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I'm curious as to how many rounds or holes for that matter before you change out your ball?  Do some just keep using the same ball until it is lost or gets scuffed up too bad?  Every round a new ball is used? There are so many members with varying handicaps I just thought it would be interesting to hear about. Have fun.

D- Ping G 400 SFT

16*- Adams Tight Lie

19*- Adams Tight Lie

4H- Ping G 400

5-U- Ping G 400

SW- Nike

56*- Ping Glide 2

P- Sub70 004 Mallet

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I normally put a new ball in play every round and will keep it in play for the whole 18 (assuming it isn't lost or drowned during play).  I will take a ball out of play that has become scuffed from a cart path or otherwise damaged even slightly.  When I'm playing a more casual round, I'll often just grab one that has been played but still in good condition.  Scuffed or blemished balls will be tossed or added to a shag bag.   Before moving here, I used to take bags of used golf balls to the VA hospital for their course.

Driver: :callaway-small: Rogue ST Max (10.5* set at -1 and neutral) -- Mitsubishi Tensai Blue 55g R shaft

Fairway: :callaway-small: Rogue ST Max 3 wood (16.5*) and Heaven Wood (20*)-- Tensai Blue 55g R shaft

Hybrids: :callaway-small: Rogue ST Max 5H (23*)--Tensai Blue 55g R shaft

Irons:  :callaway-small: Apex CF19 6-9, PW, AW -- KBS Tour Graphite  TGI 70 shafts R +1/2 inch 3* upright

Wedges: Edison 53* and  57* KBS PGI 80 Graphite +1/2 inch 2* upright

Putter: L.A.B. DF 2.1 -- BGT Stability shaft

Ball:  Maxfli TourX...Golf Bag: :ping-small: Pioneer...Shoes: :footjoy-small: Hyperflex... Glove: Red Rooster Feather


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I'm happy when a ball simply lasts a full round truthfully. Although it worked a little better for me this year where i had a few last 20+ holes. 

Usually mine get lost rather than blemished to the point I can't use them. 

⛳🛄 as of Nov 6, 2023 (Past WITB
Driver:  :callaway-small: Paradym TD w/ GD ADDI 6X Driver Shootout! 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ Motore F1 Shaft

Irons:   :titleist-small: T Series - T200 5 Iron
                                          T150 6-9 Iron
                                          T100 PW/GW

Wedge:  Toura Golf - A Spec 53,37,61 degree 

Putter:  Screenshot 2023-06-02 13.10.30.png Mezz Max!

Balls:     Vice Pro Plus Drip (Blue/Orange)


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2 hours ago, Dweed said:

Do some just keep using the same ball until it is lost or gets scuffed up too bad? 

Yep! That's me!!  I usually start a round with one slightly used ball and one that I don't care if I lose.  I'll play the good one on most holes and the other on the 3 holes where I could put it into water.  There is no OB that I could reach with my worst shot, and the trees are not so thick that you can't find the ball.  That's not to say that I haven't lost a ball in the rough!  Most rounds I will end with the same two balls.  If I lose the old ball, the newer one becomes my old ball and I introduce a new ball.  I have kept a ball in play for a month playing 2-3 rounds a week.  On the other hand I have lost both balls on the same hole... more than once!!!

We don’t stop playing the game because we get old; we get old because we stop playing the game.”

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I always start a round with a new ball. I'll toss scuffed ones into my shag bag and I'll only grab one of those if I run low on new balls, which thankfully is happening less and less.

In my  :wilson_staff_small:  carry bag:
:mizuno-small: ST-X 10.5* Kai'li Blue R Flex
:mizuno-small: ST-Z 15* Kai/li Blue R Flex
:mizuno-small: ST-Z 4h Linq Blue R Flex
:cleveland-small: Launcher 5h
:cleveland-small: Launcher CBX 6i-PW
:cleveland-small: CBX 54* & 58*
:cleveland-small: Huntington Beach #10
:bridgestone-small: e12 Contact

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I generally play a ball as long as I can without losing it or sending it for a swim.  I play a tight course with lots of trees and very thick Bermuda rough.  If I don’t track a shot in the rough, it’s easy to lose one.  That said, until it won’t clean up or is bruised from hitting a tree or a cart path, it stays in play.  I have had a few that have made it through 54 holes.

