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When to Switch Your Ball During a Round

Posted May 22, 2015 in beginner mental tips

During your round of golf, many variables affect the score you put down on the card. Perhaps no piece of eqiupment is more important to playing well than your golf ball. When playing competitively, or even recreationally trying to play your best golf, the quality not only of the original ball out of the box can affect your scores, but also the current quality of the ball's cover and structure can affect shots and ultimately your scores.

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A new ball, as is pictured here, will generallly perform exactly how you expect it to, pending any extraneous factors on the ball. A ball with a damaged cover such as the one pictured below can affect the ball's aerodynamic properties and change the performance of the ball.

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 Many things can damage a ball's cover. Such things include hitting the cart path, hitting a tree, hitting the ball with particularly sharp grooves, etc. In the example above, our player  unfortunately hit a poor tee shot that hit the cart path. In this case, professionals would absolutely take this ball out of play as it could and would slightly affect their ball flight. However, most pros will only use even a brand new ball for about 3 holes due to their swing speeds. Occasionally, at their swing speeds, a ball can be knocked slightly out of its perfectly round shape, thus ever so slightly affecting ball flight. The vast majority of players however, will not be able to tell the difference or be affected by a ball that is slightly out of round, or has a minor scuff. So, swithing balls due to play length or scuff is your call, we're just here to help you make the decision.