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NPG Episode 93: Are We Running Out of Golf Balls?


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Duration: 00:27:20

Golf manufacturers are feeling the squeeze from material shortages and skyrocketing shipping costs. Is your ball on the chopping block?

🏆 Best Water Bottles 2021: https://mygolfspy.com/best-water-bottle-buyers-guide-2021/

0:00 Intro
0:17 Potential golf ball shortage?
5:28 Shipping costs, material shortages to blame
8:41 When will golfers feel the effects?
10:26 More reasons not to play refurbished balls
13:30 The Most Wanted Bottle Buyer's Guide
20:44 MAILBAG!: New limits on driver shaft length?
26:31 Outro/Tony WITB update?

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Great, golf balls are now heading the way of ammo 😐. If everyone runs out and buys a couple dozen+, we'll likely create a shortage.  On the plus side, I have never fallen head over heels in love with any particular ball (have a handful of make/models I prefer) and have a healthy cache of used balls to fill the gap. 

Regarding the refurbished balls and "don't use them" commentary.... meh.  

 

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5 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:
Duration: 00:27:20

 

Golf manufacturers are feeling the squeeze from material shortages and skyrocketing shipping costs. Is your ball on the chopping block?

🏆 Best Water Bottles 2021: https://mygolfspy.com/best-water-bottle-buyers-guide-2021/

0:00 Intro
0:17 Potential golf ball shortage?
5:28 Shipping costs, material shortages to blame
8:41 When will golfers feel the effects?
10:26 More reasons not to play refurbished balls
13:30 The Most Wanted Bottle Buyer's Guide
20:44 MAILBAG!: New limits on driver shaft length?
26:31 Outro/Tony WITB update?

 

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Hey, dont look at me.  I havent bought golf balls in over a year.

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Whats in my Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag?

Woods: Tommy Armour Atomic 10.5* 

Hybrid: Mizuno MP Fli-Hi 3H

Irons: Mizuno T-Zoid True 5, 7 and 9-irons

Wedge: Mizuno S18 54* and Top Flite chipper

Putter: Mizuno Bettinardi A-02

Ball: Maxfli Tour X

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I didn't get to finish the episode yesterday, but I don't doubt what Tony said about the potential for a ball shortage - especially with DTC companies. I may wind up switching to something more readily available, but I'm not sure what ball that will be so I ordered 5 dozen MTB-X from Snell while they have stock.

I should have enough of my current stock to get me through the rest of the year and be set for the '22 season. Hopefully, the issue won't extend into 2023, but at least I'll have 12 months to try and place an order or find a replacement if it does.

Driver: Mizuno ST190 9.5* Aldila RIP Alpha 60 S
Fairway Wood: Mizuno ST190 15* Fujikura Atmos Blue 6S
Hyrbrid: Mizuno CLK 19* Fujikura Speeder EVO HB
Irons: Bridgestone J40 CB (4-PW) Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 50*, 54*, & 58* Nippon Modus 3 105
Putter: Cleveland Huntington Beach SOFT Premier 4 34"
Ball: Snell MTB-X
Bag: 2017 Titleist Players 5 Stand Bag

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On 9/7/2021 at 7:21 PM, fixyurdivot said:

Great, golf balls are now heading the way of ammo 😐. If everyone runs out and buys a couple dozen+, we'll likely create a shortage.  On the plus side, I have never fallen head over heels in love with any particular ball (have a handful of make/models I prefer) and have a healthy cache of used balls to fill the gap. 

Regarding the refurbished balls and "don't use them" commentary.... meh.  

 

I am the same way until I tried the Bridgestone Tour B X, there are prob other balls that I could sub for it but I really like it played really well around the green for me. 

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This is purely anecdotal but it seems like there are people who play tour yellow balls for no reason other than how few other people do, and how much harder it would be to pretend you thought someone else's was yours.

Nothing wrong with that but hard not to laugh to myself imagining the look on their faces when all the white Q-stars and Chromesofts and AVX's have been gobbled up and they find the treeline between fairways littered with yellow ones.

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I don't understand the reasons behind the alleged shortages.

I've seen the shortages discussed, but I may have missed any opinions as to the reasons.

I thought playing yellow balls were to be able to see them better, but maybe not.

 

Seeing the ball is why weekday morning playing seniors like myself don't like to be hurried on the golf course.

"Ready golf" doesn't work for us.  We play in traditional order so that long shots have eight eyes on them.

Finding the ball right away is faster than looking for it when you never see it land.

 

 

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