My name is Matt Brock and I lose golf balls. Expensive ones, cheap ones, Pro V1’s. I can honestly say that every ball I use I eventually lose. I am a hacker, a duffer, a downright pitiful golfer at times. USGA Rule 27-1 states “Stroke and Distance; Ball Out of Bounds; Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes”. What this rule does not say is that it usually costs anywhere from $2-$5 per ball lost.
I took up golf seriously two years ago and within six months I stopped looking at things in terms of dollars and cents. Instead, I began valuating things in terms of golf balls. Lunch usually costs me about 2 Golf Balls, a trip to the movies with my wife costs about 5 Golf Balls (2 more for popcorn and a drink). It costs me about 20 Golf Balls to fill up on gas. All of this got me thinking about this beautiful 1.6 oz sphere of greatness. It may be the most beautiful ball in all of sports and definitely causes more mental pain and mental anguish than any other. Many golfers also enjoy a great wine or a nice cigar and part of the enjoyment of both is the ability to relax and savor the taste, history and hard work that goes into a bottle of wine or a great smoke. Well, let me break this down for you. A $15 (3-4 Golf Balls worth) bottle of wine takes at least an hour or so to drink. I have lost 3-4 golf balls on one hole many times. A $10 cigar takes at least an hour to smoke. I remember vividly (too vividly unfortunately) going through 3 balls on one tee in less than 5 minutes. Now that I think about it the Golf Ball may be dollar for dollar the most expensive item on earth….at least when you aren’t all that great at golf like myself (if you are so inclined you may be able to find my official USGA handicap as reported by the Maryland State Golf Association. If you do happen to come across it, please don’t laugh but feel free to pray for my game).
So, here I am starting a blog about golf balls. The main objective is to make sure you get your money’s worth from your golf balls by making them “last” longer in spirit. I plan to document some of their lives here. I want to start a movement among golfers to show a higher level of appreciation for the ball that can cause us all so much pain when lost. I have some exciting things planned so be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on twitter or Facebook.