How to Mark a Titleist Golf Ball

By William McCoy

Marking your golf balls prior to playing a round of golf enables you to clearly identify your ball. Practicality aside, this is also a superstitious exercise for many golfers -- if they play well with a ball that bears a certain mark, the mark may be adopted for future games as a sort of good-luck talisman. Because it is such a commonly used brand, Titleist is playing up the practice with a fun ad campaign in which golfers share their mark on the company's website and in advertisements. Whether you lean toward the no-fuss simplicity of a colored dot or prefer the upbeat whimsey of a smiley face, your mark will help distinguish your Titleist ball from all the others on the greens.

Apply one or more dots on your ball with a permanent ink marker. Use colors that might have some significance to you, such as the colors of your favorite football team.

Use numbers to distinguish your ball. Some people mark their balls with their birth date, age or lucky number. Adding the correlating chapter and verse of a favorite Bible excerpt is another popular option.

Draw a picture. A flower, a dog's paw or a rising sun are all possibilities. The mascot of your favorite sports team is a nice custom touch, as well. Let your creativity and personality be your guide.

Write your initials on the ball. If you're not inclined to take the time to create a miniature work of art on your Titleist golf ball, keep it simple by using just your initials. You may also use your first or last name if either is short enough.

If you are a stickler for neatness and uniformity, consider using a spherical ball-marking kit. These plastic kits hold a golf ball snugly so you can add letters by filling in stencils with permanent markers; the stencils and markers typically come with the kit.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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