Illegal Golf Balls - What Are They And Why Are They Illegal
A golf ball is a golf ball-or is it? Of course most golfers know that the ball itself makes a great difference in the performance of a shot. Manufacturers go to great lengths to produce balls that are made for various types of surfaces, golfer stance and skill, as well as performance enhancing aerodynamics. Over the years there have been balls created that ended up being banned.
Even though these balls are banned many manufacturers still make them and consider their 'outlaw' status a bonus. They even use it as a selling point. The use of banned golf balls by the everyday player is not illegal but it really only hurts the golfer. The added advantage is not a 'true' game improvement because in a 'fair game' a regulation ball would have to be used and the golfer would lose any distance they had with the illegal ball.
Golf balls can have many different technological advances and still be legal. The regulated aspects of a golf ball are speed and size. The pliability of the ball that allows it to compress at impact gives it speed. All golf balls today are made to compress at impact and spring off the club. The illegal balls are even more 'springy' and shoot off faster. The size of the ball matters in volume and weight. The heavier the ball, obviously the slower it will travel. The makers of illegal golf balls seek to make them as lightweight as possible to attain maximum velocity.
The makers of illegal golf balls give their super balls impressive names like Bandit, Pirate, and Desperado. They sound powerful and they are. They will often give a golfer an extra 25 or more yards on their shot.
Cayman is a popular maker of illegal golf balls with its Pirate, and Desperado. Other popular names of illegal balls are The 'A' Ball, and The Hot One. Bandit Golf Company is another of the manufacturers that make balls designed for players wishing to bend the rules in their favor a bit. That's the real allure of illegal golf balls, the ability to add even a few yards and decrease handicaps by a few points. In a game where bragging rights go to the lowest score and business deals and social contacts are won and lost with the swing of a club the overwhelming need to be better faster often makes otherwise normal people want to break the rules and be outlaws. Since it is fairly difficult to tell just by sight which balls are illegal and which are not there is an even greater temptation to cheat just a little. Getting a low handicap while appearing to have everything above board and fair is too much of a temptation for many.
Always remember that unlike many other game improvement technologies in clubs and other golf equipment using illegal balls does not help make you better. Other equipment will aide you in developing your own game to the point of perfection while maximizing your current abilities. Illegal golf balls do not help you in any way except for the temporary increase in distance traveled. If you are in a position where you cannot use the illegal ball you will lose any 'improvement' and in fact may even find yourself having lost ground from where you once were before you began using the illegal golf balls. If true improvement in your personal game is your goal it is best to stay away from illegal equipment and stick to the distance balls and other assistive technology like improvement irons for "inside the law" progress.
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