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Top 10 Ball Retrievers 2016

Yes, good golf balls are VERY expensive, especially if yours seem to be magnetically drawn to water, like ours! Now you don't have to lose even more money on the course by leaving them behind if you use one of these golf ball retrievers. They'll pick up balls easily from water, bushes, rocks and mud.

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The Confusing History Of Golf

The true origins of golf have been debated for years, with no clear answer in site. Golf-like games have been played in a number of different cultures over the years. As far back as 100 BCE, there was a Roman game known as paganica, in which players would hit stuffed leather balls with bent sticks. Some historians site this as the true origin of golf, but others point to Chuiwan, a game from Song Dynasty China in which players also hit a ball with a stick. Another early game that might have been a precursor to golf is cambuca, an English stick-and-ball game from the 12th century.

Because references to golf-like games have been found in various cultures through the years, it is difficult for historians to say with confidence where it started. Until recently, it was often accepted that Scotland was the origins of what evolved into modern day golf, but new evidence now supports the theory that it was first played in the Netherlands, before migrating into Scotland. The earliest picture of people playing golf was found in a book written early in the 15th century in France. It was owned by the duchess of Burgundy and predates any reference to golf in Scotland.

Whatever the true origins of golf may be, it is known that it was extremely popular in Scotland and had to be outlawed by the Scottish parliament in 1457, as it was interfering with the military's archery training. In 1500, King James IV lifted the ban on golf because he was a fan of the sport and often liked to play it himself.

In the 17th century, golf became a popular pastime in England, and the first British Open was held in 1860. Around this same time, golf's popularity was spreading throughout the western world. North America's first permanent golf club, Canada’s Royal Montreal Club, was established in Montreal in 1873. The United States quickly followed suit with a permanent 18-hole golf course of their own, built at Wheaton, Illinois' Chicago Golf Club in 1893.

The Golf Ball Retriever


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Golf ball retrievers are used to retrieve golf balls that might otherwise have been out of reach, such as in water hazards or deep rough. They have a telescopic rod, with some extending 20 feet or more, and some kind of head on the top that is capable of picking up balls. Most pick up balls by using a simple scooping action, but some models are designed to be pressed down on top of a ball. These models often have some way to secure the ball in the head so it doesn't fall out when the retriever is lifted up. Golf ball retrievers are invaluable if one often plays on courses with deep water hazards.

The golf ball retriever was first patented in 1964 by Harvey G Wysong. Before he created the ball retriever, it was common for players to abandon balls hit into water hazards. Golf courses would either hire divers or drain the water hazards periodically to retrieve the balls, which they would later sell back to players as used balls.

In 1976, Anthony F. Piazza patented a vacuum-based golf ball retriever. It combined a tapered receptacle with a vacuum pump that could be pressurized to suck up golf balls into the receptacle. A lever was incorporated to release the vacuum pressure when it was time to drop the ball.

Piazza thought this would make retrieving balls easier, and allow for players to retrieve balls from putting green cups without having to bend over. While this style of retriever did enjoy some measure of success, they are currently difficult to find with players often choosing to use the simpler scoop style retrievers.

Picking The Right Ball Retriever


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When choosing a golf ball retriever, players must often make a compromise between length and portability. On one hand, it makes sense to purchase the longest ball retriever available, but this can make them difficult to transport in a golf bag. Before purchasing a retriever, players should measure their planned storage place to ensure it will fit when fully retracted. This may be a side pocket on a golf bag or, if there is additional room, in a club slot.

The build material should also be taken into account when purchasing a ball retriever. Since they will regularly be exposed to water, one should look for one made out of stainless steel or aluminum, as these metals will not rust. If picking a stainless steel model, double check the weight. Overly heavy ball retrievers will be unwieldy and difficult to use when fully extended.

