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My thread on "Preferred Golf Ball" got me energized to do an assessment of balls in my bag - which is a real potpourri.  I'm going to categorize them for; compression, layer design, and type cover.  Then, based on what an article I found suggests is the best match for my swing speed (90/multi-layered/balata cover), see how those perform on the course as compared to those not meeting those attributes.

 

Results to follow.

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:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver | Official 2019 MGS Tester

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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Balata balls haven't been made in about a decade

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In my :mizuno-small: BR-D4 Stand Bag

:ping-small: G410 LST 9* VA Nemesys 65X
:ping-small: G410 LST 14.5* Tour AD DI 7X
:titelist-small: 818 H2 20* Tour AD DI 85X
:mizuno-small: MP20 HMB 4 Tour AD 95X
:mizuno-small: JPX 919 Tour 5-PW Oban CT 115 X(-)
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 49F - 54S - 59D
:mizuno-small: M Craft II
:bridgestone-small: Tour B X
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Balata balls haven't been made in about a decade

 

Well then, that's going to be a problem  :lol: .  Must have been an older article.  So what is the balata replacement?

:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver | Official 2019 MGS Tester

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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All tour balls are urethane covered, but vary in number of layers (2 to 6) and compression.

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In my :mizuno-small: BR-D4 Stand Bag

:ping-small: G410 LST 9* VA Nemesys 65X
:ping-small: G410 LST 14.5* Tour AD DI 7X
:titelist-small: 818 H2 20* Tour AD DI 85X
:mizuno-small: MP20 HMB 4 Tour AD 95X
:mizuno-small: JPX 919 Tour 5-PW Oban CT 115 X(-)
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 49F - 54S - 59D
:mizuno-small: M Craft II
:bridgestone-small: Tour B X
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All tour balls are urethane covered, but vary in number of layers (2 to 6) and compression.

 

How should I categorize those few leather covered ones do you suppose?  :lol:

:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver | Official 2019 MGS Tester

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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Those balls with feathers in them should be in their own category for sure. :lol:

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Driver:      :mizuno-small:  ST190G on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Fairway:   :mizuno-small:  ST190TS 15° on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Hybrids     :mizuno-small:  CLK 22 & 25 (set to 20° & 23°) on Fujikura SPEEDER

Irons:     :mizuno-small:  MP5 5-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :mizuno-small: MP-T5 52*, 56* & 60* on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: 2018 Select Newport 2

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1X

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:

Range Finder: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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Still, if we play with balls found on the course, who´s to say they ain`t balata?

 

If you can still read the print on the ball, it probably ain't balata.

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Driver:      :mizuno-small:  ST190G on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Fairway:   :mizuno-small:  ST190TS 15° on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Hybrids     :mizuno-small:  CLK 22 & 25 (set to 20° & 23°) on Fujikura SPEEDER

Irons:     :mizuno-small:  MP5 5-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :mizuno-small: MP-T5 52*, 56* & 60* on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: 2018 Select Newport 2

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1X

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:

Range Finder: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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Ah balata balls...golf's one time disposable golf ball. Hit it once with some fresh wedge grooves? Scuffed cover. Hit it off the cart path? Scuffed cover. Hit it off the tree? Stained, scratched cover. Hit it a little thin? Cut cover. 

 

Did some digging and found following brands that made a ball with the word balata on it: Titleist, Ultra, Strata, Top Flite, Ping, Ram Tour, Slazenger, Maxfli, Rawlings, Wilson Staff, Rextar/Bridgestone, Golden Ram, Palmer, Achusnet, Nitro, and Pro Staff. 

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  • :cobra-small: F7+ 3W 14.5* w/ Hzrdus Black 75 6.5
  • :adams-small: Pro DHy 18* w/ Hzrdus Black 85 6.5
  • :callaway-small: X Forged 21* w/ Dynamic Gold X100
  • :mizuno-small: 921 SEL 5-PW w/ Dynamic Gold X100
  • :ping-small: Glide 2.0 Stealth 50*, 54* & 58* w/ AWT 2.0 
  • :ping-small: Vault Arna w/ KBS CT Tour
  • '20 :bridgestone-small: Tour B X
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I still have a few balatas hanging around,but I know I'll lose/wreck them on my first swing, so I don't dare play them. I'm also pretty sure the cover deteriorates over time, so... Anybody know if if this is true?

WITB: 

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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I still have a few balatas hanging around,but I know I'll lose/wreck them on my first swing, so I don't dare play them. I'm also pretty sure the cover deteriorates over time, so... Anybody know if if this is true?

I'm not 100% sure, but I have heard that before and I think it does bear some credibility.

 

Ah balata balls...golf's one time disposable golf ball. Hit it once with some fresh wedge grooves? Scuffed cover. Hit it off the cart path? Scuffed cover. Hit it off the tree? Stained, scratched cover. Hit it a little thin? Cut cover. 

 

Did some digging and found following brands that made a ball with the word balata on it: Titleist, Ultra, Strata, Top Flite, Ping, Ram Tour, Slazenger, Maxfli, Rawlings, Wilson Staff, Rextar/Bridgestone, Golden Ram, Palmer, Achusnet, Nitro, and Pro Staff. 

 

Balata covered rocks?   

 

 

Still, if we play with balls found on the course, who´s to say they ain`t balata?

 

Found a "Strata balata" with MGS Big Stu a few weeks back.  I did some research on it...urethane.  It was back when urethane was becoming popular and some companies were making "balata like" covers.  

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SkyCaddie SX400
OGIO Silencer:  Followed by Arccos
:ping-small: G410+, Tensei Orange
:nike-small: Vapor Fly 3, Diamana Blue, Covert 2.0 3H, Kuro Kage Black
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Wilson D7 Irons 4-GW,  Dynamic Gold AMT
:ping-small: Glide  52, 56 ES
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OK. finally got around to this while getting the bag and clubs all squared away for the trip to Yuma.  I knew my bag was stuffed with too many balls, but was surprised to tally 68!  Here was the breakdown:

Titleist ProV1; 7

Titleist ProV1x; 12

Titleist AVX; 2

Titleist NXT; 4

Bridgestone E6; 9

Callaway Chrome Soft; 11

Callaway Warbird; 3

Callaway Hex Soft; 2

TaylorMade Burner; 3

TaylorMade Lethal; 1

TaylorMade NXT; 2

Noodle Long & Soft; 4

Slazenger Raw Distance; 2

Wilson Tour Velocity; 1

Wilson Ultra; 1

Srixon Soft Feel; 2

Srixon Marathon; 1

Srixon Distance; 1

While playing last winter, one of the courses has a guy that sells used balls at great prices, so I picked up some extra Titleist, TM and Callaway.  I'm pretty sure I only had a couple dozen to start, so the others were finds.  Like I stated, I've always tended to play a smorgasbord of golf balls - giving little consideration to how they might help or hinder my game.

I'm using this link (chart) to categorize them as it sounds like 90 compression or less best matches my swing speed.

https://golf-info-guide.com/golf-tips/equipment-choices/golf-ball-compression-chart-and-rank/

I'll cull out those that don't match well and take a couple dozen with me to start the season.  I wonder how many I'll come home with next spring? 😄

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:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver | Official 2019 MGS Tester

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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