WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RECYCLED AND REFINISHED GOLF BALLS?
Since the beginning of the used golf ball industry there has been some controversy raised as to whether used golf balls retrieved from the water perform any different than new golf balls. Also, there has been controversy on whether a refinished golf ball can influence your game or not.
The questioning of the performance of recycled balls or refinished may have been relevant years ago when balls were made differently, but golf balls today are constructed completely different and are very resilient.
RECYCLED GOLF BALLS
The questioning of the performance of recycled balls may have been relevant years ago when balls were made differently, but golf balls today are constructed completely different and are very resilient. To help serve you best, we have created the following grading scale based on condition to discern the excellent (Mint AAAAA Recycled) from the great (Near Mint AAAA Recycled) from the good (Grade B and Hitaway AA). Also, included is the quality description for refinished golf balls.
At the top of the grading scale and at the top of its game is the Mint AAAAA Quality Above picture. Because they may have spent only a millisecond on a clubface before becoming ours, it is difficult to differentiate between a new ball and the mint recycled. Like-new and in mint condition, they preserve their original color and luster. Although golf balls of all qualities may have minor pen marks and a variety of logos, we do our best to limit those per order. For those who value appearance, the Mint AAAAA recycled is the premium choice.
Next up is the Near Mint AAAA recycled. With only three to four dimples worth of cosmetic blemish, slight discoloration, and/or a minimal loss of luster, these golf balls are the best return for your investment. They will not look like they have been recently harvested from the murky depths; they just emit less of that soft, white glow that is characteristic of a new and mint recycled golf ball. Nevertheless, appearance does not affect ball flight or playability. The Near Mint AAAA recycled golf balls are budget-friendly because they balance a great price per ball with great quality.
At the end of the scale, but still in the top category in terms of quality, is the AAA AND AA GRADE B AND HITAWAY recycled. These golf balls may have slight scuffs, blemishes, discoloration and/or smudges, and can include higher-grade x-out and practice models. Grade B AAA AND HITAWAY recycled golf balls.
REFINISHED MINT NO LOGO GOLF BALLS
Refinished Golf Balls are taken to the next step. If a golf ball is 100% intact with no cover abraisions or cuts but is just cosmetically stained, then we refinish some of these golf balls. We only refinish top-end golf balls as this process is expensive. The process consists of mechanically stripping the outer clearcoat and paint off the ball, taking it back to where it was before it was originally painted. This is done in a golf ball manufacturing facility that has been manufacturing golf balls for over 80 years in the USA. The ball is then repainted in a golf ball facility and then reclearcoated to ensure a durable product. This process enhances the cosmetics of the ball so it appears and performs like a new ball without any depreciation in performance. It is important to note that during the refinishing process we do not and cannot repair golf balls. If the golf balls have any abraisions in the cover due to cart path, tree or scrape marks they are discarded and sold as low end shag balls.
Please Note: By law all refinished balls have a small Refinished printed on one pole of the ball.
Refinished mint AAAAA golf balls will have no logos on them.