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If I cut or scuff my ball bad enough, I’ll pull out a new Snell MTB Black. But I’ll play the same ball for 18 holes or more if it’s not damaged.

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I've been playing the past 27 holes with the same -ProV1x.  I plan on using it until is gets scuffed or is unfindable.  

(I have now just jinxed myself for posting this)

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Basically until I lose it. If i use it the whole round then it goes back in the bag until I eventually lose it.

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Play it until I lose it. I can usually get a couple rounds out of a ball but sometimes it's a couple of balls per round. 😬  😆

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I usually play it until I lose it or gets a scuff on it from hitting the cart path...Sometimes if I’m playing terrible (chunk/blade/top/etc), I’ll try to switch up the balls For good mojo, but that usually doesn’t work out, no matter how much I want to pin my troubles on the ball...

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Play it until I lose it! Unless I'm trying out a new ball. Then I'll play it for a few holes then go back to my original for comparison. 

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I generally change balls every 36 holes (Pro V1x) unless I really put a mark on it or loose it. I find that the Pro v1 are the most durable balls.

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So I normally play one ball a side/9 (unless lost or damaged). However if I get hot on front 9 or have like back to back birdies for holes 8,9 then superstition kicks in and I will keep that ball in play for remainder of round. :)

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I lose them before they get any signs of damage... but if I'm playing like s*** (like losing 3 per round), I'll switch to s***** balls and put the goods ones back in the bag.

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Play until I lose it, which balls are starting to last me more and more holes. Played 65 holes with a ball (new record) and hit it in to hillside rough that was pretty wet, never found it! That was the most frustrating ball loss for me

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On 5/24/2020 at 3:58 PM, djaxgolf21 said:

Do you change you ball during a round? Not a different brand/type but just a newer ball.

Yes and no. 

I grab 3 balls to start my round. I rotate between the three from tee to tee based on the accumulation of dirt. 

If one gets knicked or scuffed then it goes in the shag bag and a fresh one comes out.

At the end of the round they go back in my bag. I will use them as many rounds as I can. Usually I can get 3-5 rounds per ball. 

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Depends on what I am doing--- If I am knocking it around with friends I will play a scuff--- Now if we are playing a shootout and side bets it is a new ball when needed-- or  go into one of the vintage bags for play later or the shag bag. Right now I am playing mostly Srixon Soft Feels or Call Away Super Softs--  I have about 2 dozen Soft Feels and 4 dozen Super Softs all won on gift certificates in the Dog Fights. I can play those balls both modern and vintage golf. In fact I have one old poor Soft Feel I have beat the paint off of. I think I played like 72 holes regular play and then 18 or so vintage and it resides in the shag bag for now. If I am just messing around I will play one even with wedge scuff marks

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On 5/24/2020 at 5:58 PM, djaxgolf21 said:

Do you change you ball during a round? Not a different brand/type but just a newer ball.

As needed, but I'll try to play the entire round with the same ball.

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I don't change a ball unless it's lost or badly damaged from a rock or cart path. 

I admit that in non-competitive rounds, I keep a clean version of the same ball in my pocket to putt with as I don't usually bring a towel onto the putting green. Yes, I think this is technically not legal, but I'm willing to make the compromise.

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I'll play a ball till the end of a round, but if it's all scuffed it goes to the shag bag. Like last week, I made it the whole 18 on one ball, but after two paths and an oak, that ball was done.

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For most normal rounds I start with two balls, a new or new-ish one and one that has a round or two on it.  I play the new-ish one on all holes except #3, #9, #12, #15, and #18.  On those holes I play the "experienced" ball, because those are the holes that have water if I make a bad swing.  After a round the new ball becomes an "experienced" ball, and the cycle begins again.  The "experienced" balls are also my practice balls for chipping and pitching.

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