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Are there defects, or some other functional problem with using PRACTICE balls as gamers?

 

Or, were there just cosmetic defects which relegated them to the practice group?

 

Was thinking of buying some practice balls, but don't want to if they have defects.

 

Anyone know about this?

 

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[quote name='Medson' timestamp='1366736174' post='6900837']
In my own experience, practice balls are similar to range balls. They travel less distance. It's hard to get the distance right if you play practice/range balls.
[/quote]

which practice balls have you tried?
ive tried the practice balls in prov1/x, penta, hex black tour, and was never able to find any difference between the regular balls.
just small cosmetic flaws most likely...

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Could be anything.

Some are cos defects, some are distance limited, some are identical to the non-range counter parts.

I play a few courses that use ProVs on the range and they are marked as such simply cause the range borders two playing holes. Otherwise they are bone stock balls.

Only way to know is to ask.

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By 'practice' do you mean name brand balls with practice marked o nthem? If yes, OP is correct. About 90% chance they were rejected because of some paint blemish. Otherwise no difference. Practice balls at the range are designed not to go as far due to most ranges having limited space. At one range near the beach where we go in summer I would defy anyone to hit a 'range' ball 200 yds. The fence is right at 200. Never seen one go over in 20 years! Sign says, " Range is for warm up only. Please do not hit other balls."

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[quote name='richard t' timestamp='1366738858' post='6901159']
By 'practice' do you mean name brand balls with practice marked o nthem? If yes, OP is correct. About 90% chance they were rejected because of some paint blemish. Otherwise no difference. Practice balls at the range are designed not to go as far due to most ranges having limited space. At one range near the beach where we go in summer I would defy anyone to hit a 'range' ball 200 yds. The fence is right at 200. Never seen one go over in 20 years! Sign says, " Range is for warm up only. Please do not hit other balls."
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I mean name brand, like Pro V1, balls that say "PRACTICE" on them. Not talking about range balls.

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4w & 5w: MacGregor Tourney Velocitized persimmon

4i - pw:  Wilson Staff 1969 Dynapower Bulletback

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[quote name='isaacbm' timestamp='1366736522' post='6900879']
Exact same except cosmetic blemishes. They are actually legal for tourney play now too...
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This. I called Titleist and they said that they are no different than logo balls. The only thing I have noticed on the ProV 1X is the alignment "arrow" is sometimes a bit crooked.

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[quote name='Marengo' timestamp='1366746084' post='6902061']
Does anyone know if X-outs are the same as the practice balls?
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No, they are not. Not legal for USGA play. I believe they have defects other than cosmetic.

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Yes, some jabroni tried to call me out on it for using the Penta practice balls in a qualifier round and they are 100% legal

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I just found this on Titleist's website:

What is the difference between Pro V1 Practice and Pro V1 X-out golf balls?

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the differences between Titleist Pro V1 Practice and Pro V1 X-Out golf balls.
The Acushnet Company invests significant time and effort to ensure that our products are Best-in-Class in terms of quality, performance and consistency. As such, in the rare event one of our products fails to meet USGA requirements for size, weight, velocity or any other conformance criteria we destroy rather than market such products.
As such, only products that are of a minimal defect are available for purchase. These products are available in two offerings:
1. Pro V1 Practice golf balls are conforming products that differ only due to a cosmetic blemish such as paint, ink or registration of stamping. Pro V1 Practice golf balls do not have any construction or performance deficiencies.
2. Pro V1 X-Out golf balls are also conforming products. However, they usually have a cosmetic blemish and/or occasionally have a minor physical defect that should not significantly affect its performance. More often than not, the physical condition causing the ball to be stamped as an X-Out is so minute that it is not recognizable by the player.
Both products may be used in the casual round of golf including those with scores posted for handicaps, and most competitions, with the possible exception of high level competitions invoking the Local Rule requiring balls to be on the List of Conforming Golf Balls

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[quote name='sblack5' timestamp='1366748038' post='6902315']
we have practice prov1s at my course.....If I am going thru a swing change I'll use them
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You mean like shortening up your swing so that you only carry your driver 330?

You beast! :D

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The driving range I frequent uses Titleist practice balls. I don't believe they are the Prov1 version. It just says Titleist with Practice on it. I never hit my PW past 100 yards. On the course, I carried 115 bunker with the same PW.

I played a round and felt I was hitting everything short. At the end, I realized I played a Taylormade practice ball.

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[quote name='Medson' timestamp='1366736174' post='6900837']
In my own experience, practice balls are similar to range balls. They travel less distance. It's hard to get the distance right if you play practice/range balls.
[/quote]

which practice balls have you tried?
ive tried the practice balls in prov1/x, penta, hex black tour, and was never able to find any difference between the regular balls.
just small cosmetic flaws most likely...
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[b] [url="http://www.usga.org/RulesFAQ/rules_answer.asp?FAQidx=16"]http://www.usga.org/RulesFAQ/rules_answer.asp?FAQidx=16[/url][/b]

[b] [size=5]Status of "X-Out" and "Practice" Balls[/size][/b]
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[b]Q. [/b]May I use an "x-out" ball or a ball stamped with "Practice" to play a round of golf?[/size][/color][color=#000000][size=3]
[b]A. [/b]Our present policy provides that if the List of Conforming Golf Balls or the One Ball Condition is in effect, a practice or logo ball may be used provided the other markings on the ball (i.e., pole and seam) correspond exactly to a ball listing on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls. Balls labeled with “PRACTICE” or a circled “P”, are essentially treated as a logo ball (such as a Mickey Mouse emblem). A player's name stamped on the ball is also acceptable. However, the original ball markings (i.e., pole and seam markings) must be readable in order for a Rules Official to determine whether that ball is on the List of Conforming Golf Balls. X-Out balls are not permitted to be used in any competition in which the List of Conforming Golf Balls or the One Ball Condition is in effect. However, if neither of these Conditions are in effect, X-Out balls may be used because all balls are presumed to conform unless they have been tested and found not to conform or are obviously non-conforming (e.g., too small or too heavy). (See Decisions 5-1/4 and US/5-1/101).[/size][/color]

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[quote name='PGood' timestamp='1366747178' post='6902211']
I just found this on Titleist's website:

What is the difference between Pro V1 Practice and Pro V1 X-out golf balls?

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the differences between Titleist Pro V1 Practice and Pro V1 X-Out golf balls.
The Acushnet Company invests significant time and effort to ensure that our products are Best-in-Class in terms of quality, performance and consistency. As such, in the rare event one of our products fails to meet USGA requirements for size, weight, velocity or any other conformance criteria we destroy rather than market such products.
As such, only products that are of a minimal defect are available for purchase. These products are available in two offerings:
1. Pro V1 Practice golf balls are conforming products that differ only due to a cosmetic blemish such as paint, ink or registration of stamping. Pro V1 Practice golf balls do not have any construction or performance deficiencies.
2. Pro V1 X-Out golf balls are also conforming products. However, they usually have a cosmetic blemish and/or occasionally have a minor physical defect that should not significantly affect its performance. More often than not, the physical condition causing the ball to be stamped as an X-Out is so minute that it is not recognizable by the player.
Both products may be used in the casual round of golf including those with scores posted for handicaps, and most competitions, with the possible exception of high level competitions invoking the Local Rule requiring balls to be on the List of Conforming Golf Balls
[/quote]

I recently had checked to find out about the condition of PRACTICE balls, and was surprised to find out that their X-OUTS are also legal to play. So it's important to check with each manufacturer, as these conditions can vary from one to the other.

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