How to Mark a Golf Ball With a Sharpie

Before the 1930s, it wasn’t the norm for golf balls to have designs or numbers. However, soon after, manufacturers started implementing numbers to their balls to help players distinguish their balls from others. This was especially helpful when people were playing with balls that were made of the same brand.

Playing with someone else’s golf ball by mistake can cost you a penalty of two strokes. Therefore, the numbering of golf balls became standard to prevent picking up the wrong ball. It’s also common for players to attach significance to a certain number related to a ball marking.

For example, if they have a good run with a certain number, they can start to view the ball marker as their lucky ball. Therefore, adding your own personalized markings to your golf balls can make them even more significant. 

The post below takes you through how to mark your golf ball with a permanent marker. 

Marking Your Golf Balls

There are many ways that you can choose to mark your golf ball. One of the most common ways that people do this is by adding small colored dots. These dots are usually added in some kind of specific design that makes it unique from anyone else’s balls.

In addition to this, some golfers like to add their initials to their golf balls with a black Sharpie pen. You can mark it any way that you like. 

Alignment Lines and Golf Ball Markings

Another great benefit to marking your golf balls is that it can help with your alignment. There are no rules against this. 

Therefore, some players have used Sharpies to add a small line that goes around the circumference of the ball. This enables you to set up your shots with more accuracy. You could even take this a step further by adding arrows to show the direction that the ball will be going on the golf course when you hit it. 

Lines drawn in an intersection can also be helpful when it comes to hitting the ball with a square clubface. This is because it can give you a visual aid on where the club head should be hitting the ball. Others choose to mark the center of the ball with a bullseye to make it clear where they should hit it. 

Personalized Golf Ball Markers

There are also monogram golf balls available. These can be made to order and enable you to add all sorts of personalization to your golf balls. If you have been struggling to use a black or red Sharpie to mark your golf balls, this may be a preferred method. 

You can add different colors, shapes, initials, and more to help identify your golf ball and improve your shots. For example, players in the US often print the American flag.

Also read: How to Make Sharpies Work Again


Marking golf balls comes with some fantastic benefits for the sport. The most obvious benefit is that it prevents you from getting your golf balls mixed up with anyone else’s. This way, you know that the balls in your golf bag are yours and yours alone.

However, adding different types of unique marks or a ball name to your golf balls can also be a great way to improve your game by giving yourself visual aids. 

Hopefully, this post has given you a little more insight into the benefits of marking your golf balls. It prevents you from mixing up one ball with playing partners and can improve your game.

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