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I am a strong supporter of recycling and reusing things when possible. One of these areas is playing used golf balls. I love the idea of saving money on barely used balls, but I was also curious about the performance of balls that have been retrieved from a water hazard. I bought my last batch of used balls from GolfBallNut and they had an article about waterlogged balls - https://www.golfballnut.com/blogs/golf-ball-nut-blog/waterlogged-golf-balls-fact-or-fiction - seems like there is minimal performance difference... but I wanted to see what you all thought. Anyone have feedback on this?

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I don't know how much variance is found from supplier to supplier of used golf balls.  MGS HQ did include Reloaded ProV1s in their 2021 ball test,   https://mygolfspy.com/buyers-guides/golf-balls/best-golf-balls-2021/

They didn't fair that great.  Compared to,  really any ball.  But they are still a golf ball that generally acts like a golf ball. 

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So if you like the price and the story, you are okay that they aren't as consistent and dont fly a far as new balls,  then they are good for you.

from a pure performance view,  they aren't the same as a new ball. But it would be really hard to say that playing them is costing you in strokes.

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 12° - Accra TZ6 M4

FW Wood:     th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg Gen5 0311 7w  Fujikura Motore X F3

Utility:    :cobra-small: King Forged 20.5° Utility - Catalyst X

Irons:   image.png.cbfb2d938ea45d82004d9bdeb23cf643.pngD7 Forged GW-5i - Recoils

Wedges:   :Sub70:  JB 52° , 286 56°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

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1 hour ago, Digforged said:

To be fair reloads are repainted golf balls and not the same as “found” or “water balls”. 

Yeah,  like i said,  not sure about the quality from one provider to the next. I'm guessing that all the reloaded balls also are found/ water balls with some minor blemishes painted over. 

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 12° - Accra TZ6 M4

FW Wood:     th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg Gen5 0311 7w  Fujikura Motore X F3

Utility:    :cobra-small: King Forged 20.5° Utility - Catalyst X

Irons:   image.png.cbfb2d938ea45d82004d9bdeb23cf643.pngD7 Forged GW-5i - Recoils

Wedges:   :Sub70:  JB 52° , 286 56°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

Cart: image.png.5aa5e9b8c0d6e08a2b12be76a06a07ca.pngOnewheel XR+

Ball: :srixon-small: Z-Star Diamond

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My home course could be characterized as a resort/destination course that has narrow fairways, water and mangroves.  There's a reason why our course is one of the bestselling retail locations for Srixon balls!  I played with a guy about six months ago who lost two dozen balls in 15 holes and had to quite because he ran out!  Without even trying, I'll typically end up with 2-3 found balls a round.  Inevitably, if I go in to find my partner's ball, I'll some out with at least his/her and one or two others.  My rule of thumb to keeping them in my bag for potential use is the following:

(1) if it's a pristine ball I use, recycle and put it in the bag.   

(2) if the discoloration can't be cleaned off with a ball washer-toss it.

(3) if it's decent and a brand I typically don't use-give it away to my friends.  I have friends who typically loose 2-5 balls a round, so they appreciate not having to shell out money for new balls every 3 or 4 rounds.  

(4) if it says "Refinished" toss it in the caged in practice area.   

There's enough variability in my game.  I don't have the mental bandwidth to worry the refinished ball initial condition or if it's really what it says it is.  Heaven knows, I'll find another sleeve of balls in my next round anyway!

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Mizuno GT180 3 wood, with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue 50 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
Callaway Paradym X irons, 5-AW with Aldila Ascent Blue 50 graphite shafts
Edison wedges:  50 degree and 55 degree, KBS Tour Graphite A flex shafts
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