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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I manage to find a lot of different golf balls in my range buckets at my local spot.

 

TP5, 5x, PRO V1s, Pinnacles, Nikes of all sorts, an occasional Callaway, and a few others. I haven't found a wound ball or liquid core ball but, I know they're around on the course I have walked by one playing but didn't know if someone just sent a shanker.

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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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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.

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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 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... ;)

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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

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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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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.

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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

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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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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

The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: Original One 11.5* (tuned down), Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X -or- King LTD, NV ProtoPype 80 X, 43.25" 

3w: King LTD, Aldila RIP Beta 90 X
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour 2h or 3h, NV105 S

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4; 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S
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