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  • Do you use a single ball (brand and type) when you play?

    I really hate loosing balls I paid for, so for the longest time I just played whatever balls I found. I'd have 3 various balls in my pocket and whatever one came out at the tee box is the one I played that hole. As I got better, with a more consistent putter stroke I found that speed control is very difficult when switching from soft balls, to hard balls, from ProV1's to Supersofts, to Topflight Distance XL. At first I thought I was imagining it, but I'm sure these balls come off the putter face with different speeds assuming the same stroke.

    What's more is that they also come off the wedge face at different speeds, and land with more or less check depending on the ball.

    I just play casual rounds with friends, so I started playing whatever from tee to chipping then pull a ball that I practice with out of my pocket to chip and putt with. This works great, but I do get some flack from my friends about it sometimes, plus it now seems like distance control is also different enough to matter from ball to ball.

    So, after all that,.. here's my question. In casual rounds, do you play balls you find? Or do you use a single type and brand of ball?

    Thank you,
    Goal for 2019: Get my handicap below 15

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  • #2
    I play one ball (brand and type) for the whole round. Ive found a golf ball that works for me so there is no reason for me to play found balls.

    Those I throw in a shag bag and let my daughter hit when we play.
    In My #TheGrandaddy 2.0 Team Redemption Bag

    Epic Flash 10.5 | UST Elements Chrome F4
    Epic Flash 3+ 15.5 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
    Epic Flash 5W 17 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
    Epic Flash Heavenwood 20 | Project X Even Flow Green 6.0
    CF-19 Apex Smoke Combo 5-AW | TT Elevate Tour Black S
    PM Grind 19 Tour Grey 54/14 | 58/12 | TT Elevate Tour Black S

    Stroke Lab Las Vegas | Chrome Soft **


    • #3
      I try to stick with the same brand and type of ball if possible. Typically play a Truvis Chrome Soft.

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      FW: TBD
      Hybrids: TBD
      Wedges: TBD
      Putter: TBD

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      2018 THP Sweep participant
      2019 Grandaddy - Team THP


      • #4
        Usually I play with whatever I find. However, this season I'm trying to stick with one brand and ball - Srixon Z star (with the occasional Q Star Tour thrown in). Definitely helps with my chipping to play one ball. I'll still play whatever ball I have around if my swing is poor that day and I don't want to lose my gamers.

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        M1 2017
        Exotics EX10 Beta 4W (16.5*)
        King F7 #3-4H (19.5*)
        Edge 5-PW
        F8 5-GW
        RTX-3 CB 54* & 68*
        TFI 2135 1.0
        Z Star


        • #5
          I never play found balls but I do play both a Callaway Chrome Soft and the ERC during the same round. I've played enough with both to understand their playing characteristics and will choose between the two based on what I feel gives me the best chance for success on that hole.
          Proud Member of Team THP - 2018 Grandaddy with Callaway

          In my Alpha Convoy 514 Cart Bag:

          Driver: Epic Flash 10.5 (+1/D) - EvenFlow Green Shaft 45g 5.5
          FWs: 3W (+1/N) Epic Flash* - 5W (S/N) Epic Flash - EvenFlow Green Shaft 45g 5.5
          Hybrid: Big Bertha 4H (+1/N) - Recoil 760 Shaft F2
          Irons: Apex '19 5-AW - Recoil 760 Shafts F2
          Wedges: 52S* /56C MD4 / 60 PM 2.0 Grind* - all w/ Recoil 460 Shafts F2
          Putter: Stroke Lab Double Wide or Toulon Portland
          Ball: ERC Soft or Chrome Soft
          * Interchangeable - I carry 2 out of the three


          • #6
            I try to stick to 1 ball, just so that I know what its going to do in any given situation. If you play a different ball all the time, you never quite know what its going to do.
            I was reminded of this recently. On Friday, I played a casual round with some Titleist DT Trusofts. Good ball but not the spinniest ball around the greens. Today, I played in a tournament, so I decided to play some Pro V1s. Off of every club, the Pro Vs felt completely different and it took me a few holes to figure out my putting touch with them. I should have just stuck with the Truesofts but oh well.
            Whats in my C130 cart bag?
            Woods: Bazooka 10.5 driver, 906F4 16.5* and Tommy Armour Atomic 18*
            Irons: AP1 4-AW
            Wedges: Tommy Armour VCG 54* and Gamer 60*
            Putter: Scotty Cameron Detour
            Ball: Velocity


