Do fresh golf balls equal better scores?July, 2012
Why swapping your ball more often could result in lower scores
AT the Open Championship, an estimated 2,270 balls were used during the four days. That’s an average of five per player per round.
That will surprise many of us as using one ball for 18 holes is considered an achievement in most parts. Some even take pride in binning their scuffed-up ball as they walk off the 18th green.
Bridgestone believe that swapping your ball more often during a round could save you shots. The ball manufacturers claim that professionals swap as often as required to give them the best chance of scoring well.
Bridgestone believe that swapping your ball more often during a round could save you shots. Their research suggested some players used up to 15 balls a round (swapping every time the ball was scuffed) for the ultimate in consistency.
Another branch of research with club players showed that 42 per cent claim to use less than two balls a round, while another 46 per cent use just a couple.
According to Bridgestone, a third of us use balls until we lose them, no matter what condition they are in.
Obviously swapping balls every couple of holes is a luxury only tour professionals and the wealthy have, but, if you can afford, Bridgestone reckon changing to a pristine pearl whenever you can will help improve your play.