I don’t know about you, but when I think about recycled golf balls, I think about the little kid on the side of the 12th hole selling a dozen random, chewed up, mismatched golf balls for a buck. However, given today’s economic climate, more and more golfers are finding it difficult to spend $5 a ball for new premium golf balls like Titleist ProV1s. So for those of us who do not want to spend that kind of money, but still want the $5 performance, we have to look to alternatives. KnetGolf is in the business of selling recycled golf balls, and by all indications, they do a damn fine job of it.
As always here on The Deep Rough, we will give you a little background information from the product manufacturer. In this case, KnetGolf will do a much better job of explaining the differences between the various grades of recycled golf balls. For our review we had a look at Mint, A and B class golf balls, but we’ll also list their description of reconditioned golf balls.
MINT Quality Recycled Golf Balls
Knetgolf.comâ€™s Mint quality recycled golf balls are the best available and are the choice for many golfers regardless of skill level. The Mint balls have both the appearance and feel of a ball that has been hit for a maximum of only one hole of play and that is why we identify them as ‘One Hole Wonders’.
They have a consistent color and a glossy shine. There are no X Outs. Corporate or sport team logos will be in the mix unless otherwise noted.
Other retailers may describe this grade as AAAA, PEARL, PERFECT, 1st QUALITY, GRADE 1
REFINISHED Golf Balls
Knetgolf.comâ€™s professionally used & refinished golf balls are used golf balls that are reconditioned using a modern process which does not affect the playability of the golf ball, but brings them up to a level where they appear and behave just like new golf ball. Knetgolf only uses style specific golf balls, meaning only a used Titleist Pro V1x will be reconditioned into a refinished Titleist Pro V1x.
Used & refinished balls are subject to performance variations from new ones. These used & refinished balls were processed via one or more of the following steps: stripping, painting, stamping, and/or clear coating. Used & refinished balls are not endorsed by the original manufacturer and the balls do not fall under the original manufacturer’s warranty. However, we believe strongly in this product, standing behind them 100%.
Knetgolf.comâ€™s Grade A recycled golf balls are clean, playable and have moderate surface blemishes and minor to moderate ink marks. None of the surface marks or slight blemishes will affect the trajectory, distance or flight path of the ball. There may be very minor user markings or the color may be slightly inconsistent as these balls are similar to ones you have played a few holes with. These balls are slightly cosmetically challenged but have no cuts or creases. No X outs are included in this mix. Corporate or sport team logos will be in the mix unless otherwise noted.
Other retailers may describe this grade as AAA, NEAR MINT, NEAR PERFECT, 2nd QUALITY, and GRADE 2.
Knetgolf.comâ€™s Value Grade B recycled golf balls are the best valued buy for budget minded golfers. The Grade B recycled balls are 100% playable. The Grade B balls may be cosmetically challenged in that they have moderate surface blemishes and minor to moderate ink marks. None of the surface marks or slight blemishes should affect the trajectory, distance or flight Path of the ball. A cut ball is considered unplayable. If Knetgolf deems that the scuff or scratch is too large or if it tears into the cover of the ball, it will not qualify for any of our grades.
Cart paths, trees, and other small markings on the surface may be evident. Corporate or sport team logos will be in the mix unless otherwise noted. Knetgolf.com stands 100% behind this product and all purchases are backed by our 100% guarantee.
Other retailers may describe this grade as AA, VERY GOOD, GOOD, 3rd QUALITY
To wrap up the KnetGolf provided information, here is a two minute video about KnetGolf, the process of recycling the golf balls and how the balls will show up at your door step.
As we mentioned earlier our review samples included some Mint, Class A and Class B golf balls. The picture below this paragraph shows you a nice little bowl full of the mixed up golf balls. Maybe you can tell the difference, maybe not. About all I noticed was that some of the Class B golf balls were a little discolored (you can see that on the golf ball in the bottom left) and some had little ink marks from personal ball marks (ball in the top right). None of the balls were scuffed up, cut, or otherwise physically blemished, though as the description suggests, you may receive one with little scuff marks that should not affect performance. Now, the difference between Mint and Class A? It is not that easy to notice the difference, but I will put it this way, the Mint balls looked like they came out of a Titleist box, where as the Class A balls looked like they may have played a few holes but came through the ball washer.
I had played the ProV1X back in 2006/2007 until I started playing the TaylorMade TP Red balls more regularly, so I am still pretty familiar with the characteristics of the ProV1X. From what I could tell, the Mint and A grade recycled balls performed no different than their new counterparts. They stuck nice on wedge shots and shorter iron shots. The ball came off the driver with that ProV1X feel and apparent ball speed. Really, unless I put myself on a TrackMan I would not be able to tell any performance differences between this ball and a new ball…heck, even on a TrackMan I doubt you would notice a difference.
The Class B balls, performance wise…again it is hard to say, but I will say this much, the ones that were slightly discolored did bug me a little, at least visually. There is something about a nice, clean, new looking golf ball that inspires some confidence. So unless they are going in my shag bag, I would probably opt for the Class A or Mint recycled golf balls.
To be honest, I was really surprised with the quality of the golf balls. I was fully expecting to be disappointed when the guys from KnetGolf got in touch with me, but I have been delighted with the quality of their product.
One of the really neat things about a service like this is the ability to get your hands on golf balls that have been discontinued by the manufacturer. Sayyou prefer the 2007 ProV1x…KnetGolf has plenty of them at a great price. Same goes for pretty much any other manufacturer. Like those old Nike One Platinum balls? They’ve got you covered. The 2007 TaylorMade TP Red golf balls? No problem. They even have a bunch of different Maxfli models…so if for some very strange reason you want to fill your back with Pink Noodle Ice golf balls…be my guest.
Another great idea would be to use this service to fill up your shag bag. Practicing with the same ball you play on the course is such a great idea, you want that same feel and performance off the golf ball during practice and play. Though the thought of spending $50 a dozen to fill up my shag bag makes me ill. Some of these Class B recycled balls are a quarter the price of the new balls ($14.99 for a dozen ProV1s)…I can live with that. KnetGolf seems to have picked up on this idea as well and actually sells a little package deal with 36 balls and a shag bag for under $20.
That about wraps it up. I have always been one for trying to find a way to save a buck, but at the same time wanting to use quality equipment…this seems like a perfect compromise. It is no wonder KnetGolf is on track to supply 20,000,000 golf balls to more than 200,000 golfers in 2009! To top it off, here are a couple deals from KnetGolf!
- Shipping is free for orders over $99
- Get 15% off Titleist Recycled Golf Balls – Use Coupon Code TITLEIST
- Get 50% off Top-Flite Recycled Golf Balls – Use Coupon Code TOP50