How Many Golf Balls Should You Carry?

by Steve | Last Updated: 9 March 2021

There is no rule that limits the amount of balls you can carry.

When you first start playing, carry as many as you can feasibly manage. This is because it’s very likely that you’ll lose some balls on the course.

If you’ve played well in the past, then five or six should be fine. But if not, then there may come a time when another few will do more good than harm.

As a beginner, a cool dozen should see you right in the beginning, and no doubt the Pro in the shop will be more than happy to sell them to you.

If the halfway house is near the Pro-Shop you’ll be able to buy more at the turn, but think positively and you probably won’t lose as many as you think.

It’s also worth knowing, that if you’re carrying your golf bag, you will soon feel the weight of it, as lots of golf balls start to feel a little heavy after a while.

Picture Of Golf Balls

Make sure to have a few balls handy in the event that you lose some on the course

The last thing anyone wants while playing a round at their favorite course is to lose a ball.

If I am playing alone, I may hit two balls, so that if one was to go astray, there would be another for me to continue playing without having to search around in tall grass or bushes.

This not only helps prevent frustration but also keeps your game moving smoothly as well.

Get Balls That Are Suited To Your Game

The main thing is finding the right ball for your game and course conditions, but there are also other factors like cost, type of cover (soft or hard) and durability that can affect your decision.

If you’re a beginner, you don’t want to spend too much on golf balls.

You need something that is going to help you improve without breaking the bank.

That way, when you get better, so does your equipment!

But if you play with cheap golf balls, it can be discouraging because they won’t last long and will feel like rocks in your hands.

If you’re a regular golfer, then you already know the importance of having the right golf balls in your bag.

Unfortunately, there are so many different brands and types of balls that it can be hard to determine which ones are best for your game.

Especially with all the manufacturer’s marketing teams all claiming to be the best and when you look online you get all those expert reviews which are often bogus.

If you get a chance, go to a demo day and try before you buy.

Should You Use A Soft Or Hard Compound Golf Ball

The debate about the soft vs hard golf ball has raged on for decades.

The main question is whether a soft or hard golf ball performs better when it comes to distance, control and consistency.

The difference between them is how they were made and what type of cover material they have on them.

Golf ball manufacturers can choose to use a soft or hard cover, at which point they will also decide what kind of polymers to mix into their covers to create different effects for each ball.

Both types perform their functions well but have different advantages and price will be a factor too.

Try some different balls and the differences will come down to how you feel they will affect your game and general all round performance.

How Do You know If You Have The Right Ball For Your Game?

Practice hitting chips, putts, and full shots with your irons. Try out some short chip shots and watch the ball roll to a stop.

Do this with different balls.

It is important to know how far your ball is going to go and how it reacts when it lands, and do this with different clubs.

It will be different results with different balls

Again, try some different balls and the differences will come down to how you feel they will affect your game and general all round performance.

Practice With The Same Golf Ball You Play With

Some players practice and play with cheap balls, others play with expensive balls that are too advanced for their skill level, meaning they’re not getting the full benefit from them.

Others play with only with cheap balls and equipment because they feel like it won’t improve anyway

One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is thinking that different golf balls will help their score.

Whichever way you choose to go, you will definitely lower your scores by playing the same ball each time you tee off.

In reality, having the same shot shape, trajectory, feel around the greens will build confidence and consistency.

And consistency is key to better scores

Keep them clean, dry, and free of dings or scratches

Cleaning a golf ball is an important part of the game.

A clean and dry golf ball is essential to playing a good game of golf.

Golf balls get dirty from the natural elements of rain, sand, and sun exposure.

Keeping your golf balls in pristine condition helps you see where your shots are going and saves you money by not having to replace them as often.

Be aware of local rules regarding carrying golf balls

As I said earlier, there is no rule that limits the amount of balls you can carry, but there are some rules that determine what you can do with the golf ball when you are playing.

Some professional competitions state that you have to use the same compound ball throughout the tournament and results in a DQ if you change them. Luckily that doesn’t happen at average golfer .level

A player must declare which ball he will use from tee to green, it cannot be switched with another ball until the hole has been completed.

Unless thee ball gets damaged beyond repair. I’ve seen green-keepers run over the top of balls and cut them to pieces with their mowers. When the ball is in pieces it’s a little harder to finish the hole.

Conclusion

While golf is one of the most enjoyable sports to play, it can also be quite expensive.

One thing is not carrying as many balls with you and it will certainly focus your mind to not lose as many, which will save you money.

Steve King, the founder of Fore King Golf, started playing golf at the tender age of 29, after years spent playing many other sports and getting dodgy knees. Although late to the game, Steve soon fell in love with the sport and found himself, like many others, addicted to the pursuit of improvement and playing better. He is currently a member of The Kendleshire Golf Club & Hercules Golf Society, as well as running several competitions for Fore King Golf