:titleist-small: 917D2 driver

:callaway-small: 3 wood

:titleist-small: TS2 19 degree and 21 degree hybrids

:PXG:0211 5-GW irons

:ping-small: Glide 56 and 60 degree wedges

:odyssey-small: EXO7 putter :garsen: MAX grip

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It's very unusual for me to get an entire round out of a single ball. I did have one that went 31 holes last year, and just lost one last week that went over 36 holes - but again that's highly unusual. I usually lose 1-3 balls a round...🥴 In my defense, my home course has knee to waist high rough (second cut) in quite a few places, and fall leaves aren't helping right now.

It's very rare for me to wear out a ball. I have lost a couple that literally had one stroke, into the woods off the first tee...🤫

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I play a ball until it is lost.   I typically just grab a ball from my bag and off we go.  I can go 5/6 rounds without losing a ball or I can lose 2/3 in a single round.  Depends on course and season (lots of leaves this time of year). 

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15*  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 915H 21* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype        
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :titleist-small: 54/12D, 60/8M w/:Accra iWedge 90 Graphite
Putter:   Sacks Parente MC 3 Stripe

Backup Putters:  :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, :seemore-small: mFGP2, :cameron-small: Futura 5W, :taylormade-small:TM-180

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Ditto - play until it is lost. That could be five rounds at the Prairie Club, or five balls at Whispering Creek….

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik SubZero 9* Neutral w stock Evenflow Riptide R flex shaft
3W  Titelist TS2 15* Draw w Tensei Blue R flex
3H, 4H Cobra One Length F9 Speedback hybrids (1”short) w Fujikura Atmos R flex shaft
5I-GW Cobra Forged TEC Black One Length (1”short, 2* flat) KBS 90 R flex shafts
56, 60 Cobra King MIM One Length Black (1” short) KBS HiRev2.0 125 S flex shafts
ER7  or Scotty Futura X - 35”

OnCore Elixr (lemon or lime)

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I appreciate your all's input and honesty. 1 good take away for me was when Caddie1966 mentioned his ball had been marked up from hitting a tree. Good to hear. I've had a mild battle going with friends who stated that wood couldn't make a permanent mark on a ball and I was of the opposite opinion. Thanks all.


D- Ping G 400 SFT

16*- Adams Tight Lie

19*- Adams Tight Lie

4H- Ping G 400

5-U- Ping G 400

SW- Nike

56*- Ping Glide 2

P- Sub70 004 Mallet

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As with many others above, I'll pull a ball out of my bag and will keep it in play (typically for multiple rounds) until it meets its demise in water, mangroves or OB.   Right now, I think I'm on my fourth or fifth straight round with my OnCore Vero X1 ball.  Given my home course, Key West Golf Club, with narrow fairways, water, mangroves and/or OB on just about every hole, that's pretty good.  

Even though I don't lose too many golf balls, I know for certain there are a bunch of people who do and have to put multiple other balls in play!  As the Southernmost golf course, we have a lot of visitors who play our course.   Since many are not familiar with course and underestimate the trouble out there, it's amazing how many golf balls that I find without even trying during a normal round of golf.   I would conservatively say it's 2-4 balls a round (again without even trying).   Even giving away balls to my playing partners who like certain brands, I have to do a ball purge about once a month just to keep my cart bag weight down so the course staff do not get hernias.  

Ping G430 Max driver 10.5 degrees with an Alta Quick45 gram senior shaft
Callaway Epic 3 wood, Project X Evenflow Green 45 gram senior shaft  
Callaway GBB Epic Heavenwood, with a Mitsubishi Diamana 50 gram senior shaft
Ping G 20.5 degree 7 wood, with a stock Alta 65 gram senior shaft
Ping G 26 degree hybrid, stock Alta 65 gram senior shaft
Callaway Paradym X irons, 7-AW with Aldila Ascent Blue 50 graphite shafts
Edison wedges:  50, 55 and 60 degree, KBS Tour Graphite A flex shafts
Putters:  L.A.B. Direct Force 2.1 putter, 34.5" long, 67 degrees lie
2022 MGS Tester:  Shot Scope Pro XL+ with H4  
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I’m so inconsistent that I can go 3 rounds with the same ball and then lose 3 balls the next time I play. I only replace a ball when it gets scuffed up.

