Re: Difference between range balls and game balls?Purpose marked range balls - they usually say "range" or "practice" on them - suck. There's no other way to put it. They are glorified rocks with yellow paint and dimples on them. They're designed for one purpose - durability. They're going to hold together no matter how many times they're whacked, run into trees, gobbled up by the cart, hit by lawnmowers, run over by tanks...whatever.
Their flight isn't very good, not as easy to work the ball with, doesn't fly as far, and most certainly has no bite.
Most painful feeling: Ding a 1 iron muscleback off the toe with a range ball. On a cold day. (I've done it, and believe me, it isn't fun.)
The range I usually play at however uses old balls - real balls that you might find in a shag bag at the store. They get more and more banged up over time, but by and large it's the best balls you'll find at any range short of new Titleist balls. (The range itself is so broken down it isn't funny... but it's a great place to hit balls and it's certainly raking in the money.)