How many balls do you carry?



  • Matt JMatt J Members Posts: 8,723 ✭✭
    When I'm riding or pushing the Clic Gear I have the habit of grabbing a new sleeve in pushing it into a pocket in the bag without knowing how many I already have. when I go to clean the bag out to walk a round there can be as many as 2 dozen balls in the bag. They may be the heaviest thing in the bag for a lot of players.
  • VNutzVNutz Members Posts: 6,101 ✭✭
    Usually 3+ sleeves. I often use 1 ball the entire round, but every once in a while there's one of those days that challenges the entire supply...
  • lazyjc4lazyjc4 Members Posts: 859 ✭✭
    Had an old friend/mentor that used to say, "if you need more than two sleeves of balls to play, you'd be better off spending your time on the range practicing, than on the course losing balls."
    Srixon Z565 8.5 Attas Elements Prototype
    Taylormade '17 M1 HL 15.5° Motore Speeder
    Taylormade SLDR HL 19.5* Kai'li
    Hogan PTx 21*, 25*,29*, 33*, 37*, 41*, 45* S300
    Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 50*, 54*, 58* S200
    Bettinardi B55 or Odyssey Tank 7 Counterbalanced (Both 38")
    Titleist AVX or Srixon Z-Star
  • rjp217rjp217 Members Posts: 244 ✭✭
    About a dozen just so i can take a second drive or shot if im **** around and have time to try another one out. I usually walk so try to keep my bag generally light.
    In Bag:

    TaylorMade M3 9.5* (Tensei Pro White 70TX)
    P790UDI 2 (Aldila RIP Alpha 105X)
    Mizuno MP18: MMC FH 3-4 / MMC 5-6 / SC 7-8 / MB 9-PW (KBS Tour 130X)
    Cleveland RTX4 Black 50* (DG TI Onyx X100)
    Cleveland RTX3 Raw 54* / 60* (DG TI Onyx X100)
    PXG Bat Attack P 375 (Black Steel)

    On Rotation:

    TaylorMade M3 15* (Aldila Rogue Silver 70X)
    Mizuno MP18 MMC FH 2 (KBS Tour 130X)
    '18 TM O-Works 7CH (Black Steel)
  • GdpersGdpers Members Posts: 7
    Years ago on business trip, played a woodlands course with 3 co workers that I hadn’t played with. Couple had rented clubs and one other had his. They were going to buy balls and I had 12 and other guy had 6 so we started out. Should have been omen as on first tee guy hit a car in parking lot, but we found that ball.� on 18 it was play hard as we only

    had the 1 ball each was playing and first tee shot flew int the woods!

    Usually carry 12 but got to course the other day and only had 5; lost 4 on first 2 holes and figured the round was soon over as walking alone. Found 2 balls in right rough on 3 and then finished the round with only the 1 ball. I don’t do a lot of ball hunting but found 5 more balls and finished with 8 balls.

  • NJpatbeeNJpatbee Members Posts: 1,502 ✭✭
    Several sleeves of new balls and 8-10 previously used by me or someone else. I typically lose a couple of balls per round unless I am playing a practice (solo) round where I can get crazy and lose 6-12 balls trying almost impossible to make shots. One advantage of being a 16 HCP is I prefer playing low compression balls like the Softfli, TruSoft, Supersoft, and cost is not a factor if I lose a bunch on a practice round. I have never ran out of balls since I carry quite a few and also believe that having a reasonable abundance of golf balls is one less thing to worry about. For the record I usually ride and sometimes use a pull cart on executive courses so an extra 8-10 balls is of no concern.
  • third-times-a-charmthird-times-a-charm Members Posts: 1,499 ✭✭
    1/2 new sleeves + bout a half dozen shag balls i find and keep in the bottom of the bag.

