36+ handicapper ball
I played most of my first year and a half of golf (this was a while back) using a bunch of Top Flite Stratas that I found on eBay - from a reputable seller - in used (but still usable) condition for something that worked out to less than fifty cents per ball, after shipping. For a graduate student living in a high-cost-of-living city, this was a fantastic find, especially given how many executive courses I seemed to find that had water in play on many holes.
Is the ball relevant? Yes, although it is not make-or-break for most of us. But this isn't a video game where one ball gives more pluses than the other one, and is thus better.
My suggestion is to get usable used golf balls. Find either a variety pack (so you can determine which one(s) you like) or find one you like that isn't the ProV1; if playing a Titleist brand ball is important to you, the DT So/Los are probably better for you, both budget-wise and in terms of how well they fit your game.
I think the golf ball is important to all golfers. It might be more important to low handicappers but still important to find the right one for you. I have played a lot of balls to find the right one for me. I need a ball that doesn't have much spin off of the tee. But I like a ball that spins near the green because I am pretty good with my short irons and wedges.
Lostgolfballs.com is a website I have used to buy used golfballs. You can buy them and try them out without spending the money on a brand new dozen. See which ones work best for you.
agree with all replies.
ProV1's probably aren't the ball for you, even if price isn't an issue. DT SoLo is a solid option - i played them for about 5 years before i found the Bridgestone "e" series. e6 is my current ball and i love it in all aspects (spin, flight, etc.). at $22 a dozen at my local course pro shop, it's hard to beat.
You can buy them new, but I'd not go with premium balls unless you're losing a sleeve or less a round. Go soft if possible, not in terms of a urethane cover, but something that won't sting your hands much. This is purely for comfort too, compression isn't a big part of performance for you right now. Just get something soft and cheap and you'll know if you need to move up. E6 is a solid option as well.
At 36 handicap you might as well play whatever balls you find and spend your money on lessons, range balls and more rounds.
At 10 handicap I try and stick to playing the same type of ball (not brand but class) but to be honest I can't tell that much of a difference. Just stay away from the old rocks and you'll be fine.
I definitely wouldn't use Pro V1's or any other "top end" ball.
The balls that other users recommended (e6, DT solo, etc) are all good options.
Check out some websites like rockbottomgolf.com where they sell bulk, used balls, for a good price.
As a poster above me mentioned, lessons, and the driving range are a better place to spend the $$.
Ive used E6's and Noodles in the past and dont have a bad thing to say about either of these balls...except for the E6, just dont believe the sales pitch that its a ball that doesnt spin (because it can still be sliced and diced with the best of them off the tee!!! :).
I get all my balls off ebay or other lake ball online sales and go for the Pro V1's because Im enjoying the stopping power in the greens :)
Am I wasting my money by thinking I have to use a pro v1 when I play because that is what the pros use? For my skill level is the ball even relevant? Should I be OK going to one of these websites that sell recycled golf balls and buy a bucket of 100 for $30 of lightly used balls.
Yes....................buy 100 balls for $30! This is exactly what you should do...............
Same here. I got a few dozen Warbirds for Christmas and grabbed a couple more on clearance at Dicks. I had played those and a box of Gamer V2s last summer/fall, and to be honest - at this point, I felt absolutely no difference between the two. Right now my main goal is just keeping the ball in play!
Now, that being said, I hit a few Mojos and THOSE felt like I had teed up a rock I had just found... I'm content with picking up "OK" balls at a good price, because after a round I'm going to be down at LEAST a sleeve of balls, if not more.
I also want to make the point that used golf balls aren't just for beginners!! I'm a lowCAPPER........... and I won't even buy new balls anymore! My playing partner opened my eyes to the used golf ball market 2 years ago, and I haven't purchased new balls since. I saw what he was hitting and they looked like brand new balls for a fraction of the price.
My last golf ball purchase: I bought 2 dozen 'only hit once' Penta's...........2 dozen balls for about $32. What do they sell for new these days? $40-45 per dozen?
Of course the prices vary greatly depending on the model and condition rating. If you are a beginner, spending $30 for 100 balls is the best choice.