Choose the right ball for your handicap

2008-12-10 00:00

ACCORDING to Golf World magazine, the average golfer loses two balls per round for a worldwide total of 2,5 million balls lost every day! But the regular golfer needn’t worry about balls being in short supply. Companies are working hard to ensure that doesn’t happen. Titleist, for instance, makes 1,2 million golf balls each day.

For many weekend golfers, it is a mystery as to what type of ball to play with.

Well, first, if the golfer can’t break 100, the type of ball doesn’t matter, so he or she is advised to stop forking out hard-earned cash for expensive balls and buy Top Flites instead. It is only when you have a high club head speed, and drive the ball long distances that any advantage will be gained from a high-tech modern ball.

It is recommended that golfers who break 80 regularly should be playing with three- or four-piece balls like the Pro V1, top of the range Calloway, Nike or the Srixon Z-urc. You need to be a five-handicap player and below to appreciate the stable flight and responsive feel around the greens.

Low-handicap players find most greens in regulation and it is important that the ball responds correctly. If your handicap is in the teens, you probably don’t hit the ball hard enough to obtain the extra distance with the expensive balls. If you do play with them, it’s a waste, like giving strawberries to a donkey. Remember that golf balls are usually priced according to their quality and capability.

We all love to tee up a brand- new ball, but it’s not much fun losing two or three expensive balls each round, so speak to your local pro — he will advise you on the best ball to suit your handicap.

Last week’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held their Monthly Mug on Saturday sponsored by The Bedstore. The winner of the A division was Jamie Patrick with a net 69. Second on a count out was John Ackerman on a net 70. The B division was won by Joe Buchanan on net 67, with Hugh Dean counted into second place with net 69. The C division was won by Gus Gubba on 70 net. Errol Fortman came second on net 71.

Victoria Country Club also held their Monthly Mug on Saturday, sponsored by Bill Roberts. The winner of the A division was Don Nicholson on net 75 and second was Mathew Carter-Brown on net 76. The B division was won by Michael Swanepoel on a net 68, second was Sandy Davidson on net 69. The C division winner was Ron Davis on net 73 with Andre de Valence in second place with net 77.

From the 19th hole:

Two guys are playing golf at their local course. One has badly chapped lips. They get to the fifth fairway when the guy with the chapped lips climbs over the fence where cattle are grazing. He walks over to a cow, lifts the tail and kisses its bottom. Then climbs back over to play his shot to the green. Puzzled, his friend asks, “Why on earth did you do that?” He replies, “Because I’ve got chapped lips.” The other guy says, “Will that help?”, to which he replied, “Nope, but it stops me lickin’ ‘em.”

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