie ball.  But that dosent happen very fast, but it is why pros change balls every hole.


Do they really change balls at every hole?

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 06:50 PM

i don't know about every hole... but often in the round. most caddies don't carry more than 8-10 balls in the bag.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 06:53 PM

I don't know.  Send them to me, I'll test them and let you know how it went.  Couple of boxes of the new prov1 ones would help go a long way to pay for my services as well.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:08 PM

They might be slightly different than straight from the factory, but i doubt you will notice a difference.  The reason I think this is because pro's usually get their balls in a vacuum sealed package, so there must be something about letting them be in open air, kindof like tennis balls I imagine.


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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:42 PM

i remember reading somewhere that old balata balls had a shelf live of some time before they started to vary slightly from optimum performance. However, I wouldn't worry about it too much, after all, you got them for free!

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:18 PM

I've never heard of a golf ball going bad except when it gets shredded or losing some of it's pop from play. Also if it's sat in like a lake or something to that affect.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:23 PM

Yea, water kills balls, but if they have just been hit in the water they will be fine, but the old brown balls that you find in the lake are a no-go.

I read somewhere that Adam Scott uses 6-10 balls every round.

I think tiger's caddy puts like 16 balls in.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:34 PM

Balata's used to go bad because the windings would loosen up over time.

The newer balls are fine as long as they are not in moisture (pond balls) for any extended periods of time. The moisture wears/shallows out the dimples and changes the hardness of the cover.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:34 PM

This thread is hysterical.  The author's point is legit, he has some old balls still in a box, that's a fair question.  Then I started thinking how long do balls last in my bag?  I lose 2-3 per 18.  I just cracked up at the comment about ball condition after 72 holes.  If I could get one ball to last 72 holes....................I just have no response for that.  I'm shooting for 7.2 holes.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:50 PM

Golf balls do have a half life. I remember reading a Golf Digest article about this a long time ago. I think if improperly stored over the 3 years (i.e. in extreme heat, or extreme cold) they could lose a yard or so.

I think for the most part you will likely not be able to tell the difference.

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 12:20 PM

physically and perhaps chemically i guess there could be a difference between those old balls and a newer box of the same brand and model ball, but unless you're dialed in like a pro and know your yardage +/- 1 or 2 yards with each club, the average golfer would never tell the difference.

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 12:24 PM

View Postmchepp, on Jun 27 2007, 09:50 PM, said:

Golf balls do have a half life. I remember reading a Golf Digest article about this a long time ago. I think if improperly stored over the 3 years (i.e. in extreme heat, or extreme cold) they could lose a yard or so.

I think for the most part you will likely not be able to tell the difference.
isn't "half life" for isotopes and radioactive stuff like that?

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:08 PM

thanks for the replys. Im definitely not a pro - and a yard or two wont matter. ive never played nike balls...and i just want to make sure i was evaluating a non-defective ball. i realize they are 3 year old technology...but i rarely play premium balls...so it will still be better then the dt solo's i normally play.

thanks,

-phil

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 04:23 PM

Balls go bad if left in Sunlight or water for along time.
They are made bad by scuff marks from wedges, cart paths, trees, rocks, houses, glass, etc.
They are no good if you find them sitting in wet damp leaves after a long period, or dug up from a plugged lie after someone ran it over 15 rounds ago and it just became unearthed.

They were talking about a design that would make golf balls turn gray in color if they had becoem too old or water damaged.

I forgot where I read that but I don't know if it was ever persued.

If left in the box they can remain good for a long long time!

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 05:13 PM

Anyone remember when TM entered the ball market, they sold their golf balls in tubes to negate the added affect of moisture?

None of the new ones come in tubes...

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 06:01 PM

3 years if stored in a cool dry place for todays balls.
1 year for wound balls if stored in a cool dry place.

so what happens to them after they expire?  they just don't travel as far.




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