How to Print a Photo on a Golf Ball

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How to Print a Photo on a Golf Ball
Printing images or logos on a golf ball requires a special printer. (golf image by Orlando Florin Rosu from

The easiest way to get a photo image on a golf ball is to order it from any of a number of print shops that are properly equipped. Printing images on small, curved surfaces, particularly dimpled surfaces such as golf balls, takes a special printing process, known as pad printing. You could buy your own equipment to do the job, but not without spending thousands.

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  • Pad printing machine

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  1. 1

    Prepare the image file. Pad printing works best with single- or two-color images, so black-and-white photos will print more easily. Make sure the resolution is set to the recommendation of the printer's software, then load the image.

  2. 2

    Print the image to a polymer plate and secure it to the pad printer's ink well.

  3. 3

    Center the plate over the transfer pad and press the inked plate to print the image on the transfer pad.

  4. 4

    Insert the golf ball and make sure it is centred properly. Press the transfer pad onto the golf ball to print the photo on the ball.

  5. 5

    Remove the ball and allow the ink to dry before packaging. To speed curing, apply dry heat to the ball.

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