How Long Do Golf Balls Last

How Long Do Golf Balls Last? 

Most of us golfers lose our golf balls in the woods, water, or tall grass.

However, if you can play a few rounds in a row where you don’t lose a golf ball you may be tempted to reuse the one you have in play.

If you are wondering whether this will cost you yards, we have all the information you need. Golf balls have a lifespan, but they are likely much longer than you think they are.  

How Long Do Golf Balls Last?

On average, you should be able to get 7-10 rounds of golf out of a golf ball before you notice any real differences in performance. However, before using a golf ball that has been previously played, you should look for any imperfections. 

If there are scuff marks, scratches, or any inconsistencies in the cover of the ball, it will likely lead to less distance or issues with spin.

Remember, a golf ball is made to be aerodynamic, and when you lose some of these properties, it will impact your game. 

What Golf Balls Last The Longest? 

The biggest indicator in how long a golf ball is going to last is the cover material. The most common golf cover types are Surlyn and Urethane. Urethane covers are softer and react around the greens a bit better. 

You’ll see almost every premium golf ball made with a Urethane cover. 

Surlyn on the other hand is more of a budget friendly material but it’s thicker and stronger. If you hit quite a few cart paths and tree branches during a round, your Surlyn cover golf ball will not cut as often. 

Surlyn typically provides the better value if you are looking to use a golf ball round after round. 

How to Tell If a Golf Ball Is Still Good?

To determine if a golf ball is still good to use, I would follow this process. I’ve done it myself several times and then tested the performance on the course against new golf balls and seen good results. 

Clean The Ball 

Start by giving the golf ball a complete clean. Dirt and debris can get caught in the grooves and dimples on the surface of the ball, which will affect how it flies through the air.

To clean your golf ball, use a damp cloth to wipe off any dirt or debris. You don’t need soap or a cleaning solution. Water is just fine. 

Identify the Model 

See if the golf ball is a current model. If it’s a ball from Nike or Titleist that they haven’t made in 10 years, chances are you won’t get the most out of that ball, and you might as well save it for just practice.

If it’s a newer model, go ahead and put it into play. 

Look for Imperfections

Look and feel the cover of the golf ball to see if there are imperfections. If you notice anything you should again save that one for the practice bucket. 

Putt a Few on the Greens 

Finally before you decide if the golf ball is ready to be put into play, go to the putting green and take a few putts.

Make sure the ball rolls fine and feels as it should. Once you have done this you are good to try it on the course. 

If you are trying this with a golf ball that has just been in your bag for a few weeks, you’ll have success pretty much all of the time.

However, if you just found a ball under a pile of leaves I would follow this process carefully to make sure the ball you choose is fit for play. 

How to store a golf ball?

Another important factor in maintaining your golf balls is how you store them. Golf balls should be stored in a cool, dry place.

If they are stored in a hot or humid environment, it can cause the material to expand or contract, which can damage the ball. 

I had some great Pro V1 golf balls stored in a closet, but I didn’t realize it, and they were just fine to use on the course even several years later. 

When to Replace Your Golf Ball

Most of us golfers will lose a golf ball or two during a round. It is important to know when it is time to replace your ball with a new one. A good rule of thumb is to replace your ball after every three rounds or if you have hit it into water or out of bounds.

I personally replace my ball after every round. This way, I know that I always have a new ball with me, and I’m not trying to fix any problems with an old ball.

Our Favorite Golf Balls

Titleist Pro V1x– The Pro V1x

Best Driver Distance

There are a variety of golf balls on the market today, and it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. Here are some of my favorite golf balls:

Titleist Pro V1x– The Pro V1x is a four piece golf ball that flies straight and far.

It is perfect for those who want to improve their accuracy and distance. It’s a premium priced golf ball preferred mostly by lower handicap players. 

TaylorMade TP5

TP5 pix
Best for Longer and Higher Shots

TaylorMade TP5 – The TP5 is a soft golf ball that flies high and far. It is perfect for those who want to hit their shots longer and higher. This one spins a lot around the greens. 

Srixon Z-Star

Best for Accuracy

The Z-Star has a softer feel but plenty of distance capability. It is perfect for those who want the accuracy of a firmer golf ball with a softer feel. 

Wilson Staff Duo

Wilson Staff Duo Soft

The Duo is a soft golf ball that provides a lot of cushioning and distance. It is perfect for those who want to reduce the impact on their hands and wrists.

Bridgestone Tour B XS

Bridgestone Golf Ball
Best Low Spin

Is Ideal for players with swing speeds over 105 Mph who want additional spin and is played by Tiger Woods on tour.

The Golf Bandit
The Golf Bandit

Hi, I'm Jan. I love golf and I have been playing for a while now. I really enjoy trying out new golf clubs and equipment, and like to review them on my blog. I consider myself lucky as I have access to the latest clubs and gadgets, so I can get a feel for how they perform on the golf course. I also like to share my tips and tricks on how to improve your game, so if you're looking for help with that then look no further! Thanks for visiting, and I hope you find something useful here.

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