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bkuehn1952

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The “2017 Snell PGA Championship Prediction Contest” got me thinking about golf balls.  When I first starting playing golf, I pretty much paid no attention to the brand or model.  A golf ball was a golf ball as long as it wasn’t damaged.

The only brand/model that I can recall from my youth was the “Wilson K28.”  Someone (perhaps the club pro?) told us that the “Wilson K28” was a good golf ball so every Father’s Day for several years we bought my father a dozen.  He was never much of a golfer and my guess is a few decades later, there were still one or two Wilsons rolling around in his golf bag.

Some of you older golfers might remember the “British Open Ball” prior to 1974.  The R&A’s minimum diameter was 1.62 inches versus the USGA conforming 1.68 inch minimum diameter.  All the professionals who played in “The Open” prior to 1974 would switch to the smaller version as it was believed to go farther and was less affected by the wind.  Beginning in 1974, “The Open” switched to the larger ball and by 1990, all conforming golf balls were 1.68 inches or larger in diameter.  I once found a “small ball” and while I can’t state whether it went further, it was visually smaller.  Today, many of the non-conforming maximum distance balls (e.g. “Bandit”) are made with smaller diameters.

After graduating from college I began to become aware of different golf brands and models.  My ball selection primarily involved superstition.  If I had a particularly good round or two playing a Maxfli DDH, that became my ball until I lost all the Maxfli’s.  Eventually I would have another nice round while playing a Wilson Ultra and that would become my ball until that supply was exhausted.

The nice part about the cheaper brands and models was they were “cut proof” because of the Surlyn cover.  If one played a Titleist Professional, with its balata cover, a thin 3-iron could almost cut the ball in half.  We amateurs had lots of experience putting a “smile” on the ball with poorly hit shots.

With the introduction of the ProV1, the consensus was that it was the “best”.  I avoided playing ProV’s for a long time because my game wasn’t good enough (plus the $50 a dozen cost).  Eventually, I found enough pristine ProV’s that I decided to give them a go.  I am sure I do not get all the performance an excellent player might get, but more often than not, one will find me playing Titleist.  The grandkids give me a dozen each Christmas, decorated with Christmas and Winter themes (no Snowmen!!).

I am looking forward to trying out what Snell has to offer when I win the contest.  Sorry fellas, you are all playing for 2nd place.;-)


 

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Nice history lesson but..... not so fast my friend.... I want to win once I learn the rules...;-)

I like you started with what ever I could find.   I'm still not completely settled upon a single ball but I've played many including Pro V, Callaway Chrome Soft, Kirkland, Snell Get Sum, and currently the Srixon Q-Star Tour.   I can say I do feel a difference between some of the balls but not all.    I can like almost any ball like this:

 

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I used to go cheapest, because I will end up hitting them into a location in which I will not be able to find it.

Then I started going by feel. I started with Noodle because I loved the feel. I dabbled in Nike for a bit, and then back to Noodle. I'm now settled on Bridgestone.

I've hit a few ProV balls in my day. Usually a sleeve that was part of a tourney girft bag. I never felt comfortable with them.

I would be curious about how the Snells feel.

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56 minutes ago, dennyjones said:

Nice history lesson but..... not so fast my friend.... I want to win once I learn the rules...;-)

I like you started with what ever I could find.   I'm still not completely settled upon a single ball but I've played many including Pro V, Callaway Chrome Soft, Kirkland, Snell Get Sum, and currently the Srixon Q-Star Tour.   I can say I do feel a difference between some of the balls but not all.    I can like almost any ball like this:

 

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You see, this is why we need a thumbs down option.   Well, at least it's not a buckeye!

:-D 

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3 hours ago, David in FL said:

You see, this is why we need a thumbs down option.   Well, at least it's not a buckeye!

:-D 

An Aztec or Golden Gopher would work for me

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I really enjoyed reading up on this bit of history (i.e., "The British Open" ball). Thanks for posting @bkuehn1952 I love reading stuff like this.

Whenever I find old Tour Balata balls in good condition I keep them as a superstition. I have 4 so far. My instructor has told me to "throw them away". I think he thinks I'm trying to play them, lol.

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On 2017-07-31 at 0:36 PM, dennyjones said:

Nice history lesson but..... not so fast my friend.... I want to win once I learn the rules...;-)

I like you started with what ever I could find.   I'm still not completely settled upon a single ball but I've played many including Pro V, Callaway Chrome Soft, Kirkland, Snell Get Sum, and currently the Srixon Q-Star Tour.   I can say I do feel a difference between some of the balls but not all.    I can like almost any ball like this:

 

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Relax buddy, there's help coming for you (jk)

 

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I played Top Flite golf balls in the 70's.  Great ball in the heat of summer but my oh my going to those early spring cold high school golf matches and I would ask if anyone had a "rubber band" golf ball for me to use.  Those Top Flites hurt on those cold days.

I bought a sleeve of Robin Hood Golf balls around 1978 or so and gave two of them to my dad and I kept one.  I still have that golf ball.  The old British ball size and my dad did hit them further or so it seamed.  I never hit mine I was to scared of losing it, it cost to much money.

Today I do feel the difference between golf balls.  I like the Snell MTB a lot, great golf ball and when I bought my very first dozen when they first came out I thought it was pretty cool to have a personalized note from Dean Snell in that box to me.  I plan on trying Vice golf balls soon but I will always carry Snell balls and hit them.  I prefer to purchase my golf gear from as many family owned business as possible. 

 

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