Re: range balls
I have a good friend who reps in the golf industry so other than his ability in getting me last years $900 irons for $175 (new), he is a good source of information. Yes some brands of range balls are a bit lighter, all have a dimple pattern for a low trajectory. Limited flight is the goal, shorter ranges equate to lower upkeep costs. However for those here that have said range balls have low compression are completely wrong. There is no range ball with a compression lower than 98 and most are over 100 to a high of 120. Back in the day when 2 piece balls came out we had two choices 90 or 100 compression. I guess somewhere along the line some average male duffer found a womens 2 piece 80 compression ball and saved it for a water hole. When he finally used it on that water hole it traveled 10 to 15 yards farther than his 90 compression ball. The average amateur male golfer has a Driver swing speed of 84mph , PGA player average is 117mph (Tiger 130?). So very fast 100+mph amateurs will get the most distance out of a range ball not a slow swinger. My range uses Srixon 83 compression one piece balls, 465 dimples. I hit a 5 iron with these balls about 110 yards on the range. On the course using a variety of whatever is on sale cheap,but soft low compression balls, my 5 iron is 160 yards. I have a slow tempo and slow swing speed due to age 62 years old and shoulder surgery. Irons have no trampoline effect like drivers, they just transfer energy and the first factor to distance is compressing the ball and the corresponding rebound of the ball return back to round. I'm pretty sure for most of us slow to medium speed hitters there maybe absolutely little to no compression of the ball and hence no rebound effect. Also the compound used on range balls are much tougher than an average ball, after all range balls get hit more often and are mechanically handled. The other reason for the durability is the secondary market. My range gets new nice shiny yellow Srixon balls every 6 months, they get a trade in price on the current balls to help offset the new purchase. Those balls go right up the road to 2 or 3 other ranges, that have bigger buckets for less money and the mats look like linoleum. Here is a link that compares range balls note the club head speeds for the ranges listed http://www.srixon.com.my/balls.asp?sec=ball&id=9
. There was a time 20 years ago 150 yards approach was a 8 or soft 9 for me, age and injuries are a bit*h on your game. But I have learned to just go with a higher club and to hell with ego. My 21 handicap will drop as I get my shoulder back to normal, but I now have a very limited turn so I'm learning to use a more vertical plane, tempo is the key to that type of swing. And my mind still has my body trying to keep the tempo when I was 35. All I can say is thank God for Hybrids and the newer shaft technology.