Have you ever played a terrible hole and blamed the ball? We’ve all been there before, although we knew the ball was absolutely perfect. Most of us have probably never used the ball to its full potential. This brings us to an incredibly important question; How long can you play with a golf ball?

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Well, that question arose in the mind of 25-year-old Alex Chiarella. During the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open 2019 at the Mackenzie Tour, he successfully conducted an experiment for himself. He used a Titleist Pro V1x all four rounds, and many would think it affected his game.

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Well, think again because he won! His first Mackenzie Tour title came over the weekend he chose to go ahead with this plan.

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How Long Can a Golf Ball Really Last?

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Returning to the question of how long a ball can actually last, research shows that under certain circumstances a golf ball can last up to seven rounds. However, it is much more likely that you will lose a ball on the course than it is to use it to its full potential. Most professionals carry a lot of spare parts in their bag in case they need to change or replace, which can be for a number of reasons.

LOUISVILLE, KY – OCTOBER 03: An official Ryder Cup logo ball on the tee at Valhalla Golf Club for games of the 2008 Ryder Cup on October 3, 2007 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by David Cannon / Getty Images)

Speaking on the topic, a Titleist representative said: “Our normal rule of thumb for regular golfers is that as long as the paint loss, scuff or damage to the golf ball is less than the size of a dime, it should be fine.” In addition, he spoke of golfers who have “Played over 120 holes with the same ball. It is therefore extremely difficult to assess the exact life of a bullet.

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Gary Woodland, 2019 American winner, likes to change balls with every bogey he hits. It might ask many of balls in one round. However, that’s one way of not playing with one ball for too long, isn’t it? How often do you change your ball?

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