Golf Ball Retrievers are a great tool for golfers to keep handy when we need an extra golf ball or have to go rescue a shanked one!
What are golf ball retrievers?
Golf Ball Retrievers are tools used for recovering golf balls from water hazards, bunkers or other areas inaccessible to the golfer.
Some are designed to be thrown into the hazard/sand while others have long shafts that allow them to be pushed into the area and then pulled out.
Typically they can retrieve 1-3 balls at a time depending on the model chosen. Most golf ball retrievers fold up for convenience and easy storage.
There are manual retrievers with a telescoping shaft that the user pulls out, throws the balls into the air, retracts to pick them up one by one or via a net.
And there are motorized types which require batteries to be used. There are several styles available for this type from the higher tech 3-wheel types to the more basic push.
Keep this in mind when selecting a golf ball retriever
Golfers should consider a few things before purchasing a retriever:
*Are you going to be using it on a regular basis? If so, go for a motorized one that runs off of rechargeable batteries.
*Is this going to be a one-time purchase? Then maybe go for a manual retriever.
Retrievers that sit low to the ground such as the popular “Bog Dog” are built strong and sturdy and can withstand many uses, but they cannot reach very deep into bunkers or water hazards to retrieve golf balls.
This type of retriever is fine for area’s that are not too deep or muddy.
In areas where there is a lot of water, mud or soft sand consider a retriever with a telescoping shaft which can get to about 3 feet in depth.
The models with the extendable “Y” shafts also allow you to retrieve from 2 angles at once, great for the thicker grass areas.
A retriever that uses a “net” style retrieval is perfect to use in areas with thick leaves and bushes as it will not disturb the area too much.
What is a good length for a golf ball retriever?
Most models range from 30-50″ in length and some can reach slightly longer.
The longer the retriever, the more expensive it will be; however, we’ve found that most golfers don’t need a retriever over 40″.
When considering which length to get, remember that if you are trying to retrieve balls from deep into a hazard area, go for a longer retriever; however, if you’re just trying to pick up balls around the fringe of the water, then a medium length is fine.
All of these types can be used on grassy areas or in harder surfaces such as sand and mud.
How much does a golf ball retriever make?
Retrievers are relatively inexpensive. Most models range from $10-$30 depending on the brand and features.
Consider that prices often drop during holiday sales which coincide with many golfers wanting to buy a retriever for their spouse or loved one!
What is a ball retriever used for in golf?
Golf Ball Retrievers are used for retrieving golf balls from hazards or getting out of situations where you cannot hit a normal shot.
It can be challenging to hit a normal ball after hitting one into the water, off the side of a cliff or in heavy leaves and brush. Once you’ve retrieved your ball, take your next shot from the spot where the ball rested before it went into the hazard.
What’s the best golf ball retriever?
There are many styles and types of retrievers on the market to choose from. Some of the most popular brands include:
- ProActive Sports, Hinged Cup Retractable Golf Ball Retriever (Buy Here)
- ProActive Sports, Player Select Super-Lite Golf Ball Retriever (Buy Here)
- Gotcha JAWZ Golf Ball Retriever (Buy Here)
- Callaway Golf Ball Retriever for Water, Telescopic (Buy Here)
- Original Shag Bag Practice and Range Golf Ball Shagger (Buy Here)