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There are so many golf balls on the market these days that it truly does boggle the mind. You may thing that there are Titleist balls, Callaway balls, Nike balls etc.... But each company has a large collection of different balls. That means that when you come to buy golf balls you have incredible choice. One of the reasons for this is that the technology is always improving. A manufacturer by bring out a ball one year and then bring out a slightly better version the year after. Another reason is that players look for different things in golf balls, some want length, some want accuracy and control, some want to be able to impart large amounts of spin on their ball. Each ball is designed with something slightly different in mind. Thus there is a mass of balls to choose from.
One such golf ball is this one. The Dunlop DDH ball. DD stands for Deep Distance so as you would assume these balls are aimed at players who are trying to get a little extra distance in their shots. I bought a pack of these around five years ago. The reason I bought these were two fold, one, they offered extra distance and two they were cheap. So naturally these seemed like a good ball for what I was after.
I have always had a good short game when it comes to golf. Put me within 100yds of a flag and I will get it close 90% of the time. However, off the tee I have always lacked a little distance due to poor technique. So any ball that offers me extra distance has to be handy. So I remember when I first hit one of these DDH balls, I stepped up on the first tee with driver in hand. My friend had already tonked one 250 yds down the fairway. I let a few practice swings rip and then took my stance. A big hearty swing a clunk, away my new DDH flew. I remember thinking I must have miss hit it as it went straight but only just carried over 200yds which is shorter than normal. Anyhow, this soon became a reoccurring theme. Either I was hitting every drive poorly or these balls were pretty poor.
I turned out the latter was true. These balls promise deep distance but they deliver a deep thud and then a gentle flop. I have used many other balls that go further. The sound these balls make is ugly. I also find this is quite a difficult ball to control. If I don't hit the sweet spot it seems to fly off in all directions. It also bounces quite a lot when you want it to sit down on the green.
The ball does seem reasonably durable although to be honest I didn't use them all that much as they were awful. I do still have these balls which is a surprise as usually after buying a few you would have expected to loose them over a five year period. But as they are so poor they don't tend to make it out my golf bag. Maybe if I'm playing a hole with water everywhere I might get this one out my bag, just in the hope that it floats!
These balls are very cheap. You can get them for under £1 each with no problem. To be honest though I can't see why anyone would want to play with one of these balls. They are very poor and have very little going for them. Maybe if you are looking for some cheap practice balls these might suit, but otherwise steer well clear.