What could be easier than signing your name? Checks, credit-card receipts, contracts, Christmas cards, letters to Aunt Sally in Wichita: even if you aren’t famous enough to be asked for your autograph, you’ve had to sign so many things in life that you could do it in your sleep.
But some signatures are tougher than others. Those screens at the rental-car counter – the ones where you sign with your finger – or the forms at the government office where the box for your John Hancock is barely big enough for the J and the H: Those are work.
So imagine how difficult it is to autograph a golf ball, a small, round object with a slick outer coating covered in 336 dimples. Think about scrawling your signature on a pockmarked sphere only 1.68 inches in diameter with a felt-tipped Sharpie that may or may not be worn to a nub.
Scratching your name on asphalt with a rock would be easier.
In the past couple weeks, our writers cornered a number of players from tours around the world and asked them their secrets to signing a golf ball. The...
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