            • #7
              I play a single type of ball most of the time but not out of any loyalty (it frequently changes between brands and ball type over the year). I just want to know my yardages for that day and trust it and playing the same type of ball for 18 holes helps that confidence
              F9 Driver - 9*
              F9 Fairway - 14.5*
              F9 Irons - 4-G (Modus 105s)
              KING Black Wedges (52*, 56*, 60*)
              Stroke Lab #7s


              • #8
                I have played the QST exclusively the last three years.
                XR 10.5 3w 5w
                XR 4h 5h 6h
                XR 7~AW
                MD4 52 S ~ MD3 56 PM
                Works Versa V line


                • #9
                  I only play Prov1x no matter the situation. It's also the only ball I use on my putting green at home. Any found ball goes to my daughter, my girlfriend or whoever I'm playing with.

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                  3 wood TS2
                  Hybrid 818
                  Irons Apex Pro 16
                  Wedges Vokey 50*, 54*, 60*
                  Putter Newport 2
                  Tour X
                  Ball Prov1x


                  • #10
                    Either Bridgestone Tour B XS or Callaway Chrome softs for me

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                    Driver: F9 with Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green
                    Fairway: F9 with Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green
                    Irons: TBD
                    PuR. 52,56,60
                    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo 5 Blackout.



                    • #11
                      Depends what I find.

                      If I find a ProV1, CS, TP5, ZStar Ill put it in my bag. If its a lesser or X golf ball Ill hand it to one of my playing partners if they want it.

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                      In my Alpha Convoy 514 RTC Bag
                      Rogue 9.5*
                      Rogue 2H 17* 3H 19* 4H 21*
                      Apex CF19 (5-AW)

                      MD4 54* & 58* S-Grind
                      Z-Star ProV1
                      Atlanta H4


                      • #12
                        Usually. If I know I'm switching I might end up with a round or two where I'm playing a mix, but for the most part I stick with one type of golf ball. However, I may not have the same year or release of the same ball. So I might have a bunch of Z-Star balls in my bag, but there's a good chance some of them are the previous years release.
                        My Chev stand bag contains:

                        F7 10
                        XR 4-wood LZ stiff
                        X2Hot 3 hybrid 19
                        King Forged CB/MB Black irons (Courtesy of THP's Holiday Cheer 2018!)
                        MD4 Tactical 54 SuperSpin 58
                        White Hot RX#2

                        Proud participant in the 2014 Morgan Cup!


                        • #13
                          Do you use a single ball (brand and type) when you play?

                          Historically, I played whatever was in my bag which included Bridgestone B330 & RX, ProV1, ChromeSoft, TP5, and some Srixon balls. I didnt think I was good enough to notice a difference.

                          Im focused on lowering my index this year (easier typed than done!) and started the season with Bridgestone RX. I recently learned RXS is better for me after going through their fitting process. The best part is I can see a ball performance difference on the course.

                          If you want to focus on scoring, then I suggest finding a ball that fits your swing and stick with it. If you enjoy golfing and dont care about the score, then play whatever works for you (new or found).
                          Driver: G400 SFT, 10*
                          Fairway: Rogue 3W
                          Hybrids: Rogue X 3 & Rogue 4
                          Irons: Apex CF16, 5-AW
                          Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1, 50*, 56*, and 60*
                          Putter: O-Works Red Marxman
                          Ball: Bridgestone Tour B RX

                          2019 Bridgestone Championship at Firestone Country Club


                          • #14
                            I usually play the same brand and model. I’ll try a different ball here or there but it’s not from finding some stray on the course.
                            In my Alpha Convoy RTC or Super Swirl stand bag

                            Epic Flash SZ 10.5 Even Flow blue S, and
                            15 (14) and 20 (19) Diamana Red M+60S
                            APEX 23 HKuro Kage Black 80 S
                            M6 5-AW C-Taper 120 S
                            PM Grind 19 54and 58 HI-REV 2.0 W
                            Palm Beach
                            ERC Soft with TTT

                            Proud to be a part of the 2019 Odyssey Experience


                            • #15
                              I told myself that I was going to play one ball this year, but that didn't happen. I play about 4/5 different kinds each year.
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                              TS2 Evenflow White
                              3 Wood- TS2 Evenflow White
                              Hybrid- XR
                              4-PW- 565 Recoil F4 110
                              50/54/58- RTX-3 Recoil F4 125
                              Putter- Bettinardi


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