OMG! Did you just see that?

What…how…give me another one.  I have to see that again!

The reaction is almost always the same.  No matter what the age and regardless of the handicap, this golf product seems to perform the same magic trick over and over again. But, I bet the majority of you have never heard if it, and almost guaranteed to have never played one.

We had heard about this magic trick hundreds of times over the years.  That in combination with all the commentary on the death of golf, gave us an idea.

Could a single product not only cure the biggest problem golfers admit to having in surveys but also help save the game at the same time?

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Warning:  This product up to this point has been considered taboo to talk about in foursomes much less put in play.

80-90% of golfers admit to having struggled with a slice sometime in their life. FACT.

But, what if there was a product that could reduce that number to just 5%?

There is.

“But this is cheating.”   “It defeats the purpose of golf.”

All valid points.  But at MyGolfSpy, we don’t make the rules, we test golf products.  We are also passionate advocates for the game.  100% Pro-Consumer. That being said, we know that the fastest way to have a golfer become a golfer for life is for that golfer to do 3 things:  Hit one on the screws, get his/her first par and making a birdie.

The faster a golfer does these 3 things, the faster they become golfers for life and the faster our game grows.

And what is legal and what isn’t is quite arbitrary if we are being completely honest.  Harrison Shotmaker, reduced slices by up to 45%, totally legal.  Oversize drivers, allowing for much longer and straighter drives, totally legal.  Literally rocket science golf ball technologies implemented by Titleist, Bridgestone, Snell, all totally legal.  This dimple pattern on this ball, totally illegal.  Why?  You will have to take that up with the USGA.

That brings us back to the test.  We have 500,000 golfers that trust MyGolfSpy every single month.  We take equipment testing extremely seriously.  That being said, we hope all the foot wedge haters and mulligan shamers can keep an open parachute just long enough to take a look at the data and consider the possible implications. After that, feel free to express your rage, utter contempt ands distaste for anything that might ruin the game you so love.  Just remember many of the products in your bag right now have walked a fine line between legal and illegal over the past 50 years.

The Test

Andrew Rice a Team MyGolfSpy Member and one of the most highly acclaimed golf teachers in the world was just as curious.  So we had him perform the same test as well. The information you see below is the data collected from this exact test.

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“I have never before seen anything in golf, from training aids to equipment innovation, that has had such a direct positive effect on the outcome of any golf shot as the Polara XD golf ball.” – Andrew Rice (Team MyGolfSpy Member)

In my opinion this ball has the ability to change the way golfers are introduced to the game. Imagine using a ball that only flies straight off the tee box for your first dozen rounds? We are talking serious enjoyment here. Who wouldn’t want to hit shots that self-corrected in mid-flight?

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TEST #1 – Polara XD Ball

Ball Tested: Polara XD Golf Ball
Claim: Up to 50% reduction of hook and slice & equal distance to top-selling golf balls on market
Testers: 6
Shots: 48 per ball type

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HOW WE TESTED

Each test subject hit balls in varying order. They hit four of one type, four of another, four of another and started the order again until they had hit 8 shots with each ball. Players used there own club and were all standout NCAA Div 1 golfers (except for myself).

They were told to hit the same fade/slice with every swing and to start the ball at the target and try to shape it away from the target. Distances were plotted using a marker and a range finder. * Excessive slices or pulls/draws were eliminated from the data.

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FINAL RESULTS: Polara XD:

Polara XD: (38 kept shots) 262.3 yds and 5.2 yds average right of the target line.

Ball A: (37 shots kept) 263.0 yds and 14.0 yds average right of target line.

Ball B:  (36 shots kept) 262.8 yds and 10.9 yds average right of the target line.

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Observations (Test #1):

One of the top amateurs in the country said that after hitting the Polara and moving back to “Ball A” “It so nice to see a ball go right!”

The difference was noticeable to all players and they all commented about how the ball seemed to wiggle itself straight. They almost all asked if the ball was legal.

I would very much encourage higher handicap golfers to play with this ball as the increase in control and enjoyment would only serve the growth of the game. As you can tell, I am high on the Polara XD, but, for all of the wrong reasons, I don’t believe it will gain much of a following. Golfers want the most out of their equipment, but they don’t want to open themselves up to the derision of their playing partners or feel like they’re cheating. And this ball will make you feel like you’re cheating!

My take: If you’re an 18 handicap or higher golfer you should be playing this ball! Golf is a game and we play games for entertainment and enjoyment. It really was so much fun ripping drivers without any concern for the ball veering off-line. At the very least give it a try…

* MyGolfSpy and Andrew Rice have no affiliation with the Polara Golf Ball company.

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TEST #2 – Polara Ultra Straight

Ball Tested: Polara US Golf Ball
Claim: Up to 75% reduction of hook and slice
Testers: 6
Shots: 48 per ball type

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HOW WE TESTED

Each test subject hit balls in varying order. They hit four of one type, four of another, four of another and started the order again until they had hit 8 shots with each ball. Players used there own club and were all standout NCAA Div 1 golfers (except for myself).

They were told to hit the same fade/slice with every swing and to start the ball at the target and try to shape it away from the target. Distances were plotted using a marker and a range finder. * Excessive slices or pulls/draws were eliminated from the data.

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FINAL RESULTS: Polara  Ultimate Straight:

Polara US: 2.6 yds RIGHT of target line (39 measured shots)

Ball 1: 17.8 yds RIGHT of target line (37 measured shots)

Ball 2: 14.7 yds RIGHT of the target line (38 measured shots)

We recruited six skilled golfers to hit the shots on a steamy and wind-less day. All the golfers have handicaps below five and were purposefully trying to hit a slice that started down the target line and veered right. All shots were hit with the provided Polara 12 degree Stiff shafted driver.

Tester Comments:

  • “It’s literally impossible to curve this ball!”
  • “Is this legal?”
  • “No matter what I do, I cannot slice it.”
  • “Silly straight!”

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OBSERVATIONS (Test #2):

The Polara US flew at about half the height of the other two and as a result the carry was significantly less. That being said the total distance was not significantly different as the two standard balls all stopped quickly. The two standard balls seemed to suffer from being hit with such a lofted driver and flew overly high, which was to be expected. The Polara had almost as many shots finish left of the line as it did to the right. It really was impossible to curve – quite amazing actually!

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