Yes, although i would be willing to bet a newbie will slice much more than hook
Should a beginner use a high-quality ball like a Pro V1? - Page 3
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Dont think a more expensive ball like V1 will make much difference -except perhaps in your wallet...you might want to try one of the very best all around 2 piece balls which is also made by Titleist...the DT So/Lo
These balls are a great mix of distance and feel and go for about 20 bucks a dozen new .. and.much less recycled.
also do yourself a favor and avoid refinished balls altogether...good luck!
McGregor VIP's 2 for $32.00.
Nice ball to use on a daily basis. Rumor is that this ball is made by Srixon.
3 piece Urethane cover.....good distance, decent spin ----- pretty durable.
I bought a dozen Pro V1?? to try it out. It is a great ball, but a bit too much $$$ for me.
As a beginner, you will have your shares of lost balls and a few cart paths and trees on the way. This ball is great between tee and green but not for cart paths, rocks and trees.
I agree with the advise to play one make of ball for a long time. Even as a beginner, you will help yourself with feel on and near the greens. Sure, from 100 yards out you may not notice any difference between "your ball" and some ball you found a few minutes ago -- good or bad. But when you have a long putt, you have a better chance of learning to control your distance if you play the same ball all the time -- regardless of the ball. If you like the way it feels off your putter, so much the better.
If you have the cash laying around, then I say why not just go for the quality ball that you like. But I do agree, if you are just beginning, you are going to lose a lot of balls and you most likely won't be able to tell the difference. I have bought everything from refinished balls to high end quality ProV1s. I played fine with both and like using my refinished balls on the courses that are more challenging that I know I have the potential of losing a ball here or there.
For me, since I started in March, I found that if I bought a game improvement type ball (e6, Noodle, Nike Crush - blue, PD Long) I did ok once I got fitted and got used to what I was doing. I think I lost one ball in 3 months. I hit it longer and straighter. As my game gets better the ball continues to shine.
I agree that you should stick with one ball for quite a little while - one season or so...
Just my thoughts.
The type of ball that you use should be based on your financial comfort level at the end of the day. Will a beginner notice different results from a Slazenger Distance ball, as opposed to a tour ball (Pro V1, B330-RXS, Tour (i), Penta, etc.)? Most likely not. If you're financially comfortable to the point where losing a $45.00 box of balls on 18 holes won't bother you, then why not? Play what you want.
Based on the game of golf and performance though, a beginner would not be able to quickly notice the difference between 2 unmarked balls. One being a Distance ball (Slazenger, Maxfli, Wilson, etc.) while the other being a Penta or Pro V1. The only thing a beginner would notice would be a different reaction of the ball off of their putter, assuming they have a sound/consistent putting technique/stroke.
Ignoring the cost, I do find that playing one consistent ball has helped me even if it's just a mental crutch. I think if you gave me a Srixon I could tell you what model it was after nine holes. I cannot say which is better though, but having one ball eliminates the consistency questions in my head. I know I can't blame the ball. When I find a ball and play it and misfit I always wonder if it me of the ball. Deep down I know it's me.
I suggest playing all kinds of balls to find out which one suits you the best. This you will learn over time as you hit more rounds in. You never know what ball ends up being the best for your game. But yea, get em secondhand. When I first started out I would go to the course with 20 balls and loose all of them after a round. Just get ready for that.
Once you get better you will probably have already found a favorite ball. If your can really swing it well then no harm in trying out all the high end balls to see which one suits you best.
In short, experiment...get as many rounds in as you can with all types of balls. Once you stop losing so many (say 5 or less balls per round) have a look at the higher end ones.
Get the balls you can afford to lose so you don't hold up the show looking aimlessly for another errant shot. Just drop and go when you're just getting started. The people in your group (and the people in following groups) will thank you. A beginner is going to be awful in different ways with different balls. Just pick a team and stick with it.