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 answers, while interesting and humorous, had one universal theme: There is no secret. It is just, as Billy Horschel put it, “an absolute pain in the ass to sign a golf ball.”
“You can’t walk and sign them,” Horschel continued. “You have to sort of learn how to do it and make somewhat of a decent signature on it. Maybe Bryson DeChambeau (can do it) because he's got everything figured out. He probably was at home before he turned pro and signed...
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