Knetgolf- Recylced Premium Golf Balls
By kickntrue on 3/9/10
Would you be willing to play refurbished Titleist ProV1 golf balls if they performed nearly identical to the same brand new ball, for half the price? Knetgolf is finding that a lot of people answer this question with a resounding, "yes."
When I first heard about Knetgolf, I was a bit skeptical. The company has contracts to scavenge for balls and them put them through a state of the art (and proprietary) refurbishing process. The company grades the balls as Mint, A, B, or C, condition and then resells them back to consumers for a fraction of the price. They have the process down to a science and can refurbish up to 400k balls per week.
Of course- that's all fine and dandy, but what I really wanted to know is how the ball performs compared to the same ball, but straight out of the box from the manufacturer. Based on independent testing the results are staggering, at least to your ego if you've been paying full price for the past 5 years.
When it comes to spin rate, the numbers are equally close (six-iron cannon test).
New ProV1: 4558.63
Knetgolf Refinished ProV1: 4510.25
Here is a quick example of Knetgolf.com's pricing- from a screen shot taking today (3/9/2010):
Besides the pricing and similar performance, the other strong point of the experience using Knetgolf is their website and the education it can be. Sure you can learn about their refurbishing process, but I'm talking about the simple things that should be on every golf ball sales website (but isn't) like compression numbers, dimple numbers, or the even simpler process of telling you who should be playing the ball (high handicap, mid handicap, etc).
I don't want this to sound like a complete puff piece for Knetgolf (we're not being paid to write this), but I'm not seeing too much downside. They take balls that people have already purchased and lost, categorize them, and then give them back to golfers at a lower rate. If anyone has had any experience good or bad, with buying recycled golf balls, I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
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I have been using their product for several years. I started by buying "mint" but recently tried "grade A". Except for some minor cosmetic differences they play the same. Orders over $69.00 get free shipping. I'm totally satisfied with their produce.
I've used Knetgolf also. Very happy with the service!!!
I have used Knetgolf Mint Pro V1's numerous times. Great product resonable price. Beware not to buy on eBay though as it's not the same product. Mint on eBay is maybe Grade B at best. When I called Knetgolf after I purchased some of these balls they quickly made it right by allowing me to returned the order and they replaced with an extra dozen. They told me this was a one shot deal so I no longer buy balls from Knetgolf on eBay, only from their site. I have however purchased MINT or NEW Pro V's cheaper on eBay vs Knetgolf? Not very often though.
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