Originally Posted by rustyredcab
So when you loose one of your 1200 balls, say a premium ball, and then replace it with a Pinnacle, you don't notice any difference when putting?
I agree that even chips with two radically different balls will not lead to anything noticeable in a beginner because the strike varies more than the ball. But even when I was a high handicapper, I fit the putter pretty well most most of the time. Balls did feel different off the putter. Not "better" or "worse," but different. And it mattered that I played the same ball, or at least the same kind of ball if I had any hopes of feeling the distance on the greens.
Do you really not notice a difference on the greens even at your (much lower than beginner) handicap?
It is a good question - but I might have trouble answering since I play such different balls all of the time. I have them separated by brand - not by ball type. I'm guessing Wilson make a spinny ball and a not so spinny version. Since I am constantly playing different ball types - maybe it all blends into my perception (or lack thereof). As opposed to hitting ball A for a couple of months and then suddenly switching to ball B.
Having said that, I think I'm just not that sensitive to it or not good enough to notice. And just an uneducated guess - I would think that ball A and ball B hit with the same force would not result in a significantly different distance in a given putt. What are we talking about 5 more feet on a 20 footer or something? I've got to doubt it.
And even if it was pretty significant, I'd think things like the speed of the green on a given day or a given course would matter WAY more than the ball. That is to say you are having to learn how hard to hit it on a course by course AND day by day (or even green by green) basis anyway. If I play the same ball for say 12-15 holes, that would be the standard of the day right? Plus I really try to take everything out of putting a just be a feel putter. In my mind, putting is a ball, a crooked stick and a hole. Go make it happen.
But to answer your question, I can't say that even if I played that one ball all the way through hole 15 and lost it, that immediately putting a different one in play would be noticeable to me. I'm starting to think I'm the odd man out on this.