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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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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

Irons:   :srixon-small: ZX7 PW-7i, ZX5 6i-5i

Wedges: :cleveland-small:  Zipcore 50°, 58°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

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

Ball: :srixon-small: Z-Star Diamond/ Z-Star XV

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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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Honestly, until used golf ball companies can tell you how long a ball has been sitting in the water, it is a crapshoot. Balls absorb water and decrease performance, that has been tested and studied to death. As new as they can make them look, that doesn't tell you what is on the inside sadly.

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On 6/2/2023 at 9:39 AM, cardia10 said:

Honestly, until used golf ball companies can tell you how long a ball has been sitting in the water, it is a crapshoot. Balls absorb water and decrease performance, that has been tested and studied to death. As new as they can make them look, that doesn't tell you what is on the inside sadly.

I thought golf balls were waterproof?

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6 minutes ago, jaclinto said:

I thought golf balls were waterproof?

Golf balls are not waterproof.   If submerged they will absorb water.  

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On 6/8/2023 at 1:55 PM, cnosil said:

Golf balls are not waterproof.   If submerged they will absorb water.  

I don’t disagree, but I haven’t ever seen any data to back this up. I would be really interested to see a study showing how much water is absorbed, and over what time period. 

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On 6/8/2023 at 1:48 PM, jaclinto said:

I thought golf balls were waterproof?

All mine float!

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