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I've played a lot of used and refurbished balls over the years. I don't trust refurbs at all.   Used balls I'm ok with, but in every batch you always get a few that are so messed up I don't

I'd go 5A or do as Tanner25 suggested and buy the new practice balls.  I'd skip refurbished ones

You don't know and therein lies the risk.

I've bought refurbished Pro V1s and 4a TM Lethals from lostgolfballs and you can tell that the 4a balls have been hit once (at most) as you can see the scuff marks on most of them.  Refurbished balls I see no performance difference from new ones.  Both grades are both very playable for me and have no hesitation to buy those grades again (if the price is right).

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10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
1999 Ben Hogan Apex Blades (3-PW) with stock Apex 4 Steel Shafts
Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
Taylormade ATV wedges in 54 and 58 degrees with stock steel shafts
Rife Island Series Aruba Blade Putter

 

"Loft for loft, length for length, and shaft for shaft, the ball will go the same distance when hit on the sweet spot regardless how old the iron."

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question on recycled and refurbished balls,  how do you really know what the underlying golf ball is or how long it sat in water, etc?  a company could repaint any old ball and put a logo on it so it looks great.   This is an honest question, not trying to be snarky or anything

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On ‎11‎/‎15‎/‎2020 at 6:37 AM, Tanner25 said:

If the border was open I would buy lots of these balls!!

Callaway XR16 driver 10.5*, Fujikura Pro 2.0 6-S, Stiff
Callaway XR16 3 wood 15*, Stiff
Callaway Rogue 4 hybrid 21*, Stiff
Haywood 5-PW KBS C-Taper Lite Stiff

Haywood 48*, 52*, 56*, 60*  KBS Tour Stiff
Odyssey O-Works 1 Wide Black Shaft 

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11 hours ago, larryd3 said:

question on recycled and refurbished balls,  how do you really know what the underlying golf ball is or how long it sat in water, etc?  a company could repaint any old ball and put a logo on it so it looks great.   This is an honest question, not trying to be snarky or anything

 

You don't know and therein lies the risk.

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On 11/14/2020 at 10:03 AM, Girevik said:

I'm considering placing an order form Lost Golf Balls, and am wondering about the quality of the near mint (4A) balls.  How much of a difference is there between those and mint?

Most of us on here are not good enough to feel or notice a difference. I'm assuming you aren't either. Do what you want. It's your money. 

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On 11/18/2020 at 8:05 AM, larryd3 said:

question on recycled and refurbished balls,  how do you really know what the underlying golf ball is or how long it sat in water, etc?  a company could repaint any old ball and put a logo on it so it looks great.   This is an honest question, not trying to be snarky or anything

 

As another poster above said, you don't know. I have bought recycled mint/5A Pro V1X balls 4 or 5 times now. At first, I could tell no difference. But then the last time I bought them there was a noticeable difference in performance. Off the driver was a good 10-15 yards shorter and the normal spin around the green was simply not there. Have bought nothing but new since always looking for any deal I could find like the end of the year deal. 

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I bought 2 dozen Srixon and Bridgestone earlier in the summer, both 5A. With the deals I can find on practice balls or sales in the fall or spring I won't buy the used ones again. Some were in decent shape, others the paint really filled in the dimples and the balls did not fly consistent. I tried the Bridgestone e12 used balls first and was not very happy with them. I let a box of new e12's sit for 2 months because I was not happy with the previous experience. Once I played them, what a world of difference. Easily 10-15 yards longer and noticeably straighter. Same thing with the Srixon. I liked them better but comparing them to new balls, the new ones absolutely performed better. 

 

From what I've heard the 5A used to be a good ball but the grading criteria has fallen off. What was once a 4A is now finding it's way into the 5A. I bought some 4A balls for my son and some of them barely have dimples left.

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I've played a lot of used and refurbished balls over the years. I don't trust refurbs at all.

 

Used balls I'm ok with, but in every batch you always get a few that are so messed up I don't want to put them in play. Such a crap shoot and ultimately a waste of money.

 

With the prices they are charging for top grade used premium balls, you can shop around and get something new for roughly the same price. 

 

So, I'd take straight-up used, even lower grades, over refurbs. Refurbs suck. 

 

I'd also take a box of new lower-grade balls over a box of used premium balls as well. 

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Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13* - Aldila NV 75 Stiff
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Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15* - Accra Dymatch M5 75
Mizuno F-50 18* - Stock Stiff
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Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
5 - PW Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl - DGSL S300
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 50* DG Wedge
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I've ordered 5A from Lostgolfballs and have had no problems at all.  There is a huge difference between recycled and refurbished.  Stay away from refurbished as these have been repainted and that will definitely make a difference in the performance of the ball.  My last shipment of Prov1s were 5A and I couldn't tell any difference in performance versus new ones.  I personally wouldn't go any lower than 5A though.

Callaway Rogue Driver 11.5

Callaway Rogue 3 Wood

Callaway Big Bertha V-Series Heavenwood

Callaway Big Bertha 2015 Hybrids (4-8)

Callaway Razr-X Tour 8-9 Irons 

Titleist SM7 46, 50, 54 Wedges

Yes Callie Putter

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On 11/15/2020 at 6:37 AM, Tanner25 said:

That's a darn good deal BUT for me those optical triangle thingys is a big turn off for me.

10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
1999 Ben Hogan Apex Blades (3-PW) with stock Apex 4 Steel Shafts
Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
Taylormade ATV wedges in 54 and 58 degrees with stock steel shafts
Rife Island Series Aruba Blade Putter

 

"Loft for loft, length for length, and shaft for shaft, the ball will go the same distance when hit on the sweet spot regardless how old the iron."

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Maybe I've gotten lucky, but I've had a few batches of used 3A to 5A Z Stars and XVs from the bay, none of which were duds.  I prefer buying listings with real pics of the actual ones.  Even the 3A ones were pretty good, like a new ball for me after playing say 9 holes without any big scuffs just some stains.  I've tried a few mixed in with new XVs (2018 I think) and KSigs (3 pc) on Trackman in the past and really didn't find dropoffs throughout the bag, though it was a small sampling.

 

There's a mix of years - different fonts and arrows and sometimes random logos.  I don't mind.  Personally, when I find a premium lost ball on the course that's in decent condition, I'm happy to play it for as long as can until I lose it (likely within 1 round) or until it becomes badly scuffed.  Heck even a lost KSig.  It also frees me from worrying about losing a ball since it cost less than $1.  For me that's good value.  I don't trust buying refurbished painted ones, just used.

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3I Srixon Z 545 4H Adams S 9031 6I-PW Mizuno MP-54, C Taper Lite X

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