Recycled and new golf balls are quite different in terms of their condition, history, and performance potential.

  1. New Golf Balls:

    • These balls come directly from the manufacturer and have never been played. They represent the latest technology and offer maximum performance potential.
    • New balls will be free of any cuts, scuffs, or discoloration.
    • They are typically more expensive compared to recycled balls.
    • New balls are ideal for competitions or serious rounds where every shot counts.
  2. Recycled Golf Balls:

    • Recycled balls, also known as reclaimed balls, are previously played balls that have been lost on a course and then recovered.
    • These balls are cleaned and graded based on their condition. 'A' or 'AAAAA' grade balls are in the best condition, often looking like new with little to no sign of previous play.
    • Lower grade balls might have minor cosmetic imperfections such as discoloration, minor scuffs, or player markings. These imperfections generally don't affect the ball's performance, though it's possible for very poor condition balls to have compromised performance.
    • Recycled balls are more affordable and environmentally friendly, making them a popular choice for practice rounds, high-handicap players, or anyone looking to save money.

It's important to note that recycled balls can vary in quality, so if you choose to go this route, make sure to purchase from a reputable supplier. 'Refurbished' golf balls are a subcategory of recycled balls which have not only been cleaned but also have had their cover repaired or repainted. These balls may look new, but the refinishing process may affect the performance characteristics of the ball.