Apparently I'm not like most golfers...they pretty much stick to their golf ball of choice

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Scott Rushing
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Apparently I'm not like most golfers...they pretty much stick to their golf ball of choice

Interesting analysis by Golf Datatech:

Golfers are a loyal lot, particularly when it comes to their golf ball

The firm's semi-annual study of serious golfers shows 97 percent use their favorite ball brand more than half the time. Moreover, three of four typical golfers play their favorite more than 80 percent of the time. That's an increase from 66 percent when the same question was asked in summer 2012.

Even so, that doesn't necessarily mean consumers believe there is one ball that would work for everyone.

Only 28 percent agreed with the statement: "Do you believe there is a single golf ball which can perform best for all levels of play?" Higher handicaps (21 and above) were the least likely to think that was true, about half as much (17 percent) as single-digit players (33 percent).

Now me, I guess maybe I'm cheap but I like to play a ProV1, have more than a dozen ready to play, but depending on the situation, I might just play my TopFlite Gamer instead. if the course isn't in good shape, greens are dormant, or it's the first couple holes and there's water or hazards, I'll generally play the Gamer without a lot of loss in performace from what I can see.

So I guess I'm not like most golfers they surveyed.

scomac
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I think it depends a great

I think it depends a great deal on how the authors defined "serious" golfers. I suspect that the vast majority of regular players -- those who play at least once a week -- are going to play whatever is cheapest. Just go to your nearest big box golf retailer and you will see those large displays of heavily discounted balls and that's what's moving. I know that I tend to select from that group often buying up a year's supply when a model I like is heavily discounted.

Aimee
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ball

I won't necessarily look for the cheapest ball, I look for the combination of performance/feel/price that I find acceptable. Which is why I often buy used golf balls on Ebay. If I find a "cheap" ball on the course I save it for a water ball so I won't feel bad losing it. Really scuffed ones go into hubby's range ball collection.
I would say the majority of times I'm using Titleist DTSoLo, Lady Precept, Nike PD Soft. Have tried other balls and liked them, do think there is some value in sticking to one for majority of rounds so you know what performance to expect.

It's not how...it's how many

DON
Tour balls on SALE for me

I honestly don't believe there is much is any real difference between the top tour balls from each ball company. I doubt most single digit handicappers would see their scores go up or down if they switched to a Callaway or Srixon ball from say their usual ProV1 ball. Sure, they might FEEL a little difference around the greens, but I doubt they would see their scores change much, especially IF they played the new ball a few times to get used to it. In Colorado, the greens are almost always really firm, so I want a tour ball with good spin. Anything less and it's near impossible to get the ball to hold even on approach shots with a high loft wedge. So if I find TaylorMade tour balls on sale, that's what I'd buy. If Srixon Tour Yellow balls are on sale, I'm going with yellow. It doesn't take a lot of time at the practice green to get used to a new ball, especially from one Tour ball to another.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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trying them out

I like it when I find an unmarked "tour" ball in the scrub, lost by someone else. I played a Taylormade Penta for a while, really like it but wouldn't pay $40 or whatever for a box of them. I've been playing my standby DTSoLo and Bridgestone TreoSoft mostly, like them both and can't say I notice a huge difference. The highly skilled player who can control the spin off wedges/short irons will notice the performance differences...but the average hack doesn't have enough consistency in their swing to be able to pin results solely on the ball.

It's not how...it's how many

Scott Rushing
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I've played a lot of Srixon

I've played a lot of Srixon tour balls this year and like those, but I was able to use Skycaddie rewards to get them for $14. Today I used some rewards from Golfnow.com to get the lesser ball from Srixon so I'll try that and see if I see any difference. Mostly lately been playing ProV1s i won earlier. But with where my game is today, it's back to the TopFlite Gamer v2 which is a great cheap ball!

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