Polara Golf Balls

Polaris Golf Balls

Ok, you have not played golf in six months and the last time was no picnic; as a matter of fact it was kind of embarrassing. In three days you are scheduled to tee off with the boss, so unless you can convince Hank Haney to squeeze you in, you are royally screwed. As we all know, golf can be a frustrating game, but for the occasional golfer, it can be a downright nightmare. Well, get ready to meet Polara Golf Balls – your short term solutions for the shanks, slices and pulls.

For us golf nuts, we play regularly and take our game seriously, but for most people golf happens every couple of months (at best). I think part of the reason many people only play sparingly is because it is not much fun when it requires a dozen balls to get through a round. While Polara golf balls will not fix your swing (and technically not USGA approved for sanctioned tournaments) they will dramatically reduce your misses which means you can start hitting out of the fairway more than the trees. So if you have become frustrated with the game, Polara golf balls might be just the solution you are looking for.

Polaris Golf Balls

Here is how Polara explains how they work:

The secret behind the self correcting antislice golf ball technology is all in the dimple pattern. Straighter shots are a result of two factors: lower lift and a preferred spin-axis

1) Lower Lift: The golf balls have shallower dimples around the equator and deeper dimples on each pole which produces significantly lower lift (and lower drag as well) than a normal golf ball. 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.

2) Preferred spin-axis: The Polara’s unique dimple pattern also results in a moment of inertia (MOI) asymmetry. By removing more dimple volume from the polar regions adjacent to the low-dimple-volume band, the weight distribution of the ball is modified and the resulting ball exhibits an MOI difference between the poles-horizontal (PH) and other orientations. This results in a “preferred” spin axis going through the poles of the ball. This preferred spin-axis tends to reduce hooks or slices when the golf ball is struck in a manner which would normally cause “side-spin” or tilting of the spin-axis.

So here is what happened when we took them out on the course: What’s really great, is that they not only go straight, but they have the legitimate feel of a regular golf ball. There is no crazy weighting or anything like that, and they have spin that is comparable to other 2 piece and 3 piece balls around the green. We hit a number of different kinds of shots, including drives where we purposely hit hooks and slices, and other similar shots with irons off of tees, and from the fairway. The results were pretty remarkable – we cracked up when we would set up to hammer a 30 yard hook that just rocketed down the middle of the fairway. And they feel good off the putter, without any kind of strange roll across the green.

Tired of this 2nd shot (or 4th)?

In short, we think that you’ll have a lot of fun playing these balls if you are an occasional golfer who prefers to play from the short grass more than you are concerned with meeting USGA Tournament guidelines. In today’s world of golf improving equipment, I see the Polara ball as just another way to help your ball striking. Heck, if they bring more fun to your game then I say “go for it”!

You can learn more about Polara Golf Balls on their website.

Written by Wade Baynham
Single-digit handicap, who learned golf in his early 20′s from my former father-in-law, a long time PGA tour and Champions tour player. I enjoy studying the golf swing and occasionally give golf lessons.