Best Golf Ball Retrievers 2022

We run through the best golf ball retrievers so you can save golf balls and save money with these useful tools

Best Golf Ball Retrievers
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Best Golf Ball Retrievers

Is there a worse feeling in golf than seeing a brand new, shiny Pro V1 (opens in new tab) head perilously toward a nearby lake? Probably not, right? Losing golf balls can be an annoying - and expensive - habit to fall in to and, if you're regularly finding water hazards, you probably feel less inclined to use a better, expensive golf ball.

That's where the humble golf ball retriever, one of the best golf accessories (opens in new tab) you can buy, comes in to its own. They may not be the most fashionable item to have in the bag, but they can save you countless nearly-lost golf balls and some extra cash along the way. They come in a range of sizes and colors but all have a clever mechanism at the end that can grab golf balls from pretty much any awkward position you may find it on the golf course.

Below, we take a look at some of the best golf ball retrievers ranging in prices and sizes so you can find the right one for you. Whichever one you go for, these accessories quickly pay for themselves.

Best Golf Ball Retrievers

Callaway Golf Ball Retriever

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Callaway Golf Ball Retriever

Best Premium Retriever

Reasons to buy

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Very well built with premium materials
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Looks good in the bag thanks to the head cover

Reasons to avoid

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Ultimately much more expensive than other options

This is easily the best premium golf ball retriever out there right now, but what makes it more expensive than the others in this list? We certainly felt as though the extra money would be well spent as this Callaway Golf Ball Retriever as it is incredibly well built, with a premium, ergonomic sure grip handle that means you can confidently reach for the golf ball even in the most awkward spots on the course.

It extends fully out to 6ft and the easy-to-use twist and lock mechanism provides a total of four increments in which you can extend it and collect your golf ball. The smartest part about this ball retriever is the head cover which not only protects the mechanism, but allows the retriever to look stylish when sat in your bag. Without a doubt, it is a bit more money than other ball retrievers that do the same job, but the quality is there and feels like money well spent when using it on course.

The real proof in this pudding is that it's so easy to use and we managed to recover half a dozen balls that would have been out of reach by just wafting your 6-iron about the water. So you could easily say that it's paid its way in its first outing and, if you do play anywhere with a bit of water about the place, then this makes for a very logical purchase.

Prowithlin Golf Ball Retriever

Best For Seniors

Reasons to buy

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Extra grabbing accessory means no bending down to pick up balls
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Only weights 0.5 lbs but still feels sturdy

Reasons to avoid

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Maximum 6ft extension isn’t the longest

This unique golf ball retriever is made from stainless steel - meaning it will never rust - and the metallic look means it should sit smartly in your golf bag too. While its 6ft maximum length isn't the longest in our list, it is certainly one of the most solid-feeling ball retrievers we've used and it makes picking up those hard to reach golf balls all the easier.

This retriever also comes with a handy ball grabber that screws into the handle which means you don't have to bend down to pick up the ball. For this reason, we think this is a great option for the senior golfer who may struggle bending down to pick up golf balls.

Gotcha Ultimate XL Ball Retriever

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Gotcha Ultimate XL Ball Retriever

Longest Ball Retriever

Reasons to buy

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Extends to a massive 18ft (5.5 meters)
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Lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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18ft might be unnecessarily large for some

The appropriately names Gotcha Ultimate XL Ball Retriever is ideal if you often find your golf balls exceedingly far out of reach.

It extends to a whopping 18ft (5.5 meters)  - easily the longest on our list - as is the perfect retriever if you often find yourself losing golf balls in very hard to reach parts of the course.

Despite its massive size, it folds up to just 21 inches so it can be stored comfortably in your golf bag without taking up too much space.

The mechanism to pick up the balls is simple too and all you have to do is press down on the ball to pick it up - a great option if you need a few extra feet of length.

Brand Fusion The Golfers Club Pocket Ball Retriever 

Brand Fusion The Golfers Club Pocket Ball Retriever

Best Compact Design

Reasons to buy

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Extends to a 15ft
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Lightweight and sturdy while retracting just over 1ft

Reasons to avoid

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The capturing device is a bit fiddly

This is one of the most compact ball retrievers in our list and - at 15ft full length - one of the longest too.

The handle is ergonomic and its made from a sturdy material that means it doesn't bend too much when at full extension.

The telescopic design makes it easy to extend and retract making this a great option for someone who wants a compact retriever with plenty of scope for extension.

How we test golf equipment

At Golf Monthly we test (opens in new tab) all golf equipment thoroughly and look to find the best golf  gear in every category. That way we can give you a clearer idea of which products are worth buying and which aren't. 

Our methodology revolves around putting products to the test out on the golf course and with ball retrievers that means going into the depths of golf courses, or around water, and trying to retrieve golf balls. It is by using the retrievers properly that we can gain an understanding on length, durability, strength and how easy the accessory is to use in particular. 

How to choose a golf ball retriever

What factors do you need to consider when buying a ball retriever? Let's take a look

Length - As you have read above, many ball retrievers adjust to different lengths, from six feet to as far as eighteen feet so you need to therefore think about what length of retriever you want. 

Ease of use - A ball retriever has to be easy to use whether that be extending it out, collapsing it, picking up balls with the scoop, and so on. One particular facet to this is lightness because if a retriever is lightweight then it is easier to move around in your hands. We would also pay particular attention to the scoop system as well and pick a model that you are comfortable with and find easy to use. 

Strength - Whilst we would recommend going for a light model, it also has to be strong and durable as well. This is because, if you lose a lot of balls, it will get used a lot and have to deal with water, bushes, trees and all sorts. 

Storage - How easy is it to collapse down and can it easily be stored in your golf bag? Ultimately you don't want to have to carry the retriever in your hands all day so be aware of how different models can be stored and how much room they might take up. We would always recommend models that can just slot into where your clubs go. 

Budget - Finally be aware of how much you are willing to spend on a ball retriever. It is worth noting that spending a little more here could save you money down the line on golf balls and picking a good retriever that lasts a long time will stop you from having to replace a low quality model in the future. 

FAQ's

Is a ball retriever considered a golf club?

As specified in Appendix II of the Rules of Golf, a golf club is required to have a head and a shaft. Umbrellas or ball retrievers carried by players are not counted as clubs as these objects do not meet both of those requirements, even though they might have golf grips on them

Do you need a golf ball retriever?

If you are a golfer that plays on a course with lots of water and/or you lose a lot of golf balls then a ball retriever could be worth getting. They can easily slot in your golf ball so if you do find your golf ball in an area in which you can't reach or it is wet, then a ball retriever will allow you to get you ball back. This could save you a lot of money indeed, especially if you game a premium golf ball.

What is a good length for a golf ball retriever?

This will ultimately depend on how much length you want from your ball retriever but as a basic number we think a ball retriever should at least extend to six feet. Of course with many of the models we selected in this guide they extend a lot further so it is worth you thinking about your optimal retriever length.

We hope you enjoyed this guide on the best golf ball retrievers.