    Sometimes when the course is dead and you make a crap shot, or want to try a crazy shot, you need a shag ball to hit.
    Long Live Nike
  • jll62jll62 ClubWRX Posts: 2,028 ClubWRX
    In competition, I almost always have a full dozen. Usually start with 3 sleeves of new balls and a sleeve of used balls for use when warming up. If the event is spread across multiple days, the ratio of new to used changes during the event, but I don't put any new balls in the bag unless I burned through a lot and get down to just one sleeve of new balls in the bag.
    TaylorMade M3 9.5, GD Tour AD GP-6s, 44.75"
    TaylorMade M3 T3, Tensei Pro White 70 S, 42.5"
    TaylorMade P-790 UDI 2, Aerotech SteelFiber i95 S
    TaylorMade P-770 3-4, DG X100 (SSx1)
    TaylorMade RSi TP 5-PW, KBS C-Taper S+
    TaylorMade Milled Grind 52 Raw, DG S400 Tour Issue
    TaylorMade Hi-Toe 58, DG S400 Tour Issue
    TaylorMade DJ Itsy Bitsy Proto, 34"
    TaylorMade TP5x #12

    jll62's WITB
  • jwb10jwb10 Major Winner MarsMembers Posts: 914 ✭✭
  • Hoolagn18Hoolagn18 Members Posts: 55

    2 sleeves of new and a 2 or 3 used ones.

    If I ever needed more than that I’d just quit the round and go home.

    I echo the same comment: 2 sleeves of Titleist ProV1 (high numbers) and 2 or 3 used balls.
  • James the Hogan FanJames the Hogan Fan Members Posts: 445 ✭✭
    I have carried as many as 60, and I usually walk. The reason was purely logistics; I didn’t have another place to put them at home so every ball I found went into the bag and would stay there. Then I bought a 5 gallon bucket and now it’s more like 12-20, before I play and find balls (I find too many, often 5-10 per round; my course has a lot of tall grass natural areas and such) and the number increases to 40 or so and then I empty it again.
    Golfing in Finland!
  • kejoal11kejoal11 IYAOYAS!!! Yokosuka, JapanMembers Posts: 1,118 ✭✭
    edited Dec 14, 2018 #73
    2 fresh sleeves and whatever balls i Have from previous rounds. Normally have anywhere from 9-15 balls in my bag at one time.
    In My Bag
    PING G400 Max 9* PX Hazardous T1100 6.5 75g
    TM SLDR TP 3W Fujikura Motore Speeder TSX 8.3
    TM SLDR TP 2H Matrix Black Tie 95HX
    TM P790 3-PW Modus 120X
    Vokey SM6 58*, 50*
    Evnroll ER5
    Snell MTB Black/MTB-X
    #insideTMAG 2013
  • Tylerjames80112Tylerjames80112 Members Posts: 36 ✭✭
    3 sleeves should be a good number for most
  • Pstar1978Pstar1978 Members Posts: 314
    In my bag I have 3 to 4 B330rx and then I have 10 to 12 bargain balls on hand. My limit for a round is two B330rx a round and that depends how I'm playing and when I lose them. If I'm playing crappy then I'll use one. If I lose it late in the round, then I'll use one. If I'm playing lights out and lose one, then I'll play another. This keeps my costs down and it has done me well over the years.
  • gpleonardgpleonard New Smyrna Beach, FloridaMembers Posts: 1,254 ✭✭
    Hopefully enough to get thru a round.
    Gil Leonard
  • cargo8cargo8 Members Posts: 76 ✭✭

    - 1 brand new sleeve

    - 1 "in-play" sleeve (started brand new)

    - 3-6 "playable" balls in a pinch, also used for chipping practice

    When the playable balls get unplayable I retire them to my home bag shag or bomb them into a hazard / ocean on a course I play.
    Titleist TS3 9.5° Mitsubishi Diamana DF 50S
    Tour Edge Exotics CBX 3W Fujikura Speeder Evo II 661S
    Taylor Made GAPR Lo 2-17
    °KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid 65S
    Callaway X Forged Utility Iron 21° Oban CT-100 Steel
    Callaway Apex MB 5-PW Oban CT-100 Steel
    Taylor Made Milled Grind Chrome 50.09 Oban CT-100 Steel
    Taylor Made Milled Grind Black 54.09 Oban CT-100 Steel

