Easiest ball to track with mild visual issues

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markfaxmarkfax  193WRX Points: 50Members Posts: 193 Bunkers
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Looking for the best ball model/color to track and find in someone with mild visual issues.

Due to a retina condition, my best vision with glasses is 20/40, and my ophthalmologist says that everything I see is about 1/4 the size of what a normal vision person sees. Because of this, I can barely see or track the ball once it goes more than 180 yards. If my drive goes even a little off the fairway, I often can't find it. (My best round ever was with an eagle-eyed minor league outfielder who could see exactly where every ball went, so I didn't take any lost ball penalties.)

I'm thankful to see as well as I do, but if anyone has suggestions on colors/models of balls that might help me enjoy the game more, I'd appreciate it.


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    Im 51and last couple years experiencing same issue
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  • lookylookitzadamlookylookitzadam SoCal 614WRX Points: 218Handicap: 2.7Members Posts: 614 Golden Tee
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    I regularly play with a guy who uses anything but white balls for the same reason; visibility at distance.

    The matte red balls are blinding at address but so hard to track in the air for whatever reason.

    The neon green balls are actually easy to see on overcast days and because the green is so unnatural, it's easy to spot in the grass.

    Yellow works well on blue sky days as well.

    Ball choice is your call but those are my observation on the colors.
  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 Maine 20333WRX Points: 896Members Posts: 20,333 Titanium Tees
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    Anything yellow.

  • Scratch_72Scratch_72  273WRX Points: 78Members Posts: 273 Greens
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    I find any yellow ball easier to track than white ones.

    For me the easiest ball to track/find is the yellow Snell Get Sum. To my eye seems brighter than the other yellow balls I've tried.
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    My wife only plays colored balls. By far the easiest to see in the air and ground is the Volvic Vivid in matte red. Much better than yellow, green, pink, blue or other. It just pops. I love that she plays these as it makes it so simple to locate.
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    yellow or orange for me
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  • Tanner25Tanner25  6535WRX Points: 258Members Posts: 6,535 Titanium Tees
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    Has to be yellow. It seems like lately everyone is coming out with a new yellow ball. Prov next year. TopFlight D2 Feel, DT Trusoft. Bridgestone extra soft are good ones too. Do not get TM Project A in yellow. It is not quite yellow.

    What's a good color in dormant fairways?
  • StumpnavStumpnav  151WRX Points: 46Handicap: 2.4Members Posts: 151 Fairways
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    You are looking for contrast so different conditions may require different colors, both in the air and on the ground. Against a hazy or cloudy sky, I think a bright yellow or neon green will work best. Against a bright blue sky, a red might be the best choice. One thing to note is a lot of men have a red/green color blindness of some level, so take that into the equation. You might try a Callaway TruVis in red/white or yellow/black...again trying to get some contrast.

    Once it gets on the ground, it all depends. We have a lot of pecan trees that drop a yellow leaf with brown spots in the fall. That Truvis yellow/black will get lost in a hurry. Sometimes, the bermuda rough is so deep it doesn't matter what color it is, its' gone.
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    Yellow but they aren’t all the same. I like the srixon yellow. Orange I can’t see at all.

    I went back to white. I picked up prescription Oakley in the golf dark prizm lenses. They make the yellow harder to see than the white.
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    Yellow or orange for me. Both easy to see.
  • willie991willie991  359WRX Points: 90Handicap: 9Members Posts: 359 Greens
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    Really bad vision. "Can't see. Can't hear. But, I can still drive!"

    The yellow has been the easiest for me to see. New very bright white also seems to stand out. One guy in our group tried the Volvik Vivid Red. None of us could follow them in the air. Pretty much the same with orange. The Callaway "soccer" balls can be followed in the air but can be difficult to find on the ground.

    I really believe each person's vision difficulties can be unique to that person. Just because I can see the yellow better than others does not mean someone with different vision issues would have the same experience.
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  • Snowman9000Snowman9000  1221WRX Points: 210Handicap: 10Members Posts: 1,221 Platinum Tees
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    I found the matte red ball to be very tough to see. Yellow is good. I haven't tried neon green but I've seen one and I bet that is a great one.
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    Bright screaming dark pink. Found a Titleist velocity and played it few holes just for the heck of it. Was surprised at how easy it was to see.
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  • dubbelbogeydubbelbogey  523WRX Points: 246Members Posts: 523 Golden Tee
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    I've been playing with various colors this season. My answer is: it depends. (this is all based on my personal experience, and shouldn't be interpreted as what others will experience as vision varies by person and typical lighting conditions vary all over the country.)

    Yellow / neon-green (i.e. tennis ball color) are somewhat better than white on cloudy days against dark grass. In the sun, when there is glare coming off the grass, I find them to sometime be perfectly camouflaged and considerably harder to find on the ground compared to a regular white ball. In the sky, to me, they're similar to white in most all conditions. On a related note, playing with amber or rose tinted sunglasses makes yellow harder to distinguish from white - though it doesn't hurt the general visibility of the ball. Bright sun glare is one of the (minor) downsides to golf in Colorado.

    Matte orange has the best overall visibility to me in both cloudy and sunny conditions, both for tracking in the sky and finding on the ground and best for finding in among fallen leaves. Alas, no balls I like from a playability perspective yet exist in this color.

    Matte pink is similar to orange.

    Matte red seems hard on my eyes at address - but easy to find on the ground, less easy to track in the sky.

    I've gone back to basic white as I value playability more than visibility and I can find them at great prices on the used market. I suspect I'll be in this camp for the foreseeable future, as even if a good matte orange ball were to be released, I'd bet it'll be expensive and not common enough to get good deals in the used market.

    That said, I'll use a cheap orange ball for fall leaf season.
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    I normally like the matte orange color, either Vivid or Taylormade, but the last couple rounds I've been having a hard time finding the ball in the grass. Could be that I can't hit stratight, though haha. but thinking of switching to red or blue and see if that helps any
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    Play with a guy who has very limited vision in his right eye. He swears by the callaway soccer ball pattern chrome softs. Says that they made a world of difference for him.
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    I find the Truvis a bit harder to follow than solid yellow.

    Yellow works best for my old eyes, some of the hot pink work well too. Hard to find urethane pink balls anymore, I used and kept few sleeves of Bridgestone 330S Paula Creamer model.
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    I can see the Maxfli Softfli Matte Green ball on the ground as good or better than a bright white ball but I am still hopeless following he ball in the air. To be truthful the ball was so bright it was a bit annoying on the tee so if I play the Softfli I use the Matte White. My main ball is the white DT Trusoft but man can that Softfli roll down the fairway!
  • lshep97lshep97  32WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 32 Bunkers
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    is a matte white ball any easier/harder to see on the ground than a regular white ball?
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    The Duo Soft pink is very easy to see. The Duo Soft green is surprisingly more visible to my eyes than the yellow.
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  • NJpatbeeNJpatbee Ocean County, NJ 1587WRX Points: 180Handicap: 15.9Members Posts: 1,587 Platinum Tees
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    lshep97 wrote:

    is a matte white ball any easier/harder to see on the ground than a regular white ball?

    My old eyes cannot see much of difference.
  • lshep97lshep97  32WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 32 Bunkers
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    NJpatbee wrote:

    lshep97 wrote:

    is a matte white ball any easier/harder to see on the ground than a regular white ball?

    My old eyes cannot see much of difference.

    haha, I understand. I'm having a hard time seeing them from a distance and sometimes the flag too. Think its time to upgrade the glasses for me

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