Christmas giving is over. The gifts are unwrapped and I hope everyone received the top items on their list. If you are a golfer, there is a very good chance that golf balls were part of your haul. I did not ask for, nor receive golf balls this year because I still have about 5 dozen unopened boxes. Of course, if any manufacturer out there wants to send me some new golf balls to try, I am always open to writing a review on their product. (I know, a shameless plug). Now that you have a dozen or two new spheres of joy, the real question is: do you need to carry all of them during every round?
If you ask most players, about half will say 6 or less is the ideal number to carry. And another 40% will say between 7 and 12. Either is a reasonable number of golf balls to carry and it makes absolute sense. If you think about it, rarely will we lose more than 3 golf balls during a round, so why carry more than a dozen?
Having said this, I remember cleaning out my bag (on my push cart) before a big tournament. I like to remove the clutter before competition and to restock my supply with new golf balls.
On a side note, I generally do not lose golf balls often and it is not unusual for me to retire one after 4 or 5 rounds. But that is a story for another day.
Back to my point, after cleaning out my bag I realized I was carrying over 5 dozen golf balls. Between the ones I would hit, approximately 3 dozen, and the ones I found, I had 64 golf balls in my bag. I was dumb-founded to see so many come out of my bag. I can say, that after that, I only carry about a dozen golf balls I would hit and clean out the rest of the unwanted balls weekly. I mean really, who needs 64 golf balls in their bag at anytime!
If I carry my clubs, I make sure that I do not have more than a dozen golf balls in my bag and I clean out the extras after every round. Who needs the extra weight, right?
I did want to share one response from the poll. Al said that the ideal number of golf balls to carry is just one. He is absolutely right, however I am not so confident in my game and do not want walk off the course during the first hole to get more golf balls. Thanks Al for making us laugh.
The responses to my poll were very clear. About a dozen golf balls is more than enough for a round of golf. So, I pose one last question: how many golf balls are in your bag at this moment? I think if you check, you will be surprised.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!