Golf balls leave your bag at an alarming rate once you start playing serious golf. Initially, they are cheap at $8 a dozen. But as your game improves, you go for better golf balls that can help your game. Better quality means more money. Before you know it, you are spending more on golf balls on an average than any other golf equipment. Some of these balls are top quality too. But just because, they are not white and shiny anymore, are they unusable?
This tutorial on how to clean golf balls helps you reclaim the balls you thought lost and save yourself some grand money. We detail what kind of golf balls can be refurbished and what should be discarded. We inform you how to clean balls in various degrees of the disheveled state. It also gives you an insight into refurbished balls sold online.
What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial
You will hear of the who’s who of cleaning agents here:
- Dishwashing liquid
- White Vinegar
- Household Ammonia
- Soft-bristled brush
1. Dishwashing liquid:
This is commonly found around the household. Dishwashing liquid is the mildest cleaning agent you can use for cleaning the golf ball.
2. White Vinegar:
This is a relatively harmless acidic agent. It is both inexpensive and environmentally safe. There are no furious fumes to make you swoon.
3. Household Ammonia:
Pungent as this liquid is, ammonia can replace the specialized cleaners on your shelf. Floors, walls, shelves and golf balls, nothing can withstand the charm of this cleaner.
The whitener! The color of golf balls helps enormously in finding them so we want to keep them pristine white. And bleach helps in keeping the golf balls aesthetically pleasing. It’s best not to mix any of the cleaning agents with each other. We don’t know how they will react.
5. Soft-bristled brush:
Toothbrushes come with the medium, soft and hard bristles. Choose the ones with soft bristles for cleaning the golf balls without threatening their integrity.
This is optional. If you bought golf balls in a bunch, you can load the golf balls in a dishwasher and spin them for a good wash.
Step By Step Instructions
There are various methods of cleaning golf balls. We will explain them one-by-one. You can learn about different types of golf balls here.
Method 1: For Light Dirt
- Load the golf balls into the utensil compartment of the dishwasher.
- Put in your usual dishwasher detergent.
- Do not run golf balls and utensils in the same cycle.
- Run two cleaning cycles of the dishwasher. The balls should be clean within this span.
Method 2: For Moderate Dirt
- Fill a bucket up to 75% with warm water.
- Add a bottle cap full of ammonia, bleach or white vinegar. Do not mix two cleaning agents.
- Soak the balls in this diluted solution for 20-30 mins. Rinse them with clean water.
- Take the golf balls out and Towel Dry them. Or else wipe them lightly with the towel and set them in the sun for 4-5 minutes.
- This method allows you to wash a load of golf balls at once.
Method 3: For Difficult Dirt
- Golf balls often end up in water hazards and come out with slimy growth, dried dirt and sticky substances. This dirt needs to be agitated and removed from the balls.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water.
- Dip the soft toothbrush in this paste and brush the dirt of the golf balls. The paste rubs into the dimples of the balls and removes dirt otherwise lodged in these tricky places.
- Wash the balls with water.
- Ready a bucket of water with warm water and add ammonia, bleach or white vinegar.
- Soak the golf balls in there for 1 hour
- Clean them with water and towel dry them.
Method 4: For marker and paint
- If you buy used golf balls, you are likely to find them marked with felt-tip markers or paint.
- First put them through methods 1, 2, or 3 based on the other dirt on the golf balls.
- If the marks do not disappear by that point, dab cotton in some acetone-based nail paint remover. Clean the marks with this and agitate them with a toothbrush. This should get rid of the markings
- Dip the golf balls in water with dishwashing liquid. Rinse off the soap with water.
- Towel dry the balls or put them out in the sunshine.
The quality of refurbished balls is always in question. But some refurbishers have gotten the process down to a pat and they operate with good faith. The refurbishment process goes roughly like this:
- Quality golf balls are located and bought in wholesale from various golf clubs and other agents.
- Each ball is put through an individual cleaning process. Once cleaned, if the ball is clean and devoid of any excess weight, it is re-painted, marked with a logo and shipped. Such balls are usually in good condition and preferable to the golfers because they retain the original characteristics of the golf balls.
- If the balls have minor defects, the cover is removed. Most of the damage occurs at this level. If possible only the damaged parts of the cover are removed.
- The ball is repainted and marked with the logo.
- While reconstructing the ball, the refurbishers ensure that the dimple pattern is recreated as the original. The number and depth of the dimples affect the aerodynamics and speed of the balls. Learn about different golf balls here.
A couple of pointers can speed up the golf ball cleaning process:
- While trying out the above methods of cleaning multiple golf balls, put the balls in an empty bucket first. Fill water with a garden hose. The force of the water alone will dislodge the dirt.
- Never leave the golf balls in any solution for over 8 hours. It might just change the flex and impact properties of the ball.
- If possible, clean the balls whenever you get time on the course. Once you leave them long with dirt, the particles dry and stick to them.
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You can save yourself a lot of money by reusing golf balls. Discarding them for some scruff marks that do not harm their talent is just wasteful. Being an environmentally-conscious generation, we must strive to recycle and reuse. This tutorial showed you various methods of cleaning golf balls at home with household supplies. From regular grass stains to stubborn caked dirt, all kinds of marks are treatable. The kind of balls that need professional treatment is passed on to certified refurbishers. We outlined their refurbishment process so that you understand the pros and cons of using refurbished golf balls.
Once cleaned, the golf ball should not carry any excess weight from the dirt or any markings that will affect its visibility.
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