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    Golf Balls and High Handicapper

    Does ball choice mean all that much to a high handicapper? Is there a particular cheap ball I should look at? Or just keep buying those mixed sets of "recovered" balls you find most places? Or just buy any of the cheap dozens they sell at Target?
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    I typically recommend staying away from tour balls with a urethane because they tend to add sidespin that will hurt a player struggling with keeping the ball straight. Early on I would purchase cheap balls and just work on getting a feel for the game. Once you know what your looking for I'd find one consistent ball you like so that you can learn to count on a ball and its characteristics. I prefer Bridgestone balls and recommend a ball fitting on their website.
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    Thanks Lambro, I figured as much. The ball fitter recommends the e6 or e7, which I assume are the "most forgiving" balls.
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    The Wilson Duo, Wilson Zip and Nike Mojo are some of my favorite cheapo balls.

    The Wilson's are pretty low compression from my experience with them but fly well and have some green holding capability.

    The mojo is a bit firmer than the Wilson balls.

    Pinnacle gold is another decent cheap ball from my limited experience.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Splendorlex View Post
    Does ball choice mean all that much to a high handicapper? Is there a particular cheap ball I should look at? Or just keep buying those mixed sets of "recovered" balls you find most places? Or just buy any of the cheap dozens they sell at Target?
    Yes, I think it can...depending on what you are looking for. As you look into this more you will learn that different balls have different characteristics that really do promote and help different elements of the game. This was a bit of a mind blowing concept to me maybe a year ago before I became active on THP. This may not be right, but here's how I think of it:

    Premium balls - they purport to do it all

    Almost premium - urethane covers and some amount of lesser technology than the premiums

    "Good" distance balls - no urethane cover but added technologies to affect performance (e.g., e6)

    "Regular" distance balls - cheaper balls that tend to promote distance at the expense of greenside performance.

    For a few bucks more you can play the e6 (there are others but this is the one I play and know) that really will help keep the ball straight. These are great if you are struggling to keep it in play. If you are playing better and want more performance around the green you can move up to a premium/almost premium ball.
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    I may want to get that e6 just to get the orange one! I'm not always great at finding my ball in the deep rough I tend to get into!
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    Second for the Nike Mojo it is a pretty good ball for the price, I also like the Nike Vapor Black as well. I think the Vapor Blacks are a bit more expensive but worth checking out. I also have put Srixon into the mix I have used the Q Stars and really like the way they perform.

    For me I can not justtify spending 50 bucks for a dozen golf balls that just doesn't make sense for me and my game. I love eBay for used balls there are some great deals out there and you can barely tell they have been used.

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    I've done some experimenting with lots of different balls, and there really isn't a lot of difference for me. I like to buy premium ones now and then for the fun of it, but they don't improve my game any, and it hurts to see them go into the woods or water. The best ball for me as a high handicapper is whatever is the longest and straightest. There are plenty of choices. If you want a lot of distance, there is the Noodle, Precept and even balls designed for women like the new Bridgestone Lady Precept. I used those last week and they were a great ball for me. Then there are the Titleist NXT Tour and the Velocity. I've also found them to be good.

    For a high handicapper, as long as you aren't using a ball that gives you too much sidespin, the ball you choose won't make a lot of difference physically, but it can mentally. There are perfectly good brands and models out there that I simply won't use just because I had a bad round with them. I know it wasn't the ball's fault, but it's a mental thing. If I don't have confidence in my equipment I can't play my best.

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    A year ago, I couldn't have cared less, and would have bought on marketing and price but now - I've tested a lot of balls and I believe they can make a difference, combo of mental (confidence) and performance (how you like to play).

    E6 is a fantastic ball, there's a massive thread in here, and I played it for a while but I couldn't get to grips with the run out on the green (didn't suit me) so I lost confidence around the greens. I now play the B330RX which doesn't run as much for me but is only marginally wider off the tee. I buy lake balls and don't pay too much.

    My suggestion would be to pick up a mixed bag of lake balls and then try and play some head to head holes to narrow down what *you* like and what works for *you*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobey View Post
    I've done some experimenting with lots of different balls, and there really isn't a lot of difference for me. I like to buy premium ones now and then for the fun of it, but they don't improve my game any, and it hurts to see them go into the woods or water. The best ball for me as a high handicapper is whatever is the longest and straightest. There are plenty of choices. If you want a lot of distance, there is the Noodle, Precept and even balls designed for women like the new Bridgestone Lady Precept. I used those last week and they were a great ball for me. Then there are the Titleist NXT Tour and the Velocity. I've also found them to be good.

    For a high handicapper, as long as you aren't using a ball that gives you too much sidespin, the ball you choose won't make a lot of difference physically, but it can mentally. There are perfectly good brands and models out there that I simply won't use just because I had a bad round with them. I know it wasn't the ball's fault, but it's a mental thing. If I don't have confidence in my equipment I can't play my best.
    I've seen a few people on THP commenting on how much they like the Lady Precept. That's intriguing. I'd like to hear a little more of what folks are seeing with this ball.
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    Bridgestone Lady Precept. $20 a dozen. Just because it says lady do not dismiss it. Plenty of low handicappers love this ball. Here is a thread with their thoughts: http://www.thehackersparadise.com/fo...cept-Golf-Ball
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    Quote Originally Posted by moosejaa View Post
    I've seen a few people on THP commenting on how much they like the Lady Precept. That's intriguing. I'd like to hear a little more of what folks are seeing with this ball.
    I'm not a spin player and my max driver swing speed is around 90, so they just work good for my game. To tell the truth, I don't see a lot of difference in performance between them and the Laddie X that I love. But from what I've read and been told, the Laddie X was also originally designed for women, but so many men started playing them that they changed the name from Lady to Laddie so the guys wouldn't have to take a Sharpie to them to cross out the Lady part.

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    I'd personally just go out and try a whole bunch of different types of golf balls. There really isn't a right or wrong ball to play, it's the ball that you feel gives you the best opportunity to score well.

    The main factor in my opinion is cost. If you are a player who loses 2-5 balls a round, then playing a premium ball is going to beat up your wallet pretty good. There are so many good golf balls out there, that I don't think you will have any trouble finding one that fits your budget and your play style.
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    I'm a pretty-much permanent high handicapper, who's hit all manner of golf balls. I keep coming back to Top Flite Gamers for the cost and reduced side spin off the tee. The Bridgestone xFIXx is another good ball that won't kill your wallet.
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    Have you played the gamer's I sent you? The Wilson Duo's and qstars are great balls. Other balls I have played with are the hex hot balls those are great. The thread on those bridgestone lady's balls has me seriously wanting to buy a dozen but I recently stocked up on chrome +'s.
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