Should Hackers Use Expensive Golf Balls?

How many golf balls, on average, do you lose during a round of golf?  Be honest with yourself here – if you like to play golf with a specific brand of golf ball, how many of those babies do you go through in, say, a month?

If you are the type of golfer who regularly loses 3, 4 or more(!!) golf balls during a round of golf, is it harder to justify splashing out the cash on those high-end, expensive golf balls?

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My opinion on this somewhat sensitive subject is that, at the end of the day, people can do what they please.  Hey, it’s not my hard-earned cash being spent.   But, by definition, if you are losing balls hand over fist at a generous rate, then you are not a great golfer.  A harsh statement, but the truth nonetheless.

So if you are generally struggling with your game, and can’t seem to score below, say, 100, then it’s fair to say that you’re probably spending a lot of your time on the course mis-hitting your shots, i.e. you’re not putting the golf ball where you are intending to put it.

Don’t get me wrong, not one golfer on the planet can hit a golf ball and know exactly where it is going to stop to the exact square yard – but most decent players are fairly consistent, in that the difference between the “ideal” outcome and the “actual” outcome is not that extreme.

As an example, if a pro hits a mid-iron into a green 160 yards away, his ideal outcome may be to have the golf ball come to rest, say, a foot from the hole.  But they know for a fact that, around 9 times out of 10, this isn’t going to happen.  What they DO know, though, is that the vast majority of the time, the actual outcome is that the ball will either end up on the green, or in the vicinity of the green.  What I am trying to get across here, is that they are in control of where the golf ball is going to end up.

If you find that you are not controlling where you want to put the golf ball (to, say, a diameter of around 50 yards between the ideal and actual outcomes), then inevitably you are going to lose a few golf balls during a round.  Which leads me to the question which has spurred me to write this article:

If you are a high-handicap  golfer, should you be spending your money on expensive golf balls?

When I say expensive golf balls, I am referring to the higher-end balls on the market, where you might expect to pay in excess of, say, $30 – $35 for a dozen.  In general terms, higher priced golf balls will probably give you better spin and feel, i.e. a level of control.  But if you are simply not good enough to take advantage of this, what’s the point of buying them?  After all, there are tons of low priced golf balls out there which will provide a decent overall level of playability.

They may not give you great spin generation, or feel fantastic off the face of the putter, but if you’re not good enough to take advantage of the additional features, then you’re not missing out on anything anyway, right?  And by using cheaper golf balls, then you’re saving money into the bargain – it’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?

Like I said earlier in the article, I don’t really care whether someone wishes to spend money on expensive golf balls – that’s entirely their prerogative.  I am asking the question, and essentially “opening the floor” for your opinions on the subject.

So please feel free to leave your comments below on the subject:

Do you think that there should be a direct correlation between the level of golfer ability and the type of golf ball he / she plays with?

Should below-average golfers play with less expensive golf balls?

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