Damaged Golf Balls

Posted by: Russell Middleton [FORUM MODERATOR] | Fri 12th Dec 2008 17:42 | Last Reply

How bad would a golf ball have to be before you would stop playing with it?

When I went to The Belfry to watch the Ryder Cup it was amazing to watch how many golf balls the professionals went through.

It could be one shot and that ball was gone, others would play a hole and that was it.

Now I know that they get their golf balls for free so can be quite strict with the condition of their golf ball.

Myself, as long as it's round and the scuff marks aren't too bad then I'll carry on playing with it.

For the main club competitions I will pick out the better golf balls from my collection, but for normal play most golf balls will do.

Another thing I don't like is when you can feel something sticking out of the ball.  You might have been in the woods and find your ball, but it's hit something solid and rough, leaving little bits sticking out from the surface.

I will normally scratch these off or tap that area of the ball with my putter.

But what do you do?

Russ

re: Damaged Golf Balls
David Marshall
Reply : Fri 12th Dec 2008 17:46

Any damage to them, at all, and they are chucked.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Alex Turner
Reply : Wed 14th Jan 2009 17:07

when they are cracked then i chuck them but i useally lose befor that :[

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Lee Miller
Reply : Wed 14th Jan 2009 18:09

A scuff is ok, would replace it in competition and use it again when playing normal round. A crack gets thrown in the nearest lake.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Wayne Santorini
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 08:16

1 round only, but if scuffed then replaced when necessary.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
David Marshall
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 08:49

 

1 round only, but if scuffed then replaced when necessary.

 

Since when have you EVER had a ball long enough to complete 1 round of golf?

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Chris Perry [FORUM MODERATOR]
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 09:20

Used to be 'use until lose', but I'm losing less now.  Managed to break two in three rounds (one split, the ther I took a chunk out of) so they went.  Normally for me when the paint is starting to chip they get put away and used on holes where I am going over water or there is other significant risk of loss. 

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Wayne Santorini
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 11:00

**they get put away and used on holes where I am going over water or there is other significant risk of loss.  **

Chris the above is a bad idea because your already setting your mind to believe you will fail to execute the shot properly. Accept the challenge using a new ball if that's what you have and beat the demon in your head that's holding you back

re: Damaged Golf Balls
John Pettitt
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 11:18

Correct, Wayne, I had intended posting along those lines but then didn't.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Chris Perry [FORUM MODERATOR]
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 11:20

I know I should and if I'm playing reasonably well they just stay in the bag, but there are times when you think "I'm sick of throwing balls in the bloody water so if it's having another it's having a knackered/cheap/rubbish one".  Think about the 18th at Belton Woods last year and you'll see what I mean!

re: Damaged Golf Balls
John Pettitt
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 11:50

I birdied that hole, Chris, which means it must have been pretty easy.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Chris Perry [FORUM MODERATOR]
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 12:40

I should've at least parred it after a good drive left me about 200 to the water.  Two poor shots later I was 40 yards short of the water.  My fourth shot Barnes-Wallace would've been proud of before it arced around the slope of the green and rolled back into the pond.  I took a drop and then preceded to put three consecutive balls into the drink in front of a baying crowd (which incidently included my laughing missus) before throwing a tantrum and not finishing the hole. 

In truth when I took the drop I had to get it up and down for a point so when the second went inthe water I should've walked away but stubbornness took over. 

re: Damaged Golf Balls
John Pettitt
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 12:51

It has happened to us all, Chris. Even the best Pros in the world have had a disaster.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Chris Perry [FORUM MODERATOR]
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 13:08

I don't know what was worse; not finishing the hole (I always finish every hole, no matter how bad), losing 4 balls or everyone seeing me do it!

re: Damaged Golf Balls
John Pettitt
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 13:31

History now, Chris, not even worth thinking about. You are only as good as your next game.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Chris Perry [FORUM MODERATOR]
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 14:08

Just a point of banter now John.  Those days of the game getting to me are well and truly gone. 

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Dave Ley
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 14:35

Really, did you have a Q-link for Christmas Mr Perry.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Terry Kenyon
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 17:35

Ive split a couple of balls but normally theyre lost before they get badly damaged.

I`m down to around 2 per round now

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Alex Turner
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 18:23

same here

 

 

re: Damaged Golf Balls
John Pettitt
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 18:28

I play the top quality Top Flite Z-Balata and because I tend to hit them with the clubface, they do not seem to wear out. They are not immune to water unfortunately, but I do tend to aim away from such hazards as it affects ones score. I do the same with bunkers, I avoid them like the plague. My driving also helps me avoid the fairway.

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Chris Perry [FORUM MODERATOR]
Reply : Thu 15th Jan 2009 19:42

Got myself a Trion-Z bracelet in August Dave.  They take a while to work........

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Wayne Santorini
Reply : Fri 16th Jan 2009 07:25

Chris "what was worse", ALL 3 MATE

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Wayne Santorini
Reply : Fri 16th Jan 2009 07:28

I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on at Conwy Sunday

No water (unless you hook or slice into the Irish sea/Menai strait) plenty of sand (beach) and POT BUNKERS up to your shoulders (not all of them though, most are waist/chest height)

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Chris Perry [FORUM MODERATOR]
Reply : Fri 16th Jan 2009 09:59

I'm looking forward to seeing how I get on Sunday.  I've made a conscious decision to start playing tougher courses to push myself to improve, broaden my shot capability and improve my course management.  It's come to the point where I am now deciding which club to take out of my bag to accomodate my 3 iron at Conwy (thinking of those ling punches under the wind).

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Wayne Santorini
Reply : Fri 16th Jan 2009 10:02

I mentioned before the 13th is a tough Par 3 at 167yards if the wind is blowing (and it will be according to Metcheck).

I used my 17 degree rescue club last time and reached the bottom right front edge of the green and I creamed it (normal conditions that club would give me 200/210yds)


Last edit : Fri 16th Jan 2009 10:02
re: Damaged Golf Balls
Chris Perry [FORUM MODERATOR]
Reply : Fri 16th Jan 2009 10:06

Thinking of dropping out my 5 wood.  That means I will effectively have two 3 irons in the bag with my 21* rescue, but I get the feeling I may be needing that.......

re: Damaged Golf Balls
Wayne Santorini
Reply : Fri 16th Jan 2009 10:09

Sunday forecast

http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/FREE/dayforecast.asp?day=1&zipcode=LL32

 

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