One of golf's biggest thrills is to test new balls. It's so easy and inexpensive-just buy a sleeve and you're good to go. I've never been particularly drawn to the "hot" Tour ball du jour. Instead, I just want the one that gets me in the hole. Part of the intrigue is that every model offers a distinct combination of spin, feel and total performance. To check out some new offerings, see "High Rollers" in the September issue of GOLF MAGAZINE.TJ Tomasi, Nantucket, Mass. Jim Suttie, Lemont, Ill.
"The ball that works best when putting and chipping should trump a distance ball." - Bruce Patterson, Oak Brook, Ill.
"Many golfers tend to want to play what the Tour pros are using. It's a huge mistake for their game. I use statistics from my students' rounds of golf to help paint an accurate picture of their weaknesses. If they are not hitting many greens in regulation, they're hitting more chips/pitches/sand shots. Therefore, they should be hitting a ball that is a bit softer to help them around the greens more. As they get better, we may change them into a firmer cover ball for distance." - Steve Bosdosh, Beallesville, Md.Glenn Deck, Irvine, Calif. Keith Lyford, Sacramento, Calif. Dana Rader, Charlotte, N.C. Jim Murphy, Sugarland, Texas