Do Golf Balls Go Bad?

Most golfers take extreme care of their clubs but not always their golf balls. A question that is often asked is if golf balls go bad after a certain period of time.

This depends on a number of factors including how they are stored and how they are used. If golf balls are kept too long in the cold or in the heat, they can deform. If they are scuffed after many rounds their value can also decrease.

Do Golf Balls Go Bad Over Time (If Used)?

Since many players enjoy using their balls for multiple rounds, it is essential to understand if they can go bad over a long period of time. Golf balls can easily go bad if they are extremely scratched up.

The damage taken from hitting solid objects such as trees or cart paths, even clubs repeatedly can limit the performance in terms of distance, spin, flight, and roll. Take note beginner golfers!

To prolong life, it is good to wash them and clean scuffs off them with the magic eraser brush.

📋 Keep in mind: If you store them in a normal temperature not too hot or too cold this will also extend how long they perform well.,

Do Golf Balls Go Bad In Water?

If a golf ball sits in a pond for 12 hours the outer layer of the ball will have water seep into the golf ball. If even longer, permanent damage can occur to the golf ball. The primary effect will be losing driving distance.

If a 2-piece ball spends about a week submerged under water it can lose nearly six yards of carry and roll. If it is underwater for three months it will lose about three more yards.

For a 3-5 piece ball it averages about six yards loss after a week, 12 yards after three months and 15 yards after six months.

Do Unused Golf Balls Go Bad?

If unused golf balls are stored at room temperature which is around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, they can last for 10 years. indicates that you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a new ball off the shelf and a new one that has been stored for years. Unless you are playing a 100 year old ball, the performance will be maintained.

Do Urethane Golf Balls Go Bad?

Urethane golf balls are the most common outer layer of golf balls found on the market.

The durable shell will last for years if new or in mint condition. If they get too scuffed up or are found in ponds they might lose performance.

Do Pro V1 Golf Balls Go Bad?

Titleist Pro V1 golf balls are four-piece balls that are highly priced due to their complex build, long distance, and high-spin around the greens.

Golf ball researchers at Titleist noted: “Today’s Titleist golf balls can be safely stored for five years or even more, as long as they are kept away from excessive heat. … Normal indoor conditions should be fine for storage.”


In conclusion, unless golf balls are stored in extremely cold or hot temperatures, scuffed up, or water-logged, they should last for many years.

💡 Golfible Tip: Be wary when picking balls out of ponds. If they appear deformed, lighter, heavier or uncleanable, then it is probably best to not play them.

What are your experiences? Do golf balls get olf or go bad? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section.


How long will unused golf balls last?

Unused golf balls will last for approximately 10 years provided that it is stored in ideal conditions between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Although there is no sell-by or use-by dates printed on golf balls they are expected to last for approximately 10 years after production. There are no absolute scientific studies on the lifespan of a golf ball but Titleist researchers state that balls store away from excessive heat or freezing conditions can last up to a decade.

How many hits can a golf ball take?

A golf ball can take approximately 100 strikes or seven rounds of golf.Golf balls are designed to withstand a minimum of 100 strikes from a club head speed of 125 miles per hour. That is the equivalent of 7 rounds of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour. Without visible damage, the golf ball will perform as designed for approximately 7 rounds.

Do golf balls go bad in heat?

Yes, golf balls stored in extreme heat will not perform to design levels. When stored at room temperature golf balls generally have a shelf life of 10 years. In high temperatures above about 170 degrees Fahrenheit covers made from ionomer can melt and deform.

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Charl is a full-time writer who has been with Golfible since 2019. He is an avid golfer and tech enthusiast. When not writing, he tries to squeeze in a round of golf or escape to the mountains.

1 thought on “Do Golf Balls Go Bad?”

  1. I agree that golf balls can last indefinitely if kept at room temp. The urethane cover is not a perishable material and is basically indestructible to cutting or damage under normal golf conditions. Therefore there is nothing that can detereat if stored in normal environment.


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