TRUEFEEL GOLF BALL RED COLOR PROBLEM

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By RO

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  1. RO

    RO

    To Whom it may concern in the Titleist R&D team:

    I am currently playing the TrueFeel Yellow ball, and I love the distance and overall game in this ball. I was previously using the cally Supersoft balls, and once I started playing with the Titleist TrueFeel balls there was no going back. Nevertheless, I was looking forward to playing with the recently released "TrueFeel Red Balls", so I bought a box and went to the golf course. Nothing was wrong, everything is the same as the other color TrueFeel balls except that the balls are very hard to see and find on the fairway. It doesn't matter what time of day or in what light, the balls are hard to find and see on the fairway. I hit about 90% of the fairways average, and I have to tell you that my golf partners and I were looking for my "red ball" and could not find it on the fairway. It takes more time and delay of game to look for these red balls than any other color. And, NO, I am not color blind and no one in my foursome is color blind. At this point, I just want to tell you a little bit about myself, so that you understand my point. I work in architecture, designing interiors and exteriors, I have also worked in industrial design and packaging, plus I am also an artist. In other words, color is something that I definitely depend on and need to perform my work. I studied color and I understand color. I strongly believe that the problem with red balls on the fairway is how we humans see color. Since we don't see in a continuous visual pan, we can only see one picture at a time in our visual cone. Therefore, when we are scanning a terrain our eyes tend to blend colors and definition in a fraction of a second, specially when colors are close to each other or form new colors in the spectrum. As a result, blending some colors create new colors. Unfortunately, the problem with this and golf is that in the color spectrum when you mix "red" and "green" you create "BLACK", and this is the big issue with these red balls. A red ball from about 50+ yards, it is nothing more than a pixel in a big green ocean of grass, and our eyes blend the red color of the ball with the green grass resulting in a dark pixel or a tiny shadow resulting in a hard to find ball. In conclusion, I believe more and more golfers that play with these balls will get frustrated with looking for the balls and will not buy them again.

    It would be a good idea to introduce another color ball like "neon green". It is easier to see, and believe it or not, easier to find and play during any season of the year. I live in New York, and trying to find a red ball in the Fall with all the red leaves on the ground it's impossible. As a recommendation for a good green color ball, the best green balls I have seen on the market (in terms of color) are the MAXFLI SOFTFLI. This balls have a great green that almost glow, and they pop in the fairway, even more than yellow balls.

    My apologies for the short explanation. I hope this helps, and Titleist takes in consideration to release a new color like "neon green" for the TRUEFEEL.

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  2. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    I have friends that have red balls from an online ball company. The popularity amazes me. My wife and I have played in social evening programs so the sun is lower in the sky. Pink balls were quickly taken out of use - looked dark brown in the rough. Red wouldn’t be any better. Fire engines aren’t all red due to depth perception and that can’t help tracking a red ball in flight. But there must be a market.
  3. Lance P

    Lance P
    Hillsborough, NC

    I totally agree with the OP. The red balls look very cool but "impossible" to play because they are so difficult to see/find (at least by me)...
  4. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    What is wrong with a white golf ball? I am 73 years old, wear bifocals and have no problem following the ball nor finding it. With respect to those who like the different colors.....
  5. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    If you don't like them, don't buy them. If no one buys them, they will discontinue the color. Seems pretty simple. I know they were produced due to demand and not the only red ball brand in the market. They have multiple color options in that particular ball so people can go with their favorites or even more color options in the Velocity ball.
  6. RO

    RO

    Thank you for all the feedback Team:

    All your comments are valid, and as "Golfers" each one of us is unique with our own preferences. It is needless to say that it doesn't matter what color the ball is, as long as we get it in the hole in the least amount of strokes. However, there is a pace of play that helps your golf game. You might have complete control of your pace of game, but all of us have played with other people that don't. And, if you have to constantly be helping other people to look for their ball, you will not be happy and it will cost you a few strokes. Now, add a "RED BALL" to the equation that a large percent of golfers can barely see "ON THE FAIRWAY", and well, your golf day just got worst.

    As per Dale's comment, yes, if people don't buy them, eventually the red balls will go away. But you should not change your ball type because of color. Once again, color doesn't equate to the technology of the ball. If you are happy with your ball, stay with it. However, this post is about making something "great" better and with more options. The next logical step regarding color would be a popular and easier to see color such as "NEON GREEN". And, Titleist please do not even think about a blue ball.

    Once again, thank you for your comments. All the best!
  7. Chuck Z

    Chuck Z
    Mt Pleasant, SC

    Golf Ball Color Comparison (FYI) Never know what you can find on the internet......

    Color Advantages Disadvantages

    White Excellent all round color which is ideal for all golfing conditions. Will appear dirtier than
    other colors.

    Yellow The best color choice for a golf ball. 300% easier to see than a white ball.
    Improved contrast over white. Limited selection on sale.

    Blue None. Not a good color choice as blue will clash with the sky above. Blue golf balls offer poor
    visibility.

    Red Good visibility during the day. Very poor visibility at
    night. Red will not
    contrast well with
    artificial lights either.

    Orange A good color to use during the winter and summer. Visibility is reduced
    significantly during the
    fall season.

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