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Polara’s new golf ball now on the market: A fan’s perspective
Are you like many recreational golfers who slice or hook the golf ball on nearly every shot?
As discussed recently in an online article, there is a new golf ball coming to a store near you that supposedly can fix any golf slice or hook. It is called the Polara Golf Ball, and their website can be found here. What makes this golf ball different than others on the market is that the dimples on the ball are shallower along the center and deeper around the edges.
There is an arrow that goes down the center, and if you align the arrow with the target you are hitting at, the ball will supposedly resist slicing and hooking up to 75 percent. The ball is currently deemed illegal by the USGA and is not allowed on any professional tours, but any weekend or recreational golfer can give it a go and see if it really works.
There is actually a video done by the New York Times where they went to a local golf club and asked people to test the ball out. All of them saw immediate differences in their shots, as they went straighter when using the Polara Golf Ball. As the golf ball has become more and more popular, there are two sides developing: those who say that the ball should be banned and is negative for the game of golf (so-called golf purists) and those who say that the golf ball should be legalized and is positive for the game.
From a golf fan's perspective, I agree more with the latter side in that the Polara Golf Ball can be a tremendous aid to recreational golfers, but I don't believe it should be used on professional tours (they hit it straight enough anyways). I know of personally many golfers who have quit the game of golf because they cannot get the golf ball to go straight no matter what, and this golf ball has the potential of bringing a lot more enjoyment to the game.
Purists say that it somehow takes skill away from the game of golf and should just be a novelty item. What they fail to mention is that the most-used club in a golf bag is the putter, and no tests have been given to prove that the ball works when putting. Golf is a very difficult sport to master, especially if one does not practice often. This golf ball gives the weekend golfer a chance to play more and to get more out of the game of golf. Why would golf purists be against that?
Golf is slowly becoming a dying sport in the United States and this could be a great jump-start to revive it.
Ryan Kekoufksi is a three handicap golfer who has both played and watched the sport for over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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