Titliest Balata in range bucket OMG

sigep1967sigep1967 Members Posts: 149 ✭✭✭
I hit at a range that uses "pick up" balls for lack of a better term lol. Every now and then you will find a old titliest professional or balata in the bucket. I cherish these find as the feel is just so much better than todays balls.

Last night I was hitting a bucket and had taken out my old Macgregor Muirfields just for fun. I should just put them in the bag nd play them LOL. Anyway hitting that old balata was just so pure and I didn't care that is was lumpy and out of round which made it fly a little funky that feel too me is what a golf shot should feel like!!! I sure wish they were still made. I would play them score be damned.
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  • farmerfarmer Members Posts: 8,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Those old wound balata balls were the best feeling balls ever made. I've got a sleeve of Titleist Pro's I used to use carpet putting, but the feel was so off from what I use in the real world that I finally quit using them. If I owned a golf store, I would find all the old balata's I could and they would be all the balls on my putting area. Every putter would feel great.
  • sigep1967sigep1967 Members Posts: 149 ✭✭✭
    Found another one last night dang I wish they still made them
  • nova6868nova6868 Members Posts: 4,737 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I sure don't miss when you would balloon a wedge up into the wind and watch the ball zip back 30 feet off the green.
  • TPG1971TPG1971 Don't Get Rolled Members Posts: 966 ✭✭✭✭✭
    nova6868 wrote:


    I sure don't miss when you would balloon a wedge up into the wind and watch the ball zip back 30 feet off the green.




    Yeah, that was terrible, but not as bad as hitting one with the old Staff Blades and putting a smiley face in it. That went into the shag bag... shag bag, they still around?
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  • elwhippyelwhippy Members Posts: 3,232 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Nostalgia is a wonderful thing but old balata balls were a nightmare. Went out of shape, easily marked and cut and went nowhere into a headwind. I enjoy getting several rounds out of a Z-Star or V1 and not a few holes.
  • sigep1967sigep1967 Members Posts: 149 ✭✭✭
    elwhippy that is most certainly true but man do they feel good coming off the club lol.
  • farmerfarmer Members Posts: 8,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    elwhippy wrote:


    Nostalgia is a wonderful thing but old balata balls were a nightmare. Went out of shape, easily marked and cut and went nowhere into a headwind. I enjoy getting several rounds out of a Z-Star or V1 and not a few holes.
    Absolutely right. Compared to modern balls, those wound balata's were terrible balls.
  • vietnameehvietnameeh HIT BALL FAR NOT BALL STRAIGHT Members Posts: 1,942 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    The best feeling is when you blade a brand new Titleist professional/prestige/balata or maxfli revolution.... might as well throw that thing in the water and crying you just wasted a $4 ball lol
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  • farmerfarmer Members Posts: 8,080 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I once saw some video or tape of Andy Bean literally biting the cover off a Titleist ball.
  • me05501me05501 Members Posts: 412 ✭✭
    I practice at a range where you'll sometimes get an old Molitor ball with the straight rows of dimples.
  • JustsomeguyJustsomeguy Members Posts: 1,144 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I found a brand new Tp5 in the range bucket today. 1st teebox slices into the range. Score!
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  • wobgonwobgon Members Posts: 7,521 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    So how much did you pay them for that ball?
  • vietnameehvietnameeh HIT BALL FAR NOT BALL STRAIGHT Members Posts: 1,942 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    me05501 wrote:


    I practice at a range where you'll sometimes get an old Molitor ball with the straight rows of dimples.




    I blame my finger arthritis to those and the original top flite XLs lol
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  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Allez Allez Allez Minnesota, USAMembers Posts: 6,544 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    elwhippy wrote:


    Nostalgia is a wonderful thing but old balata balls were a nightmare. Went out of shape, easily marked and cut and went nowhere into a headwind. I enjoy getting several rounds out of a Z-Star or V1 and not a few holes.






    I found the urethane covered Maxfli HT-100 were much better at staying round, and definitely avoiding the smiley factor. Found a few dozen several years ago, still have a sleeve or two.



