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#1 cristphoto

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 02:43 PM

I currently use a Sharpie brand in black color to mark my golf balls.  Typically I need to freshen the mark at least once during the round.  Has anyone found a different brand or color of marker that has proven very durable?  Thanks.


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 03:44 PM

I use sharpie brand and have not felt the need to re-apply ever. Maybe because I lose them before the need arises or if played long enough, the ball is ready to be retired.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 04:00 PM

The key is to put the marks on the night before.   It doesn’t seem to matter which type of Sharpie but I use the Fade Resistant ones and occasionally I will have to reapply if I’ve hit the mark with an iron.  Green doesn’t cover very well. Nor do the pastel colours.  Black, blue, red, purple seem to last the longest.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 04:40 PM

 Socrates, on 12 November 2017 - 04:00 PM, said:

The key is to put the marks on the night before.   It doesnít seem to matter which type of Sharpie but I use the Fade Resistant ones and occasionally I will have to reapply if Iíve hit the mark with an iron.  Green doesnít cover very well. Nor do the pastel colours.  Black, blue, red, purple seem to last the longest.
Not so sure about red for me but brown lasts well also.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 05:02 PM

NOT blue. Blue rubs off on other balls in my bag. They all end up with a blue hue.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 05:18 PM

 cristphoto, on 12 November 2017 - 02:43 PM, said:

I currently use a Sharpie brand in black color to mark my golf balls.  Typically I need to freshen the mark at least once during the round.  Has anyone found a different brand or color of marker that has proven very durable?  Thanks.
There is a Sharpie version called EXTREME which seems to hold up. (I buy them from Lowe's,) The poster who suggested marking the ball the night before might be on to something and like Londoner, I find the blue color to not be so good.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 07:50 PM

Thanks for the replies.  I usually mark the balls at least a day prior to play and only put a large black dot inside one of the dimples. Also I only use urethane balls - Prov's, TaylorMade TP or Kirkland if it matters. But when I've played the entire round with only one ball by the middle of the back nine the dot is mostly worn off. I'll try Staples or Home Depot to see about the Extreme model Sharpie.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:20 PM

 Londoner, on 12 November 2017 - 05:02 PM, said:

NOT blue. Blue rubs off on other balls in my bag. They all end up with a blue hue.
That's one reason to keep the balls in their sleeves.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:23 PM

I use tour issued Sharpies.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:29 PM

 DavePelz4, on 12 November 2017 - 08:23 PM, said:

I use tour issued Sharpies.
I'll bet you got them from the Secret Tour Pro.  Ssshh.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:40 PM

I use the neon orange sharpie. It doesn’t wear off for me and I can tell which ball is mine from a long way away.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:43 PM

 Socrates, on 12 November 2017 - 08:20 PM, said:

 Londoner, on 12 November 2017 - 05:02 PM, said:

NOT blue. Blue rubs off on other balls in my bag. They all end up with a blue hue.
That's one reason to keep the balls in their sleeves.

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 08:44 PM

 cristphoto, on 12 November 2017 - 07:50 PM, said:

Thanks for the replies.  I usually mark the balls at least a day prior to play and only put a large black dot inside one of the dimples. Also I only use urethane balls - Prov's, TaylorMade TP or Kirkland if it matters. But when I've played the entire round with only one ball by the middle of the back nine the dot is mostly worn off. I'll try Staples or Home Depot to see about the Extreme model Sharpie.
I've made it a ritual to reapply Sharpie upon arrival of the 10th tee.
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 09:14 PM

I use green. Seldom have an issue but usually mark a day or two before so they are good and dry.
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:21 AM

I mark my balls the same as you OP and I use the painted sharpies that are used for construction. It does fade during the round but not completely. I also mark them the day before and I let them dry.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:47 AM

I use a Sharpie magenta stripe as my mark.  Just switched to neon pink, but have not tried yet.  Maybe I will spin some balls today.  I can usually get a round of usage before needing to re-apply the stripe.  As far as I can tell the ink comes off due to club strikes most of the time.  For the most part the ink, even when dry, sits on the surface of the clear coat on the ball.  I am not sure any ink will etch into or grab onto the clear coat enough to withstand club impact very well.
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:48 AM

I use a normal red sharpie. I mark them before and find nothing other than a driver takes the mark off of a ball marked a few hours ahead of time.

Maybe try teeing the ball up so you aren't hitting the mark on your first shot. I find as small as my markings are I don't even hit that area of the ball on most shots.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:53 AM

 oldsticksnewsticks, on 13 November 2017 - 11:48 AM, said:

I use a normal red sharpie. I mark them before and find nothing other than a driver takes the mark off of a ball marked a few hours ahead of time.

Maybe try teeing the ball up so you aren't hitting the mark on your first shot. I find as small as my markings are I don't even hit that area of the ball on most shots.

