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#1 Sansagsd

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 10:56 PM

Even after a few holes, the putting alignment line on my ball wears off and even transfers to my club’s face. This is a “permanent” sharpie. What are you guys using or is this par for the course?


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:00 PM

View PostSansagsd, on 12 April 2018 - 10:56 PM, said:

Even after a few holes, the putting alignment line on my ball wears off and even transfers to my club’s face. This is a “permanent” sharpie. What are you guys using or is this par for the course?

A new ball freshly marked. Old ones if I take it out of play, go right into the shag bag. UNLESS it has made some birdies, then I'll ride it until it's out.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:17 PM

Huh?

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:22 PM

I don’t think there’s anything else to keep it on the ball since you technically are wiping off the sharpie with your club face. I think the actual ball markings are stamped before additional coatings go on so it stays on even if you hit it.

I saw a “ball mark kit” the other day that was basically a few rubber stamp and this bottle of “permanent ink”. Might be worth a shot!

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:44 PM

Best thing I’ve found to minimize the amount of rub off is;

1.) mark the ball 24hrs or more before you play. Giving the sharpie enough time to fully dry on your ball.

2.) when teeing up make sure your marking is in a position that it wont make contact with (a) your club face and (b) the tee.

This will help minimize the amount the marking rubs off but unfortunately you’re never going to finish a round with a ball who’s sharpie markings are as crisp and clean as it was at the beginning of the round.


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:46 PM

Are you using a real Sharpie®?
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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:52 PM

I have found alignment lines on the ball to be distracting. Keep the putter face square to your target and focus on speed instead.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:53 AM

I don't think he asked if they were distracting or not. Haha.  Follow rats advice and mark the day before with a Sharpie brand marker as that tends to help. Mine are usually faded bad by the end of a round as well.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 02:38 AM

Personally I only use a sharpie to mark up the ball in hopes some other ****** doesn't take my ball. 98% of the "golfers" in my area see a ball & call it theirs.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 04:40 AM

I use a Marki permanent golf ball marker. It is specifically made to mark a golf ball unlike a Sharpie. Lasts much longer and doesn’t come off on your club face. You can find it on Amazon. Hope this helps.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:17 AM

There's a version called Sharpie Extreme. As was suggested before, mark up the whole box a day or more before putting them into play. I, and others, have found that this extra "curing" time helps.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:44 AM

We now have a thread about Sharpie marking techniques. I have truly seen it all here.

What’s next? A thread on how do you guys tie your shoes??!!

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:40 AM

 Swisstrader98, on 13 April 2018 - 05:44 AM, said:


We now have a thread about Sharpie marking techniques. I have truly seen it all here.

Actually there are TWO current ball marking/rub off on my club face threads.

What's next? A thread on how do you guys tie your shoes??!!

I still use the traditional "bunny goes back into the hole" method I learned when I was 3. The older I get though, the more I'm leaning to the Velcro models.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:53 AM

 IcemanYVR, on 12 April 2018 - 11:46 PM, said:

Are you using a real Sharpie®?

He needs to make sure it's a Tour version.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:36 AM

 p3ga, on 13 April 2018 - 06:53 AM, said:

 IcemanYVR, on 12 April 2018 - 11:46 PM, said:

Are you using a real Sharpie®?

He needs to make sure it's a Tour version.

You need to start a thread entitled “How can I tell if my Tour Sharpie is really Tour issue”?


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:50 AM

Almost as good as the thread from the guy asking for umbrella reviews/recommendations. Thought it was a joke until I realized the guy wrote like 200 words describing his specific needs.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:00 AM

 sui generis, on 13 April 2018 - 05:17 AM, said:

There's a version called Sharpie Extreme. As was suggested before, mark up the whole box a day or more before putting them into play. I, and others, have found that this extra "curing" time helps.

Based on reviews, Extreme does a better job for UV protection but still wears the same on all other regards.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:01 AM

Put an anti stick gel or lubricant  like Vaseline or WD-40 on clubface so that Sharpie Mark’s will not come off ball and on to clubface. It may also help with your slice as an added bonus and is most likely not against any sort of USGA rules.

Edited by Swisstrader98, 13 April 2018 - 09:01 AM.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:03 AM

Mark all your balls when you buy the dozen, remark over those lines the night before you play.

Just be happy you can keep the ball in play long enough to have this problem.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:16 AM

 Teetoh, on 13 April 2018 - 04:40 AM, said:

I use a Marki permanent golf ball marker. It is specifically made to mark a golf ball unlike a Sharpie. Lasts much longer and doesn't come off on your club face. You can find it on Amazon. Hope this helps.

Thanks! I'll give them a try.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:30 AM

View PostSansagsd, on 12 April 2018 - 10:56 PM, said:

Even after a few holes, the putting alignment line on my ball wears off and even transfers to my club's face. This is a "permanent" sharpie. What are you guys using or is this par for the course?
Most ball companies can actually imprint a line on the opposite side of the ball from the sidestamp. This way you would not have to mark them and it would be permanent. Only thing is it may cost you a little more since it would be basically a custom logo ball.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:12 PM

Neglected to mention that balls will come out of the manufacturing process with a mold release agent, which even after the wash-down before packaging may leave a residue, impacting how the marker ink adheres.

Most effective way to break through this is to use 80 grit sandpaper around the circumference of the ball for a few minutes. Should have no further issues with disappearing alignment lines.

Edited by p3ga, 13 April 2018 - 01:13 PM.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:34 PM

I have the same issue. I just reapply the mark on the ball.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:35 PM

I stopped using Sharpie's and use Marki pens exclusively.  Does much better.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:39 PM

Sharpie's are indeed no good for marking golf balls.

I changed 3 years ago to a permanent black marker BIC 3000 ( might be a little wrong on the name as it's at my Club, and I'm not).

Stays on for at least 5 rounds or till I lose it, whatever comes first!


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 01:48 PM

View Postdaveltb, on 13 April 2018 - 09:16 AM, said:

View PostTeetoh, on 13 April 2018 - 04:40 AM, said:

I use a Marki permanent golf ball marker. It is specifically made to mark a golf ball unlike a Sharpie. Lasts much longer and doesn't come off on your club face. You can find it on Amazon. Hope this helps.

Thanks! I'll give them a try.

These are not easy to find in Canada. Not even on Amazon. I’ll try them if I can find one.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:17 AM

Yes to marking a sleeve with a sharpie a day or two before & again just before you play.  If money's no object then maybe one of those personalized ball offers will include an alignment line?

This thread reminds me of the multi million dollar American astronaut 'space pen' versus the Russian cosmonaut 'just use a pencil instead' joke (which has some factual basis)...lol
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:29 AM

View PostSean2, on 13 April 2018 - 01:34 PM, said:

I have the same issue. I just reapply the mark on the ball.
This seems like the simplest solution to me.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:41 AM

View Postdavep043, on 17 April 2018 - 10:29 AM, said:

View PostSean2, on 13 April 2018 - 01:34 PM, said:

I have the same issue. I just reapply the mark on the ball.
This seems like the simplest solution to me.

So that's a no to the space pen then mate?
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:42 AM

I just carry a couple Sharpie's in my bag and re-mark the ball as needed. Not much hassle to it.

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