How We Grade Our Golf Balls

We have provided this grading scale to help our customers assess the quality of the balls which we sell and also decide which grade of ball they wish to purchase.

We understand that in Australia the used golf ball industry is new to many people.

That is why for all purchases we offer a full 30 day money back guarantee. If you are in any way unhappy with your purchase, simply return the items prior to opening them for a 100% refund, no questions asked.

We sell two types of used golf balls, recycled and refinished golf balls. Both of these types of ball play like brand new balls, only half the price.

Recycled Golf Balls - These are the balls which we all occasionally lose on the course. Ever wondered what happens to those brand new balls lovingly sliced into the drink? That's right, many of them end up here! At Lost Golf Balls we clean our recycled golf balls using dedicated golf ball cleaning machines, we then grade the balls into brand (Titleist, Callaway, Bridgestone, Nike etc) and we then grade these into specific model and grade. The grade of the ball is judged by the cover condition, with the best balls being placed into our top grades and worst condition balls being placed into our lowest grades.

Refinished Golf Balls - Refinished golf balls are the pinnacle in the used ball market. Simply put, our refinished golf balls are the best quality in the world and are products which we are very proud of. The refinishing process is expensive so we only refinish the best balls in the game. If a top end ball is cosmetically lacking we may refinish the ball. We can only refinish balls wth cosmetic issues, any balls with major cut, core or cover damage we simply throw away or sell as practice balls. Our refinishing process begins by removing the clearcoat and paint from the balls, this takes the balls back to the cover before they were painted. The process is completed in the most advanced refinishing facility in the world. The balls are then repainted using industry leading technology. The balls are then reclearcoated to guarantee their durability. Once the process is completed the balls are then shiny and white like new and perform like a brand new golf ball. Our refinished golf balls are used by thousands of golfers around Australia and the majority of our regular customer use and stand by the quality of these balls. We place a small refinished mark on all refinished balls to help our golfers clarify between those and recycled balls.

The quality of our grading is what sets us apart in the market, our balls are known to be of the highest quality and we stand behind every product that we sell. Our customers know and love the prices and quality of our products and keep returning for just that reason.

We have listed our grading scale below for your convenience.

 Recycled Golf Balls



These balls are as close to new as they come. These balls will play like new and will have the new ball look and shine that we all love. The balls will show little or no wear and most will look straight out of the box. There's no a lot more you can say about these balls except to say they are excellent quality and like new. Some of the balls may have a player marking or logo.

AAAA/Near Mint


Great condition for all types of play. These balls are in very good condition and in many cases will look like they should be in the AAAAA/Mint grade. The balls will have slight wear marks and be very similar to a ball you have played for three to four holes. Any slight colour and shine variations will be cosmetic and will not affect the flight and play of the ball. Some of these balls may have small player markings or logos. Overall these are great quality balls which are loved by thousands of golfers around the country.

AAA/Standard Grade


Good condition balls which have been played for a few holes. These balls have wear which has kept them out of our AAAA/Near Mint category. The balls are very similar to balls which you are playing with after a few holes, they do show wear signs but nothing to stop you playing with them. They may have slight colour variation, scuffs and blemishes but nothing that will affect flight and play of the ball. None of these balls will have cuts. Some of the balls may have a player marking or logo.



Older looking balls which are good for beginners or you don't mind a used looking ball. These balls are worn, blemished, discoloured and generally look used. These are great if you are new to the game or looking to practice at a course with a lot of water. Some of the balls may have a player marking or logo.

Practice Grade


Good for hitting around at the park and refining your game. These balls include X-outs, practice balls, and balls that have clear discolouration and marks. They are perfect for using at the practice holes of your local course and refining a new swing. If you are playing with these balls they are great for a risky shot over water for a beginner or smashing away into the sunrise. Some of the balls may have a player marking or logo.


 Refinished Golf Balls



The best of the best, these balls are as close to new as they come. These balls have been refinished to like new. The appearance and performance of the ball is like new. These balls have no pen marks, no player markings and no corporate logos. These balls are bright, shiny and look straight out of the box. These balls are great for competition and all types of play. Infact, refinished balls have been formally accepted by the USGA (Rule 5/1-4) and there are no issues with using these balls during competition rounds.

AAAA/Near Mint


Near Perfect, these balls are outstanding quality. These balls are very similar to our AAAAA/Mint balls and have a very similar look and feel. The balls are very bright and shiny and comparable in play to a brand new golf ball. The balls may have a slight edge on them or there may have been a slight marking or depression in the paint. Overall though these balls are some of the best value to be found. They are 99% fine however there will be just some tiny issue that prevents them being sold in the top grade. All our staff use these balls and many of our regular customers prefer them due to the cost savings.

AAA/Standard Grade


Good for social play, practice or non competition rounds. These balls sit below our AAAA/Near Mint grade balls. They are all shint and white with a nice lustrous coat of paint. The balls will have scuff marks, imperfections and other issues that keep them out of our top grades. These balls are very playable and are suited to social rounds, practice rounds or non competition play. If you want our premium grades then we would suggest purchasing our AAAAA/Mint and AAAA/Near Mint balls. If you are after a great brand of ball to play and don't know a few blemishes or imperfections then these golf balls are the ones for you.