Shelf life of balls

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By Goldpanner

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  1. Goldpanner

    Trail, BC

    Any idea if the golf balls have a shelf life and the performance is lessened after a specific time?I have 3 dozen left over from last year and they will probably last another year; it might be 3 years in total before I use them. I can't see not using the balls, but I would like to know how much performance is lost...if any.

  2. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    I think most people will tell you that since ball technology switched from wound balls to solid core balls, very little performance is lost unless they are stored in a severe environment. Newer versions may have some minor performance advantages but older models deteriorate very slowly. If you wanted to go to newer ones, donate the old ones to your local High School golf team.
  3. Titleist_AU_Fan

    Warsaw, IN

    The old balatas would unwind after time, but you shouldn't run into that issue with modern balls. They should be fine.
  4. John G

    John G
    Evansville, IN

    The Pro V-1 was introduced about 18 years ago. I still have some original Pro V-1s and can tell you from my own experience there is little difference between their performance and the performance of the new ones. From what I've read the solid balls "cure' and get better with age, not unlike a fine wine. I'm a major golf ball finder and even now hit Pro vs from all the years they were made with little or no difference. Hit last years balls and some from this year. I defy you to tell the difference (except you may end up liking last years a little more).

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