How to Find Your Lost Golf Ball

How to Find Your Lost Golf Ball

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Engage your golf buddies in the search to increase your chance of finding a lost ball.

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We've all done it. You address the ball and swing, only to slice into the rough. Golf balls aren't cheap and losing them can quickly increase the cost of a day on the green. Finding your lost golf ball involves part luck, part skill and part technology.

Finding a Lost Golf Ball


Follow your bad shots. It's easy to get discouraged with a bad shot and look away, but following your ball until it meets the ground can make it much easier to find when you walk over to the area.


Practice estimating the carry of a shot. If you hit a blind, estimating the carry based on how high the arc of your shot was could give you a general idea of where the ball landed, increasing your odds of finding it once you walk up the green.


Use landmarks to mentally mark the location of your lost ball. If you catch site of a colored marker, unique tree or another feature when you follow your shot to the ground, you can use that as a starting point to get to where the ball landed.


Pick up extra balls while you play. While walking to where your ball landed, try and spot other player's lost balls in the rough. Taking a long route to your next position can yield a few free balls to offset the cost of the ones you lose. Take care not to pick up balls that are in active play.


Take care not to move the ball while searching. When you're feeling around with your feet and moving tall grass out of the way to find the ball, it's easy to bump or tap the ball, thereby giving you a one stroke penalty.


  • Golf-ball finding glasses have pigments in the lenses to make a white golf ball pop out against a natural background. These unique glasses can greatly aid your search by making the golf ball a lot more visible.
  • Golf balls with a radar chip in them can send a radio signal to a receiver, allowing you to track your golf balls to an exact location with ease.


  • According to the rules, you're have five minutes to find your lost golf ball before you receive a one stroke penalty and have to retry your shot from the last position you played from.

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