The answer to this question may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how often we get asked. So, for all of you golfers out there wondering how many golf balls come in a sleeve, the answer is...
And in a box, there are a dozen golf balls comprised of four sleeves of 3 balls each.
That's right, folks. Generally speaking, there are three golf balls in a sleeve. Now, of course, there are always exceptions to the rule (just ask our friend Murphy and his Law), but for the most part, you can expect to find three golf balls in a sleeve.
Why 3 Golf Balls in a Sleeve?
Here's another question that we get asked a lot. But this one is tricky because we don't really know the answer. But let's see what others have said.
We've heard there are three balls because that should be enough for 18 holes of golf assuming you're an average or decent golfer. Or maybe because a pack of three is easy to slip into your bag or even your pocket.
If we had to guess we assume it's due to marketing, packaging, and pricing. Before there were sleeves of 3 there were 12. Packaging 12 balls into 4 sleeves of 3 made sense. However, there are golf ball manufacturers such as TaylorMade and Wilson who sell boxes of 15 or 5 sleeves of 3.
It's convenient for pro shops to sell a sleeve of 3 balls versus a full box of 12. It costs less for a sleeve of golf balls but manufacturers and golf shops can charge a premium for a sleeve. This may have you wondering how much do golf balls cost? At $1 to $5 per ball, a sleeve can cost 50% to 75% more than buying by the dozen.
Fun Golf Ball Sleeve Facts
Back in the early 2000s Callaway produced a golf ball that was one of the most used golf balls on the Senior PGA Tour. It was called the Rule 35 golf ball. And interestingly, it came in a sleeve of 5.
There are sleeves of 4 golf balls out there but you may have a tough time finding them.
You can find a sleeve of 2 golf balls quite easily. You can also customize these sleeves to suit your needs. This is popular for brand promotion and corporate gifts.
We hope this article was helpful in answering the age-old question of how many golf balls are in a sleeve. Remember, generally speaking, there are three golf balls in a sleeve. But if you find yourself on the course with fewer than three balls remaining in your bag, don't worry... just head to the clubhouse and grab a cold beer. You've earned it!
And don't forget if you are looking to purchase a sleeve you'd be better off buying a box of 12.
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