    Played the HT exclusively for a few weeks this summer. I was able to get a few rounds with just two balls, switching them from hole to hole. But eventually, even the HT went out of round and I was forced to set it aside. It was subtle, but there; could really see it when putting.



    I think Duo Urethane might be the best replacement, but even those feel firmer than the wound stuff.
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    I've proven once again that anything over 44.5" or even 44.25" is a horrible fit for my tee game
  • sigep1967sigep1967 Members Posts: 149 ✭✭✭
    I loved the urethane Maxfli HT-100 and yep I now am playing the Duo Urathane as it is the closest have found feel wise to the old wound balls but even as soft as it is just not the same.
  • JHRJHR Charter Members Posts: 4,347 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.







  • morgan1819morgan1819 Official Member Members Posts: 997 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Duo's, TruSofts, Noodle Easy Distance, etc. They all feel about as soft and schmoopy as you would want a golf ball to feel. No reason to search out old Balata's.



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  • Gary GutfulGary Gutful Members Posts: 1,226 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    morgan1819 wrote:


    Duo's, TruSofts, Noodle Easy Distance, etc. They all feel about as soft and schmoopy as you would want a golf ball to feel. No reason to search out old Balata's.



    ..




    Agree. Definitely something that is still available.



    Not a feel I particularly like these days. Need to have at least some level of response.
  • WidespreadPanicWidespreadPanic Wizard in the Corner Members Posts: 4,889 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Nov 2, 2018 #20
    Is that a sleeve of the Callaway CB1 Blue I see?!?! Those are the balls I played growing up and I was in love with them. They felt so good off the putter. I have no idea if they were good balls or not (at my age it didn’t really matter) but I thought they were the best.



    I also loved the TM Inergel as well.
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  • JHRJHR Charter Members Posts: 4,347 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭


    Is that a sleeve of the Callaway CB1 Blue I see?!?! Those are the balls I played growing up and I was in love with them. They felt so good off the putter. I have no idea if they were good balls or not (at my age it didn't really matter) but I thought they were the best.



    I also loved the TM Inergel as well.




    The CB1 was another good ball. Most of these " older " balls were balls that I had ordered as give away balls to my customers. I usually bought whatever was the new/ hot ball on the market.
  • CISM WayneCISM Wayne Members Posts: 128 ✭✭✭
    JHR wrote:


    Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.







    JHR wrote:


    Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.











    Those pictures sure bring back memories. I remember being at college and having to choose between a sleeve a Balatas and some other weekend distractions. Often wonder if I made the wrong choices... image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
  • CwebbCwebb Members Posts: 5,997 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    JHR wrote:


    Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.











    The ProV1 "Star" was the original version of the 'X'. A lower spin ProV1. If I recall, they were around for about 1 year or so in 2002. The 'X' came out in '03
  • hm59hm59 MDMembers Posts: 306 ✭✭✭✭
    Cwebb wrote:

    JHR wrote:


    Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.




    The ProV1 "Star" was the original version of the 'X'. A lower spin ProV1. If I recall, they were around for about 1 year or so in 2002. The 'X' came out in '03




    Man, seeing this brings back some memories. They came out around the same time as the 983K driver came out. Those two together were way longer off the tee than anything else in those days. Back when you could line up a ProV on the "seam" to make it go straighter, or at least that's what we thought.
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  • shot-saviorshot-savior Members Posts: 186 ✭✭✭
    The balata ball was all I played in the 70's. Although I couldn't afford to, based on condition I needed to change balls every six holes...and that's if I wasn't being particular. You could literally put a shallow cut in the cover by pulling it out of the cart's ball holder.



    That being said, the ball felt like it stayed on the face forever with such soft feel transmitted to the hands. Off a persimmon it was like slapping a foam mattress.
  • CwebbCwebb Members Posts: 5,997 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Nov 25, 2018 #26
    hm59 wrote:

    Cwebb wrote:

    JHR wrote:


    Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.




