I play in a Skype Country Club which means we are talking on Skype while we all play the same course each night. We have a few members who constantly change balls mainly because they do not want to pay more than $5.00 dollars for a sleeve of balls. We constantly hear from these players "what the hell was that"? after they hit a ball. Because of the variety shots we all hit, (pitch, flop, punch) for different situations, the amount of spin players put on the ball to hit close to a pin changes depending on the ball they are using. Throw in how balls react differently when hitting out of different rough conditions(20-25, 30-40, 50-60 rough), there are too many variables (up hill, down hill shots to the green), to know how a ball is going to react when you change balls all the time. This is my main point with my original post. Unless you have a photographic memory and can remember how they many different balls play out of so many different situations or shots, I say you are better off using the same ball all the time so you know how the ball is going to react with each shot. Changing balls all the time keeps the average player "guessing" or confused on why a ball stops or releases when it hits the green. This is why for a majority of players, finding a ball they like at a cost they can afford or be comfortable with is so important. Changing balls will keep you from becoming the best player you can be.
It takes me at least 1 ball to get used to the variables and up to 3 to really understand how the ball will react with confidence.
But I’m only 145 days in and saving for a L97 Driver and Irons (+wedge for ‘balance ‘).
Playing off back tees give me the opportunity to practice my short game, learn the courses and holes (for the final time) and having 2 meter balls with 1 spin and 0 distance, my long iron game.
Sticking with the same ball is essential for consistency and knowing what the ball is going to do if I hit it left or right of the ding and so game management is very helpful (which I learned in real life on the course being a low single figure handicapper who, due to work, family etc commitments, I can’t maintain, so play for fun(when the lockdown ends anyway, I envisage and intend.
Thanks for your insight. You know what you speak of and have learned so much off of people like you.