If you are worried about the ball falling out after being retrieved, look for a model that has some kind of locking mechanism to keep the ball securely in place. If you like to scour the water hazards for balls other players have abandoned, consider a retriever with a head designed to pick up multiple balls. Some may have room to hold two or three balls at a time. This allows you to retrieve more balls in less time.


#10.Ecoolbuy New Scoop Telescopic Golf Ball Retriever Pick Up Stainless Steel Shaft Tool


This quality 2 meters stainless steel telescopic golf ball retriever is a must have. With long reach of this golf ball retriever, it's a valuable aid for any golfer to retrieve those hard to get balls. It is Easy to carry - folds to just 15" By extending the pole to the desired length. With the help of
Telescopic Golf Ball Retriever, you can quickly and simply scoop up your ball without any accidents.


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#9.ProActive Hinged Cup Retriever (18-Feet)


A great retriever to easily trap golf balls and retrieve from water. Lightweight aluminum tubing extends to 18'. Rubber handle.


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#8.IGOTCHA The Biggest Golf Ball Retriever (21ft Reach)


The "Biggest" I Gotcha golf ball retriever can retrieve an amazing 21 feet with your reach. This is far better than other retrievers I've used. The main advantage is the positive locking system such that, once you've got the ball, YOU'VE GOT THE BALL!


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#7.INTECH 15-Foot Flourescent Head Retriever


We will be ordering another one, as we are always fighting over the use of the one that we currently have purchased, given its utility. It has literally paid for itself, first time out, with over 150 balls retrieved in a very challenging golf course that has lots of water hazards and rough areas, with lots of sticker bushes, that we can now avoid.


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#6.Callaway "15th Club" Ball Retriever


The Callaway 15th Club Ball Retriever is constructed from stainless steel and features an ergonomic sure-grip handle. The high-quality aluminum alloy telescopes up to 15 feet and will not bend when fully extended. The retriever retracts to 45" inches long when not in use, and comes complete with an innovative dual zip headcover which helps "disguise" it as simply another club in your bag. This is the last retriever you'll ever need, and will pay for itself in one season if not sooner (depending on your propensity to recover "lost" golf balls).


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#5.Champ Pro-Lite Golf Ball Retriever


Champ PRO-Lite Golf Ball Retriever Compact ready to use when needed!Champ PRO-Lite Golf Ball Retriever features: * Easy and effortless way to rescue your golf balls from anywhere. * Retrieve from water, bushes, rocks and even mud. * Push-button open. * It even has a function to pick up the ball from the golf hole. * Extends 9 feet. Lightweight and Convenient!


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#4.Search And Rescue 18 Foot Orange Two-Ball Retriever


The Search and Rescue line of retrievers assembled in Warren Michigan by JTD Enterprises is one of the highest quality golf ball retriever lines in the market. The traditional Orange Two-Ball retriever comes in 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 24-foot models. All models are made with stainless steel tubular assembly that will never rust. Better Control with lock tubes at any length. Better Visibility with orange head color. Better Results with patented head designs. Better Value with ease of return on investment.


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#3.Callaway Pocket Ball Retriever


Callaway Golf Pocket Ball Retriever This stainless steel retriever mechanism features an innovative dual zip headcover and ergonomic sure-grip handle. Made of high-quality aluminum alloy, the Pocket Ball Retriever will not bend when fully extended.


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#2.Signstek Brand New Retractable Steel Saver Telescopic Golf Ball Pickup Retriever Scoop Pick Up


Love how easy ros is to use! You can easily adjust the length for ball pickup in woods, water, and bushes! I've had it a short while and it's already paid for itself.


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#1.IGOTCHA ExecXL Golf Ball Retriever (14ft Reach)


The IGOTCHA Retriever comes in five different sizes to meet your individual needs and preferences. The "Executive" is our most compact retriever collapsing to a mere 15.5 inches and weighing only 8 oz. Our newest addition is the "Executive XL" which is only 3.5 inches longer than the "Executive" yet it extends 4 feet longer. Our longest retriever is the "Biggest," extending to an amazing 18 feet.


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