Golf balls can be insanely expensive. $40-$50-$60+ per DOZEN? $5.00 per ball? Damn. At that price I could lose $50 in golf balls on the first 4-5 holes on my tight, hazard-ridden home course if I don’t hit it well. That’s why I had to institute a “3-premium-ball lost limit” there. That’s a blog post for another day.
When I used to live next to the 1st tee on my home course I could sneak onto the course after hours and find literally hundreds of balls. I knew all the places to look because, well, I hit them there. Now I don’t have that luxury since moving a little farther away from the course.
There’s nothing better than finding a nice Titleist ProV1, or Bridgestone B330, or TaylorMade tour ball in the bushes. It’s like found money. No golfer other than perhaps PGA Tour pros is above playing that newly found ProV1 either. Hand raised.
So if a person is more than willing to play that pre-owned ball in the bushes, a look at LostGolfBalls.com is probably a good financial decision. LostGolfBalls.com has every model golf ball a golfer would ever want, slightly used, for a fraction of retail.
LostGolfBalls.com Golf Balls
LostGolfBalls.com offers several “levels” of used golf balls.
Refinished golf balls are balls that have been reconditioned at a factory that actually makes new golf balls. This is as close to a new golf ball as one can get without it actually being new.
AAAAA/1st Quality golf balls are mint used balls, not reconditioned. One may not be able to tell the difference between this and a new ball.
AAAA/2nd Quality golf balls are still in very good condition and may appear to have a little wear, similar to a ball that has been played for a few holes.
AAA/3rd Quality golf balls are still very playable but may have some smudges, scuffs, and blemishes.
Pricing for the different levels of balls is proportionate to their quality level. I chose to go with a couple of boxes of my current gamer ball, the Bridgestone B330 or B330-S. Let’s do some comparing.
On Bridgestone’s website a brand new box of B330’s costs $44.99, plus shipping.
The highest quality AAAAA/1st Quality B330 from LostGolfBalls.com’s website is listed at $23.99, about HALF of retail. For a golf ball that performs the same, the golfer can literally be paying around half the money. Great deal.
The next level ball is the AAAA/2nd Quality. These balls are priced at $15.99 per dozen.
Finally, there are refinished B330’s available for $12.99.
As a decent amateur golfer with a low single digit handicap, I see no difference in playability or performance between the AAAAA/1st Quality balls, and a brand new B330 I’ve played for a few holes. Well, there is a difference actually. It’s in my wallet.
The most important club in the bag other than one’s brain, is the putter. 40-50% of all the strokes a golfer records on the course are with the putter. Putting is certainly the strength of my game. I rely on my putting big time to make up for other deficiencies in my game. Having the right putter setup is crucial. If any part of the setup is off even slightly, putts will be missed. Without the right weight and grip size/shape, the strength of my game would be neutralized. I don’t roll with the jumbo grips because they reduce the feel for me, and I don’t have a problem with breaking my wrists.
I’ve found the perfect grip for my putting, the Golf Pride Tour SNSR Contour (there’s a straight model as well). It’s a mid-sized grip with a taper which fits great in my hands. The taper is known as a pistol shape.
The grip is made from a proprietary rubber which feels soft and comfortable in the hands, and translates the feel of impact from the head to my hands. This is called “feedback.” Feedback is extremely important for any club, but putting is especially crucial because there is so much touch and feel involved.
On The Course
I’ve had this grip on my putter since before my trip to Scotland this past summer. It has been a fantastic grip and I’ve putted very well with it. Last week I had a round with 22 putts, starting off with eight 1-putts in a row. I’ve found the SNSR to be perfect in call conditions, from slow to fast greens and even with the Texas wedge (my best wedge). It was tremendous on the hard links ground of Scotland, even from 50-70 yards out in the fairway!
When the original grip on my Dornoch Putters Mad Dog 1 finally wore out, I went through several grips. That special putter has a handmade milled aluminum head, and it provides a ton of feel and feedback. I needed a grip that can compliment that amazing putter and the Golf Pride SNSR Contour is a perfect match.
In for review are some Zero Friction ZFT Maxx golf tees. Unfortunately the ones that arrived are too short for me, since lately I’ve been teeing it very high. So I passed out a few to my golf buddies and we’ll see what they think. I hope to get some longer ones in to try.
I can still use these for clubs other than driver so I will test them a wee bit. Stay tuned.
I’m happy to show you a very exclusive look into a golf company that you’ll be hearing about on other golf sites sometime in early 2017:
OUUL fashion forward, technically superior bags & accessories
Yes this isn’t a hack golf blog which reviews gear that’s been out for five years. Oh no. Hooked on Golf Blog is often able to feature golf equipment, courses, resorts, apparel and other products that haven’t even hit the market yet. Be on the lookout for OUUL.
I will be covering many of OUUL’s products down the road. For starters I’m doing a preview post and working on reviews of the OUUL Python Collection of golf bags. These bags are super-light, even the cart bag. I seriously almost threw the cart bag across my back yard when I picked it up to move it. Check them out:
OUUL Python Golf Bags – Stand bag and cart bag
I’ll be testing these bags out for the next few weeks and I’ll post individual reviews of each one when I’m ready. In the mean time enjoy the photos and let me know if you have any questions about OUUL.
I’ve been gaming the Air Force One nitrogen charged driver now for about a year and a half. I told my buddies just today that I’ll keep hitting it until I find a better driver. I don’t care who makes it or what the retail price is, as long as I’m killing it.
Naturally I was eager to accept the offer from Air Force One to review their new Air Foil fairway metal-woods, based on my great experience with the driver. Here are a couple of photos of this new fairway wood:
Air Force One – Air Foil Fairway Wood
I hit 2-3 shots with the Air Foil 3-wood in today’s round, one resulting in a birdie on the par-5 10th at Mountain Dell. Unlike other “reviewers” though, I can’t review a club in three swings. Stay tuned for a full review, which will be a few weeks. When I test clubs I play real golf, on real golf courses.
Yeah, hard work I know. But I have to stay true to my golf blogger roots. FORE!