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Birmingham News

Friday, August 20, 2010

KGolf Stuff: Knetgolf quite a find
by Kent Kasey

What: Knetgolf recycled golf balls


Where you can get it: Online

What it will cost you: Prices vary, depending on type and condition of golf balls

Share What they say: Knetgolf (founded in 1995) is the world's leading provider of pre-owned, brand-name golf balls, offering Tour-grade Titleist, Callaway, Nike, Bridgestone and other brands. The refurbished balls are graded Mint, "A," "B" or "C" and offered at half price (of new balls) or better directly to the golf public.

The facts: According to industry estimates, golfers lose more than one billion balls annually and 4.5 balls per round on average. ... Independent research conducted by Advanced Golf Solutions shows the company's golf balls show behavior consistent with new golf balls. ... Knetgolf recovers golf balls from more than 2,000 exclusive golf resorts mainly in Arizona, California and Nevada. ... They take in almost 80,000 golf balls daily at their processing plants in Arizona and Toronto. ... The company offers over 200 different types of balls.

What we say: While you might notice a difference in the performance of a new ball vs. one of Knetgolf's balls, it will be a slight one. I was pleased with my experience with Knetgolf in every way. I ordered four dozen mint condition balls -- two dozen Titletist Pro V1Xs and two dozen Srixon Z-URS balls. My cost? $76.46 ... or less than half of what I would have paid for new balls. They were delivered in about five days. And I have no complaints about the way they look or play.

My two dozen Titleist Pro V1Xs were delivered as promised -- in mint condition and ready for the course. (The Birmingham News / Kent Kasey)
Rating: Eagle. For the average amateur golfer, Knetgolf offers the perfect solution to playing premium golf balls without paying a premium price. You can also get lesser quality golf balls if that's what you want. Knetgolf receives my full endorsement.

Ratings table
Eagle -- A must-have as far as we're concerned.
Birdie -- Serious golfers will want one.
Par -- Perfect for the diehard golfer on your gift list.
Bogey -- Don't bother.

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