With all the club changes I’ve been making, my bag has quite an assortment of brands. Fourteen clubs from 5 manufacturers.
Driver: Adams Golf Speedline 9064LS
3 Wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz
Hybrids: Adams Golf Idea Tech V3 (3 and 4 iron)
Irons: Ping i20 (5-PW)
Wedges: Cleveland CG14 (52, 56, and 60 degree)
Putter: Odyssey White Ice D.A.R.T.
Balls: Titleist Pro V1x
Rangefinder: Bushnell V2 Tour
The TaylorMade RocketBallz 3 wood could make my driver obsolete. The club hits the ball a mile and then some! It came in yesterday, so I’ll give it a week in the bag before I jump to any conclusions, especially since I bought the driver at this time last year.
I only buy pre-owned golf balls from Knetgolf. Unless you are close to playing scratch golf, there is no reason to pay full price for brand new golf balls. A dozen of the Titleists I play go for around $50 at the store. I usually get 10 dozen of them, lightly used, for $160. Do the math. When you hit a brand new ball a couple of times you end up with a pre-owned ball anyway. Are those first few hits worth paying 3 times as much? Over the course of a year you’ll save a lot of money hitting used balls and your scores won’t suffer.
If you don’t have a rangefinder in your bag, make the investment. You can get a nice one for $250 or less on eBay or if you watch for sales. A rangefinder speeds up the pace of place, takes the guess work out of walking off distances, and helps to improve your game because you’ll learn how far you really hit your clubs.
As technology gets better, prices go up. A box of a dozen golf balls can cost anywhere from $10 to $50. You hit these balls once or twice and they’re no longer new. But guess what…the majority of us hackers will keep playing that used ball until it’s in the water or we lose it in the rough. I’d bet that over 95% of the time we’re hitting “used” golf balls on the course. So why do most people continue to buy new golf balls at some of the outrageous prices?
A couple of years ago I started to buy my golf balls on eBay several dozen at a time. I always go with balls that are in mint or AAA condition because they’ll rarely have any type of scratch or imperfection on them. Most of the time they’ll have some type of logo, but in reality they’re just another used golf ball that someone smacked a couple of times and then hit it the water or lost in the rough. At half the price or less I’ll gladly buy these balls.
Ever wonder exactly what an X-Out golf ball is? Why are they sold so cheap?
X-Outs are name-brand golf balls on which that brand has been stamped out, usually with a row of X’s, because of imperfections in the ball. Those imperfections are often cosmetic in nature, and usually so small as not to be noticeable. The balls usually play the same as their counterparts, or at least close enough that most recreational players could never tell the difference.
Ever wonder how a golf ball is made? How do they create the dimples? How are the different layers of a golf ball put together? I’ve asked myself these questions many times.
Top Flite has an excellent interactive video presentation titled Golf Ball Construction, which shows the process used to make their golf balls. I thought it was very interested to hear that it takes 10 hours to complete a batch of balls.
We play the game of golf, hitting around a little white ball, but take for granted what goes into making the balls. Now that I know maybe I’ll concentrate a little harder on keeping the ball in play.
Titleist has posted an excellent article on their site titled Where’s the Harm? which challenges the idea that golf ball technology is harming the game of golf.
For those who deem a distance “problem” exists, to identify the golf ball as the sole contributor to and the solution for is an over-simplification. While the professional game has experienced a paradigm shift toward the “Power Game” in the past two decades, it has been the result of six contributing variables, five of which are continually overlooked by the media and antitechnology pundits. In addition to lower spinning, high performance golf balls, other factors include larger, thinner-faced titanium drivers with graphite shafts; improved golf course conditioning and agronomy; bigger, stronger and better conditioned athletes; improved technique and instruction; and launch monitors and customization of equipment.
This summer I bought some mint condition Titleist Pro V1 golf balls off eBay and I can assure you they didn’t improve my scoring by much, if at all. I like the feel of the ball and the confidence I have hitting them, but I’m not sure they’re worth the money.
Last month Precept released a new softer lady ball which “offers avid women and slower swinging golfers ‘super soft, super high and super long’ performance.” According to Precept’s press release, the Lady SIII is the softest feeling golf ball on the market.
Some of the technology that went into the golf ball helps to generate maximum ball speed, minimize vibration, deliver optimum green side control and enhanced feel while putting. In addition, Precept has engineered a new dimple patter to help golfers get the ball in the air. For the women I’ve golfed with, this seems to be the #1 problem among them.
In addition to a traditional white golf ball, the Precept Lady SIII comes in four colors of pearl (yellow, blue, pink, and clear). I imagine the pearl variations of the ball were created for the female golfer who is looking to keep that cute look on the golf course.