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Titleist Professional 90 golf balls

Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Talk' started by Dale, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. Dale

    Dale English Hacker...

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    Has anyone used them (or use them currently?)

    What’s the deal with these balls? I've just heard about them and apparently they aren't made anymore, but are pretty rare!

    Anyone in the know explain the deal?

    Cheers :)
     
  2. RickinMA

    RickinMA Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I played the Titleist professional or the tour balata in '96
    they seemed the same to me except the professional's cover held up much better - hit a cartpath or a tree with a balata and it was shot - the professional was a little tougher (and more expensive)

    I have one old tour balata in my bag that I play around with once in a while - normally I don't like when people complain about spin rates off the tee, but these things really spin
     
  3. Dale

    Dale English Hacker...

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    Nice one, thanks - I just got myself a few of Ebay, I wasn't sure if I should play with them or keep them as collectables! lol
     
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    Lol, Dale, they are unplayable compared to modern balls, you will knock it out of shape anything hit off centre. I still have a few in the garden, I love chipping with them.
     
  5. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Amazing that I still attempt to play this game after learning it while using those things. I lost many a Titleist Professional 90 or 100 (because I'd heard that the higher compression balls went further...lol) into the woods because of the spin rate, and the fact that the suckers would become oblate spheroids after two or three hits. Like Dave says - top notch back in the 70's, but not worth even considering anymore. And not really collectible, since millions were made.
     
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    Fair play :)

    I'd never head of them before, and for 2.50 for 6 I thought I'd be worth a crack lol.

    Might give them to a mate and watch in awe as he wonders why he can't hit them! :D

    Cheers,
     
  7. ManchesterGolfer

    ManchesterGolfer AKA.... Obi-Wan Ho-Nobi

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    They will soon be Titleist flagship ball again if Mr Callaway gets his way in court!!! :)
     
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    RickinMA Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    did they really have these things in the 70's? I remember them in the mid 90's - did their flagship ball really not change at all through the 80's?
     
  9. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Unless my memory is completely gone (which is not out of the question) I remember hitting them while in high school (1970-1977);)
     
  10. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Here's an interesting fact:

    "The molded balls may optionally be subjected to gamma radiation treatment at about 40 kilograys to crosslink the cover to improve scuff and cut resistance. The gamma radiation also increases the crosslink density of the core and results in a harder core and ball compression."

    Charming. Radioactive golf balls. Night golf, anyone?
     

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