How Should Golf Balls Be Stored
Golf ball storage. Not a topic that a lot of golfers probably give a lot of time to. Even modern-day golf balls can still be affected by their storage conditions so give this guide a quick read to make sure you aren’t compromising the performance of your balls.
The materials used to construct modern golf balls don’t react especially well to extremes of temperature. It is therefore best to store your golf balls at room temperature. You also want to avoid extremes of humidity as well.
The best option is to keep them in your house rather than your garage which can have much greater swings depending on the time of year. In fact, it’s best not to keep any of your golf equipment in the garage. Your car trunk (boot) is a particularly bad option especially during the summer when the interior of the car can get particularly hot.
One of the reasons a ball doesn’t go as far in the winter is because the rubber core doesn’t react the same at lower temperatures. Golf balls stored in the trunk of your car all week won’t work as well in the winter as they do in summer. You can counteract this somewhat if you keep your balls in the house.
The former Technical Director for the USGA, Frank Thomas has a some suggestions on the best storage conditions for balls and equipment.
If you only ever buy new golf balls then you won’t need to worry about what to keep them in. The cardboard boxes the manufacturers use are ideal to prevent any surface damage and are easy to stack.
If you buy lake balls or find lots of balls on the golf course then you might need to think about ways of storing them. Here are some golf ball storage ideas:
One of my golfing pals did a count recently and found he had almost 2500!
If you tend to hoard golf balls then you’re probably going to need some larger containers. For those of us that like to keep just a few dozen around here are some ideas for what you could use to store any loose golf balls.
Recycle old plastic food containers. Old ice cream tubs of margarine containers could hold a few balls. They’re also useful for storing other golf accessories that you have lying around.
Recycle old egg boxes or egg trays. These are just the ideal size to hold the golf ball and will keep them separate and therefore avoid any risk of damage to the ball.
If we’re talking about balls you picked up on the course that aren’t in good condition to start with then probably just throw them in any old bucket or other plastic containers.
If you like to collect balls then you will probably want to buy or make a wooden display case to show them off.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]
Is it OK to store golf balls in my garage?
A garage is probably not the best place to leave golf equipment of any kind because there can be a wide range of temperatures during the year depending on where you live. It’s best to keep your gear at room temperature in your house.
What temperature should golf balls be stored at?
The shelf life of new balls is pretty long if stored correctly. Try to keep them in the 70°F to 80°F range or thereabouts (21°C-27°C).
Storing them in extremely cool or hot conditions will affect their performance. The best place to leave your golf ball is inside your home.
How should I store my golf balls in my golf bag?
Most golf bags these days have a pocket specifically designed for your golf balls. Most people would tend to use that.
If they’re brand-new balls then I tend to leave them in their sleeves until they get used.
Any used balls are just thrown in there loose. At the end of the day how much more damage will be caused by jiggling about in your golf bag?
Do golf balls go bad?
As long as you store them correctly modern golf balls will last 10 years or more. If you keep them at extreme temperatures such as putting balls in the freezer then it’s likely that their performance will be degraded.