How To Personalize Golf Balls

Knowing how to personalize golf balls can help you stand out from the crowd. There are several ways, from the humble Sharpie to more elaborate measures

How To Personalize Golf Balls
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How To Personalize Golf Balls

You might be a beginner looking for inexpensive golf balls or a veteran of many years playing the best golf balls (opens in new tab) on your market. Either way, there's nothing to stop you adding your own personal touch before setting off round the course.

Not that many years ago your local pro probably stocked club-crested golf balls, but not a lot else went on in the way of personalization. Some golfers may even remember using a tee peg to put a series of fine indents in the surface of the old balata balls. How times have changed! When it comes to how to personalize golf balls, it depends how particular you are, and how much effort you're prepared to go to.

But you probably won’t be surprised to learn that in the 21st century you can have pretty much whatever you want emblazoned on your golf balls. That means initials, names, a logo or crest or even a photo of yourself or your loved ones. Additionally if you need to buy some golf balls first, make sure you check out our guides on the best premium golf balls, best mid price golf balls, or the best value golf balls first!

How To Personalize Golf Balls

Sharpie

Let’s start with the simplest option – the trusty Sharpie pen. This has become the staple ball-marking tool for millions of golfers the world over. Okay, it may be more for identification than personalization purposes, but Titleist has made a big thing over the years of how its tour pros mark its golf balls.

Some golfers are simple one-dot merchants. Others opt for a combination of colors. Yet others create something so elaborate you wonder how they would cope if they were losing balls with alarming regularity.

How To Personalize Golf Balls

The Sharpie is the simplest method - now available in a vast range of colors

Sharpies are virtually permanent. They may wear over time, especially on wet days, but that will only be an issue if your ball is into its third or fourth outing. And you can always top the markings back up. The MyBall marking tool, among others, lets you neatly draw playing card, canine or 19th hole symbols with a Sharpie. And Sharpies are now available in a vast rainbow of colors so you’ll be able to find the precise shade you want.

Ball Design

TaylorMade TP5 Pix vs Tour Response Stripe Golf Ball

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At least two brands offer balls with fairly elaborate pre-printed markings. Callaway has the Triple Track Alignment system on its ERC Soft and Chrome Soft models. TaylorMade has its Pix balls available in the TP5 (opens in new tab) and TP5x (opens in new tab), and a new Stripe (opens in new tab) design as well on the Tour Response. All of these are designed to help in factors like alignment, stroke, visibility and so on. 

Color Options

Okay, this may not be going down the full personalization route. But golf balls are now available in such a wide range of colors that you could semi-personalize your ball just by playing a stand-out trademark color. The Volvik Vivid in sky blue or purple perhaps? Titleist’s TruFeel (opens in new tab) in matte red maybe?

Once word gets around that you're the purple golf ball girl or guy, surely no-one would dare tread on your toes by choosing the same color when playing with you. A degree of personalization at zero extra cost.

Special order

It used to be that only the club pro could offer personalized or logo golf balls. Now, you can do it yourself with several companies. Titleist, for example, offers three ways to personalize balls across the whole Titleist range. You can choose a custom number and you can draft up to three lines of 17-character text. Additionally you can choose from a selection of flags, emojis and other symbols.

Titleist golf ball personalization

Titleist golf balls can be personalized in three different ways

TaylorMade (opens in new tab)’s program is a little more limited, but on its TP5 models you can choose from a small selection of football club logos. Or you can add either three lines of 12-character text or one of a selection of novelty logos.

Vice golf ball personalization

Fancy adding a photo of yourself or your kids? You can with Vice Golf's My Own Vice programme

Vice Golf offers a comprehensive personalization service called My Own Vice. This offers the chance to print text, logos or even photos on your golf balls. Minimum order is one dozen, but the price drops significantly for larger quantities

Line marking tools

Many of us now like to ensure we have the ball perfectly lined up on putts (and even tee-shots), with a number of helpful tools hitting the market. Among them are the Trident Align and Align-M-Up, which help you to draw perfectly straight lines.

We’ve probably all found balls that have no end of markings criss-crossing them. Whether you want one simple line or a cross-hatching effect, these devices let you personalize your ball while also helping with alignment.

Transfers or tattoos

Another option for those wondering how to personalize golf balls is to add a transfer or tattoo. Several companies offer products along these lines. Among them are Golf Dotz from whom you can get two sheets of transfers for about a fiver in a range of designs. They're thin and durable and permanently bond to the skin of the golf ball in under five seconds.

Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response

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