Have you ever played golf in the dark? It's not easy. You can't see the ball, so it's difficult to tell where it went and even more difficult to hit a straight shot. The next time you play in the dark, try making your own glow-in-the-dark golf balls! This is an easy project that anyone can do with some simple materials they might have around their house.
All you need is some water, some regular household bleach, food coloring, and glow-in-the-dark paint.
How to Make Glow in the Dark Golf Balls
Step 1: In a bucket, mix 3 parts water with 1 part chlorine bleach. Mix in about 10 drops of food coloring and stir thoroughly.
Step 2: Pour this mixture into an empty bowl. You can either coat the golf balls or dip them one at a time (cutting off the top of a plastic water bottle helps with this).
Let dry overnight and your balls will be ready to play!
Step 3: Play on your next round in the dark and enjoy easy visibility. Since these are glow-in-the-dark golf balls, they'll glow without any lights so you can play any night, even if there's no moon out. These make for great gifts for friends that love to play golf!
3 Types of Glow in the Dark Golf Balls
There are 3 different types of glow-in-the-dark golf balls, depending on what you prefer.
First, there are the traditional golf balls with a layer of paint that will glow when exposed to light.
The second type is glow-in-the-dark gel. These are more expensive than regular paint or the traditional golf ball but they might last longer as well.
Third, there are 3D printable models that you can download and print at home. You'll have to paint these yourself but they're much cheaper to make and you get exactly what you want out of them.
Chlorine bleach is a common household product used for cleaning. It's also one of the easiest ways to create glowing balls with these instructions. Other chemicals and ingredients can be substituted, but if you use anything other than chlorine bleach, it will require longer drying times before using the golf balls.
Different types of food coloring may work differently for this project – some colors might not "take" at all or only work in certain lighting situations (if they're going to glow with or without light). If you need a brighter color that shows up more easily in daylight, try adding about 5 more drops of your chosen food coloring.
How Do Glow In The Dark Balls Work?
Glow-in-the-dark paint is made with phosphors, which are atoms or molecules that absorb light and re-emit it. When the paint is exposed to ordinary visible light (the kind of light we see every day), the phosphor molecules absorb a small amount of energy and store it inside themselves. The energy "shifts" in the molecule causing an imbalance.
As soon as you turn off the lights, these glowing balls begin absorbing light from whatever sources they can find: street lamps, headlights, etc. They use this new found energy to release more stored PPF (Ally's Note: Photo-phosphorescent Flux). This process continues until all the available energy has been released and then they go back to being regular non-glowing golf balls.
Use these glow-in-the-dark golf balls to impress your friends and save from losing them in the dark! And don't forget to try making some glow-in-the-dark Frisbees or other nighttime games with a similar process. Just remember to wear night vision goggles while playing…those will come in handy when you're trying to see those glowing discs! Enjoy your new skills with glowing golf balls!
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