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I am getting to the point where I no longer loose multiple balls per round...(whewwwww).I have heard that at some point a ball should be retired. How do you know when that time arrives?

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34 minutes ago, phedrick said:

I am getting to the point where I no longer loose multiple balls per round...(whewwwww).I have heard that at some point a ball should be retired. How do you know when that time arrives?

Hello there. Well you’ve done it now. Asking such a question instills confidence the Golf Gods will not take lightly. That being said I’m sure a Google search will lead you to a satisfactory idea. Just know you were warned here! I wish you all the best and hopefully the Golf Gods will show mercy. Cheers! 

At your own risk:

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I begin each round with a new ball.  

If it survives the round, and is generally scuff free, it goes into the bottom of the bag.  If I lose a ball, I pull a 1-round ball from that stash and continue.  Scuffed balls come out of play completely and go into the shag bag.  

I could certainly play a single ball for multiple rounds quite a bit, but I enjoy the ritual of pulling, and marking a new ball at the beginning of a new round.  With all the hopes, aspirations, and possibilities that it represents  As it is, I’ve reached a sort of equilibrium where the one new ball each round keeps a good supply of quality replacement balls available even by culling the scuffed ones.  

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I generally don't get more than 9 holes with one ball in tournament play. I usually take a chunk out of one or two every round. But for rec play ill often use the same ball for the whole round, even if i do take a chunk out of one with a full wedge or something. 

 

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Most golf balls are murdered by my back-stabbing, son-of-a-bitch driver. It's method is generally drowning them.

For the rare survivors, retirement usually comes when there is a crack in the cover that I can actually feel with my fingers. Most commonly this is caused by a tree or cart path.

Slight imperfections don't warrant resorting to a new ball. Even the cheap ones cost money. But if you can feel it with your finger you know it  will do some goofy things in the air.

 

 

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I take a ball out of play when it has a visible scuff on it. I normally lose the ball before that happens, but I have been saving more balls the past few years.

The scuffed balls go in my shag bag.

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I seldom lose a ball any more. I retired my ball retriever a few decades ago.

I start every round with a brand new ball. Assuming I don't damage it, or actually lose it, I will play it the whole round. I have actually used the same ball for 36 holes, which I don't recommend. (I was playing well and didn't want to change anything)

At the end of the round, the used gamer goes into the ball compartment on my golf bag.

If I lose a ball, or it becomes unplayable during a round, I replace it with used gamer to finish up that round. 

When that ball compartment gets too full, I cull those excess balls into one of my shag sticks/bags.

Once I acquire more used balls than I need, I donate the excess ones to the driving range guy. 

 

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Lately:  new ball for tournament rounds, reuse a ball for casual rounds, cycle it out when it's too scruffed.  At one point I was just cycling out at 36 holes, but that'd make me put a new ball into play on some casual rounds.  I have so many, though, so maybe I should ... 

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I used to retire golf balls that had taken part in a memorable event.  After a while though...the trophy ball collection begins to pale and the heroes of yesteryear wind up in a box, somewhere, that you happen across while looking for something else.  

More to the topic...I play them until circumstances dictate that we part ways.  If a golf ball is that determined to stay in the game; I can accept that it isn't going to look like it just showed up.

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Always use a new ball to start a round.   If I lose it I take a loose ball left from a previous round. 

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Any scuff, scratch, or ding will dramatically affect the ball flight because of the high rpm's we're dealing with.  Stains and discoloration are fine.  

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