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Friday, August 20, 2010

Knetgolf- Recylced Premium Golf Balls At Half The Price


Would you be willing to play refurbished Titleist ProV1 golf balls if they performed nearly identical to the same brand new ball, for half the price? Knetgolf is finding that a lot of people answer this question with a resounding, "yes."

When I first heard about Knetgolf, I was a bit skeptical. The company has contracts to scavenge for balls and them put them through a state of the art (and proprietary) refurbishing process. The company grades the balls as Mint, A, B, or C, condition and then resells them back to consumers for a fraction of the price. They have the process down to a science and can refurbish up to 400k balls per week.

Of course- that's all fine and dandy, but what I really wanted to know is how the ball performs compared to the same ball, but straight out of the box from the manufacturer. Based on independent testing the results are staggering, at least to your ego once you realize you've been paying full price for the past 5 years.

When it comes to spin rate, the numbers are equally close (six-iron cannon test).

New ProV1: 4558.63
Knetgolf Refinished ProV1: 4510.25

Color me blown away.

Besides the pricing and similar performance, the other strong point of the experience using Knetgolf is their website and the education it can be. Sure you can learn about their refurbishing process, but I'm talking about the simple things that should be on every golf ball sales website (but isn't) like compression numbers, dimple numbers, or the even simpler process of telling you who should be playing the ball (high handicap, mid handicap, etc).

I don't want this to sound like a complete puff piece for Knetgolf (believe it or not they're not paying me to write this), but I'm not seeing too much downside. They take balls that people have already purchased and lost, categorize them, and then give them back to golfers at a lower rate. If anyone has had any experience good or bad, with buying recycled golf balls, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.


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