Polara’s Illegal Ultimate Straight Golf Ball Eliminates Hooks and Slices

Polara has been plagued with its own problems. Back in 2017 the company had to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But one thing that they’ve definitely got right is their golf ball. The popular ball originally debuted in the 1970s with a design that helped players to eliminate their slicing tee shots. The ball is back again, though, and you can improve your game just by adding this ball to your repertoire.

According to Polara, the ball can turn what would normally be a 100 foot slice into a 25 foot slice using the exact same swing. In other words, instead of going out of bounds and never finding the ball again, you’ll be catching the edge of the fairway. The ball is able to do this because of the shallow and deep dimples. These dimples lower lift and reduce drag while also enhancing weight distribution. “This reduction in lift translates directly into a reduction of the force tending to cause the ball to curve from a straight trajectory, resulting in a hook or slice,” says Polara.

Polara's 'Illegal' Golf Balls

The ball couldn’t be simpler to use. Just use the arrow on the ball to align it with your shot, then fire away. It’s really that simple. PGA professional Rick Shiels put the ball to the test in a YouTube video. For the video, Shiels hit two shots—one with a regular Taylormade TP5 ball and the other with the Polara Ultimate Straight ball. He attempted to create a slice shot for both. The Taylormade performed as expected, flying off to the right and into the woods. The Polara ball, however, compensated for the slice and flew straight.

Of course, such a ball is illegal in tournament play, but if you’re just wanting to have a less frustrating day on the green, then you might want to pick one of these balls up. It might just give you a sense of what it’s like to play on the level of someone like Tiger Woods.

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