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I currently am a 9 handicap and I use NXT Tour balls. However, I recently switched my 54 and 60 degree wedges. For every full swing (non bunker) shot I make, I damage the ball enough that I can no longer feel confident use it. The wedge takes a thin layer of the cover off leaving it in the grooves and a slightly bare spot on the ball (covering 3 to 5dimples). I love the performance of the NXT Tour ball, but can't afford to lose/damage two to four balls a round. Am I using the correct ball or is there a better Titleist option out there?
In my travels, I have not had anyone say they damage, or as we call it "sheer" a golf ball, especially an NXT Tour. Moving to a regular NXT, might not do much as the NXT Tour and NXT have the same cover. Switching to an NXT, you will lose a tremendous amount of spin and feel on shots to the green and moving to a V1 or V1x, might not work as they will sheer even more. Trying a DT Solo might be an option, but again as a better player and lower handicap, you will lose lots of spin and playability into greens.
Could your wedge grooves be a tad too sharp? Are you a steep swinger, ie. taking deep divots? Maybe shallowing out your swing path might lead to less sheering?
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Thanks for the feedback. I have played a Titleist for over 20 years, but it sounds like it is time to find an alternative as you don't have a ball the works with the new grooves and still has a high spin rate, or I just wasted $250 on two new wedges to comply with the new rules. My swing has not changed, my ball has not changed, just my clubs. I would be happy to send you a bucket of "sheered" balls from this summer, just let me know the address and you can use them for some research.
Hey Ryan, I'll be glad to do some research for you. I don't charge either. haha
So, which wedges did you get?
That's interesting. The new wedge grooves you are using must be cutting into the surface of the ball. I think this may be common and I have noticed cuts in some of my golf balls after hitting onto the green with a wedge. If you are cutting into the ball that bad maybe you are swinging too steep into the ball over compressing it into the ground and causing the groove to cut into the ball ??? just a thought .....................
Guys, come on! This isn't so rare.....I have done that to golf balls since the time I started playing. Solid impact between club and ball should incur some damage to the ball.
Watch how carefully the Pros look at their ball when they get to the green and mark......they're looking for the same thing.
Oh and one question for the original poster......If you're not a professional, why did you change your wedges? We as amateurs are not required to change until 2024 i think? Why would you take an advantage out of your bag?
Anyways, just my 2 cents
This isn't so rare. I too tend to take a little off the ball on a well-struck wedge shot. I end up picking slivers of ball out of the grooves of my wedge. I also swapped out 2 of my wedges at the end of last year (bought 48.06 and 56.11 Spin Milled). The old Titleist wedges of mine had well-worn grooves right in the sweet spot. Now, I'm back to taking a nick or two from my NXT Tour or Pro V1 balls on a nice wedge shot.
I've found that the Titleist balls hold up better than others. Now, I take it as a sign that I really struck it well and don't worry about the nicks until I do it again. Pick off the slivers, and the ball still goes fine.
Did you buy your wedges on line? A 9 handicap cutting balls like that? Chinese counterfit?
look, for every scuff mark on a ball, the distance drops on average 3%... not such a big deal. anyway if u think about it, if you are worried about how the ball will spin off the club face, it would work like a rusty club. the rougher the ball the more spin it should generate.
Dane Hlook, for every scuff mark on a ball, the distance drops on average 3%... not such a big deal. anyway if u think about it, if you are worried about how the ball will spin off the club face, it would work like a rusty club. the rougher the ball the more spin it should generate.
Ryan. I have the same issue and I am a 4 handicap player. have been for 15 years. I take sanding paper and run it over the face of the new wedges to "take of the Sharp edges of the grooves. I generate a lot of spin and this has helped to reduce the cutting on the ball but have not reduced the spin. I use different balls but agree with you that the NXT Tour today is not the same ball of a few years back. the cover is just to soft and is in fact a waste of money. I play Titleist equipment and like the brand for it's quality but today there are other options when it comes to balls.