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Grading Lake balls…

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Premier Lake Balls

Following on from our article on how they retrieve lake balls early in 2016, we now asked Scott Phillips at Premier Lake Balls, the process of grading lake balls once they have been retrieved and arrive at the cleaning factory…

Grading Lake Balls…

Based on customer feedback and with our own experience of over 20 years in the golf ball industry, Scott and his team, now sell golf balls online in three grades.

In the early days, we were happy to retail a bag of retrieved lake balls as one lot and were not overly concerned about the different brands and conditions. However, as the industry matured, more and more customers were being specific in their requests, resulting in us reviewing the way we approach the grading lake balls process.”

“As such we set about grading the golf balls in quality and then by brand.”

“By offering golf balls in a Pearl\A mix it meant we were able to pass on substantial value to the customer.”

He went on to say….”Once we had established the criteria, we were able to provide a much better service and greater value to the golfer. These packs offer superb savings and will allow you to save a few quid extra for the most important hole on the course, the 19th!”

“However if you prefer a ball in as new condition our Pearl packs cater for that need. Likewise, if you lose a few and do not mind a scuff or two our A grade are an ideal selection”

Grading Lake Balls – Pearl…

Premier Lake Balls using this grading for new golf balls with no marks, they will be shiny in appearance although some balls may have a logo or ink spot. Ideal for the serious golfer!

Grading Lake BallsGrading Lake Balls – Pearl / A Mixed Packs…

These balls will consist of golf balls like new and golf balls with minor marking, small surface scratches. Every golf ball placed in these packs could be played in competition golf.

The A grade golf balls will look how a new ball looks after 6-9 holes.

N.B. Based on the experience of handling 30-40,000 balls a week, all these packs will have at least 50% Pearl, that % goes higher on balls with harder covers that do not scuff as easy as tour calibre balls.

Harder balls will have over 75% Pearl in most packs

Grading Lake Balls – A Grade Balls…

These packs will contain golf balls that have a scuff\mark.

Once you play 9-12 holes with a new ball it will start to show signs off abuse.

These balls are ideal for golfers who lose a few balls or anyone looking for friendly game \ summer night balls.

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So there you have it, grading lake balls is more detailed than we thought.

However, buying used Lake Balls via a respected retailer such as Premier Lake Balls, will not only save you money at a time of economic uncertainty but it could also save the planet.

Thanks Scott, who knew!

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By Ian Mullins

Finally, for an exclusive TSG  discount (courtesy of Premier Lake Balls) – Click Here

Lake Balls – How are they retrieved?

Friday, March 4th, 2016

For a guy who doesn’t play golf (or even one who does), the retrieval of ‘Lake Balls’ is somewhat of a mystery!

So in order to find out, The Social Golfer asked leading Lake Balls provider Scott Phillips of Premier Lake Balls, how it’s done…

Lake Balls – The Collection

Premier Lake Balls DiverFirstly, let’s start with the basics – this should never be undertaken without professional supervision.

Water on the golf course isn’t just a hazard to those playing, it can be laced with chemicals, laden with bacteria that can cause lockjaw and a plethora of other infections.

And of course, in some countries, they are home to snapping turtles, poisonous snakes and alligators.

So think again before diving in head first to retrieval your ball, following a wayward shot.

Whilst many may assume there is some wizard tech machine used to collect the Lake Balls, it’s much more lightly that it will be a ‘frogman‘ or in today’s parlance ‘A certified Scuba Diver‘.

In some quarters, and especially those working in the industry, these Lake Balls are often referred to as  ‘white gold’.

Although we wouldn’t use a sieve to find them… it’s basically a simple process of diving to the depths.

And given the hazards stated above, it no surprise that we lose between 3-5 divers a year (on average), paying with their life!

Lake Balls – The Numbers

As with many things in life, one man’s loss is another man’s gain, and there are many divers livelihoods that hinge on the misfortunes of the golfer.

Of the estimated 100 million missing golf balls recovered each year, in various countries, roughly three times as many never get found.

However, around 2.5 million make their way into Premier Lake Balls warehouse.

As they arrive in their pallets, awaiting their next chance to play, these Lake Balls are processed in massive ball washers, that are able to accommodate 20,000 balls a time.

Lake Balls – The Cleaning/Grading

Processing at this point is pretty quick. Once washed and dried, the grading starts.

This is the labour intensive part, as ensuring we grade the Lake Balls to the highest standard ready for resale on the website is paramount.

With this done, we can then start pricing and tagging by size, brand, and/or range.

And with new ball prices having continued to climb in recent years, more and more golfers now prefer to purchase 2nd hand Lake Balls.

Which is not only good for your pocket but also on the environment.

Often many of our balls look like new, once cleaned” Said Scott.

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Lake Balls – The Cost

Given the labour cost in this retrieval process, there very small margins to be made but each ball represents a small profit to both the retriever and the supplier.

However, there is a profit to be made in ‘quantity’ and with the lake balls retrieval market continuing to grow, there is a happy future ahead for the industry.

Ask any traditional golf ball retailer about Lake Balls and they’ll  tell you that any ball pulled from a pond is an inferior product.

Sorry, but that is a thing of past with the introduction of surlyn covers (replacing balata balls) as this do not deteriorate in water and they perform exactly the same as a newly boxed ball, that is three times the price.

In short, buying used Lake Balls via a respected retailer such as Premier Lake Balls, will not only save you money at a time of economic uncertainty but it could also save the planet.

Thanks Scott, who knew!

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By Ian Mullins

Finally, for an exclusive TSG  discount (courtesy of deals Premier Lake Balls) – Click Here