I like seeing the mark on the driver or iron face.  It's a nice way to learn where you're making contact on the face.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:25 PM

I use and extra-fine red sharpie to color one dimple strategically located on the ball.  I tend to lose a ball/round so I have never had any trouble with the color fading.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 01:40 PM

sharpie is the best.
I switched to the Yellow Srixon XV to end the seasom and I used the NEON orange sharpie to put my marking on them. Chartreuse ball with neon orange dots = best color combo of all time!!

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 02:02 PM

 Socrates, on 12 November 2017 - 08:20 PM, said:

 Londoner, on 12 November 2017 - 05:02 PM, said:

NOT blue. Blue rubs off on other balls in my bag. They all end up with a blue hue.
That's one reason to keep the balls in their sleeves.
I'll do that when my dog starts finding pro v1s in their sleeves. :taunt:

It dosent seem to spread if I avoid blue though.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 10:34 PM

 ThunderBuzzworth, on 13 November 2017 - 01:40 PM, said:

sharpie is the best.
I switched to the Yellow Srixon XV to end the seasom and I used the NEON orange sharpie to put my marking on them. Chartreuse ball with neon orange dots = best color combo of all time!!

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 06:54 AM

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:22 PM

I'll generally mark the majority of my balls when I get them, just to ease my obsessive-compulsive personality.  I use a Fleur-de-lis stencil from Tin Cup (no, I'm not a Saints fan), with a Black Sharpie Extra Fine Point to trace the border, then usually fill in with a black Sharpie Fine Point.  To line up and draw on in the right position (did I mention that the stencil needs to be properly positioned on the ball, too) takes me around 15-20 seconds.  So, I can complete a box in about 4 minutes.

I have been turning balls to marked-side-out off the tee in the past.  But, Dave brings up a good suggestion in turning the marks facing in, so I can tell where on the face I'm striking the ball (although the marking will fade or smudge much more-easily in doing this).

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:53 PM

Bic Mark-it. Harder to find, but much more durable in comparison to a Sharpie.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 02:01 PM

Came here to say BIC like bazinky mentioned.  The BIC has a better nib and ink and you can get them for a couple bucks less than Sharpie.  You can get them at OD here: Bic Markers

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 03:54 PM

I mark my balls when I get home from the store.  I think that it's silly that balls are sold in sleeves where all 3 balls contain the same number as one another.  If I have to hit a provisional, and find both balls near one another, and they both have the same number and marking on them, how I identify which was the first one that I hit?

So, when I get home, I mark all of my balls and put them back into the sleeves so that each sleeve contains balls with 3 unique numbers.  I end up with sleeves containing 1-2-3, 1-2-4, 1-3-4, 2-3-4.  I've never had a problem with ink fading to the point where it needs to be touched up.  I used a fine point blue sharpie and put 3 blue dots in a triangle around the number.

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:03 PM

 cristphoto, on 12 November 2017 - 02:43 PM, said:

I currently use a Sharpie brand in black color to mark my golf balls.  Typically I need to freshen the mark at least once during the round.  Has anyone found a different brand or color of marker that has proven very durable?  Thanks.

I have the same issue. My golf balls are marked well before I ever put them in play, yet I still have to re-apply once, sometimes twice during a round.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:28 PM

 Bill Broderick, on 14 November 2017 - 03:54 PM, said:

I mark my balls when I get home from the store.  I think that it's silly that balls are sold in sleeves where all 3 balls contain the same number as one another.  If I have to hit a provisional, and find both balls near one another, and they both have the same number and marking on them, how I identify which was the first one that I hit?

So, when I get home, I mark all of my balls and put them back into the sleeves so that each sleeve contains balls with 3 unique numbers.  I end up with sleeves containing 1-2-3, 1-2-4, 1-3-4, 2-3-4.  I've never had a problem with ink fading to the point where it needs to be touched up.  I used a fine point blue sharpie and put 3 blue dots in a triangle around the number.
I could find a more complicated way of doing it but it would take me a while.
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:58 PM

 Londoner, on 14 November 2017 - 04:28 PM, said:

 Bill Broderick, on 14 November 2017 - 03:54 PM, said:

I mark my balls when I get home from the store.  I think that it's silly that balls are sold in sleeves where all 3 balls contain the same number as one another.  If I have to hit a provisional, and find both balls near one another, and they both have the same number and marking on them, how I identify which was the first one that I hit?

So, when I get home, I mark all of my balls and put them back into the sleeves so that each sleeve contains balls with 3 unique numbers.  I end up with sleeves containing 1-2-3, 1-2-4, 1-3-4, 2-3-4.  I've never had a problem with ink fading to the point where it needs to be touched up.  I used a fine point blue sharpie and put 3 blue dots in a triangle around the number.
I could find a more complicated way of doing it but it would take me a while.
TIP - stick a P on one ball and leave it in your bag.

I don't know.  Dump the sleeves into the box cover, mark them and put them back into the sleeves in a different sequence and I'm done.  My balls are all marked and a provisional is always in my pocket and it's the same ball that I'm playing that day.  Seems pretty straight forward and logical to me.


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