I am a 19 handicap and been struggling in tournaments and golf in general. I used to be 14. I played in a 2 day tourney this weekend and won. Here is why I won. The first 6 holes I had bogey and double. I put my 20Xi in bag and grab a prov1x and next 9 holes 8 pars and 1 bogey and I won by a stroke. All my balls are going to the kids and I am going to buy titleist. Would like to find a site that sells new 2010 versions so I can save money. Thanks and hope this helps.
You are absolutely right. If you switch type and brand of ball or type and brand of equipment during a ROUND you are DQ'd. If you change it in between rounds of a tournament, you are not violating the rule.
Keep checking on the internet. On recent occasion I have seen varying ads on Golf Galaxy/Dick's for remaining 2010 inventory. Might also see sites like Global Golf and Discount golf.
I'm not up on the 2012 rules, so I went and checked all of rule 5, there is nothing there about using only 1 brand and model of ball.
Up until 2012(and maybe including 2012), the USGA has not had any such rule requiring the use of 1 brand and model ball.
The USGA does(or at least did) require you to complete a hole with the ball you started the hole with......unless the ball is lost or damaged and can substitute a ball according to the rules.
3balls.com only has 712 irons right now, you have to keep watching. They have a rating system on clubs, 7 is new, 6 like new, 5 fine, 4 very good, 3 good.
I don't know about 3 good, 4 you may or may not see where the ball has hit the face and where the sole has hit the ground, 5 requires close examination to find any thing, 6 I have yet to find anything, 7 of course is new.
Sorry, I should have said you must use the same ball during the play of a hole until you can substitute according to the rules.
I left out, substituting a ball that is OB, in a water hazard(I think it was 2010 rule change that allowed changing a waterball even if you find it). And of course under penalty of 1 stroke you can drop a ball at the point last played and it will become the ball in play......not a good idea, basically taking an OB penalty just because you want to change balls. And then there is if the ball breaks into pieces, you don't take a penalty and you don't even count the stroke that broke the ball......and I'm sure there is more.
The rule is basically so you can't use 1 ball off the tee, change to another for approach shots, and yet another for putting.
But there is no rule saying you can't use 1 ball for par 5's, one for par 3's, or any other reason you may want a different ball to use during the play of an entire hole.
Basically, if you start the hole with a ball, unless there is a reason under the rules to substitute a ball, you use that ball(that ball, not a ball of the same brand and model) until the hole is completed. If there is a reason under the rules that you can substitute a ball then you can substitute any brand and model you want.
The following conditions are recommended only for competitions involving expert players:
I have never been in a tournament that enforced that rule
Good news (?) - Dick's has Prior Generation balls available at a discount listed on their web site.. Not so good news - not as good a deal as the Loyalty program last month with 4 boxes for the price of three
Well, Jeff M hasn't posted in days. Wonder if he left the board because a bunch started wrongly calling him a cheater.