Marking a ball for identification

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Pete Cooke

Pete Cooke Asked 9 years ago

Is it legal to mark a ball with a dot or your initials?

I play with a group of people and I'd like to be able to identify the balls I brought since we share the balls.

If so, are certain markings or colors illegal?

What's the best way/place to mark a ball so it's easy to identify but doesn't draw any attention while playing?



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Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 9 years ago

Hi Pete,

If you are playing in a professional tournament you can't mark the ball.  If you are training or in a less competitive competition, you can probably mark them in a inconspicuous way.  Probably the best way to mark a ball is with initials.  If you use the same colour as the label it probably won't even be noticed.  I often have to do it because there are always different groups and different balls being used in a hall.  I just put initials under the label.

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Pete Cooke

Pete Cooke Posted 9 years ago


Thanks for the quick response. I had a feeling it wasn't legal in sanctioned events.

I think will write my initials on the ball with a permanent marker.

Thx again.



azhar bhabha

azhar bhabha Posted 9 years ago

why isnt it legal consdering the brand name will always be on the ball... it wont mae ha much of a difference will it??

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 9 years ago

It wouldn't really effect the ball at all but there needs to be a line in the sand.  If you allowed markings you could colour the ball more which would start to effect the sighting of the ball.  If there are a lot of markings it will make it easier to identify spin.  When playing a player with good serves it is better to play with a ball with a good clear label that you may be able to see when it is spinning.

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