The golf ball industry must just laugh at amateur golfers. Although thrifty players will re-purpose found golf balls, the fact is that most players will go through dozens of balls in one golf season. Personally, I put aside four dozen new balls and hope that they last the season. In reality, I only used three dozen of my new allotment, on average, over the past five years because I generally get a few rounds out of each golf ball. Additionally, I am not adverse to using found golf balls if they meet my exacting standards (and yes, I do have standards for found golf balls).
Interestingly, this whole discussion stems from a question I asked on Twitter. Here is the results:
The important word in the question above is ‘average’. On average I will get two rounds out of one ball. After three or four, it becomes relegated to my shag bag. I realize that four rounds seems like quite a bit, but as long as the ball is not scuffed, it is good to play. I figure I save a few hundred dollars a year playing found golf balls.
Having said that, I do save my new golf balls for tournaments and important rounds. Each year I select two dozen these occasions and this year I have a dozen Pro V1 and Snell MTB Black. I figure both of these balls will give me the edge that I need when the pressure is on during competition. I am not sure which ball I will use when, but they are my go to balls this summer.
My other two dozen are Wilson 50s. I use them in the spring and fall when the weather is cool and the ground is wet. I find that these balls respond the best for my game during these times.
I try to play golf so I keep my ball in play all the time. I am not foolish to enough to think that all my golf balls will last a few rounds, but that is always my intent. Last year I played 10 rounds without losing a ball, but lost four during one round. That is the feast or famine of golf with respect to hitting a little white orb around a course.
It is a challenge to play one golf ball for many holes; but it is a goal of all golfers. I am not sure the golf ball manufacturers support my view, but I am sure you do!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!