Polara Balls Fly Straight; Illegal
By Kickntrue on 7/7/11
Polara golf balls were introduced 30 years ago, but quickly were banned by the USGA. They're BAAACCK!
In the 70s, two scientists invented a self-correcting golf ball -- one that automatically flies straight. Thanks to physics and a clever dimple design that reduced the sidespin causing hooks and slices, the company sold more than 300,000 balls by the early 80s. Recreational golfers rejoiced -- until the United States Golf Association outlawed the "Polara" golf ball in 1981.

When the ball was originally introduced, it met all USGA guidelines in place at that time,” Dave Felker, head of technology and chairman at Polara Golf, told FoxNews.com. That is, until the USGA created a new “symmetry” rule that eliminated only the Polara, Felker said. The USGA then settled with the creators, before the ball was quietly retired in 1985.

Over twenty-five years and one new patent owner later, the amazing, self-correcting Polara golf ball is back, much like the game itself in the past decade.

“Our goal this year was to launch the product in the U.S. alone via e-commerce and some limited retail strategies,” Felker said. “When our servers crashed for 12 hours after numerous requests from 128 countries, we realized there was a lot more pent-up demand and interest in a golf ball that goes up to 75 percent straighter.”
I can see 2 reasons to play with these balls. The first would be because you just don't care about golf too much and want it to be more fun and easier. I think most of us oobers probably do not fall into this category. I mean, marking every round as a "practice round" would be a pain. I'm sure plenty of golfers throughout the world do fit here though. Golfers from the video in the article seem to think they're great.

The second use of these balls well, it's flat out cheating, but frankly, it's a much better "use" for the ball if you're going to bother. I would never play in a stroke play tournament with balls like these (beyond that being "really" cheating, who knows how they'd handle around the green), but man, it sure would be easy in a 4-man scramble to sneak the Polara onto the tee- hitting straight drives down the gut, and then switching it out for a Nike 20XI ball in the fairway. Of course... I'd never advocate this usage. It's cheating (you can buy them below)!

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dartboss04 says:
"you can also sew a hidden subpocket in your khaki pants to house the polara in case of any questioning"
dartboss04 says:
i think you're hypothetical cheating example is a bit too detailed ;)...
legitimatebeef says:
There must be some downsides to this ball. Has to be. I'm guessing distance will suffer, as will control of approach shots, wedge spin, etc. What about workability? Most good golfers want to move the ball at least some of the time.

USGA shouldn't even acknowledge every two bit innovation that comes out. Besides this ball design seems to me to conform to the basic spirit of the rules. It has no moving parts and it's spherical. ALL dimples make a ball fly better. To ban a ball because you don't agree with the results produced by its particular dimple pattern seems totally arbitrary. Why not go back to the smooth gutta percha ball.
TeT says:
I want to see bubba watson work this ball, he would be a cussing fool. From what I remember, it was hard to do anything with the ball period; outside of whaling the crapola out of it straight down the gut.. I had forgotten all about these but a friend at my Grandmas country club was given a box by his dad back in the day... The worst you could really do was top it or pop it...
Banker85 says:
i am sure you could still pull and push the ball left and right with these balls but ya i was thinking the same thing for a scramble. i would think around the greens would be hard to control though and wouldnt hold. but off the tee who cares. See if you guys could get some and test em out for us.
accarson3 says:
Check out their website...a "free" sleeve of balls is offered for $7.95 shipping...why not?
bkuehn1952 says:
I recall reading a review of the Polara's performance. A player will lose significant distance as a trade-off for the straighter ball flight. Also, one must align the ball to take advantage of the non-symmetrical dimple pattern. So once you have hit a tee shot, you need to move the ball on the fairway to re-align the dimple pattern.
dtak84 says:
I had a dozen of these and can't say they worked very well. You do lose distance, and these balls are rock hard.
My normal shot shape with driver is a fade. When I really go after it, I can slice like any high hc. Using these balls, going after it hard, I still can produce a slice that flys 50yds right. Same with one of my playing partners.
So, for us, the ball didn't work, and it's rock hard.
wrhall02 says:
I'm not interested hitting these balls. I like to work on a variety of shots. Planning and executing a high soft landing fade or hitting a mini draw that runs out is an awesome feeling.
Cheating is easy, but why would anyone cheat in a scramble??? Being ethical is very important to me regardless of the format or circumstances. No wonder I never do well in scrambles!!!
SD Charlie says:
I have about a dozen of these (was testing for another golf website), and they do work. They minimize the effects of side-spin, but they can't get rid of them completely. If you have a 2-fairway slice, it'll turn it into a right rough slice. They need a little bit of loft to maintain distance, and you're usually better off with a 3-wood off the tee. It's kinda neat watching the ball self-correct as it travels down the fairway. They offer two versions (2-piece and 3-piece). The 3-piece ball is just ok around the green. The cover is just too hard to really get any kind of spin on it. Putting feel is a little hard / clicky as well. They're good for those beer-drinking rounds, or rounds where you just can't afford to lose another ball.
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