A couple of posts ago, I asked from where you bought your golf balls. There was varied responses, but most players understand the value of not using old re-purposed golf balls. Personally, I am in total agreement with this idea, but I understand the value of using cheaper equipment.
However, yesterday I saw something that goes a bit further than buying second-hand golf balls. I mean, we all use balls we find on the course. We look at it and determine its condition before deciding on whether to put the ball in our bag or not. Is there a chance that some players take this concept just a bit too far?
I was at the golf course trying to pay my membership dues. Unfortunately, the proshop is just getting set up and they were not ready to take my money. That is okay because I will pay them before my a tee time on Saturday at 2 pm.
As I walked out of the proshop I noticed another car in the parking lot. As I continued to look over, I saw a gentleman walking towards it. He is someone I have seen before at the course, but could not really tell who he was. Anyway, his identity is not important.
Looking at him, I noticed he had a ball retriever in one hand and a bag of balls slung over his opposite shoulder. He had on rubber boots and it looked like he just came off the course. He had just finished ball hawking!
I can understand what he was doing, but the balls he collected can not be any good. They sat out in very wet, extreme cold conditions for over 6 months. Golf balls are resilient, but not that tough. I cannot imagine that any of the balls have any of their original tensile strength.
These balls would be so inconsistent, I do not see the value of using them at all. However, I am not the one who walked the course looking, therefore who am I to judge. I will say that if he was going to ball hawk, he should have went in the fall. At least the balls would be in better shape. Personally, I would not go in the spring looking for balls and any that I find on the course tomorrow, will be left for someone else to use.
Have you ever been ball hawking? If so, what do you use for quality control?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links – tomorrow!