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Typically I'm not concerned because they're in the lakes or unfindable in the rough - but just curious:

 

How many times can you play with a premium golf ball before it loses its effectiveness?

 

 

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:ping-small: G410 SFT driver 

Cobra King F-9  5 wood
:ping-small:  410  Hybrids 22*, 26*

Cobra Speed Zone 6-GP/Recoil ESX 460 F3 Shafts 

:titelist-small: SM7 54* Wedge

:ping-small: Glide 3.0  60* Wedge

:odyssey-small: O Works putter
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:footjoy-small: - too many shoes to list and so many to buy

:1590477705_SunMountain: And  BAG Boy

Golf Balls: Snell MTB-X 

2020 Official Tester :SuperSpeed: Beginning Driver Speed  - 78

2019 Official Tester :ping-small:  410 Driver

2018 Official Tester :wilson-small: C300

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2-3 rounds is the max that I've been able to keep one from either going missing, or drowning...

 

My old vokey sm4's were shredders (sharpened for years) - 1 round would kill a urethane ball. My new sm6's are a lot nicer to my ball, and let it suffer a worse fate in due time.

 

 

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For me I beat them all to crap. I play older wedges so I do not shred them too bad. I usually play them until they get dull and then I play them in my vintage walking rounds. I played a Bridgestone Treo Soft last year 96 holes when I was on vacation. Very rarely do I lose a ball. But I did lose one today after 15 holes.  In the old days if you hit the ball decent you were lucky to get 3 or 4 holes out of a Balata ball without it going out of round or cutting it

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Driver ---- Honma G1_X Stock tuned Honma R shaft---- 3 wood TM V-Steel Aldila 65G R Flex 15*--- 7 Wood TM V-Steel UST Pro Force 65 R flex 21*---- 9 wood TM V-Steel stock MAS Stiff shaft 24*---  Irons 5 thru 9 1980 Mac VIP Hogan Apex #2 shaft---PW  Hogan TK-15 50* KBS Wedge Shaft---- SW  Callaway PM 56 modified grind 8* KBS Wedge shaft---- Putter 1997 Rusty Scotty Santa Fe Bullseye fluted shaft--- Bag Old School Jones Classic non stand

 

 

 

 

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If it's still white, and has the cover on it.

 

I played the Taylormade RBZ Urethane all last year. They last a good bit compared to ProV's. Not a "premium" ball but they held greens and gave a bit of distance off the tee. And at $5 a dozen, couldn't beat the price.

 

I was practicing yesterday and took the cover off a ProV1x with a 56°.

 

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... 2 rounds with one ball is mx for me, an if it is slightly scuffed or groove challenged at all it gets one round. But normally I like to start every round with a new ball. 

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Driver:     :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 10.5* ... AD-MT SR 
Fairway:  :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 15/16.5/18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:      :taylormade-small: UDi 18* ... Even Flow Black 85R
                 :taylormade-small: DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
                  :taylormade-small: Sim Hybrid 22* ... Diamana Ltd 75R
Irons:        :cobra-small: 5-Pw Forged Tec/4i FTx ... KBS TGi 85S
Wedges:   :taylormade-small: MG3 50*/MG3 58* LB ... Steelfiber 95R
Putter:      :cleveland-small: Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:           :taylormade-small: Maxfli Tour '22/TP5x '21

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So I surmise if the cover is intact and there are no scuff marks you're good to go! Now if I could only get them to float or call back to me when call to them in the rough [emoji2]

 

 

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:ping-small: G410 SFT driver 

Cobra King F-9  5 wood
:ping-small:  410  Hybrids 22*, 26*

Cobra Speed Zone 6-GP/Recoil ESX 460 F3 Shafts 

:titelist-small: SM7 54* Wedge

:ping-small: Glide 3.0  60* Wedge

:odyssey-small: O Works putter
:918457628_PrecisionPro:NX9-HD

:CaddyTek: - 4 Wheel 
:footjoy-small: - too many shoes to list and so many to buy

:1590477705_SunMountain: And  BAG Boy

Golf Balls: Snell MTB-X 

2020 Official Tester :SuperSpeed: Beginning Driver Speed  - 78

2019 Official Tester :ping-small:  410 Driver

2018 Official Tester :wilson-small: C300

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I played four rounds this weekend.  I got through 2 rounds with one Bridgestone B330RX.  That ball hit about 25 trees (yeah, I didn't play well at all) and it was still pretty good to use.  Only retired it when I hit a great wedge shot and cut the ball.  The two courses were open but I managed to find every low lying limb, every twig of a branch and I'm pretty sure I took out a squirrel in a tree as well, LOL ...

 

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What's In This Lefty's Bag?

Driver: :cobra-small: F8 9.5° Project X Even Flow Blue 65g shaft 

Fairway Woods: :cobra-small: F8 3W Project X Even Flow Blue 75g shaft

Fairway Woods: :cobra-small: F8 5W Project X Even Flow Blue 75g shaft

Hybrid: :titelist-small: 816H2 19°

Irons: :titelist-small: 2021 T200's 4-GW AMT RED shafts Regular Flex

Wedge: :cleveland-small: Tour Satin RTX 4 Wedges in 52° and 56° 2 Dot

Putter: :nevercompromise-small: Gray Matter TDP 2.2 32.75"

Bag: :1590477705_SunMountain: Three 5

Ball:  :titelist-small:  PRO V1X

RangeFinder:918457628_PrecisionPro: NX7 Pro

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Ive used some chrome softs for 4-5 rounds, the cover is a bit worn and it may have some tree sap or road rash on it, but it still plays. You can use a ball for as long as you want. Does it perform as well as new, not really, but It's not like I lose 20 yards, the difference is more likely to be lost spin control.

