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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.

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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- Odessey 7

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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.

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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: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7S

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. 

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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!!!

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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.

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:callaway-small: Mavrik Max 10.5* R Flex Evenflow RipTide
:cleveland-small: Hy-Wood
:cleveland-small: Launcher 5h
:wilson_staff_small: D7 6i-GW
: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.

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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). 

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15*  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype        
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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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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”

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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.

 

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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- Odessey 7

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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.  

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Ping G400 SFT with a Matrix MFS 5 Korean Prototype Senior shaft, 12 degrees
Callaway Epic Flash 15 degree 3 wood, with a stock Project X Evenflow 45 grams senior shaft.  
Mizuno GT180 with a Tensei CK Blue 50 gram senior shaft
Ping G 20.5 degree 7 wood, with a stock Alta 65 gram senior shaft
Ping G hybrid 5 (26 degrees) with stock Alta 70 gram senior shafts.
Ping G30 irons 6-W, Yellow dot with graphite Fujikura EXS 60i R2-Flex shafts
Edison wedges:  50 degrees, 55 degrees and 60 degrees, 2 degrees up with KBS Tour Graphite A flex shafts
Putters:  Evnroll ER10 Outback
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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.

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Ping G425 Max

Callaway Epic Max 5 wood

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Callaway Epic Max 11 wood

PXG 0311P Gen. 3  6-GW

PXG 0211 5-GW

PXG 0211 sand wedge bent to 53 degrees

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 60 degree

Evnroll ER2

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

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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. 

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:taylormade-small: 3 Wood, SLDR  HL 17*  R Flex

:taylormade-small: 5 Wood, SLDR 19* R Flex

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, F6 22.5* R Flex

:Sub70: 939x 5 hybrid

:Sub70: Irons, 699 Pro's S Flex (6 - AW)

:Sub70:  JB Wedge 56*

:cleveland-small: Wedge, CBX 60*

:odyssey-small: Putter, Marksman Fang 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 G425 Max 9° w/Ventus Velocore Blue-5S

Ping G410 3 wood 16° w/Ventus Velocore Blue-6R tipped 1"

PXG 0211 19.5° 7 wood w/Project X Evenflow Riptide CB 40 5.0

Callaway Rogue 19° hybrid regular

PXG Gen 3 0311XF 5 - G steel regular

Corey Paul wedges bent to 53° and 58°

Taylormade Spider X 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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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

:taylormade-small:: Rescue 3 & 4, Aldila Reax 65 S

:ping-small:: G15 5i -SW, AMT S

Iron A Nelson: 58 deg, LB 

:ping-small:: Putter, 2i B60

:srixon-small:: Q-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:


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Driver:     :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 10.5* ... AD-IZ 6SR
Fairway:  :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 15/18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:      :taylormade-small: UDi 18* ... Even Flow Black 85R
                 :taylormade-small: DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
Irons:        :cobra-small: 4-Pw MIM Tour ... Steelfiber i95R
Wedges:   :taylormade-small: MG3 50*/MG3 58* LB ... Steelfiber i95R
Putter:      :cleveland-small: Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:           Maxfli     Maxfli Tour '22/TP5x '21

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