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Best Ball for High Handicapper?

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& do you know a place to get them for a good price?

Thanks!
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Precept Laddy $20 for 2 dozen at Target. Excellent ball.
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The free ones :P

But really, until you can tell the difference between say, the pro v1, and the pro v1X, without reading the back of the box, i doubt it really matters. Imean, play some inbetween balls, the "distance balls" dont honestly go all that farther than a pro V, but you do cut down on spin alot, so you will slice less with a distance ball than with a tour spin ball. but really i woul say just play what you have until you get your short game down and start figuring out how to post some good scores. Short game is key, find a ball taht you like the feel of off the putter/ wedge.

Hit em straight,

Brian
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I'd figure out why you are a high handicapper then ask that question again.

If you are very short off the tee which leads to long approach shots which kills your scoring then pick a good rock ball, there are plenty of these around.

If you are very wayward with your shots and wind up with excessive unintentional side spin then pick a bit softer ball but one that is a bit less spinny like the Bridgestone E6+ for example.
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Reason i am a high handicapper? Probably not being consist ant...I just started keeping track...& my last two rounds I only hit 30% of fairways....so I have a problem keeping my shots straight. I think my distances are OK...I avg around 240-260 with my drives...& 150 with my 7 iron.....
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I am a similar handicap to you, and I personally like the Bridgestone e5+. Long enough off the tee for me, but spins nicely (or at least seems to spin nicely).
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Cheapest ball available, I like Precept lady for about $8 a dozen or Costco's Titleist ball 2 dozen for $29.99.
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if you are prone to losing balls just use whatever you don't mind losing. nothing worse than paying 50 bucks to play a course, then and extra 15-20 bucks for teh half dozen pro-v1's you lose. when i was at that level i couldn't tell the difference between different balls, even now i'd be hard pressed to spend too much more than a buck a ball. top flite's have always been trusty, the top flite d2's are actually a solid ball for the price. also i have played snake eyes balls from time to time (got 2 dozen once for 15 dollars) and they are really pretty nice...the feel great on iron shots, and i still use them if i ever play a quick round at an executive course.
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I have a similar problem to you. I need a cheap ball the goes straight off the tee but is soft around the green. Anyone got ideas?
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Originally Posted by Henry View Post
I have a similar problem to you. I need a cheap ball the goes straight off the tee but is soft around the green. Anyone got ideas?
D2 feel is probably the most feel you will get from a budget ball, try it.
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Originally Posted by grantc79 View Post
I'd figure out why you are a high handicapper then ask that question again.

If you are very short off the tee which leads to long approach shots which kills your scoring then pick a good rock ball, there are plenty of these around.

If you are very wayward with your shots and wind up with excessive unintentional side spin then pick a bit softer ball but one that is a bit less spinny like the Bridgestone E6+ for example.

Well said.

I can get outside on on some of my longer irons and woods. I play a Top Flight Long ball, which rolls for ever giving me distance, but takes some of the side spin out of it.

Just experiment. Top Flight is my ball now lol
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If you have a bad slice (which is common for higher handicaps) then a ball with a lot of spin (Pro-V1s) aren't going to help at all. If you hit the ball straight I'd suggest the Top-Flite D2 Feels, or Gamers. If you have a slice I'd recommend the Top Flite Freaks or the D2 Straights. Real good balls, and also they are very cheap (D2's are around $16 at Dick's and Gamer and Freaks are around $20).
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I like Wilson Staff Zip. It was included in Golf Diget's most recent ball recommendation list.
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Originally Posted by st0wgolf08 View Post
D2 feel is probably the most feel you will get from a budget ball, try it.
That's true.

When I was a 20ish I played a lot of Noodles, just the stock Noodle. Another I liked was the Nike Mojo (out of production I think). I recently saw these in a great price if you don't mind getting 11 good balls and 1 goofy color ball, haha. Look for some X-outs in the mid priced balls. And next time out maybe try a Titleist NXT Tour on the safest holes on the course. These are not "budget balls" but I feel they are one of the highest performing balls for the price. You could probably find 1 or 2 in the "experienced" ball bin at your clubhouse. In fact, that is a good place to pick up some sample balls.

There is always a decision to be made for the high handicapper that goes like this...."my ball is slicing/hooking so I need less side spin to keep the ball in play. But I'm missing a lot of greens so I'm trying to get up and down a lot. Greenside I need more spin." Another thing to consider is that more spin also equals more lift on both the driver and the irons so you get better carry distance if you can hit it straight.

I went the route of trying to hit straighter by focusing on a grip that could square the clubface naturally. Also I added a higher lofted driver. Between these two moves I was able to start playing spinner balls that would help me with the most important part of scoring, the short game.

Good Luck!
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Originally Posted by Henry View Post
I have a similar problem to you. I need a cheap ball the goes straight off the tee but is soft around the green. Anyone got ideas?
Nike Powersoft.

GREAT BALL! Low spin. Soft. Consistent. Budget.
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Notice that most of the cheapo balls you are being told to play are not in the sigs of the guys suggesting them.

All newbies should start with prov1s - they will only make you a better player.
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Lately I've really been hooked on: Noodle Plus-long and straight. Don't get this one confused with the Maxfli Noodle....totally different ball.

The Noodle Plus ball is running around $16 a dozen and plays very much like my beloved E5+ balls...but at much more attractive price.


Another ball I've tried recently and thought it was okay was the Wilson Fifty. Action off the full shots is super, however it has a very muted feel off the putter.

For right now I'm gonna keep gaming these Noodle Plus balls.
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Originally Posted by meenman View Post
Notice that most of the cheapo balls you are being told to play are not in the sigs of the guys suggesting them.

All newbies should start with prov1s - they will only make you a better player.
I'd like to think this is a joke but I doubt it is. Horrible analogy first of all, just because players are suggesting equipment that they do not use does not make it ill fitted. They don't swing or play the same way everyone here does, so not all equipment (including the ball) fits every swing. The suggestions here have been sound and logical and that's more than I can say about yours. How is a high spin ball going to make player who has directional/spin issues off of the tee any better. To top it off they cost $50.00 a dozen and at a 20+ handicap I am willing to bet that a few balls are lost a round, this is an easy way to get discouraged. A 50 dollar box of balls will not make you a batter player, lessons and playing more often will make you a better player. For novice players I typically suggest a lower compression or a distance ball in the 10-20 dollar range. When you are new and it comes to the ball I always believe the most important thing is consistency, pick a ball and stay with that one. If you want to hit ProV1's for the "cool" factor at a 20 handicap, that's fine but to suggest it's the only ball one should use and that makes you a better player at a 20+ handicap is pretty ignorant.
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