14 of the following:

Ping G430 Max 10.5 degree

Callaway 2023 Big Bertha 3 wood set to 17 degrees

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Callaway Epic Max 11 wood

Ping Eye 2 BeCu 2-SW

Mizuno 923 JPX HM HL 6-GW

Hogan sand wedge 56 degree bent to 53

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 60 degree

Evnroll ER2

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

Cheap Top Flite mallet putter from Dick's, currently holding down first place in the bag

TaylorMade Mini Spider

Bridgestone XS

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I put a ball in play until it is damaged or lost. It can be one round or a dozen rounds. I make it a challenge to see how long I can keep one in play. It helps that my club  has a limited amount of cart paths. Usually right by the tee box and by the green in the cart parking area. So damage isn't much of a concern. 

:titleist-small: Driver, TSi 1 S Flex

:cobra-small: 3 wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex

:cobra-small: 5 wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex 

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex 

:cobra-small: 5 Hybrid King Tec MMT R Flex

:cobra-small: Irons, Tour UST Recoil 95 R Flex (6 - Gap)

:cobra-small: Wedges, Snakebite KBS Hi- Rev2.0 54* & 60*

:cobra-small: Agera 35"

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On 11/19/2022 at 3:15 PM, cnosil said:

I play a ball until it is lost.   I typically just grab a ball from my bag and off we go.  I can go 5/6 rounds without losing a ball or I can lose 2/3 in a single round.  Depends on course and season (lots of leaves this time of year). 

Same for me.  On my home course I seldom lose a ball, but I lost 3 the last time I played due to the fallen leaves.  If I play an unfamiliar or difficult course, I make sure to have plenty of extra balls in the bag.  If a ball becomes scuffed, it goes into the practice bucket.

Ping G430 Max 10k 9° w/UST MP5 L-Flex

Ping G425 3 wood 14.5° w/Ventus Velocore Blue-6R tipped 1"

Cleveland Halo Launcher 5 wood 18° with Project X Cypher R

Callaway Rogue 19° hybrid regular

PXG Gen 3 0311XF 5 - G steel regular

Corey Paul wedges bent to 53° and 58°

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5 putter

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Best record was 2 rounds with 1 ball... but normally I lose them befor they are scuffed 😄

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:callaway-small: X2 Hot 3 Deep 14.5* w/ Aldila Tour Green 75 S
:taylormade-small: JetSpeed 5W 19* w/ Matrix Velox T 69 S OR :adams-small: Super LS 3H 19* w/ Kuro Kage Black 80 S
:mizuno-small: JPX919 Forged 4-PW w/ Modus3 105 S
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 50/08F, 54/14F & 58/08M w/ Modus3 115 Wedge
:EVNROLL: ER1 34" w/ SuperStroke Fatso 2.0
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I’ve played up to approx 60 holes, primarily with Srixon Q Star Tour.  By that time, the color gets worn some.  Usually before that time, it goes in my left pocket and used for drops or replacement of a lost ball.  I lose balls infrequently so not uncommon to semi retire a ball from play, but eventually will lose.  I might use it on a tee that has a water hazard in play. 

