Golf Hacks: How to make a ball marker with a bottle cap

Forget using a standard quarter or penny — how boring! If you want to use a ball marker that showcases your personality and doubles as a great conversation-starter with your playing partners, try making your own from your favorite beverage’s bottle cap.

How? It’s easier than you think. On the latest episode of’s Golf Hacks, we’ll show you how to do it in 10 easy steps (and make sure to check out the video tutorial above).

Step 1: Gather the necessary materials. You’ll need adhesive (like Gorilla Glue), masking tape, pliers, a file, coins, and of course, your selected bottle caps.

Step 2: Flatten the crimped end of both bottle caps with the pliers.

Step 3: Grind the crimped edges of the bottle caps down until they’re smooth.

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Step 4: File down any sharp edges.

Step 5: Place some masking tape on the logos of your bottle caps to protect them.

Step 6: Fill both bottle caps with your adhesive.

Step 7: Add coins to give your marker your desired weight.

Step 8: Fill in any remaining space in and around the coins with more adhesive.

Step 9: Align the caps and squeeze them together.

Step 10: Peel off the masking tape and clean up the edges with the file.

And, you’ve done it! Now all that’s left to do is enjoy your brand new, homemade ball marker.

Jessica Marksbury

As a four-year member of Columbia’s inaugural class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can out-birdie everyone on the masthead. She can out-hustle them in the office, too, where she’s primarily responsible for producing both print and online features, and overseeing major special projects, such as GOLF’s inaugural Style Is­sue, which debuted in February 2018. Her origi­nal interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November of 2015, and appeared in both in the magazine and in video form on