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Golf Ball Retrievers...Which one is worth the money?

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Well, Im in search for a ball retriever that is worth the money. There are so many designs as well that I cant make up my mind on which one is worth the money. Im sure you guys have one, please share which one you guys use and how much.
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Never owned a ball retriever.....but I always wind up using someone elses...


I saw a Callaway retriever in a local golf store that looked pretty cool.

The thing I liked about it was that it came with a headcover that made it look like a hybrid/utility club. Folks wouldn't recognize it as a retriever. I know this sounds lame....but I can't get warmed up to carrying a retriever...fear that every time I reach for a club it's there...looking back at me....grinning....saying, "You may need me soon...I'll be right here waiting.....there's water ahead".

It'd fit nicely where my umbrella now resides. The umbrella is a stupid piece of gear in my golf bag. I can only remember using it on one round.....8 months ago when I was walking and a storm blew over. The umbrella was more of a parachute dragging me back than anything else.
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Well, Im in search for a ball retriever that is worth the money. There are so many designs as well that I cant make up my mind on which one is worth the money. Im sure you guys have one, please share which one you guys use and how much.

none are worth the money....

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none are worth the money....

Bionics - swing for the fence then retrieve your ball. It's here!

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How much is one these days ? $20-25 ? If you loose a dozen or Pro V's at $40-45 per dozen and you could save them otherwise, assuming there not in 10' of water, it would pay for itself.

I know there are outhers on this board that dislike the idea of them, and some people use them hawking instead of golfing, raises the ire of many. I have a cheap one that telescopes down to about 18" and hides inside bag. Think it extends to about 6 or 8 feet. Good enough to get to balls visible in water or under a prickly bush, ect.
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"The Ball Fetcher" It has an Adilia 96 inch VooDoo shaft and Winn midsize multi-compound grip. It has a great ball grabber thingy at the buisness end! LOL!!
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I sometimes have one in the bag and I don't buy golf balls anymore because i just find one hit wonders - mostly srixons and provs at my golf club and any balls that aren't real rice, i use for practice.
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You should get one of these game improvement ball retrievers. They have increased perimeter weighting, light weight shafts and jumbo Lamkin grips.
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I don't like them only because my bag is cluttered enough. I like it when someone else brings one though :D
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I have had one for a few months now and i must say, it has paid itself off many times. I only use it when the golf course is busy and I'm either waiting to hit, or the course is completely dead. I can't even tell you the amount of brand new balls I've found, but I can understand why people look down on them. I really don't care, their bad shot equals one brand new ball for me.
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One thing to remember, once a golf ball develops an affinity for water, that particular character flaw remains with it for life. You can't re-train it, no matter how hard you try.
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One thing to remember, once a golf ball develops an affinity for water, that particular character flaw remains with it for life. You can't re-train it, no matter how hard you try.

And vise versa. When I was young(er), a couple buddies and I found some "baked" balls in a dry creek bed. The clay/mud had stained them and they all poor quality balls - very hard covers. We cleaned them up and each kept a couple for emergencies. Whenever one of us was losing too many balls, we'd announce, "I'm gonna hit a rock for awhile" or "I'm putting a rock in play". You couldn't lose those mofos. They always seemed to get a person's game turned around.

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I never owned nor used one - if i cant get my ball out of the water with my iron it stays in! And the last time i sank a ball was like 2 weeks ago, so who cares about carrying dead weight around.
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I have a ball retriever that I bought at Academy Sports for about $14.00. It's only about 16" long when it's closed and about 10' long when extended. It works great for getting a ball from a ditch or one that's just on the other side of a fence. It will pack away in a side zipper pocket on my bag.
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