    Taylor Made Milled Grind Black 58.09 Oban CT-100 Steel
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #28

    Retired + Bullpen

    Scotty Cameron Circa 62 No. 3 34" 350g
    Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport
    Taylor Made RAC TP MB 3-PW
  • ptjn1201ptjn1201 Members Posts: 1,183 ✭✭
    There are probably 35-40 in there now. I'll grab a new sleeve most rounds and usually find more than I lose and don't empty the bag as often as I should. Sometimes, there are 60 in there. Then I'll finally clear out the beat up ones and get back down to two dozen. I'll usually hit a wedge into the woods near the parking lot before going to the first tee -- that's my warm-up.
    Yamaha Inpres D201 11*, Hiskei Wave stiff
    Yamaha Inpres X D Power Spoon 15*
    Bombtech Grenade 18* 5W
    MacTec NV-NX 24* 9W
    Bridgestone Access VP-02, 6-AW
    Inazone EZ-PZ CNC wedge 52* & 60*
    Mizuno Pro GT-201 Mallet
  • 0351Duffer0351Duffer Members Posts: 126 ✭✭
    Generally, I carry a dozen of my current ball and keep three or four "water balls" in my top bag pocket. If I go to a course I've never played I usually grab an extra sleeve. I don't even like the thought of running out...LOL
  • crazygolfnutcrazygolfnut CrazyGolfNut Members Posts: 1,176 ✭✭
    I normally have 3 new balls, 4 to 5 water balls and 1 dozen new balls in the side pocket.
    • Driver: ________ Ping G400 Max
    • Woods: _______ Ping G410 3 & 5 woods
    • Hybrids: ______ Titleist 818H1 21* & 25*
    • Irons: _________ Titleist 718 AP1 6-W
    • Wedges: ______ Titleist Vokey SM6 52.08F & 56.08M
    • Putter: ________ Rife Mid Mallet 400
    • Ball: ___________ Snell MTB-X Yellow
    • Bag: ___________ Datrek Lite Rider
    • GPS: ___________ Bushnell NEO Ghost
    • Rangefinder: __ Precision Pro NX7
    • GHIN: _________ HCP floats between 10 and 12

    “Never bet against an old man with old clubs that have new grips”
  • elwhippyelwhippy Members Posts: 3,124 ✭✭
    Carrying so got it down to 5 or 6. Mainly distance balls with the odd better ball if it gets above 7 degrees.
  • ThreeBoxersThreeBoxers Members Posts: 95 ✭✭
    Around 12-15. My bag has a little 3-ball holder under the handle for quick access and I keep another 9-12 in one of the pockets.
  • KarstenKKarstenK Hey Chopper, what you hitting there? Members Posts: 1,260 ✭✭
    Way too many. I find so many quality balls lost at my home course that I end the year with more golf balls than I stated the season with.
    Ping G400 LST Tour 75/Callaway Epic SZ Diamana D+ 70
    Callaway BBA 816 16* Diamana S+ 70
    Callaway X2Hot 19* KBS hybrid steel
    Ping i210 4-U PX LZ 6.0
    Titleist SM6 S 54*, Callaway Mack Daddy PM 58*
    Byron DH89/Bettinardi QB8/SC Studio Select Midslant NP2/Ping Ketsch
  • AbelvisAbelvis Members Posts: 34 ✭✭
    edited Dec 19, 2018 #84
    I have a ton of lakeballs I play with and always have about 20/30 in my bags. Both carry and cartbag.

