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Ball Marking Pens/Utencils

Scott Golightly

Hi there,

Odd question for yall...

I've always used a simple green sharpie alignment stripe to help ID my golf balls. Now that I've switched to Pro V1's, I no longer have the need to establish an aligning feature due to the Pro V1 band serving that purpose quite well itself.

I've found many balls with a simple dot in a dimple somewhere, but the ink appeared to be closer to paint than to that of a sharpie. I was just wondering if there are certain pens folks are using that might be better and more vivid than sharpies, or if those are my best bet?

Thank you!

17 Replies

  1. Dwayne N

    Scott my wife is heavy into arts and crafts. There are paint pens that are very vivid and come in a wide array of colors. I could see them doing the job but they take awhile before they dry which may be okay if you mark your balls in advance. But for everyday on the go golfers I think the sharpie is best fit. But if any other TT members know of a better way please chime in all about learning new things.
  2. Dave N

    So far sharpie is the best, a single dot in a cavity will hold up better then a line. The doting the bottom of a cavity doesn't get the abuse like a line getting worn on the high edges. Probably not explaining right.
  3. Chuck Z

    Black is a better color to use. Of course I do not use the Sharpie to draw a line on my ball, I only use them to mark it for identification. The Sharpie in colors do not hold up as well and you just have to see which colors work best for you.
  4. pulplvr

    I use sharpies on mine. No need for anything else.
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  5. JAM

    You could also consider having Titleist personalize your golf balls, problem solved.
  6. Gabriel G

    I use a sharpie because it is handy. Sometimes the mark (line) fades away and I have to go back and renew it. I like the strip because it is easy to identify my ball from a distance. I can see it easily when I walk up to the ball and then get ready to hit it. Other players with me can see it easily also and call me over. Helps to play quicker. There may be other makers that do not fade as well but I just use what I have, a sharpie.
  7. Michael M

    I wouldn't think you'd want to use a paint pen as it would throw off the spherical balance ever so slightly. As far as sharpie's go; if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  8. Dino J

    Scott Golightly

    Hi there,

    Odd question for yall...

    I've always used a simple green sharpie alignment stripe to help ID my golf balls. Now that I've switched to Pro V1's, I no longer have the need to establish an aligning feature due to the Pro V1 band serving that purpose quite well itself.

    I've found many balls with a simple dot in a dimple somewhere, but the ink appeared to be closer to paint than to that of a sharpie. I was just wondering if there are certain pens folks are using that might be better and more vivid than sharpies, or if those are my best bet?

    Thank you!

    Hi Scott, I use the Staedtler "Lumocolor Permanent" pens. I find that the colours are more vivid and last much longer than the Sharpie brand.
  9. SAnderson

    I use a neon green or orange sharpie, don’t have an issue with them wearing off. I usually find a multi pack brightly colour sharpies in sales, always have a stock of spares in my bag
  10. Jason C

    I have always used a sharpie, and I have never had any issue of it coming off during play.
  11. Deno

    I use a Titleist mini Sharpie marking pen set. Red, Green, and Blue.
  12. Lance P

    It's a red sharpie for me...one dot over the last t!

    I do sometimes have to re-apply as the mark may fade...ymmv.
  13. Christopher W

    Sharpies for the win! The light colours do fade too quick tho (if you don't lose your ball first).
  14. Travis W

    I have found that Sharpies do fade with use. I have hear that many people mark their balls, then put them back into the box. Maybe sitting for a while and really drying helps keep the mark better. I agree that deep in the dimple should get less wear than on the high edges. You can get your balls personalized and just use dashes as your personalization. (--------------) There is your aiming line on the other side!!!
  15. Manny A

    I have mine personalized with "ManE" and use a sharpie to identify my provisional as I play from tees I shouldn't, swing harder than I should and challenge the water and doglegs! I do love this game!
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