Pick up a golfer’s ball and you may see some dots, lines or other designs drawn on the surface in various colors. These drawings might seem random, but the art of golf ball marking actually serves a significant purpose in the sport.
The markings are used to differentiate an athlete’s golf ball from those of the other competitors in his or her group. While some golfers choose simple markings, others use more elaborate designs with personal meaning.
With the Big 12 Women's Golf Championships starting today, here’s a look at how some Sooners brand their golf balls.
Use the slider on top of each picture to reveal the golfer's face and ball mark.
"I like to draw hibiscus on my ball along with other things, mostly because it reminds me of Hawaii and everything that I used to know about it… I like to add a little pizazz to my ball. It helps me out when I’m not playing too well sometimes. I like to do this because I like to draw in my spare time… I also added a little pineapple, which is normal for me."
"First I do a dot in the triangle part of the Callaway sign and then one by the number. Then on the line, I do the bible verse Ephesians 3:20, which is ‘God can do anything, you know. Far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams. He does this not by pushing us around, but by working within us, deep and gently within us.’ God is with me on the golf course and he helps me get through all 18 holes."
"I’m drawing a flower. I started with the middle and then I just go in a circle around it. I’ve drawn it since I was a freshman in high school. In my first high school tournament this is what I drew, and I won my first high school tournament. Ever since then, I started drawing this. It’s kind of a little superstition you could say."
"Normally, I put red dots in a V form for my name. It’s the first letter of my name. I put two dots on the line of the Pro V 1, so when I put the ball down for putting I fix the dot to not turn my head fast when I’m putting. I just focus on the red dot."
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