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I will only buy balls new. Used balls, no matter how pristine they look cosmetically, could have performance issues. That said, after putting a new ball in play, I will use it until I'm pretty much forced to replace it because it got seriously scuffed or lost. I've played balls so long that the printing on the ball couldn't be made out. The difference is with my balls I know what they have been exposed to environmentally. If you are just out there for the exercise, to have a good time, and score is somewhat secondary, then used balls are a good option. There are also a lot of inexpensive options out there for "new" balls. If you take the game even half seriously why not just go that route?

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I've tested on GC quad the used balls vs new balls, even balls I kept in water a week. There was absolutely no difference. The one type of ball that was an issue was a ball that was repainted/labeled refirbished. Saw 10-15 yards in the long clubs and 5-10 yards in the mid to shorter irons.

Prov1s and prov1xs generally are the only balls that someone would both repainting or refurbishing. Tp5/x, z star/xv or any callaway no one is bothering to mess with those so I have found no issue with buying used.

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As I recall Golf Digest did a study on how long a ball can be underwater before it absorbs water through the cover. It wasn't very long (maybe a day or two), and it also didn't state whose ball or cover was tested.

I too play some used balls as 2 of my friends go out on our local course and ball hawk in their spare time. They give me the TP5's that they find. None come from ponds and most look brand new. They even may have been mine at one time

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i play used/found/3A/random balls when im playing a practice/meaningless/twilight rounds or playing alone.

I save the retail ones for when im playing with friends or whatever group i find myself in. Times when im trying to put up my best score.

Having said that, either ball has made no difference to my score. smh.

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I've followed this topic for over 20 years and have never seen a test where a water ball didn't lose significant distance and accuracy. That said if you are new to golf and don't hit the ball with much consistency or lose a lot of balls (practice will cure both), then water balls make a bit of sense. But otherwise if you want to play your best then buying new balls is the better choice. Plus play the same model for best consistency. With all the sales on new previous edition balls and new options like Costco balls there is little cost difference anymore.

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Here's one test: Are Used Golf Balls As Good As New? - Golf Myths Unplugged - Plugged In GolfI won't comment on the scientific or statistical validity of this particular test. Any of these tests done without true, rigorous scientific methods (which almost nobody does outside the closed doors of OEM R&D labs) can be found to have some faults. I.e. you can poke holes in to just about anything done by a golf magazine or blog site. That said, this is at least one attempt to make this comparison. We'll have to draw our own conclusions, individually.

 

 

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I have been using AAAAA balls for a few years now. I still buy new balls here and there to try some new stuff out, but I really don't notice any difference. I have been less and less impressed with lostgolfballs though. The first two years I ordered, the AAAAA balls were fantastic, all looked as advertised. The last few times I have ordered, I think the standards for AAAAA dropped a bit. Out of 5 dozen balls, I think a dozen plus were less than mint. Some maybe even AAA quality. Customer service was not much help, even after sending them pics of some of the balls I got. But yes, performance of the balls is never an issue.

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I only buy new balls, they're one of the least expensive components of playing golf. If you shop around you can find "tour" balls for a reasonable price...I pay $35 a dozen, or less.

If you lose a lot of balls, then playing less expensive new, or used could work for you, until you progress to where you can keep it in play consistently.

Sure, I have 'bad' days (usually alcohol fueled) where I might lose 3 balls during a round, but more often I don't lose any, so comes down to your tolerance for cost of what you hit but can't find.

There have been many tests over the years claiming 'lake' balls lose performance....sounds plausible, and likely true.

I have other friends who play nothing but used balls, they can't tell a difference, but at high teen handicaps, doubt they could.

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