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Typically I'm not concerned because they're in the lakes or unfindable in the rough - but just curious:

 

How many times can you play with a premium golf ball before it loses its effectiveness?

 

 

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This is a great topic, love talking about ball quality. I personally say that I will use the same ball for as long as I can. I've played with "tour" type balls for an entire tournament round before, just depends on how scuffed it gets. I will also play with one for more then one round in casual golf if I don't hit an errant tee shot and lose it. Golf balls have a significant $$$ value and I like to keep my money in play for as long as I can haha.

 

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I was given a Chrome Soft Truvis and played it for 3 complete rounds before the black pentagram started wearing off.

 

 

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Driver: PXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft 

Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3-4W(16*), 5-6W(20*) both w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W

Hybrid: Cobra F8 3 Hybrid(19*) w/Recoil ES regular shaft 

Irons: Wilson D7 5-PW w/Recoil 460 Regular graphite shafts 

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zipcore(50*/54*/58*) w/True Temper Spinner Wedge steel shaft  

Putter: 33" Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black).  

Pushcart:  Caddytek 3.0 from Costco

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG & Titleist Pro V1x.

 

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I typically game the ProV1X and I have to say, after 3 or 4 holes, it is not the same ball. I'm happy to keep using it for a few rounds (if I don't lose it!) but I notice scuff marks and differences in feel almost immediately.

Note, I think I'm just rough on balls. I've noticed this with every premium ball I've ever played.

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Driver:  :ping-small:  G 10.5* W/Tour Stiff 65g Ping Shaft   

Fairway Woods:  :cobra-small:  Cobra F6 13.5*, F6 Baffler 16*  

Irons: Split Set-  :ping-small: i200 3i - 7i ,  :benhogan-small: Ft Worth 15s, 8 (36), 9 (40), PW (44) 

Wedges: :benhogan-small:  TK, 52* & 56*

Putter:  :ping-small: Sigma G Kushin 

Bag:  :ping-small: Hoofer 5way

Balls:  :taylormade-small: TP5/X

 

 

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I don't know that I've gotten more than 2 rounds before it got lost or torn up. But that's 70-80 full shots. Usually I lose them before they get too beat up tho

There is no spoon.

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TaylorMade M3
Callaway Diablo 15°
Callaway Diablo 18°
Callaway Steelhead XR Pro 4-W
Mizuno TP-4 50, 54, 58
TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spyder

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I playtime Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis a good bit, and find that if I stay off the cart paths, they'll hold up for about 6-10 rounds, however, I almost never take more than a 3/4 swing with anything inside of 150 yards, and inside of 75, nothing longer than a 1/2 swing.  Very rarely am I putting a huge amount of stress on the covers on those shorter shots. Truth be told, these days, I probably only play 6-10 full swings in a given round, so the stress on the balls is really fairly minimal.

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* 1W 10.5* @ Hogan GS53 ( HZRDUS Smoke Black X-Stiff )
* 3W Hogan GS52 ( HZRDUS Smoke Black X-Stiff ) 
* 5W 18* Tailor-made AeroBurner ( Stock Stiff )
* 4I-AW @ Hogan Ft Worth
* 56 @ Cleveland RTX
* 60 @ Hogan Equalizer
* Carbon Ringo 1/4
* Snell MTB-X

 

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I've gone 500 holes with the srixon z star vx tour yellow. It lost about 10 yards after about 150-180 holes. Then it was the same until I took it out of play.

So there are no trees, water, hills, or long grass near you? Arizona?

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There is no spoon.

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TaylorMade M3
Callaway Diablo 15°
Callaway Diablo 18°
Callaway Steelhead XR Pro 4-W
Mizuno TP-4 50, 54, 58
TaylorMade Rossa Monza Spyder

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Arizona has desert to lose them in...

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Adams 9064LS 9.5* (until I cracked the face)

Adams Super LS 17*

Adams XTD Ti 23*

Wilson Staff Ci7 4-PW

Adams wedges: 52/7 56/13 60/7

Wilson Staff Infinite Southside putter/Odyssey DualForce 660 putter

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3 rounds has been my average, but I'd put 3 in the water my last time out

 

 

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Titleist 917D2 10.5

Ben Hogan GS53 3 Wood

Cobra Fly-Z Hybrid 18.5

Titleist 816 H1 23

PING G30 5-PW

Cleveland RTX 3.0 50/10 V-MG

Cleveland RTX 3.0 54/14  V-FG

Cleveland RTX 3.0 58/12 V -FG

EVNROLL ER-3

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I read something by Snell (I think it was Snell) in a magazine recently saying 48 hours underwater starts effecting a ball but I don't know how much.

 

 

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Right Handed

4.5 handicap

Driver: Nike Vapor Flex with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki ZT60x5ct S-flex shaft and stock grip.

3-Metal: Nike VRS 15 degree with Mitsubishi Rayon tour issue Diamana S73x5ct X-flex shaft and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grip.

Irons: Ben Hogan PTx 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46 degrees standard length and lie with KBS Tour-V stiff shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Wedges: Ben Hogan TK15 54, 58 degrees with KBS Tour-V X-flex shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Putter: Nike Method Converge B1|01 with Superstroke Flatso 2.0 grip.

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So there are no trees, water, hills, or long grass near you? Arizona?

This was when I lived in northern California. My home course was Bailey Creek. There was water and plenty of trees. I was just a decent golfer back then.

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