Drawing a straight line on a curved surface can be harder than one might think, yet many golfers continue to employ the Sharpie method, if for no other reason than it takes little effort, and there’s an evident absence of viable alternatives.
With that, Golfballs.com spawned the idea of Align XL, a custom print option that places a straight line 180° around the ball.
It’s as simple as it appears, and like all of its custom logos, Golfballs.com does everything in-house to maintain certain levels of quality control and fast turn-around times on all custom orders.
We’re looking for SIX dedicated “Sharpie-method” golfers who are motivated, detail-oriented, reside in the US, and have access to outdoor testing during January.
How to Apply
As you know, MyGolfSpy takes its product testing very seriously. All of our reader reviews are published in our Community Forum (click here to read some). We expect a lot from our reviewers – writing a thorough, detailed, and honest review is a commitment, requiring extensive on-course work as well as participation in the Forum itself to answer questions and discuss product performance with other golfers.
That means to be a potential reviewer, you must be a registered member of the MyGolfSpy Community Forum, where you’ll find thousands of like-minded golfers from all over the world anxious to talk about golf equipment.
To apply to test and review (1) dozen balls with Align XL, here’s what you have to do:
– First, if you haven’t already, please sign up for the MyGolfSpy Community Forum.
– Second, apply ONLY in the Golfballs.com Align XL Testers Wanted thread in the Community Forum.
Good luck, we’ll be announcing the test participants next week, so check back in the forum community to see if you are chosen.
Mike3 years ago
Have already tried these. Like my initials on ball so figured I would get the alignment XL. Performs as expected. My only comment is it is a lot of ink and the printing/line will not look anything like your photos. Not near as sharp/crisp as a traditional personalization. Kind of blobbed on there. Thinks I would go back to the thinner line for next dozen.
Richard Jacobs3 years ago
Interested in the alignment device I have a Check Go Pro! It would be interesting to see which is better.
Bobby C3 years ago
What’s the test……to see if a straight line printed on the ball is better than the straight line drawn on the ball with a sharpie ? Wow.
Derek H3 years ago
The hexagon pattern of dimples is my template and I put a dot in each corner/side of the hexagon then hit a couple more on opposite sides of the hex to make a diamond, on both sides of the ball to reduce the chance of someone else moving it before I can get to it. Started out using a purple Sharpie to make it more obvious and never changed colors.
William Dickman3 years ago
I put dots around the ball numbers but my ball is easy to identify….. its 40 yards past all my playing partners. PXG drivers are just longer. William Dickman.
mackdaddy93 years ago
I just turn the number on my ball into an M
I tried Ball Dots but they scuff when an Iron hits the decal.
I used the Ball Dots to personalize my clubs.
Dennis3 years ago
Use a ChecknGo for alignment. Works pretty good. Use a red marker for white golf balls, and recently swiched to a matte red, so I use a blue marker. I also circle the numbers, and put my initials between the brand logos. No mistaken balls here! Even players going the other way on fairways next to mine can’t mistake my ball. Love the new matte finish golf balls! My wedges are like “new” with this type of ball. Really kind of sticks to the face of the club for added spin chipping onto the green…
BigLeftyinTx3 years ago
I use a sharpie to make dots on my ball ,but I don’t use a line
Larry Rule3 years ago
Always use a sharpie to ID”s on the ball and alignment
Willie T3 years ago
Been a Sharpie user since day one. Single solid line these days, have gotten decorative in the past w/dual color lines, dots. No mistaken balls.
James3 years ago
Quick tip for all of you Sharpie Kids out there… use the Extreme Heat versions as they are the only ones that don’t rub off when you hit the line with a club!!
Jake3 years ago
Use a pvc cap, if avail, or free hand a couple of Sharpie notches , near the label.
Jon Cawley3 years ago
Don’t know that I have ever played a ball that I didn’t use a sharpie on?. Starting writing my “autograph”. Some of my lost balls have come back to me over the years.
Richard Call3 years ago
Is there any other markers than Sharpie?
Richard Call3 years ago
Is there any other markers except Sharpies.
Frank Durand3 years ago
I started marking my balls wit( black, red, blue sharpies. Had to switch to Purple. No more hitting the wrong balls.
Joel Halprin3 years ago
Black sharpie for the lines, both sides of the ball. Red sharpie for two dots at start of line.
Garen Eggleston3 years ago
Don’t currently use a line but gave wondered if it was beneficial and if selected could measure a definite difference and play all of january here in Florida
Joe Gilbert3 years ago
I use sharpies all the time. It would be neat to try a different method. I will be in southern Arizona from January through March with plenty of time for golf.
Tony Poggi3 years ago
I’ve used a PVC cap for years after struggling with the curved alinement device. (trying to get it lined up). It’s easier to alien and much less expensive that any of the similar marking devices available and significantly less expensive.
The above being said there is something to be said about printed alinement marking as shown.
Edward Christoffersen3 years ago
I like the earlier commentor have a astigmatism. And have a plastic tool that fits over the Golf ball so I can accurately apply a broken line.. I am a former Club Builder and equipment evaluator. That gives me a different perspective..
Courtney3 years ago
I use a “line” in a different way – I have an astigmatism, so a solid line can look wavy or jagged. A while back a teaching pro suggested putting 2 or 3 dots in a line and my vision would connect the dots. Works pretty well ! But it helps to be sure that the dots are lined up correctly.
john3 years ago
Use multiple sharpies to not only align my ball… but also to identify it as well… THANKS
John3 years ago
Bring on the Sharpie
Mike Schiller3 years ago
I do line my ball as an alignment tool!
Robert Gamblin3 years ago
Paul3 years ago
I do the same thing and it works well.