Why Used

Golf ball manufacturing has experienced massive technological advances over the past decade. Gone are the days when golf balls were made of a liquid core and lose compression and distance after being exposed to extreme heat or being submerged in water.

Today, consistency and durability in solid-core golf balls is the norm, opening up a market for recycled balls; because all golf balls are used after one hit! The team at LostGolfBalls.com made up of duffers, scratch golfers and virtually everything in between is passionate about the game of golf and has spent years playing with used golf balls to analyze their performance on the course.

Our in-house analysis has always revealed outstanding performance from our golf balls, but testing at an industry-leading,independent research facility has provided absolute, empirical data to prove that used golf balls are as good as new.

The Testing

Location: Two consecutive days in San Diego, CA.

Temperature: Between 55-59 degrees

Wind: Speeds varied between 2-10 MPH, all shots hit into a headwind

Humidity: Ranged between 90-80%

Barometric Pressure: Averaged 30

Ground Condition: Soft & Damp

Weather Condition: Clear & Cool

Mechanism: Robotic golf swing device used to provide consistent club head contact; TrackMan® Launch monitor to provide precise measurements

Club: TaylorMade® R11,  

Club: Ping®7 seven iron

Club Speed: Set to represent the club speed of an average golfer; for driver and seven iron, 96 MPH and 83 MPH, respectively

Balls: A dozen each of six models of our best-selling 5A and 4A balls were tested ten times against a brand new, fresh-out-of-the-box counterpart; a different ball of the same model was tested for each swing

The Data

speed was measured where the ball was struck, not where the ball landed. Wind speeds vary throughout the 200+ yards of carry distance, which may cause some inconsistencies in the test results. Consequently, for every mph of wind, one yard should be added from each ball total carry yardage.

Example: A shot was hit into a 1 MPH headwind and a second shot was hit into a 10 MPH head wind; the first shot would produce 9 yards more in carry yardage than the second shot.

Through secondary research and data analysis, LostGolfBalls.com found that wind affected carry distance at a rate of 1-1.3 yards per MPH of wind speed.

The Results


Across tests with both clubs, the difference between used balls from lostgolfballs.com and new was almost negligible. There was virtually no loss of performance and in some cases the used ball exceeded the distance and speed of its new counterpart.

Test Results

The Conclusion: Buying Used is the Smart Choice

  • Used golf balls from LostGolfBalls.com are in some cases more than 50% off the retail price
  • Rigorous quality control checkpoints guarantee that balls are precisely graded and sorted for sale. 
  • LostGolfBalls.com has the world's largest inventory of the best brands, ready to ship immediately
  • Empirical evidence proves that recycled balls from LostGolfBalls.com offer comparable performance to new golf balls