I shoot mid 90s, sometimes high 80s but not often. I have used every ball out there and have found little difference at my level. I know a lot of people will tell us that the ball is critical but for me, not so much. I also hit the Costco Callaway and or KIrkland balls, they work fine for me.
The only real difference that I ever notice is how they feel on putts and chips. If you can play a ball around the green and it isnt ripped to shreds then I think it's fine.
I think that premium balls are more of a luxury item than a necessity. I buy the bulk online premium stuff usually. This year I went Snell (need to update my signature) and it was something like 140 for 60 balls. To me that is worth it to have a top end ball even if it doesn't make any difference to my game.
So I'm an average hacker, drive the ball about 200 to 240, shoot in the mid to high 80s, and my question is, at that level, how much difference does it make what kind of ball I am using?
I get balls at Costco, usually Callaway Toursoft or whatever they have on sale for about $24 for 2 dozen. It usually comes out to around a dollar a ball.
Should I be more discriminating about what kind of ball I use, or at my level, does it make very little difference?
Let’s first say PGA Tour. Hopefully you didn’t intend to bundle PGA of America into this. Unfortunately, being commercialized is a way to make money, especially with people willing to pay for it to make their own business successful. But then, one could think about the Masters. A lot less commercialized but it has become special for that reason. And unless the membership were all wealthy, that event would never happen the way it does.
I wonder, what big sport isn’t commercialized? Even tradition must evolve in some ways to stay relevant.