    Now I've bought premium balls, i'll play them on my home course and the others when i'm on a course i don't know.
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    Woods: taylormade.png RBZ stage 2 TP Wood (15 degree)
    Hybrid: taylormade.png RBZ 4 (22 degree)
    Irons: titleist.png 718 AP 1 (5- 53 degree)
    Wedges: cleveland.png 56 & 60 Degree
    Putter: odyssey.png Versa #7
    Ball: Pearl Pure Pro

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  • gatorMDgatorMD Hacker-in-Chief ClubWRX Posts: 4,564 ClubWRX
    Driver: Ping G400 Max 9 Tour AD MT 6
    3W: TM M2 Tour AD MT 7
    Utility: Srixon Z U65 3/19 Tour AD DI
    Irons: Ben Hogan PTx 4-9 Tour V
    Wedges: SM7 46F, 50F, 54F, and 60K KBS Tour
    Putter: SC Newport 3
    Ball: AVX/ProV1
  • autronicdsmautronicdsm Members Posts: 745 ✭✭
    edited Dec 20, 2018 #86
    One time I lost 10 balls playing 9 holes. I don't spend time on searching though. If I don't see it where I thought it landed I just drop a new one and keep going.

    I always carry at least a dozen.
  • spartan6910spartan6910 Go Green, Go White! San DiegoMembers Posts: 380 ✭✭
    Really depends on the round. If I'm playing a tourney and either carrying or push carting, I'll take 2 sleeves of new. Most rounds I won't use more than 3 balls, unless something goes wrong. I've found that the extra weight adds up, even though it might not seem like much.

    If I'm playing a screw-a-round and I don't really care that much, I'll take maybe 3 sleeves of used and 1 of new.
    TaylorMade 2016 M1 460 8.5* - Fujikura Speeder 661 TX
    Cobra King LTD 13* - Aldila Rogue X
    TaylorMade SLDR 2h 19* - Fujikura Pro 83h X
    Mizuno T-Zoid Comp-EZ 2i - S300
    Callaway Apex CF16 5-P - stock steel XP95
    Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 51*
    Callaway Mack Daddy 3 58*
    Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 64*
    Bettinardi Queen B #8
    TaylorMade TP5

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  • SoCalTitleistSoCalTitleist Members Posts: 3,255 ✭✭
    lost 5 this morning, lol cold no warm up will do that.
  • byrne092byrne092 Members Posts: 98 ✭✭
    6-9 typically. If i know I am going to be playing multiple days in a row I might throw in some extra so I don't have to worry about it.
  • spartan6910spartan6910 Go Green, Go White! San DiegoMembers Posts: 380 ✭✭
    For those of you who are saying you throw extra in if you're playing multiple days, why not just keep a box in your car trunk and only carry as many as you need for a given round? I'm seriously flabbergasted that some guys are carrying in the range of 20-40 golf balls in their bag at any given time.
    TaylorMade 2016 M1 460 8.5* - Fujikura Speeder 661 TX
    Cobra King LTD 13* - Aldila Rogue X
    TaylorMade SLDR 2h 19* - Fujikura Pro 83h X
    Mizuno T-Zoid Comp-EZ 2i - S300
    Callaway Apex CF16 5-P - stock steel XP95
    Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 51*
    Callaway Mack Daddy 3 58*
    Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind 64*
    Bettinardi Queen B #8
    TaylorMade TP5

    Born in the USA, Made in Detroit, Grinding in San Diego[/size]
  • philly2kukphilly2kuk Members Posts: 628 ✭✭
    I probably only use about six, but as I find balls on the course or I decide to try a different brand I don't take the old ones out the bag. I've been known to have about twenty in my trolley bag in summer!
    Taylormade M3 with Evenflow Blue
    Ping G 17.5° with Tour 80
    Taylormade Rescue Dual 22°
    Ping G25 4-UW
    Vokey SM7 56/14 and 60/10
    Scotty Cameron 2014 Fastback
    Titleist Pro V1x

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