Professional 100

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Robert M


The other day I was cleaning out my closet and found a dozen brand new in the box Titleist Professional 100's. Does anyone know the shelf life on these gems. Are they still fit to play with or should they go in my Titleist Shag Bag. I know golf ball technology has come a long way. As a kid I grew up playing Titleist "Club Specials". I am dating myself now. Oh well. Love all the guys and gals at Titleist. Thanks for all the hard work in making the game I love so enjoyable for all skill levels.

 

Josh G


I used to love the Professionals.  I would bet they've got some life in them, but will probably be a bit dated as far as performance goes.

Bern


Josh G

I used to love the Professionals.  I would bet they've got some life in them, but will probably be a bit dated as far as performance goes.

I used to really love the Professionals but I doubt they will perform anywhere close to "modern" balls.

tdogg21


I think they would perform to the same specs as they would have when you bought them (assuming your closet didn't experience any extreme temps).  But they aren't going to perform like the new generations of balls.  My family use to own a golf store so I have dozens of balls in my basement that are new in the box.  But the spin and distance is very noticeably different than a new ball.

JAMES S


LOVE THAT BALL!  I THINK WHEN THE RULING BODIES DECIDE TO TAKE SOME DISTANCE OFF THE BALL TO COMPENSATE FOR THE NEW CLUB TECHNOLOGY THEY WILL REINTRODUCE THE WOUND BALL AKA 

"THE PROFESSIONAL"

painter33


Bern
Josh G

I used to love the Professionals.  I would bet they've got some life in them, but will probably be a bit dated as far as performance goes.

I used to really love the Professionals but I doubt they will perform anywhere close to "modern" balls.

Depends on what you mean by "perform", as they are wound and have different playing characteristics than today's Pro V 1 balls (comparing high-end balls). They were meant to spin (more), had a softer cover ("smiles" would be available), so they landed softer and could back up on greens, even for an amateur. The only problem might be a degrading of the rubber banding. I'm sure everyone has experienced a failed rubber band that has sat around for a long time and has gotten brittle. That might be a factor in the ball becoming out of round after a few shots. I remember well the "pureness" of the feel of the Professionals, and the Balatas before them, and the click when hit with a wooden club (resin insert really).  The bell-ringing sound associated with metal drivers and fairway clubs hitting a solid core ball just doesn't satisfy the ear and mind the way wooden woods did.  Shots hit with irons sounded almost muffled but crisp. I loved those balls and their contemporaneous equipment.

One can read about losing the modern balls' cover and core elasticity after a couple of years, so it wouldn't be far fetched to assume that some changes have occurred, but I'd play them in a second.

Dino J


Ahhh painter... your waxing nostalgic has me wanting to go back into my Dad's garage looking for my old wooden driver and the more traditional blade or muscle back irons! I can feel my hands stinging from the misfits! :-). A time when hitting one on the screws literally meant hitting it on a screw that attached the resin or cycolac insert of the driver!