Recycle Dixon golf balls and get a deal on new ones

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Actor Don Cheadle with green golf ballThe Dixon Earth, said to be the world's first fully recyclable high-performance golf ball, is designed to help players go green, if not hit the green. But amid all the buzz it's generating through celebrity users such as Don Cheadle, one other benefit has been obscured: the ball can save golfers money.

Dixon deducts $1 off a new Dixon Earth dozen for every used Earth ball returned. Given that a box of a dozen Dixon Earth balls costs $39.95 -- about average for a ball in its class -- golfers can slice $12 off each purchase for a total of $27.95 per box. For comparison's sake, popular Titleist balls listed at a major sports chain start at $45.99 for a dozen.

"With the discount you get a ball for $28 that plays better than other $28 balls available and you're helping save the environment," Dixon spokesman John Glynn told WalletPop. The company also offers 50 cents off for every non-Dixon ball returned as well.

"Improve your game. Improve the world," reads the Dixon website. Regular golf balls on the market contain nonconvertible synthetics and metal pollutants such as tungsten that can seep into the ground when a ball lands in a water hazard. Old balls also choke up landfills. The Dixon Earth is composed entirely of polymers that can be converted into such items as field turf or playground equipment after the golf ball's life, Glynn said.

The Dixon ball is not biodegradable but is completely recyclable, he pointed out. "We are the only golf company that incentivizes golfers to recycle golf balls," Glynn said.

Word has gotten out in the media and among the many showbiz types who play. Actor Don Cheadle approached Dixon and said he would use the ball without endorsement compensation, Glynn said. Kevin Sorbo of TV's "Hercules" also has played with the ball.

Even with Dixon's profit-cutting rebate, a little birdie tells us that the manufacturer should make out just fine. According to Golf Digest, a Dixon consumer study indicated that only 10% of the balls would be returned anyway.
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