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Buyers Guide: How to Choose a Golf Ball Retriever
Now that you have a list of some of the best golf ball retrievers on the market, it’s time to narrow down which ones are for you. There are a few key features that golfers should look for when choosing an excellent golf ball retriever.
Most ball retrievers will range from around 6 feet in length to close to 18 feet. The shorter ball retrievers are easier to control and can be a better option for those that may not have quite as much strength. Almost all golf ball retrievers are collapsible.
Some will collapse small enough to fit in the apparel pocket of your golf bag; others will take a spot in your golf bag. Many 15-way golf bags will have a designated spot for a ball retriever.
Some golf ball grabbers require you to balance the ball on top of a ring; others will have a hinged grabber that helps you pick up the golf ball. All retrievers have relatively good success when it comes to retrieving balls from the water; the simple hook circle design does hold up quite well.
Golf ball retrievers range from around $15 to close to $50. Considering a dozen golf balls will cost $35 or more, it won’t take you long to make back the money you spend on a golf ball retriever. Higher cost ball retrievers tend to have durable construction that helps them hold up over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about the best golf ball retrievers on the market. This is not a big purchase, but if you play golf courses with water, you will likely use your retriever quite often.
What is a good length for a golf ball retriever?
A good length for a golf retriever is typically around 9 feet and over. This gives you enough length to have a comfortable grip and control the retriever’s head. Shorter retrievers are suitable for control, but you miss some easy-to-reach balls. Longer golf ball retrievers tend to bend, making it hard to reach what you need.
Is a ball retriever considered a golf club?
A golf ball retriever is not considered a golf club. You can have all 14 of your golf clubs in your bag and still keep the retriever in there as well. Don’t worry about the receiver causing you a penalty shot.
Should you carry a golf ball retriever?
A golf ball retriever is a smart golf accessory to have. If you pick up just 12 balls, you will have made your money back on your purchase. Many times, the golf balls you find were just hit in the water by the group that came through the hole before you; these balls are still perfectly good to use on the course.