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I had to stop golfing for a little over two years.. In the past few months I have started playing again. After getting my bag out of the dust heap in my garage, I found I still had several brand new, (2+years ago) golf balls in my bag. Since I was just basically getting back into the game, I decided to play these older balls. What I have found is that even after just laying lose in my bag all this time, these Srixon balls still play pretty much the way I hoped they would. "Old Age" has not seemed to hurt them. I don't know how much new technology may have advanced golf balls the past couple of years. I won't know till I run out of these older balls. So, I ask those of you who have been playing for the past few years. Have golf balls improved very much over this two year time frame? What's the "hot" new ball out there these days?

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I'm no expert but I would say there isn't much of a difference. I've played balls from the 90's and they still play the same. There's always going to be the one company that says they've made a "major breakthrough" every year but for the most part, a ball is a ball.

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I had to stop golfing for a little over two years.. In the past few months I have started playing again. After getting my bag out of the dust heap in my garage, I found I still had several brand new, (2+years ago) golf balls in my bag. Since I was just basically getting back into the game, I decided to play these older balls. What I have found is that even after just laying lose in my bag all this time, these Srixon balls still play pretty much the way I hoped they would. "Old Age" has not seemed to hurt them. I don't know how much new technology may have advanced golf balls the past couple of years. I won't know till I run out of these older balls. So, I ask those of you who have been playing for the past few years. Have golf balls improved very much over this two year time frame? What's the "hot" new ball out there these days?

Found this article which basically states a golf ball should be OK for 10 or so years in the proper conditions.  I think the most important question you would need to ask yourself is what are you trying to get out of a golf ball (distance, spin, control, etc.)?  There are many options now that cater to different swing speeds, shot trajectory, etc.  There are options online to help narrow down the options.  Here are a couple...

Titleist - http://www.titleist.com/golf-ball-fitting/

Bridgestone - http://www.bridgestonegolf.com/product/ball-fitting

Srixon - http://ballselector.srixon.com/

Nike - http://www.nike.com/nikegolf/ballrecommender/us/en_us/#/

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Yes, I am finding the same thing with these not so new Srixons. They are playing well. I even found an old sleeve of those TM Penta balls, and played them the other day. Only difference was the Srixons traveled farther. Not by much, but enough to notice. One thing is for sure. I am not losing them as fast as I thought I would.

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As long as they're not in the heat, they should last. Heat will degrade a balls performance. Heat will also degrade a graphite shaft's performance. Don't store your golf bag in your car trunk.
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As long as they're not in the heat, they should last. Heat will degrade a balls performance. Heat will also degrade a graphite shaft's performance. Don't store your golf bag in your car trunk.

Yeah, my old balls sure don't like the heat. I keep my golf bag in the trunk all summer long. I don't think that the trunk gets hot enough to damage the clubs, but I don't know for sure. I've read that the stories about club epoxy failing from being in a hot truck are malarkey but this is the first I've heard about shafts degrading. Got any links to studies on this?

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Don't have any links. An old club maker told me that because I kept my bag in my trunk. Heat does a lot of nasty stuff, especially here in Florida. Heat won't affect steel and the epoxy needs 200 degrees I think. I did a quick search and found some comments about heat but most were about the epoxy. I guess over time the repeated heating could affect the epoxy. I'm still more concerned about the affect of excessive heat on my balls and shaft.
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The funniest thing I've heard all day![quote name="Hardballs" url="/t/75500/aged-golf-balls#post_1028638"]Best to wear cotton shorts[/quote]
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This has me wondering how long my "new" golf balls where on the bottom of the pond before I bought them?
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I keep my clubs in the trunk all summer.  Oddly, I don't take them out until winter when I don't play.

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