    The ProV1 "Star" was the original version of the 'X'. A lower spin ProV1. If I recall, they were around for about 1 year or so in 2002. The 'X' came out in '03




    Man, seeing this brings back some memories. They came out around the same time as the 983K driver came out. Those two together were way longer off the tee than anything else in those days. Back when you could line up a ProV on the "seam" to make it go straighter, or at least that's what we thought.




    Yeah,....Ernie Els was the most notable early in that '03 season, with a big distance increase from the combo of the V1x and the 983 driver. If we look at the average driving distances on tour, that was the year where it really jumped up in general. Was the point where ball and driver technology really came together and more players were getting an understanding of optimal higher launch and lower spin
  • starsail85starsail85 Members Posts: 4,817 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Cwebb wrote:

    hm59 wrote:

    Cwebb wrote:

    JHR wrote:


    Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.




    The ProV1 "Star" was the original version of the 'X'. A lower spin ProV1. If I recall, they were around for about 1 year or so in 2002. The 'X' came out in '03




    Man, seeing this brings back some memories. They came out around the same time as the 983K driver came out. Those two together were way longer off the tee than anything else in those days. Back when you could line up a ProV on the "seam" to make it go straighter, or at least that's what we thought.




    Yeah,....Ernie Els was the most notable early in that '03 season, with a big distance increase from the combo of the V1x and the 983 driver. If we look at the average driving distances on tour, that was the year where it really jumped up in general. Was the point where ball and driver technology really came together and more players were getting an understanding of optimal higher launch and lower spin




    Yeah Ernie picked up about 50 yards overnight that season , I remember the tournament of champions , he was hitting everything 350-400 yards .... didn’t seem to have the same distance a year later ...almost wierd
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  • elwhippyelwhippy Members Posts: 3,232 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    What would be interesting is a manufacturer re-making wound balls with 2018 technology....new material for the windings and a new style dimple pattern. Add in a urethane cover for durability...….
  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Allez Allez Allez Minnesota, USAMembers Posts: 6,544 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Dec 26, 2018 #29
    starsail85 wrote:

    Cwebb wrote:

    hm59 wrote:

    Cwebb wrote:

    JHR wrote:


    Those old balls were great. I loved the Professional, Tour Balata and Revolution. The original Tour Prestige was also a really good ball, kind of a cross between the Professional and the Balata. I still have a few of each of those balls. I also have a few dozen Pro V1 Star balls. They didn't make the Star very long but I kept a few.




    The ProV1 "Star" was the original version of the 'X'. A lower spin ProV1. If I recall, they were around for about 1 year or so in 2002. The 'X' came out in '03




    Man, seeing this brings back some memories. They came out around the same time as the 983K driver came out. Those two together were way longer off the tee than anything else in those days. Back when you could line up a ProV on the "seam" to make it go straighter, or at least that's what we thought.




    Yeah,....Ernie Els was the most notable early in that '03 season, with a big distance increase from the combo of the V1x and the 983 driver. If we look at the average driving distances on tour, that was the year where it really jumped up in general. Was the point where ball and driver technology really came together and more players were getting an understanding of optimal higher launch and lower spin




    Yeah Ernie picked up about 50 yards overnight that season , I remember the tournament of champions , he was hitting everything 350-400 yards .... didn't seem to have the same distance a year later ...almost wierd




    He went from 281 to 303, his "regression" was to 298
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    I've proven once again that anything over 44.5" or even 44.25" is a horrible fit for my tee game
  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Members Posts: 4,201 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Remembering playing with a couple of PGA professionals back in the days.

    One in particular will start to exam his Balata Tour 100 after several holes. I asked why he needed to do that, the answer was he's looking to see if the golf ball is out of rounds to the naked eyes.

    I asked what if the golf ball was out of round ? He looked at me and said, do you want them ? I jumped at it "**** yah " !

    Back then a $ 3.00 Titleist is like $7-$8 today's money.

    He got it for free from the sponsor and I pocketed half a dozen like new Tour 100. Felt like Christmas morning. Green fee was like $15.

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