Why Golf Balls Can't Stop Oil Leaks
By Kickntrue on 5/31/10
Umm... because they're designed to play golf with and not stop oil leaks? Seems obvious enough but CNN.com did a whole story about it.
Golf balls were selected as part of the 'junk shot' because they are small enough to plug gaps between the rope and tires and strong enough to withstand the pressure of the oil which is gushing out with significant force.

Whether Titleist, Callaway or any other make (BP were unable to confirm either the brand or numbers used) golf balls are designed to withstand 2,000 pounds of force from a club making them a good candidate to withstand the high pressure oil leak.

Engineers first used the 'junk shot' to quell the 1991 Kuwait oil fires but never at such depths. The fact that the Deepwater Horizon leak is 5,000 feet below the surface of the ocean is thought to be the reason the technique did not succeed. "I don't think we'll be using golf balls again," commented Williams. US President Barack Obama said the failure of the earlier "top kill" plan was "heartbreaking".
Junk Shot Fail! Top Kill Fail! Golf Ball Fail!

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[ comments ]
srogers13 says:
Isn't it bad karma to intentionally hit balls into a water hazard?
Banker85 says:
this oil spill is really crazy, someone is going to pay dearly for this.
tennesseeboy says:
For Sale. 100000 slightly oily golf balls. Only used for one hole.
srogers13 says:
Oily balls=less slice
BobAnk says:
wet and oily, what a great combo!
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