How many rounds do you manage using the same ball? in General Q&A Posted Monday at 03:48 PM My dad prides himself on keeping the same ball in play for as long as possible (even takes pride in continuing to use a scuffed ball for some reason...). Me? Not so much. Assuming I don't lose it, average ball life for me is probably around 6 holes. Some make it longer, but rarely make it through a full round; others only make it 1-2 holes. I inspect the ball on the green and/or between holes, and take out anything that's scuffed or damaged in any way. I do make exceptions for casual/fun rounds, so minor issues stay in play in those situations. Main things that take it out of play: Cart Path, Tree, Rock, or similar? immediately taken out of play, even if it appears minor. Wedge from the fairway? inspect closely - probably 30% of the time the wedge scuffs it enough to make a difference.