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Hey.  Just had a customer give me 22 dozen NIB balls and I know that while they are still virgins, they're not new. I don't know anything about new golf ball tech since I've been on the DL the past decade and still working through my back pain on the driving range. But, this fall I am hitting the course and was wondering about balls. First question is, I have balls in my bags that were all brand new 10-15 years ago. Should I scrap those, or use around hazards or are they OK for play. Then I guess that may sort of answer my second question. I was given boxes of Nike precision power distance straight and Nike precision Power soft and Nike precision TI velocity, Callaway warbird, Wilson Pro staff pro distance straight, Pro staff platinum, Top flight XL pure distance, Wilson black Jack and Maxfli xs tour.

 

Any refresher on what's what and ball tech during my layup would be awesome

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I wouldn’t worry about playing those balls. You may get some over zealous responders who will say it will be a huge effect since they’re old...I don’t buy it. Have fun and keep some for shag balls and play the others out. 

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Seconding.  They'll play well.  When you go through them, we can talk about modern balls.  Snell are pretty popular on this forum, and with good reason, but "balls you already have" are a pretty good set as you re-acclimate to golf. 

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Those old balls will play just fine. Especially in the OP's situation. 

I have been playing some PV-1s I inherited. They had been in an outside metal storage shed, with a copious amount of dust on them. No telling how long they had been there. They are still very playable. 

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2 hours ago, satchmodog said:

Hey.  Just had a customer give me 22 dozen NIB balls and I know that while they are still virgins, they're not new. I don't know anything about new golf ball tech since I've been on the DL the past decade and still working through my back pain on the driving range. But, this fall I am hitting the course and was wondering about balls. First question is, I have balls in my bags that were all brand new 10-15 years ago. Should I scrap those, or use around hazards or are they OK for play. Then I guess that may sort of answer my second question. I was given boxes of Nike precision power distance straight and Nike precision Power soft and Nike precision TI velocity, Callaway warbird, Wilson Pro staff pro distance straight, Pro staff platinum, Top flight XL pure distance, Wilson black Jack and Maxfli xs tour.

 

Any refresher on what's what and ball tech during my layup would be awesome

Just be careful none of those become the "perfect" ball for you.  Might be difficult finding any more of them.

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3 hours ago, Double Mocha Man said:

Just be careful none of those become the "perfect" ball for you.  Might be difficult finding any more of them.

I have a few of those in my bags. Balls I was convinced were the ball and I protect them like a mother hen hahaha

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Thanks guys. I am super curious how new balls compare to these and the relics in my bag. I've gotten to the point where my swing is repeatable again and I'm hitting balls in clusters at the range. I may go to the pro shop at the range and grab a few sleeves and experiment in a few weeks. I'm pushing the ball out past 300 yards again, so I'm assuming the range balls are quite beat down compared to my Maxfli, Top flights and anything else in my bag that's still shiny. If I'm not getting any real appreciable distance gain from a new ball, I won't buy anything. I have almost 10 dozen balls NIB from the late 90s through 2000s and now 22 dozen new balls. I doubt I'll ever need to buy a new ball again. I say that knowing how I spend money like a drunk sailor on leave hahaa

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On 7/15/2019 at 5:56 PM, satchmodog said:

Hey.  Just had a customer give me 22 dozen NIB balls and I know that while they are still virgins, they're not new. I don't know anything about new golf ball tech since I've been on the DL the past decade and still working through my back pain on the driving range. But, this fall I am hitting the course and was wondering about balls. First question is, I have balls in my bags that were all brand new 10-15 years ago. Should I scrap those, or use around hazards or are they OK for play. Then I guess that may sort of answer my second question. I was given boxes of Nike precision power distance straight and Nike precision Power soft and Nike precision TI velocity, Callaway warbird, Wilson Pro staff pro distance straight, Pro staff platinum, Top flight XL pure distance, Wilson black Jack and Maxfli xs tour.

 

Any refresher on what's what and ball tech during my layup would be awesome

 

I played the Maxfli XS Tour years ago which was an OK ball back in the day (similar to the Precept Extra Spin). But that ball hasn't been made in probably at least 15 years. I think it even came out before the original wound urethane Revolution. 

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On 7/16/2019 at 9:47 PM, cristphoto said:

 

I played the Maxfli XS Tour years ago which was an OK ball back in the day (similar to the Precept Extra Spin). But that ball hasn't been made in probably at least 15 years. I think it even came out before the original wound urethane Revolution. 

I'm sure I have a sleeve or two of those still. I'll have to check my bags. I bet there are balls from the 80s in my grandfather's bag. I still have his clubs. Like hitting a bad with a croquet mallet. Spaulding executives. Not very good sticks at all, but sentimental. We need an old ball thread with pictures

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