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Tue 18th June

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When should you switch?

Rich Beem used to change his golf ball after every hole, although he might have reconsidered that if he was footing the bill (and not earning PGA Tour pay cheques).

Meanwhile, Ernie Els’s superstition of switching after every birdie might be a bit cheaper for those of us without Big Easy’s swing. If somebody’s handing you new golf balls like they’re business cards, you’re obviously going to switch them at any sign of a scuff. But how often should we regular club golfers be changing our golf ball?

 

Performance loss?

Most Tour Pros will switch their golf balls every few holes to avoid suffering any performance loss, however minor; particularly around the greens. Fortunately, though, this is much less of an issue in our modern age of engineering as even the premium golf balls, with softer covers for better feel and more spin, are made to be much more durable than what Ernie Els would have grown up hitting. Anyone remember the old Tour Balata?

Your options

Take Wilson’s TRIAD golf balls as an example: the cast urethane cover giving you fantastic spin around the greens. Not too long ago, that would’ve come with the drawback of scuffs & cuts from thinned wedges, but no more! Technology has come a long way. I mean, Wilson has made the TRIAD balls to have the exact same density throughout for a flawless roll on the greens. If that doesn’t scream perfectionist, we don’t know what does.

If you happen to crack one off a tree or a path then, sure, it might be worth taking out a new golf ball. But if you have either of Wilson’s TRIAD or TRIAD RAW golf balls in your bag then you can trust that you’ll have better performance that lasts longer.

Could you handle it?

How do you think you’d feel standing on the first tee at The 150th Open? At the Home of Golf, with the R&A clubhouse looming over you and the fans expecting…

Would you be able to pull off the shot, or would you be overwhelmed by the noise, the occasion and the pressure? Even if we strip all that back and plonk you on the first tee of the Monthly Medal, nerves are a very real and understandable part of it.

You might not be pulling out a driver at St. Andrews but, wherever you’re playing, a good first strike is important for your confidence. If it’s the big stick then maybe even more so. It sets you up for a good round, while a bad strike puts you immediately on the back foot and can be hard to shake.

Confidence at address

If you’re looking down at the same driver that the likes of Cameron Champ & Viktor Hovland see that can’t hurt matters. The look is one thing, but knowing it’s what the best of the best see before nailing those all-important drives inspires a level of confidence that allows you to hit the shot you want and set yourself up to carry it through 18 holes.

PING G425 driver behind the ball

They’re just the pick of the bunch when it comes to Tour stars benefitting from PING G425 drivers. We are talking about the drivers that have allowed Champ to become to PGA Tour’s longest driver and Viktor Hovland to become one of the best in the world.

G425 options

While most of the ones you’ve seen on Tour will be the PING G425 LST driver, which is the lowest-spinning & most workable of the bunch, there’s also the most universal option in the G425 Max. Hey, they’ve even got a G425 SFT (Straight Flight Technology) option that says a big fat ‘NO!’ when you try to slice one into the trees!

All of these models come with tons of different spec options, so the best way you can prepare for the first drive of that Monthly Medal (and all the other drives after that) is to visit us for a fitting session.