History of The Golf Ball
The History of the golf ball is an interesting one, in fact it dates back to the beginning of the game of golf. Over the years the ball has evolved, as has the game. Below is the story of the golf ball and its evolution.

It all began with what is now called the "Feathery Cube". This abomination of a golf ball was made out of leather and stuffed with goose or chicken feathers. It was formed from several pieces of hard leather that had to be stitched together. The ball was eventually hammered into as close to round form as possible and then covered with coats of paint. The process was time consuming and the balls were typically expensive as they had to be hand made.

Next came the "Gutta-Percha" golf ball. This ball made its first appearance around the mid 1800's. The ball was made from Gutta-Percha which is the evaporated milky juice or latex produced from a tree commonly found in Malaysia (you just can't make this stuff up). The balls were still hand made, but this time you rolled the substance on a board until it was round. This new ball was much more durable, went farther and cost less.
Used Golf Balls
Used Golf balls can be a good way to go if you are looking to save some money. You do have to be careful about the type of used golf balls you purchase though, as some have really been through the mill. Let's take a look at the most common types of used golf balls for sale.

Refinished, Refurbished and Recycled Golf Balls.

Refinished & Refurbished Golf Balls
These balls are considered low quality used golf balls. They have likely undergone an extensive refurbishing process. They have likely been stripped down using chemicals or a machining process. These balls are then repainted and then even reprinted, they make look good but the ball itself has been altered in many ways. These balls will have lost many of their original characteristics.

Recycled Golf Balls
These are considered much higher quality used golf balls. They have typically only been cleaned. They may have undergone a light chemical bath or been run through a specially designed ball washer yet the original characteristics of the ball should remain unchanged. These balls have not been repainted or reprinted. As you can see they are a much higher quality type of used golf ball.

Bottom line you can save some money on used golf balls, yet you are going to want recycled balls, make sure that they have not been stripped, reprinted or repainted.
Top 10 Ways To Lose Your Golf Balls
Golf is certainly a crazy game, one golfer recently commented to me that he keeps losing his balls. That got me to thinking,

What are the top ten ways to lose your balls?

Golf Balls that is. Here's a list (made up one of course)

1 - Water Hazard (your balls certainly get wet a lot, so next time your ball is missing look in the water)
2 - In The Tall Rough (most golfers don't carry weed whackers, yet most probably should)
3 - Alligator, Gopher or other wild life (these critters might make off with your balls, just watch Caddy Shack if you don't believe me)
4 - Out Of Bounds (try to avoid golf courses with cliffs, drop-offs or rocky crags. More then a few balls have been lost this way and even a few golfers.)
5 - Tornado, Hurricane (mother nature is not a golfers friend, if you get caught in extreme weather you are likely to be ball-less when the storm clears)
6 - Too Many Beers During Round (when you have had one too many during your round, you are probably gonna have trouble finding your ball)
7 - Other Unscrupulous Golfers (golfers are known for filching other players balls when in the vicinity, keep a look-out at all times for ball thieves)
8 - Damage Due To Hack Golfer (most hack golfers are abusing their balls, a slice, cut or other damage is likely)
9 - Hole In Pockets (unfortunately many poor balls are just dropped from neglected pockets with gaping holes during rounds)
10 - Mans Best Friend (if he gets a hold of your balls, your dog is likely gonna chew them to shreds)

By Kerry Zangara
Personalized Golf Balls are great gifts for most golfers. You could have someone's name or nickname imprinted on a sleeve of balls and give them as a gift.

Personalized Golf Balls are also a great way to promote a business, charity or organization. Often times these balls can be given away to employees or patrons at events hosted by the company, charity or organization.

If a company has a logo, then they are often imprinted on golf balls. You can usually find most large companies logos on golf balls if you look around.

It is also popular for Golf Courses to have balls imprinted with their logos. This is especially so with famous golf courses such as Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Doral, etc. Some golfers even collect these balls and there is even a trade of buying and selling of these collector balls on sites like ebay.com. If you are visiting a famous Golf Course be sure to bring home some personalized balls from the course, they are sure to be valued by someone.

The pros personalize their balls in a different fashion than imprinting a logo or name on them. The pros will mark all their balls with a series of pen marks inside of certain dimples. These marks make it so they can recognize their ball, in case someone else is playing the same ball. Each pro uses their own distinct pattern of pen dots on the ball.
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