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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. 

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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:  :mizuno-small: S23 54,58 w/ KBS Tour Hi-Rev Blackout - TBD

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.

Ping G400 Max driver | Ping G410 3 & 5 fairway woods | Cleveland Launcher XL HALO 7 wood | Titleist 818 H1 5 hybrid | Titleist T300 6-GW | Titleist SM9 52F & 56S wedges | Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2 or Rife Two Bar Hybrid putter | Bushnell Phantom 2 GPS | Precision Pro NX7 Pro Titleist Pro V1 yellow or Srixon Q-STAR TOUR V4 yellow | GHIN hcp floats between 10 & 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. 

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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"

Shot my age for the 1st time on 7/9/2022 with a 69

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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.

:PXG: GEN 4 Driver 0811 X

:PXG:0211 3 & 5 Fairway Woods 

:mizuno-small:  Mizuno Hot Metal JPC 921 Irons

:PXG:0311 Wedges--56° & 60°

1937606363_Screenshot2022-11-1321.28.32. Blade Putter

Maxfli Tour Golf Ball



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On 11/19/2022 at 4:15 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). 

This would be me exactly.  I do use a fresh ball if it's a truly competitive round though - not a scramble but a men's tournament at the club - I will have a fresh sleeve out for that.  If I loose that sleeve (I can't recall the last time that happened in a competitive round) it doesn't really matter anymore anyway. 🙂  My home course has hazards on 17 holes so if I'm not playing well, I will lose a ball or two per round but when I'm on I can cruise around for 4 or 5 rounds without losing one.  To put it in perspective I did the Titleist buy 3 get 4 dozen deal the last time it was offered and still have over a dozen balls left from it - I can't recall if that was two or three years ago.

Taylor Made Stealth 2 10.5 Diamana S plus 60  Aldila  R flex   - 42.25 inches 

SMT 4 wood bassara R flex, four wood head, 3 wood shaft

Ping G410 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Srixon ZX5 MK II  5-GW - UST recoil Dart 65 R flex

India 52,56 (60 pending)  UST recoil 75's R flex  

Evon roll ER 5 32 inches

It's our offseason so auditioning candidates - looking for that right mix of low spin long, more spin around the greens - TBD   


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I think I’ve had a ball last 18-22 holes 4-5x out of 60+ rounds this year. We’re surrounded by forest, and have multiple ravines, creeks & ponds. But I don’t really lose a lot of balls until fall / winter. Leaf Rule can get me 2x a round and xtall rough can get me 1-2x more. So I can easily lose 4 balls per round on shots that normally would be findable / playable. They stop mowing in late October and even tho u can see where ur ball landed in the rough, when ya get there it might be so deep ya won’t see the ball unless it’s right under ur nose … it takes 4 of us in Nov to find balls in the rough, and we still don’t find them all … so playing by myself is a recipe to lose balls. Next year in October, I’m switching to Kirkland as my fall / winter ball. The ball pocket in my bag was full in Sept & I made the comment to my buddies that it was time to move balls over to my shag bag. But then by mid Oct it was only 1/2 full & by the end of the month I tossed in a dozen “losable” balls I bought off one of our resident “ball farmers”. I only play a new ball in tournaments, which is once a month. I will play a scuffed ball in any of the 3 skins games I play per week … and I’m usually winning at least 1 skin a round … gross or net. We play gross beats net in the big Sat morning game. That said, 2 bad holes with a scuffed ball & I’ll toss it in the pond myself. 

:titelist-small: TSi3 #1-3-5 all with Tensi Blue S-flex

:callaway-small: 2019 Apex Pro black 3 & 4H Catalyst 70 or    

:titelist-small: TSi3 #2-3 depending on how I’m playing. Tensi Blue

:callaway-small: 2019 Calloway Apex Pro black, 5-PW, Catalyst 100 - 6.0, Super Stroker Jumbo   

:cobra-small:  2020 RadSpeed OL 4H, 5-GW … won’t get to actually use till warmer weather

:callaway-small: 2019 PM-grind, 56° & 60°, KBS steel, Green Cap

:taylormade-small: Blue Spider EX

:titelist-small: Pro V1X

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I do lose a few a round, but sometimes I can get 3-4 rounds on the same ball. Depends on me(!!), and the course, conditions, etc...

Driver-Ping g410 SFT, 3W-Callaway Diablo Octane, Hybrids-Snake Eyes Viper 18*+ 21*, Irons-GigaGolf Reva Hybrid Irons 24*- 46*, Wedges-Cleveland CBX2's 50*54*58*, Putter-Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 11c

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I can go up to 36 if I don't lose it in the water.

Played golf for over 50 years until my health and business calendar reduced my time to less then 5 rounds a year. Then 4 years ago I retired, changed my diet and lifestyle, lost 100 pounds and got back on the course. Its been a struggle but things are getting better.

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I will start with a new ball. If it lasts an entire round and not scuffed, then it goes in my bag, and I will use it a back-up ball for another round. That being said, I have no qualms with using that ball to start another round.

Driver: Ping G430 SFT 10.5

Fairway Woods: Ping SFT G425 3-5-7

Irons;    Ping 425 4-LW

Putter:  Odyssey White Hot Tour #1

Ball:      Titleist ProV1

Bag:      Titleist

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Like many of you I will play a ball until lost or scuffed to the point that ball looks chewed — usually 27-36 holes (more if I’m finding fairways and greens).

I find that balls I find last significantly longer than balls I actually paid for — don’t know if that is causation or correlation. 😉 

Driver:  Ping G425 Max (10.5º; Regular )

Fwy:  Cobra King SZ (3; Regular); Ping G410 (5; Regular)

Hybrids: Ping G410 (22º and 26º; Regular)

Irons: Ping G410 (6-U)

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (54º/12º), and Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 (58º/8º)

Putter:  Ping Karsten Anser X

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In general I will use a ball as long as I possibly can provided the cover remains in good shape.  I have been fortunate enough to have used the same ball many times between 18 to 36 holes & I have managed to get 54 holes out of the same single ball every so often too.  I tend to hit down really hard on the ball so at times I will generate a lot of spin & I end up taking a chunk out of the ball where I deem it not in good enough shape to use any longer.  When that happens they go to my basement net ball collection so it's not a "wasted" ball since I can hit them for years without worry of performance issues.     

PXG Gen1 Tour 0311 Irons 4-PW

Ping G425 LST 9 Degree Driver

Ping G410 LST 14.5 Degree 3 Wood

Exotics EX9 18 Degree Hybrid

Titleist Vokey SM9 Wedges - 52, 56, 60 Degrees

Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Putter

Titleist ProV1x Ball #14 

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