Golf Ball Made from Lobster Shells
By mustang6560 on 3/31/11
The University of Maine is taking the whole biodegradable golf ball idea to the next level.

A team of researchers developed the first golf made from used lobster shells. And supposedly, the lobster golf balls perform very similar to traditional golf balls. The difference is the lobster ball will start to decompose in water after a few days.

Sustainability is a very good thing. If the researchers could prove the lobster ball will not negatively impact a golfer's game, I could see it catching on among the general golfing community. Not only is it "eco-friendly", it is also cheap. Their saying this golf ball is only going to cost about $1 per ball.

Check out this video about the lobster ball.





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Kickntrue says:
it may play close to a regular ball that also costs $1/per, but until the lobster ball plays like a prov1 and costs the same as a noodle, it's not going to catch on. I get the impact for the environment, but I don't really want a golf ball decomposing in my bag. If they could get these made really cheap- I could see them catching on for hitting range balls into the ocean.
3/31/11
 
mustang6560 says:
The cruise industry is definitely a target for the lobster golf ball. Is your golf bag made up of water?
3/31/11
 
bducharm says:
LOL @mustang - you know, if they were edible, then maybe!!!
3/31/11
 
mustang6560 says:
What if with every purchase of Maine lobster you get a sleeve of lobster golf balls?
3/31/11
 
Jattruia says:
Would you only be able to play in perfect dry conditions? How about morning dew? Must destroy the ball.
3/31/11
 
Jattruia says:
...plus i'd assume lobster balls would be too small.
3/31/11
 
Banker85 says:
kickntrue is Hatin! hey Kick, how about you contribute to foreplay then!?
3/31/11
 
Kickntrue says:
@Banker85- If I contributed as much, nobody would read Mustang Sally, and watching him mope around the office is just pathetic.
3/31/11
 
homermania says:
Will they scream if you hit them into a boiling water hazard?
3/31/11
 
mustang6560 says:
My rebuttal is a link to a story that Kickntrue wrote with 0 comments:

www.oobgolf.com/content/fore+play/1-4500-This_Ai
3/31/11
 
Kickntrue says:
@mustang... you know how in sports- the ultimate rebuttal and conversation ender is a single cry of "scoreboard?"

Well... "Paycheck!"

HAHA
3/31/11
 
mustang6560 says:
What a snob-ass...
3/31/11
 
birdieXris says:
They do have water-biodegradable balls now. I don't know what the shell is made from but they dissolve into fishfood. This would be cooler though because the ones that are used now don't fly anywhere like normal golf balls. Cool idea.
3/31/11
 
Banker85 says:
total snob ass. too good to write for the foreplay now that he is makin the big bucks

hey Kick he is wrong that link to your riveting post has two posts... check em out!
3/31/11
 
Banker85 says:
I would say though that it took me a while to get use to Mustangs posts vs. Kickntrue's as i was accustomed to your writing style?. But Mustang Sally is growing on us oobers! Keep it Mustang!
3/31/11
 
Banker85 says:
oh last post on this. +1 to Homermania and The Mustache Ride. LOL

also i feel one should be an addict to talk as much as i do on the posts with any credability that said i will be renewing my membership very very soon! great site!
3/31/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
I'll need a new lob-ster wedge.
3/31/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
Im wondering what the lobsters are thinking about whose sustainability this contributes to.
3/31/11
 
mmontisano says:
hmmmm......that first bounce in the beginning of the video didn't look too good.
3/31/11
 
Neo says:
I don't think these balls will break down in your bag (probably sealed) and definitely would not break down over the course of a single golf round. They said that they "begin to break down (in the water) after 7 days". Open a sleeve and use the those for your round. Any you don't use can be tossed.

In any case, I'm all for more eco-friendly developments in our game. Next up, beach golf!
3/31/11
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
I assume the lobster shells are used for the cover of the ball, but what about the innards? Are they environmentally correct? Dolphin-free?
3/31/11
 
Kickntrue says:
If this were posted today instead of yesterday, wouldn't it just reek of an internet April 1st joke?
4/1/11
 
homermania says:
Can we add an Oob stat for all these +1's?
4/1/11
 
Kickntrue says:
@Homermania- It's a good idea but I don't think we want to step on Google's toes. Pretty sure they just launched their +1 service this week.
4/1/11
 
bortass says:
+1
4/1/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
"I'm wondering what the lobsters are thinking about whose sustainability this contributes to"

Ha! Brilliant, KTK.
4/1/11
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
@kickntrue, in place of a Facebook-style "Like" or "+1" button, I would respectfully suggest a button to work just like Drew Carey's point system on the old ABC series "Whose Line Is It Anyway." We could have a button to click saying "1000 points".

KTK: You're right. I meant to mention the "dolphin-free golf ball innards" with a ":-P" and forgot it. Some consumers complain about dolphins getting caught in tuna nets. What about... THE TUNA!!! I'll bet they're not happy about THEIR reduced "sustainability"!!! Hmmm... tuna-flavored golf balls. A good marketer could make a joke about how their balls get in "the jar" faster and smell delicious, too.
4/1/11
 
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