Yes, golf balls do absorb water and it will affect the performance.
Drying them, even at high temperature does not completely rid the ball of water.
Submersion in water will result in the permanent adverse effect on the performance of the ball.
Do golf balls degrade in water?
After just twelve hours in the water, the outermost layer of the golf ball allows water to enter into the ball. But if golf balls sit in the water for longer periods of time, permanent damage will be result.
What happens to a golf ball in water?
When a golf ball is submerged in a lake or pond, it will begin to absorb water. It takes about 12 hours for water to penetrate the cover and find its way to the core. There are certain variables that will affect how much water a ball absorbs: The type of ball (2-piece, 3-piece, 4-piece)
Do golf balls deteriorate?
Unless you store your golf balls in an environment with an extreme temperature — a freezer, for example, or during summer in the trunk of your car — they will last for years. “Under normal storage conditions — 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit — a golf ball can last forever,” states The Golf Professor.
Does a golf ball lose distance over water?
Our divers on average dive a golf course 2 times a year (every 6 months). Even more if the course has a lot of play. And the Oakland University research study shows that if a new golf ball sits in water for up to 5 months – and maybe longer – there is no discernible loss in distance or performance.