:callaway-small: Driver: Fusion, 9 deg, UST Recoil 450 ES F3/2

:ping-small: 430 MAX 4w (5w head delofted 1* with 3w shaft), 7w, 5h w/ Alta CB Soft Regular shaft

:mizuno-small: JPX923 HM 6i - GW w/ UST Recoil 460 ESX F3

:cleveland-small: RTX6 52* and 56* with Recoil 760 ESX F2 

:odyssey-small: Versa DB DoubleWide 

:srixon-small:: Z-Star Tour

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... I start with a new ball every round. Back in the Midwest I often played a ball for 36 but the harsh desert conditions can make a new ball look old in a few holes. Being a desert, everything is sand based and even keeping the ball in the middle of the fairway and on every green 🤥  it will still look used. Not that the used look neccessarily effects performance but why take the chance and I just don't like playing with "range balls" which is how they look to me. New and used for one round:


Driver:     :taylormade-small:    Qi10 10.5* ... Ventus Red Velocore 5R
Fairway:  :taylormade-small:    Qi10 5 wood ... Kai'li Blue 60R
Hybrids:  :ping-small:        430 Hybrid 22*... Diamana LTD 65r  
                  :taylormade-small:    DHy #4 ... Steelfiber 780Hy  
Irons:       :titleist-small:           '23 T200 5-Pw ... Steelfiber i95r
Wedges:  :titleist-small:           Vokey 50*/54*/58* ... Steelfiber i95r
Putter:     :cobra-small:    Sport-60 33" 
Ball:           Maxfli/:taylormade-small:  Maxfli Tour/TP5x

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I normally lose just under one ball per round.  So most of the time "fate", "karma", "the golf gods collecting their toll", will force me to break out a new ball before it has a chance to get too scuffed to be played.  I actually just for the first or second time I can recall, ceremoniously depositing a ball in the pond next to 18, after finishing a round.  I think that was the 3rd round I had gotten out of it, and while not lost it had struck some trees, a cart path or two, and when I looked at it, I decided it was too beat up to attempt a fourth round.

Driver: Cobra King Speedzone

Irons:  :callaway-small: Mavrik 4-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CG-14 56 & RTX 52

Putter:  :ping-small: Scottsdale Wolverine

Woods:  Gigagolf  3W, 2H, 3H

Ball:  Srixon Z-Star XV 

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I will go 4-5 rounds without losing a ball, but I stop using them if they get scuffed at all. There is one hole where I play that has a cart path cut right across the fairway right about the distance of an off center strike with the driver, I must have ruined about a dozen golf balls on that cart path this year. 

Driver:  Titleist TSR4
3 Wood: Taylormade Stealth Plus
2 Iron: Mizuno Pro Fli Hi
4-GW IronsMIZUNO PRO 225
Wedges 51* and 56*: Honma TII World
Putter: PXG Spitfire GEN2


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Anyone have a specific brand of golf ball that seemed to last longer than another? Not so much relevant now, but the golf balls that lasted me the longest on course were some of the older Nike RZN blacks. It really is a golf ball that I miss and really enjoyed playing. I had several last 27 plus holes... since then Tour Response has been a ball that seems to stay in play for longer before being lost. 

⛳🛄 as of Nov 6, 2023 (Past WITB
Driver:  :callaway-small: Paradym TD w/ GD ADDI 6X Driver Shootout! 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ Motore F1 Shaft

Irons:   :titleist-small: T Series - T200 5 Iron
                                          T150 6-9 Iron
                                          T100 PW/GW

Wedge:  Toura Golf - A Spec 53,37,61 degree 

Putter:  Screenshot 2023-06-02 13.10.30.png Mezz Max!

Balls:     Vice Pro Plus Drip (Blue/Orange)


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48 minutes ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

Anyone have a specific brand of golf ball that seemed to last longer than another? 

For me it’s any ball I find. Seems like lost balls just wanna be found and stay in play. I wish my purchased balls feel the same way. 

D: :taylormade-small: Stealth - HZRD Smoke BLK 
3W: :titleist-small: TSR3 - :Fuji: TR 🔴
5W: :taylormade-small: Stealth  - :Fuji: 🔴
Irons: :titleist-small: T200 - Project X LZ 6.0
Wedge: :taylormade-small: MG3 46/53/59
Putter: :scotty-small: Select Squareback 1.5 - 2018
Ball: :taylormade-small: Tour Response vs :titleist-small: AVX
Bag: Jones
Other: :Arccos:

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Usually I will play a ball 1 to 3 rounds.  If it gets scuffed up, but still playable, it will turn into a water ball.

