The Best Way to Clean Used Golf Balls

By Steve Silverman

There are many ways to collect used golf balls. Doing so can help you make extra money or it can save you money because you can use those golf balls instead of paying money for brand new golf balls. All but the elite golfers go through dozens of balls every season due to hazards like water and woods, so saving a little money by cleaning golf balls and re-using them is a great idea.

Use a tee to remove dirt

You can use an old golf tee or your can use a larger toothpick to remove spots of dirt from the dimples of the golf ball. Dig in those dimples and knock the dirt off the surface.

Ball washers

Try the ball washers that you find at most golf courses. These ball washers give you a combination of water and bristle brushes to clean the balls. They usually can clean off most golf balls with little trouble. You will need a towel to dry them because there is no towel attached to the ball washer in most cases.

Soap and water solution

If you have a great number of balls to clean -- and you may if you have gone on a scavenger project in golf course water hazards -- your will need a bucket of soap and warm water. Let the balls sit in the soap and water solution for at least five minutes before rinsing them in warm water and drying them.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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