Rule 12-2 in the USGA rules of golf states: “The responsibility for playing the proper ball rests with the player. Each player should put an identification mark on his ball.”
With no stipulations as to what the “identification mark” should be, players have learned to use this as an opportunity to either benefit their game or to add some personality and flair. So how should you mark your golf ball?
Traditional Ways To Mark Your Golf Ball
Being a tradition-driven game for so long, the standard method of marking your golf ball has been to fill in dimples in a certain pattern.
Players mark their ball to help their game too. One method involves drawing a straight line on the golf ball to use when lining up a putt. Some draw the line through the brand name of the ball. Others draw a solid or dashed line around the equator. The specifics vary with each player but the idea is the same.
Buying personalized golf balls is also a popular option. Golfers customize the golf balls with a name, nickname, or phrase to make them unique.
Speaking of unique, right-brained golfers will probably opt for the following ways to mark their golf ball.
Unique Ways To Mark Your Golf Ball
For those looking to do something different, try drawing something unique free-hand or write an expression that strikes a chord with you personally.
These types can range from the amusing and simple:
To the truly creative and artistic:
Understanding that this final method is restricted to those with a bit of artistic talent, companies are providing stencils to rapidly repeat designs on a golf ball. Stencils vary from flags to mustaches.
No matter how you decide to mark your golf ball, the important thing is for it to be easily identified. Have fun with it!