  • Driver _ Ping G400 Max
  • Woods _ Ping G410 3 & 5 | Cleveland Launcher XL HALO 7
  • Hybrid _ Titleist 818 H1 5 
  • Irons _ Titleist T300 6-GW
  • Wedges _ Titleist SM9 52F & 56S
  • Putter _ Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2 or Rife Two Bar Hybrid
  • Distance _ Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS | Precision Pro NX7 Pro
  • Ball _ Titleist Pro V1 yellow
  • GHIN _ HCP floats between 8 & 12

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I use the ball until It's lost or scuffed.

Driver  9 degree Ping G425 MAX

3-wood   taylormade m6 15 degree

5 - 7 woods  PXG

6-pw taylormade m6

ping wedges  BECU 1984

Putter   Callaway Toulon Design Indianapolis 

Ball   Titleist Pro V1 X   and  V1    and  left dash and left dot    and sometimes   AVX  




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Usually I'll play with same ball for whole round then toss it back to my bag as a practice ball or toss it into a box for my son to use. He's about 25-30 HC and often loses the ball. When my ball gets scuffed up due to cart paths, I'll change it.

When I lose my ball, it's often to watery graves on couple par 5 holes at my home club, Silo Ridge CC. 

62 yr old's Bag of Hacking Utensils 

TSR2 10* Ventus Blue Velocore 6-S

Callaway Paradym 3HL & hybrid 21*

Callaway Paradym 5-AW AMT Black S300

SM9 52* & 58*

Odyssey DART 47"

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It depends on when I put the last new ball in play. If I put it in play half way through the previous round I probably start the next round with it. I won't go more than 36 holes with a ball and that is pretty rare. We have coquina/sand cart paths (no drops) that don't really mar a golf ball. Trees will discolor a ball but most of my damage comes from bladed bunker shots. Occasionally I will lose a ball in a water hazard, whoops, penalty area.  Also, we have an older tree with an opening in the base that is just right of the 18th green. Many times I will toss my ball in that opening to pay homage to the golf trolls/tree monkeys in hopes that I will get favorable bounces my next round. "I'm not superstitious but I am a little stitious."

:titleist-small: TSR4 10* Graphite Design UB-5R

:titleist-small: TSR2 15* Tensei Blue 75R

:titleist-small: TSR2 18* Tensei Blue 75R

:srixon-small: ZX Utility iron 20* Recoil 95g F3

:mizuno-small: Mizuno Pro 225 5-PW Recoil 95g F3

:vokey-small: SM9 48-54-58

:scotty-cameron-1: Super Select Newport 34.5"

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Callaway Epic Soeed 9,5-10.5* UST Mamiya ATTAS Speed Series T1100 50 Graphite

Callaway Epic Flash 3W 15* or Epic Flash 5W  (Depends on course)

CallawayEpic Super 3H, 4H, 5H, 6H

Callaway Epic Max Irons 5-9

Callaway Jaws wedges P,56*,60*, 64*

Odessey Triple Track S Putter

Since I learned back in the day of O-ring and balata balls, 3 new balls per round + 1 (for a provisional (usually a colored ball).  As I said back in the day of balata balls it was easy for your ball to become unplayable (scuffs,smiles).  So it's hard for me to play a ball for more than 6 holes whether the ball is good, like clockwork, change every 6 holes.  Expensive, yes, but at 82 I shoot my age or better most of the time.



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I start out with a new ball however at the end of the round if it is unscathed it goes in my bag's top pocket to use again.  Otherwise it goes to the basement pocket and won't get used again.  Sometimes when they accumulate I'll throw them in the washer with a bunch of towels then pick out the good ones.  I donate the scuffed ones to a teaching pro.

:cobra-small:  LTDx Drive

:cobra-small:  LTDx 3, 5 & 7 Fairway Metals

:mizuno-small: Mizuno Hot Metal JPC 921 Irons

:PXG:0311 Wedges--56° & 60°

:PXG: Blade Putter

:maxfli: Tour Golf Ball



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