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How We Grade Used Golf Balls

Knetgolf offers used golf balls to the golfing public in two categories. Recycled golf balls and Refinished golf balls.

Whats the Difference?  Not much... See our product testing by clicking here.

Recycled Golf Balls are similar to eggs. They are washed, brand and type sorted and then graded by color and cover condition. The recycled balls are sorted into Mint, Grade A and Grade B conditions so the consumer can choose the quality and price point they wish to purchase. For a closer look at the grading process, have a quick look at our company video by clicking here.

Refinished Golf Balls are taken to the next step. If a golf ball is 100% intact with no cover abraisions or cuts but is just cosmetically stained, then we refinish some of these golf balls. We only refinish top-end golf balls as this process is expensive. The process consists of mechanically stripping the outer clearcoat and paint off the ball, taking it back to where it was before it was originally painted. This is done in a golf ball manufacturing facility that has been manufacturing golf balls for over 80 years in the USA. The ball is then repainted in this golf ball facility and then reclearcoated to ensure a durable product. This process enhances the cosmetics of the ball so it appears and performs like a new ball without any depreciation in performance. It is important to note that during the refinishing process we do not and cannot repair golf balls. If the golf balls have any abraisions in the cover due to cart path, tree or scrape marks they are discarded and sold as low end shag balls.

Please Note: By law all refinished balls have a small Refinished printed on one pole of the ball.

Did you know refinished golf balls have been formally accepted by the USGA? Rule 5-1/4 of the USGA rule book states that “it is permissible for such a ball to be used”. So there you have it, refinished golf balls are permissible in tournament play!

Below are definitions of our grading for both Recycled and Refinished golf balls.

 

Refinished (NO ink marks. NO pen marks. NO team or corporate logos, just like new!)

Our official pre-owned refinished golf balls are used golf balls that are reconditioned using a modern process in a factory that manufactures new golf balls. This process does not affect the playability of the golf ball, but brings their cosmetics and performance up to a level where they appear and behave comparable to new golf balls. Knetgolf only reconditions style specific golf balls, meaning only a used Titleist Pro V1X will be reconditioned into a mint refinished Titleist Pro V1X. In preparing for the reconditioning process, balls that are scuffed or have had their cover compromised are not reconditioned and are discarded. Only balls that are as close to perfect (if not perfect) in cover but are cosmetically challenged are refinished and sold. Knetgolf sells millions of these golf balls annually around the world.

Please Note: By law all refinished balls have a small Refinished printed on one pole of the ball.

Pro V1/Pro V1X

Pro V1/Pro V1X - Refinished

Bridgestone

Bridgestone - Refinished

Recycled Mint/1st Quality

The appearance and feel of this golf ball is similar to a new golf ball. This golf ball will show no or very little wear. Player pen markings and logos of all shapes and sizes can be present. 

Pro V1/Pro V1X

Pro V1/V1X - Recycled Mint

Titleist

Titleist - Recycled Mint

Bridgestone

Bridgestone - Recycled Mint

Callaway

Callaway - Recycled Mint

Nike

Nike - Recycled Mint

Srixon

Srixon - Recycled Mint

TaylorMade

TaylorMade - Recycled Mint

Recycled Grade A/2nd Quality

The condition of this golf ball will be similar to a ball that has been played for a few holes. Slight cosmetic blemishes, discoloration and loss of luster are possible, but will not affect the integrity and performance of the ball. Player pen markings and logos of all shapes and sizes can be present.

Pro V1/Pro V1X

Pro V1/V1X - Recycled Grade A

Titleist

Titleist - Recycled Grade A

Bridgestone

Bridgestone - Recycled Grade A

Callaway

Callaway - Recycled Grade A

Nike

Nike - Recycled Grade A

Srixon

Srixon - Recycled Grade A

TaylorMade

TaylorMade - Recycled Grade A

Recycled Grade B/3rd Quality

These used golf balls will be free of cuts, but may have slight scuffs, blemishes, minor discoloration and smudged print. Higher-grade x-outs and practice models may be included. Player pen markings and logos of all shapes and sizes can be present.

Pro V1/Pro V1X

Pro V1/V1X - Recycled Grade B

Titleist

Titleist - Recycled Grade B

Bridgestone

Bridgestone - Recycled Grade B

Callaway

Callaway - Recycled Grade B

Nike

Nike - Recycled Grade B

Srixon

Srixon - Recycled Grade B

TaylorMade

TaylorMade - Recycled Grade A