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Why are ball sleeves always in 3s?

spartan6910spartan6910 Go Green, Go White!San DiegoAdvanced Members Posts: 365 ✭✭
Chalk this one up under "random s*** that I thought of in the shower". Why are "sleeves" of balls always* comprised of 3? What is the purpose of only serving up 3 balls at a time? If the first answer that comes to your mind is "well, duh, to easily contain a dozen balls in a box," then I ask you...why a dozen? And why not 3 4-ball sleeves?



I'm thinking logistically and economically, and I think companies could be more profitable if they sold boxes with less. The perception of going through them quicker could yield more sales.



There has to be some logical reason why 3 is the magic number, but I can't come up with it. Is that the average number of balls used per round by the average golfer? I'd think it might be more than that.



Again, random musings that really require no concrete answer but it just struck me as odd that there is no deviation whatsoever from that standard.





*I remember Pinnacle made a 4-ball sleeve back in the day and I believe some company had a 5-ball at one point.
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  • hybrid25hybrid25 Advanced Members Posts: 1,496 ✭✭
    Like everything else, it has something to do with money.
  • hybrid25hybrid25 Advanced Members Posts: 1,496 ✭✭
    Like everything else, it has something to do with money. It's a well-known fact that items sold in threes is more attractive psychologically. Also, the number 12 has more palatability then other numbers.
  • hybrid25hybrid25 Advanced Members Posts: 1,496 ✭✭
    Like everything else, it has something to do with money. It's a well-known fact that items sold in threes are more attractive psychologically. Also, the number 12 has more palatability then other numbers.
  • BicknellCCBicknellCC Advanced Members Posts: 1,154 ✭✭
    Kind of like the chicken or the egg.



    There was a packaging company that manufactured the 4 sleeves in a box concept for a product that failed miserably. Rather than take the loss on existing inventory they figured out that 3 golf balls fit in each sleeve, so they sold the Haskell golf ball company on the idea, and the die was cast. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
  • scoteescotee Advanced Members Posts: 3,277 ✭✭
    Tennis is older than golf and T balls come in cans of 3. Love the sound and smell of opening a can of tennis balls! Random thoughts from the shower image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • brkuckbrkuck Advanced Members Posts: 1,610 ✭✭
    Maybe years ago they thought that golf balls would last 6 holes each with normal wear and tear. 1 sleeve = 18 holes.
  • FadeFade Advanced Members Posts: 1,105 ✭✭
    1 for a slice.

    1 for a shank.

    1 to finish the round with.
  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Advanced Members Posts: 3,781 ✭✭
    3 is just the right number, plus the sleeve of 3 fits in the pocket of trousers better than 4 or more.
  • nsxguynsxguy FloridaAdvanced Members Posts: 4,832 ✭✭


    Chalk this one up under "random s*** that I thought of in the shower". Why are "sleeves" of balls always* comprised of 3? What is the purpose of only serving up 3 balls at a time? If the first answer that comes to your mind is "well, duh, to easily contain a dozen balls in a box," then I ask you...why a dozen? And why not 3 4-ball sleeves?



    I'm thinking logistically and economically, and I think companies could be more profitable if they sold boxes with less. The perception of going through them quicker could yield more sales.



    There has to be some logical reason why 3 is the magic number, but I can't come up with it. Is that the average number of balls used per round by the average golfer? I'd think it might be more than that.



    Again, random musings that really require no concrete answer but it just struck me as odd that there is no deviation whatsoever from that standard.





    *I remember Pinnacle made a 4-ball sleeve back in the day and I believe some company had a 5-ball at one point.




    I think you should stop taking showers. image/cheesy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cheesy:' />
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  • Ghost_OrchidGhost_Orchid Golf Junkie Advanced Members Posts: 2,061 ✭✭
    nsxguy wrote:



    Chalk this one up under "random s*** that I thought of in the shower". Why are "sleeves" of balls always* comprised of 3? What is the purpose of only serving up 3 balls at a time? If the first answer that comes to your mind is "well, duh, to easily contain a dozen balls in a box," then I ask you...why a dozen? And why not 3 4-ball sleeves?



    I'm thinking logistically and economically, and I think companies could be more profitable if they sold boxes with less. The perception of going through them quicker could yield more sales.



    There has to be some logical reason why 3 is the magic number, but I can't come up with it. Is that the average number of balls used per round by the average golfer? I'd think it might be more than that.



    Again, random musings that really require no concrete answer but it just struck me as odd that there is no deviation whatsoever from that standard.





    *I remember Pinnacle made a 4-ball sleeve back in the day and I believe some company had a 5-ball at one point.




    I think you should stop taking showers. image/cheesy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cheesy:' />




    Or start taking baths...you'll probably have time to come up with answers.
  • CallWhiteyCallWhitey Members Posts: 24 ✭✭
    Why is it called a “sleeve”?
  • AcmeGolfAcmeGolf Advanced Members Posts: 366 ✭✭
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  • trackcoach13trackcoach13 Advanced Members Posts: 879 ✭✭
    Callaway Rule 35 was sleeve of 5



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  • mjfornmjforn Advanced Members Posts: 199 ✭✭
    Well evdently I must be "Obi Wan Kenobi" Back in the day when there was only one ball manufacturer available and no Sharpies'. A foursome would buy a dozen balls and each player would get a sleeve, with each his own number 1, 2, 3 & 4.







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  • bigmoneypbigmoneyp Advanced Members Posts: 3,169 ✭✭
    I've seen sleeves of 2 and 4 as well but yes 3 is the most common.
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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Advanced Members Posts: 11,364 ✭✭
    Lots of wasted packaging $$$
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  • sandtrapsandtrap Advanced Members Posts: 786 ✭✭
    You used to get 1 titleist in a box
  • GolfTurkeyGolfTurkey Advanced Members Posts: 531 ✭✭
    scotee wrote:


    Tennis is older than golf and T balls come in cans of 3. Love the sound and smell of opening a can of tennis balls! Random thoughts from the shower image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    I used to play a lot of tennis (until my elbow did me in) and the best part by far was opening up a new tin and snorting up a storm!
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