How Often Do You Replace Your Golf Ball?

This is an often talked about subject with no right answer. It struck me as an interesting topic for today because my friend at 36aday is have a Snell Golf Ball give away. Don’t ask me why or how I connected the dots between these two topics, but somehow I did. Anyway, back to the discussion at hand. If I was to answer the question, my answer would be: “that depends”.

First, let’s be clear that I am not talking about brand of ball, but the condition of your ball when playing around of golf. Do you replace it if it has a scuff, a mark, a smile or it is just worn out? These are situations that all golfers think about and sometimes with indecision, decide not to make a change.

A tee shot is the perfect time to change your golf ball if needed!

Some do not think it makes any difference to their play, but I would have to counter their thoughts by say it absolutely does. Continuous use can make the ball become out of round, have deep enough makes to affect a putt, and scuffed enough to limit ball flight. Poor condition of a golf ball does impact all aspects of your game.

Like you, I have times when I think it is important to change a ball and other times when I am less concerned. There many factors I consider before making a change, but the primary factor is to try to play a ball for at least 18 holes. This way, I am not spending too much on golf balls over the year. Keeping this in mind, the following are the other times I think it is important to change my golf ball:

In competition:

  1. I change my ball at least every round.
  2. If I make an errant shot and scuff the cover.
  3. I will change my ball. If I get a hole in one, I change my ball.
  4. I think that during competition, it is important to have a pristine ball to eliminate an chances of a poor conditioned ball affecting any part of my game.

During normal rounds. I have a completely different view.

  1. I have played a ball for 5 rounds before and afterwards realized it was about 2 rounds too many. The condition of my ball was far beyond what I should I consider acceptable.
  2. I will play my ball with a minor scuff or discoloration as long as it does not make by ball out of round.
  3. I try not to play water balls, but will play a ball I found in the woods.
  4. I avoid playing balls found within the first month of the season because I am not sure if the ball sat outside all winter.

So as you can see, I have preset criteria for when I change my golf ball during a round. Oh year, there is one last time and it has no rhyme or reason: when I feel it is necessary. I think everyone has this reason. There is value in changing your golf ball; it is up to you to decide when and why. Changing my ball does make a difference in my game; deciding the right time to do it can always be tricky.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

8 thoughts on “How Often Do You Replace Your Golf Ball?

  1. Much to think about here Jim, and I’m like you in my thinking in that I’ll switch. Between three balls within a round, randomly and on the tee is where I’d pull another into play. My thinking is it helps to keep them in better condition and maybe they last more as opposed to using one over a round or two. Cheers, Mike

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  2. Well, I used to change my ball a bit more often. Back then I was using Pure Spin wedges that had a diamond face that were so abrasive they could take the skin right off a ball if you hit it enough. Now that I’m back to using a wedge with a more standard type of face, I don’t need to replace them as often. Scuffs are something that will cause me to change a ball though. And I generally don’t use a ball more than 2 rounds. There are so many courses here that I still haven’t played them all and most have lots of places where you can lose one or two when you don’t know the course well, so I go through more than I would if I were playing the same course all the time. So I’d guess I get about 7 or 8 rounds out of a dozen on average.

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