Retrieving your favorite golf ball from the bottom of a pond or within a bush can be quite frustrating if you don’t have the proper equipment. Most golf clubs also require the use of a golf ball retriever for such instances. So, here’s a guide to help you find something that would reach your golf balls and your standards. Make sure to also check out our golf ball reviews.
Here are some factors to consider when you shop for a retriever.
- Pole Length
As the most essential part of a golf ball retriever, the pole should be long, firm, durable, and lightweight enough for your needs. Make sure it doesn’t wobble, and that it easily but not automatically retracts and slides out. An 18-foot retriever would be a good option and allow you to literally reach greater heights and depths.
Once you’re sold to getting a long pole, you’ll need to carefully check the pole’s weight and material before purchasing it because when you retrieve a ball from within a bush or even a shallow pond, most of the golf ball retriever’s weight would be in front of you. If it’s too heavy, you’re likely to have a hard time handling it. A lightweight aluminum pole is a good choice although there are other materials that also make for a nice pole.
- Retrieving Type
Different golf ball retrievers come with different retrieving mechanisms. The most popular type is the suction cups, which you’ll usually find in longer pole lengths. They’re easy to use and are less expensive than the other types but they tend to not function well underwater or with debris-coated balls.
The fairly popular grabber mechanism works well underwater and even with debris-coated balls. However, they usually cost higher than suction cups and are sometimes more difficult to handle.
The cup mechanism, which is very simple and easy to use unless the ball’s caught in a tricky place, has been gaining popularity. It has no moving parts so you’ll be relying largely on your motor skills when you use it.
Be sure the retriever is securely attached to the pole’s end. If you opt for a grabber, make sure the parts and the lever move smoothly and flawlessly.
Depending on your built and the size of your hands, you can choose which handle material will work best for you. Handles made of silicone, rubber, metal, or plastic give different feel and texture that can affect the way you grip or hold the handle. Before buying one, be sure to try different options and choose the one that’s most comfortable to use. Opt for a retriever with a handle that’s attached to the pole with the use of screw instead of adhesive.
The overall look of the product should also be considered. As much as possible and without compromising build quality, pick something that’s aesthetically pleasing and matches your set of golf clubs. Make sure the finish doesn’t get easily chipped or worn out.