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The Polara Golf Ball
Tom Landers
By Tom Landers
Published on 08/24/2006

A Blast from the Past for the Recreational Golfer

Not everyone is good at golf. The vast majority of golfers are of the recreational variety, playing every so often just to enjoy a fun time out on the course.  Many golfers find golf to be too difficult, though.  The exacting nature of the game often leaves golfers frustrated—in other words, not having fun.  If this is a common problem you experience, then say hello to the Polara golf ball.

The discerning golfer may recognize the Polara.  The ball endured a short production run in the 1970’s, but was finally put to rest after a long, failed battle with the USGA to become approved for tournament play.  Why was it denied approval?  Quite simply, the Polara makes golfers better.  It eliminates over 50% of the sidespin that is created by the golf swing, which in turn eliminates 50% of slice.

One can see why the Polara had difficulty being approved by the USGA.  Most would agree that it would be unfair to use a ball that can enhance your game so much in a tournament setting, but luckily for the golfing public, a group has come along that knows what to do with the Polara.  Called “North of 90” (as in what kind of scores they shoot on the golf course), a company has picked up the patents for the Polara and brought it back to the golfing public. This time around, though, the owners of the Polara have a specific demographic targeted for their ball: recreational golfers.

While it might be unfair to use the Polara in a competitive setting, North of 90 realized that the Polara could have a great impact on golfers who normally shoot high numbers.  These golfers don’t play golf competitively (or at least they shouldn’t!).  More concerned with enjoying their round, these golfers are often the ones that give up golf because it is too difficult.  The Polara will keep them coming back again and again.

The reason the Polara is so good (and also why it’s illegal for tournament play) is its unique dimple design.  Featuring shallow dimples around the edges, or poles, of the ball, and deeper dimples around the equator of the ball, the Polara is an aerodynamic marvel.  The dimple layout allows the ball to follow almost the same rotational path when in the air, making it a “self-correcting” golf ball.  Don’t worry, though.  This won’t affect your putting.

What are the drawbacks to using the Polara?  Apart from the fact that it can’t be used in tournament play (its unique dimple design violates the USGA symmetry rule), there really are none.  Extensive testing concluded that the Polara travels the same distance as any other ball, except for times it was struck by a low-degree driver.  The Polara feels like any other golf ball at the moment of impact, and it rolls just as true as your trusty Titleist.

The founders of North of 90 are just a group of regular golfers that wanted to put the fun back into the game.  In their time golfing, they noticed that most products weren’t geared towards the recreational player.  Co-founder Andy Gesek put it best when he said “I don’t care if a certain club or ball works for Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods.  I care that it works for me.”  With the return of the Polara golf ball, it seems that recreational golfers are finally getting the attention they deserve.

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