VICE Labs – Myths about ball storage

VICE Golf is more than “just” a ball manufacturer. We also attempt to clear up golf ball myths and to provide you with all important information. During the winter months, there is often discussion as to how and whether the conditions under which golf balls are stored affect their basic properties.

THE EXISTING FACTS

Most golfers know that the way a golf ball plays is dependent on the extent of any surface damage, i.e. any scratches, cracks or irremovable dirt. On the other hand, there are also many who are unaware that deformation or changes in the compression due to incorrect storage may also change the feel when striking the ball.

THE TRUE REASONS FOR CHANGE IN CHARACTERISTICS OF THE GOLF BALL

Long periods of exposure to heat or cold, due to storage in a car or garage, for example, cause a golf ball to expand or contract and alter the compression of the ball. The result is above all variation of the distance achieved with a given shot, which could mean the difference between hitting the green and landing short in a bunker. Furthermore, there is a noticeable change in the moment of strike if the balls feels harder or softer than usual.

(TOO) HOT AND (TOO) COLD STORAGE

The reasons are to be found in the composition of a golf ball. The hard rubber core and the outer polymer layers are susceptible to temperature and can be deformed in case of protracted exposure to heat or cold. And after deformation, they will never return to the original form.

STORING GOLF BALLS CORRECTLY

Consequently, it is recommended to store golf balls at room temperature or less (approx. 12‑18°C). In this temperature range, there is no risk of ball deformation or other changes to the properties of the balls. Depending on the type of outer cover, golf balls will “keep” for between two and five years.