Tell us how you mark your golf ball and what you mark it with
Golf ball markers can be bought online
A Golfmagic forum thread about possible cheating - a member claimed an opponent mysteriously 'found' a ball in play that he was convinced had previously been hit out of bounds and lost - brought up the importance of personalising your golf ball.
Remember the rules of golf can be harsh if you don't play by them as one 73-year-old found out recently when he was banned for three years after improving his lie.
If you clearly mark your ball with distinctive dots, lines, your initials or even a smiley face - there can be no dispute that it's yours or look out for unique ways to stamp your golf ball. It's not enough to declare 'it must be mine, it's a Titleist!'
Tour professionals all have their own ways to make their golf balls distinctive and also to line up putts, like Gary Boyd. But being able to identify your ball isn't just for fun. The Rules of Golf recommend it (Rule 6-5 states: 'The responsibility for playing the proper ball rest with the player. Each player should put an identification mark on his ball.')
Play the wrong ball in strokeplay and you’re penalised two strokes; in matchplay you lose the hole. If two players can’t decide whose ball belongs to whom, they must declare them both ‘lost’. I'm always fascinated by the way golfers mark their ball - not only amateurs but professionals. Duffy Waldorf allows his kids to scribble on his, while Ernie Els places two dots under the number. Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Brad Faxon are among a growing number who draw a line around the circumference of their ball to help line up putts - a perfectly legal aid.
In recent years I've got into the habit of marking whatever ball I'm using with a red, black or blue line, which extends around the circumference either side of the small lettering that identifies the ball's specifications. Together with a three dots around the number, this not only identifies it as mine but gives me a direction mark on which I want to set the ball rolling when I’m putting or something on which to concentrate at address when I tee it up.
So how do you mark your golf ball? Tell us on the Golfmagic forum thread underneath.
First published May 2007. Updated September 2013
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How do you give your ball its individual markings? Tell us and we'll give a mini-Shnarpie pen to three submission picked at random from the total entry received by next Thursday (June 7).
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 10:32
MW next to the makers name on both sides, haven't you posted this same thread twice Bob?
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 10:46
Usually put a C next to the number on both sides of the ball. I did go through a phase of writing "RELAX" on the ball so I could see it at address, but I thought it looked like something from the 80's so I binned the idea....
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 10:51
A simple straight line & a dot
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 18:33
D on opposite sides. Easy enough to see without having to lift.
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 18:36
Green Sharpie, , and yes you guessed it, , mark with my Avatar synbol, :O) :O)
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 20:51
Slice and Hook on the appropriate sides for tee off.
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 21:37
With a GPS tracker. Helps save me a lot of time in the 'jungle'.
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 21:45
A red dot filling a dimple just under the logo on each side. Used to be a green dot to encourage it onto the short stuff - now red for danger...
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 21:46
I still let my dog, with his distinguishable teeth, chew it.
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 21:54
I put a line along the seem, then put dots by the number of the ball, so if a No.3 I put 3 dots both sides.
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 21:58
Easy, I buy 'over runs' of balls with pre-printed company logos.
I save money on the balls and they are always unique amongst my fellow competitors :0)
Posted: 31/05/2007 at 22:38
I use an R under right side of logo
Posted: 03/06/2007 at 19:47
picture of the wifes arse cant fail to miss it
Posted: 03/06/2007 at 20:54
RH on both sides, Line round the middle and sometimes a big red smiley face (helps find it in the rough I seem to find myself in!)
Posted: 03/06/2007 at 21:58
I put a black smile under the numbers and also print DUFC (Dundee United Football Club) in large capitals on the ball. Living in Edinburgh and being surrounded by non like-minded people I thought I would show my allegiance to my team.
The downside is that usually the letters I see are DUF which doesn't instil a positive attitude.
Posted: 03/06/2007 at 23:10
Still put the "No-fear" type eyes above the number. The black dot on my Maxfli Rev Ext's makes a nice nose!
Posted: 03/06/2007 at 23:14
Hello everyone. Thanks for your entries, they make very interesting reading. It appears because of a small glitch in the system we're running two parallel threads for the same competition. No worries, we will ensure everyone has a fair shake at winning a Sharpie pen when it comes to choosing the winners. Keep 'em coming! ED
Posted: 04/06/2007 at 08:46
Err...in two years golfing I've never marked a ball. I know, I know.
You need a special pen then do you?
What if you mark it the same way as someone else? Majority of people seem to put three dots on for some reason.
If I win (pretty unlikely) I will cherish the ball marker unlike any other contestant, and mark my ball with S.O.S. in morse code.
Lord knows my ball will need the help :D
Posted: 04/06/2007 at 11:53
i usually mark mine with a brownish scuff, just after hitting a tree.....
Posted: 04/06/2007 at 15:23