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The AVX thread reminded me of the golf ball situation.

 

Even before Spalding bailed from the golf business, they had stopped making the Original Top Flite ball (not the XL)  which led the revolution that eventually obsoleted wound golf balls. 

 

And ever since that model went out of production, I haven't been particularly loyal to any golf ball brand or model.

 

The old Top Flite was the most consistent ball that I ever hit.  It was the only ball that performed noticeably better for me.  All of the other non-wound balls were, equally to one another,  just OK,

 

and the wound ones--the alleged "pro" models or surlyn covered ones alike--clearly added strokes to my scorecard.

 

I'm not the first person I've ever known to miss a discontinued golf ball.

 

When I was younger, lots of the guys who were the age that I am now--

 

in other words, presently dead guys--

 

talked about a "K" model Titleist from the past being more workable than the top of the line wound Titleists that were available then. 

 

I had probably played this revered ball at some time in my youth, never to purchase another dozen after they all smiled at me through their paper thin covers.

 

The pro preferred balls had natural balata rubber covers in those pre-urethane days, while the "lesser "balls, wound and solid alike, had the much maligned Surlyn synthetic covers.  But Spalding's  particular polymer worked on the Top Flite

 

I don't what it was about the original Top Flite, often disparagingly called the Rock Flite, that was so suited to my game.  It came off the long clubs like a bullet, and spun hard off the short ones, but only if they had broad, flat soles. It was as if Spalding was customizing golf balls for their own iron models.

 

Well, that's my ode to the old, original Top Flite.  As I've mentioned before, I played Pro V1s in more recent times because I got them as gifts.  Otherwise, I played what was on sale.  But if whatever company that makes Top Flite now re-introduced the original, well, I guess it wouldn't matter.  I can't play anyway.

 

 

 

 

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I have a friend who is a scratch golfer.  He told me to try the Wilson zip ball for 2 dozen $20 at Wally World.  I love a ProV1 but just can't afford them.  The Zip ball is fantastic for the money.  And I've had them stop on the green nicely.  Worth a try for that money.

 

 

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So as I reread this, ( I was posting in a hurry and didn't reread), I realize that this sounded good as I was typing, but probably did not come out as intended. Sorry about that.

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