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Playing with 'Practice' balls

Posted by: user20126 [FORUM MODERATOR] | Sat 3rd Mar 2012 21:53 | Last Reply

I was playing a matchplay trials game today (lost it 3&2, my putting let me down!).

The person I was playing with was using Titleist golf balls with 'Practice' written on them.

I mentioned to him that I thought he wouldn't be able to use them in a competition.

He told me he had asked about this and they were legal to use in competitions.

I'm going to check the rule book now but what do you think?


re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Sat 3rd Mar 2012 22:49

They are legal. I have looked this rule up myself and I have used them.

re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Sun 4th Mar 2012 09:54

Thanks Martin.

Went onto the R&A site last night and to my surprise found out that they are legal to play in most competitions.


re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Sun 4th Mar 2012 11:07

Yes, totally legal and a great way buy Pro V1's if you can find them in the shops.  I got some for £20 per dozen last year.  Not sure if this is true but I was told they were only rejected due to printing imperfections.

re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Sun 4th Mar 2012 19:42

If you search the tinternet for prov1 practice there are a number of sites that sell them for £20-£22 a dozen. I bought some a few months ago to use during winter golf

re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Mon 5th Mar 2012 16:00

Local shop has then for £19.95 a dozen at the moment, pnly about 40 boxes left though

re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Mon 5th Mar 2012 18:53

Good price for a quality ball but try and beat my £32.00 for 2 dozen  Pentas.

re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Mon 5th Mar 2012 19:02

Attach a link, Malcolm, too good to miss.

re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Mon 5th Mar 2012 20:14

Indeed it is.  I like TaylorMade balls. TP Burner is a good ball too

re: Playing with 'Practice' balls
Reply : Tue 6th Mar 2012 12:50

Our course held a european qualifying school event and they swapped all the balls in the driving range for the Pro V1x practice balls. after the pro's went we all had a great time filling our pockets with the thousands of balls the european tour left on the range.

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