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Until it's irretrievable or damaged to the point where it's affecting play.

I had a lucky ball that I used for numerous tournaments in highschool until it found it's way into a pond via a random rock.

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Originally Posted by hjimzaf

If your ball makes it through all 18 holes, will you use it the next round? When do you decide it's time for a new ball?

Yes, and right after I lose the last ball.......

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Every round i always lost about 3 balls into the bushes or pond...the longest ball i remember was 2 18 holes and i top it into a pond....

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If it lasts the entire round (doesn't always happen but nice when it does) I'll take a good look at it afterwards.  If I feel it's a little too beat up I toss it in the practice ball bucket.  Otherwise it gets held over for the next round.  I don't think I've ever had one survive through 2 rounds before it's too torn up to use.

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I'll play a new ball every round and try to make it last the whole time.  However, sometimes you can't help chewing up the cover and I switch when about 50% of the ball surface is gone.

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I have balls in my bag that I've played 2-4 rounds with. But if I'm playing in a tournament, I change when I scuff it. Whether it's from a wedge or cart path. Golf balls are engineered to be aerodynamic. When you scuff a ball, it adds wind resistance to that particular side and can cause some weird spin. Not like a ball hit by a mower, but you might notice it.

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Originally Posted by hjimzaf

If your ball makes it through all 18 holes, will you use it the next round? When do you decide it's time for a new ball?


If a ball lasts 18holes it becomes a "lucky ball" and I put it in with my other lucky balls and save those for when ill be playing in some sort of competetion.

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Two outings ago for the first time I played a whole round on one ball....Its in my bag but I haven't used it since..Still playable but I wanted to keep it and save it as one of my collectors item. :)

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For me, it depends whether I'm playing in a tournament or just playing a practice round.  For practice, I've used balls in which I've had the entire season. But, for tournaments I use a ball until it gets scuffed up or lost.

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Ditto for me!

Originally Posted by phillyk

For me, it depends whether I'm playing in a tournament or just playing a practice round.  For practice, I've used balls in which I've had the entire season. But, for tournaments I use a ball until it gets scuffed up or lost.



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