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5 Top Reasons to Buy Refurbished Golf Balls - Love #5

5 Top Reasons to Buy Refurbished Golf Balls – Love #5

5 Top Reasons to Buy Refurbished Golf Balls – Love #5

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Retrieving lost golf balls is a huge business, and Gary Kreuger’s company Lost Balls are no exception.  

Collecting lost golf balls, cleaning them, repainting them and then reselling them has been a profitable business for Gary.  After playing on the PGA Tour for a few years, Gary decided that finding others people’s golf balls were far more profitable and has not looked back since.  Check out this interesting interview with Gary, discussing the refurbished golf ball business presented by Golf Digest Stix!

Q&A: Gary Krueger

Mostly by contracting divers to go into ponds and lakes at golf courses in 43 states, Lost Balls sold 43 million recycled balls in 2015. In the company’s 24-year history, they’ve recycled more than half a billion balls. CEO Gary Krueger, who played on the PGA Tour in the 1980s, answered five questions from Keely Levins.

Ball manufacturers say balls that have been submerged underperform. The majority of your golf balls come from the water—are manufacturers wrong?

Wet golf balls aren’t a bad thing. We’ve done independent testing of recycled and refinished balls with the Iron Byron. And there’s virtually no difference off a driver—just a yard or two. Sometimes the recycled and refinished go further. I think it was more of an issue back when we had balata balls. With liquid centers and winding, if you left them in a hot trunk they’d become egg-shaped. But now with two-, three- or four-piece construction golf balls, you don’t have those issues.

How can you make an old ball as good as a new one?

We take balls with discoloration or scrapes, and we take those balls and strip the paint off of them and repaint that surface. This happens in a factory that makes new golf balls—with all the same equipment. We paint the balls, stamp them with the original logo and sidestamp with the word ‘refinished,’ so everyone knows. Thecompany coats the balls with polyurethane to seal it. Cosmetically, it’s brought back to its original condition. It’s not exactly like new, but they perform virtually like new.

To read the other 3 questions asked of Gary Krueger of Golf Digest Stix, go here!

Source: Golf Digest Stix

Pictures: Golf Digest Stix

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