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Which is the Best Golf Ball to buy if you have a high Golf Handicap?
Losing Golf Balls
Picture this. You are putting all your golf equipment in your car to drive to the nearest golf course and you made sure that you have looked at all the Irons, the Drivers, the balls, and the gloves.
But you forgot something that is going to leave a very jarring experience to your much anticipated golf game. It is something you need in fall (and it has nothing to do with golf).
You didn’t pack the leaf blower. Depending on where you are in the country and the state of the course – public courses you may need this more than some of the irons that you utilize.
Simply carry it with your bag. This is a joke of course.
But the problem is real. And while some of you may be thinking, that I’m talking about the rough and the pile of leaves next to the densely packed trees, I’m talking about just a debris free path to the green.
It can be a nightmare at times, and you may lose a ton of balls during fall. So you need to make the best selection as far as going to the course with the most appropriate balls is concerned.
The human eye is a very complex machine and when you are playing golf, all kinds of factors that come into play here- the color and the contrast of the golf ball compared to the sky as well as a grass and their relation. So, it matters quite a bit what color balls you take- white, neon yellow, red, blue – and how they blend in the surrounding foliage and grass and even against the sky.
The human eye is much more sensitive to yellow-green or similar hues, particularly at night, and now most new emergency vehicles are at least partially painted a vivid yellowish green or red.
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If you’re a purist and completely attached to the white balls and get dismayed when other people are using other colored balls, then more power to you. But I’m talking about the amateur, the high Handicapper, who struggles to find the balls in this pile of leaves and debris and loses his golf balls and must keep on buying more than he planned. For people like us, neon yellow is a perfectly respectable an acceptable choice for golfing in fall. It’s the color to the human eye is the best (that’s why the fire trucks have that color at times). Another unique set of colors is the combined/contrast color on the ball. You can get various contrasts like Orange and yellow Q star, yellow and blue combo and so on. They divide the track very well not only in the air but on ground and are easy to spot. But it does drive some people nuts in trying to locate them. There is also the pink Callaway supersofts. They’re not super cheap but they can be easy to spot as well. They make pink balls for both ladies and men’s, so it’s no longer just ladies ball anymore.
In large parts of the country in public courses where they have massive trees (oaks in particular), the leaves may give out a hue of dull white gray and white color, so the really contrasting color is yellow. In most cases you’re almost better off with yellow over white or red or purple or blue.
It also matters a great deal what time of the day you’re playing. You can do it white balls better during daytime rounds, but for late afternoon, twilight hours, highlighter yellow supersofts may be the way to go. Vice lime greens could be another choice since in twilight they almost glow like they are radioactive or something. Callaway supersofts in neon green or pink almost perfect for fall in winter as well. Lime colored balls not very bright and apparent then just pop out in dusk and fall generally. You can get them from Volviks or Titleist Velocity. Supersoft Max in yellow which is a slightly bigger bowl are extremely easy to find too. They usually sit up a bit higher over the grass and the leaves. It’s possible that you lose distance, ever so slightly, but they are easy to find and fall for sure. The TaylorMade RBZ yellows are slightly unique as well – there is a slight glitter that makes them easy to catch. The Srixon Q star tour balls in yellow are also easy to find.
There is also the matter of “Graff Golf Ball” where using Bluetooth the app connects to their specialized golf balls and gives the golfer, carry distance, spin, angle, speed as well as help you find the ball. I have not personally used this system, but it sounds interesting. Makes you wonder though, why it is not more popular.
And why don’t we have radioactive RFID tracking system? If we have them, maybe the price of the balls goes up , but for folks like us – we’ve lost so many balls on trees and bushes and leaves, being able to find them could make a compelling case for being able to track them and pay more. They could send signal to your cell phone or whatever and you will not have this trouble at all. I bet people could pay even $50 for a couple of balls for service like that
One thing that I have not mentioned in the post is buying used golf balls. If you are a high handicapper like me, please don’t spend a ton of money on new golf balls all the time, neon or bright used golf balls work fine too.
How do I stop losing golf balls?
Now that you have figured out what golf ball to get, here are some general pointers for trying not to lose them in the first place:
- Ask your partner to keep an eye during your drive. This will help both of you and will reduce the chances of balls being lost, if one of you can spot where it has landed or what the line is
- Don’t turn your head away from the line after you have hit the ball. Keep an eye out and try to keep watching the ball after it has landed.
- When you’re searching for the ball, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Move the leaves, move the grass and look under rocks and stones if you need to.