When it comes to putting an identifying mark on a golf ball, it can be as simple as a dot or line for putter alignment.
Or, it can get a lot more elaborate.
We reached out to the hundreds of thousands of our followers in PGA.com Facebook Nation to ask the question: How do you mark your golf ball?
You guys came through, as usual, with loads of great answers. Here are nine of our favorites, who also included a photo of their art work... some of them with the kind of art that'd be sure to make you feel even worse than you already did about losing that little, white nugget.
9. Eric Newbold submitted this photo of his golf ball with a logo for "The Punisher," a comic-book character from the Marvel Universe.
8. Ken Dresser provided this photo of, presumably his favorite sports team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since this writer is a big-time Boston Bruins fan, I got a kick out of the first comment under Dresser's post from a Facebook user named TherealMike Traficante Sr.: "Always 'losing' that ball, eh?"
7. William L. Wilson sent us a photo of his TaylorMade golf ball with loads of creative swirls.
6. Jose Luis Alcala Escobedo kept it simple with some orange strips that almost resemble one of the rocks you find at a driving range. Perhaps it works well for reverse psychology on water holes. Everyone has that golf buddy who uses a "lousy" ball on water holes "just in case" he hits it in the water, right? Well, with this art of range-ball-looking deception, you can still use your coveted Pro V1 without losing it!
5. Zachary Arms, clearly proud of his Irish roots, opts for a clover on his golf ball. His profile picture also featured him wearing a hat with a clover. Luck of the Irish? On the golf course, you'll take any luck you can get.
4. This entry from Juan Carlos RJ made us think it might take him longer to draw on his dozen golf balls than it does to complete an 18-hole round of golf. That is some elaborate work!
3. Chris Gagle sent us the first of two submissions with a box full of golf balls featuring smiley faces. I like the idea of looking down at a smiling face before hitting my shot. Maybe it's a good reminder that you're enjoying a day on the course instead of doing something else.
2. Gaggles second entry included scenes of winter. Very cool design, but it sort of feels like you're tempting fate, or spitting in the eyes of the Golf Gods by drawing a snowman on your golf ball.
1. Finally, Rob Thomas sent along a photo of his golf ball keeping it simple with a smiley face.