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Readers Respond: How Do You Mark the Golf Ball for ID Purposes?

Responses: 11


Before beginning a round of golf, each golfer should mark the golf ball for ID purposes. Some of us use a simple dot or other insignificant method; others get more elaborate. Some golfers mark their golf balls with symbols, initials, dates or some other means that carries special meaning to them. How about you? What do you mark on the golf ball to ID yours?

Yo, X-Man!

I put huge Z's on both sides of mine, so I don't have to bend over to check it. Your X reminded me of a tip: a fresh X with a felt tip sharpie on the back of your ball will tell you X-actly where you are striking the ball when you look at the face of the driver!

Rubber Stamp

I use a rubber stamp - with canada flag, or happy face.
—Guest Rock Boucher

In memory of my brother

My brother's name was Patrick (Pat), but his nickname was The Big P. So I mark my balls BP 511. BP for his nickname, 511 the anniversary of his death. It helps keep him close by.
—Guest LaurieK


Though I've played golf for 48 years I still don't bother. I've been caught once or twice with a player in my group with the same ball make and number and one of us changes. Reason - pure laziness, there's no other excuse. My wife scrawls several lower case "A"s all over the ball and I describe it as "the one with graffiti" when I identify it. Even played with a guy who had found one of hers and was using it once!

X marks the spot!

My online name is x-15a2, and one of my interests is the X-Planes of the 1950's throught the 1970's. (http://www.x-planes.net). I write a red X in front of the golf ball's number, so my golf balls are marked X-1, X-2, etc.

Reminder Logo

I put the letters EZ on my ball. Not my initials just a reminder to swing EZ
—Guest Chicago

Brighter Orange Line

I am an Okla State fan, so I use a bright orange Sharpie. Sometimes you have to buy the 24 pack to find an orange but it's worth it.
—Guest Harry

Red Dot

I use a red dot. My father's nick name was Red and my mother's nick name was Dot.
—Guest Bob Moore

My Own Logo

I have a small symbol of A written in a very artistic way.
—Guest Swaminathan Aiyer


Just good ol' dots. I always play Titleist. I put one dot above the first "T," and a second dot below the last "t."
—Guest Dave Kennard

Daughter's DOB

I always write 3-24-72 on my golf balls because that is my daughter's birthday. Started doing this right after she was born in 1972 and continue right through to this day.
—Guest barty bill

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