Why Buy Recycled Or Used Golf Balls?

You’re on the first tee, you pull out a brand new ball from the glossy sleeve you just purchased at the clubhouse. The four dollars you spent for this ball keeps popping into your head as you tee it up. You start to sweat, salty beads dripping off your forehead. Water to the left, forest to the right, bright blue sky… Four dollars!! Four dollars!! Whack!! Off it flies, straight as an arrow… then slowly veering left…and into the drink. Plop!! There goes another four dollars.

Now, imagine that same scenario, but instead of the ball costing you four dollars it only cost you one dollar. Feeling better now? Saving lots of money is a real good reason to buy pre-owned golf balls.

But that isn’t the only reason. By purchasing pre-owned recycled or refinished golf balls from Knetgolf, you are also helping the environment by recycling the plastic, metal and other material used in golf balls.

How about the performance of recycled or refinished golf balls? No sacrifice there. But don’t take our word for it, have a look at the independent golf ball testing on Knetgolf golf balls that is performed at the same center where many new golf balls are performance tested. You can view the product testing by clicking here.


Golf Ball Testing

Golf ball manufacturing has experienced massive technological advances over the past decade. Gone are the days when golf balls would lose compression and distance after being exposed to extreme heat or being submerged in water.

Today, consistency and durability in solid-core golf balls is the norm, opening up a market for recycled balls; because all golf balls are used after one hit! The team at Knetgolf made up of duffers, scratch golfers and virtually everything in between is passionate about the game of golf and has spent years playing with used golf balls to analyze their performance on the course.

Our in-house analysis has always revealed outstanding performance from our golf balls, but testing at an industry-leading, independent research facility has provided absolute, empirical data to prove that used golf balls are as good as new.


The Testing

Location: Two consecutive days in San Diego, CA

Temperature: Between 62-66 degrees

Wind: Speeds varied between 0-14 MPH, all shots hit into a headwind

Humidity: Ranged between 63-78%

Barometric Pressure: Averaged 30

Mechanism: Robotic golf swing device used to provide consistent club head contact; TrackMan® Launch monitor to provide precise measurements

Club: TaylorMade® R9, and Ping® G20 seven iron

Club Speed: Set to represent the club speed of an average golfer; for driver and seven iron, 96 MPH and 83 MPH, respectively

Balls: A dozen each of eight models of our best-selling 5A and 4A balls were tested ten times against a brand new, fresh-out-of-the-box counterpart; a different ball of the same model was tested for each swing


The Data

Speed was measured where the ball was struck, not where the ball landed. Wind speeds vary throughout the 200+ yards of carry distance, which may cause some inconsistencies in the test results. Consequently, for every mph of wind, one yard should be added from each ball total carry yardage.

Example: A shot was hit into a 1 MPH headwind and a second shot was hit into a 10 MPH head wind; the first shot would produce 9 yards more in carry yardage than the second shot.

Through secondary research and data analysis, we found that wind affected carry distance at a rate of 1-1.3 yards per MPH of wind speed.


The Results

Driver With Wind

Driver With Wind

7 Iron With Wind

7 Iron With Wind

Driver with No Wind

Driver With No Wind

7 Iron with No Wind

7 Iron With No Wind

Across tests with both clubs, the difference between used balls from Knetgolf and new was almost negligible. There was virtually no loss of performance and in some cases the used ball exceeded the distance and speed of its new counterpart.

Day 1 Test Results

Part 1 | Part 2

Day 2 Test Results

Part 1 | Part 2

Day 3 Test Results

Part 1 | Part 2


The Conclusion: Buying Used is the Smart Choice

- Used golf balls from Knetgolf are in some cases more than 50% off the retail price.
- Rigorous quality control checkpoints guarantee that balls are precisely graded and sorted for sale.
- Empirical evidence proves that recycled balls from Knetgolf offer comparable performance to new golf balls.