If you love your time on the range but hate the fact that you waste so much of your game hunting for the ball, then you could benefit from a golf ball finder. There are several such devices on the market, all designed to help you locate that ball, and they range in price depending on the level of technology used and the ease in which the ball is located.
One of the lower end examples of a golf ball finder are the golf finder glasses. These natty glasses will not cost you a huge amount of money, but they certainly help when the ball has gone into the rough. Working on the principle of light filtering, they slip on like normal glasses or over prescription glasses.
It makes no difference to the performance, the principle being that the color of the lens blocks greens and browns, which are the most common foliage and rough colors, and sharpens the color of the ball against the now dull background, making it much easier to spot.
There isn’t really a down side to these glasses, as long as you remember this is the basic way of locating balls. There isn’t clever technology behind them, no wires and gizmos and gadgets, just color on color filtering; however, they are definitely worth a try.
If you feel that you want to spend more to get a more accurate higher level golf ball finder piece of kit, then the BallFinder Scout tops the market in terms of price and accuracy. This really is a clever gadget and has been proven to find a ball that has only 1% of its surface showing. This is just three little dimples on the surface of the ball, and that is pretty impressive when you think about it.
So just how does it work? Well, there is a massive amount of technology packed into this little box like device. It uses a video camera imaging and takes footage of up to 600 square foot in just over one second. Then the even smarter imaging kicks in, and starts analyzing the footage on an individual pixel basis. If it identifies a ball then it will vibrate, and the screen will change to show the section of green that holds the ball.
Simply follow this on screen map and get your ball back in minutes, saving you the time and effort of searching out that lost ball. The device comes with a belt clip, and the lovely manufacturers have thrown in an instructional DVD, which also features some excellent golfing tips from Professional golfer Nick Faldo.
In conclusion, both of these golf ball finder devices are excellent, but remember there are others out there so have a look around. It just comes down to how much money you want to spend, and whether you feel that you want simple color screening or more complex technology. Both will make it much easier to speed up the search for the missing ball, but the more complex the device the more the cost, making it much longer before you see a return on your investment, unless you play a lot of golf.