The takeaway here is to always buy a house on a golf course that requires a hook to infringe on your property. A low fence should suffice for screamin' duck hooks. 😄 I have a friend who has a home on Sahalee. You'd think he's in the safest place... 60 yards behind a green on a par 4. But nope, he still gets thinned line drive iron shots in his yard.
Played my first round of the year at my home course last week. It was a terrible round filled with mediocre ball-striking and bad putting. Final tally - 87, net 81.
I did manage to check off a birdie on the 7th hole, however. As a 496 yard par 5, it's one of the easier birdie holes on the course, but at least I am on the scoreboard.
So many people will spend +$400 dollars on getting fit for a driver that they use at most 14 times a round, but for the one piece of equipment that is used on every shot they will use any ball they find that looks like it's in decent shape. Just saying.
I'll go against the grain here and say that the ball does matter to me, as a ~17 handicap. In the last 2 years I've tried about 20 different balls, from Top Flite XL to Titleist ProV1 (I won a sleeve, I would never pay so much for a ball I am destined to lose 😆).
Off the tee or on approach shots I don't notice any difference.
For short game shots urethane cover balls perform better for me, and with 10-14 nGIR a round, successful short game shots can make a big difference in my scores.
To me, some balls just feel better off the putter face than others, and while this may not result in a physical performance with regards to how it actually rolls, the feel contributes to my confidence, which does in turn impact physical performance.
Now I won't go so far as to say a specific brand and model of ball is best, but right now I am using Snell MTB and Cut Blue and I like both of them for short game and putting, and they're relatively inexpensive so I don't get sad when one flies into the trees.
I've always used inexpensive golf balls. Once in a while the model I'm using is discontinued and I have to pick a new favorite. I think it is helpful, for me anyways, to use the same ball...especially around the green. I don't think it matters which ball one chooses though.