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Saturday, 12 January 2019

How Good are Refurbished Golf Balls? Refurbished Titleist Pro V1 versus New Titleist Pro V1

Refurbished golf balls are where a used ball has its outer layer sandblasted off and is repainted. The sandblasting removes exterior scratches on the cover.

Refurbished golf balls are available for 50% or less then the price of new golf balls. The question is are they worth the saving? The day of the testing we posted on Facebook about the test.

The general consensus about refurbished balls was poor, some of the comments were

'Huge difference, I used them and there rubbish, never again would I use them I'd use a marked ball all day long before I'd use them, they're cheap for a reason, nothing beats new.'

'I was given a couple of refurbished Chromesoft X balls playing Rosses Point during the summer they performed reasonably well in particular around the green, the cover on one of them was not refinished particularly well though. I wouldn't use them playing a competitive round.'

'Has to be a difference. I wouldn't dream of using refurbished balls.'

'Tried them before , Absolute rubbish.' 

So we tested them to see the difference. We took 15 of each ball, Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1 Refurbished, Pro V1X and Pro V1X refurbished and hit them with a Cobra F8 driver. 3 shots were hit with each type of ball and then switched to the next ball until 15 were hit with them all. It was a very good early January day when they were tested, 12 degrees and little or no wind. The results were recorded with a Trackman 111 launch monitor.

Original and Refurbished Pro V1

Trackman Results

This was mainly a distance test so we were testing if the distances would be similar. The parameters we recorded were ball speed, carry, total distance and dispersion, we also tracked club head speed, launch angle, height and spin.

Here are the results

Golf Ball
Club Speed MPH
Ball Speed MPH
Carry Yards
Total Distance Yards
Dispersion Feet
Launch Angle
Spin Rate
Height Feet
Pro V1
Pro V1 Refurb
Pro V1X
Pro V1X Refurb


There is not that much difference between the original and the refurbished balls. Both the original balls hit it further, the Pro V1 went a total of 2.6 yards further and the Pro V1X went 6.7 yards further, carries were very similar with all the balls. 

Ball speeds were quite similar with all the balls with a slight jump with the Pro V1X over the refurbished one.

Dispersions were also similar with the refurbished Pro V1X 4.66 feet closer to the target on average then the Pro V1X.

Spin rates is where the main differences between the balls are both refurbished balls have spin rates that are higher then the original balls, the refurbished Pro V1 is 211 rpm or 8.7% higher, the refurbished Pro V1X is 357 rpm or 14.7% higher. The lower spin rates on the original balls would give the little longer overall distance. We can surmise that the repainting of the cover is leading to the higher spin rates.

There was one anomaly in the refurbished Pro V1 shots, one ball that carried only 210.6 yards with a height of 52 feet, around 24 yards less carry and 36 feet lower then average. It stood out from all the others in how poor it flew. This could be a little warning about refurbished balls as we don't know what condition it might have been in before it was repainted.


Should you buy refurbished golf balls? 

We can see from the analysis that there isn't a massive performance difference between original balls and refurbished ones. Two of the downsides to refurbished balls are the cover wears much quicker then the originals and the lack of knowledge of what the ball was like before it was repainted.

The answer then depends on how many golf balls you lose in a round. If you lose a few then it mightn't be the wisest to pay a premium for new balls and refurbished is an option. Another option and probably better one is recycled golf balls, which are golf balls that are found and just given a clean.

If you are looking for precise performance then new balls are your best option. The quick wearing of the cover on the refurbished balls would be off putting and the slight chance of getting a dud ball like the anomaly in the testing would also be off putting.

Comments and questions are always welcome


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  2. I've hadn't played golf in a little over 11 years since my dad died and two weeks ago decided to get back to playing.Before I stopped I had about a 15 handicap.Tapped for money I bought the pro v1 refurbished balls at Walmart and to be honest I was very happy with the balls. The distance and feel was great the only downside was the durability of the cover. I've played two rounds with them got 6 good balls left and 2 good water balls if you know what I mean, well the rest I lost.

  3. I always find enough balls that I don't have to buy new. Since my swing speed is about 94 I don't have to get too technical as long as I'm using a pro grade ball. On the 1st tee one time I hit a Pro V1 and hit it well. My usual carry is 230 with totally uncorked at 250. This ball went out and dropped like a bomb at a carry of may 180. I thought what the h**l??? Then I checked it and in microscopic print there it was...refurbished. Probably had sat in a lake for 2 years and was green before they reworked it.