That is what they call it, “The Ball”… Just The Ball, you can purchase it at ineedtheball.com. As described on their website;

    “The only three piece cast urethane Golf Ball with tungsten core technology on the market. “The Ball” combines the makeup of a high-performance ball with the core of a distance ball.”

I urge you to visit their site to learn more as well as read more testimonials in addition to the one I am about to share with you.

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As you can see, the ball makes for some unique photographic opportunities, but how does it perform?

I have been playing golf for quite some time, thus, have seen the technology, and claims of golf balls grow exponentially. I have a draft that is nearing two years old now where I attempted to compare four name brand golf balls. It is still a draft because I quickly discovered that what began as a blog post quickly began to have the potential to be a graduate school dissertation! What is more, as with most “technology” and products these days, I realized that the actual balls I intended to compare would be replaced within the fiscal year.

I make exception here because this ball was touted by a couple people I follow and have connected with on Twitter who made me want to give this ball a try. Those gentlemen can be found at thedkfboys.com, I will let you click that link to find out what The DkF Boys are all about (at your own peril). And a fellow lefty, Adam LaCapra, who you can follow on Twitter @AlaCapra3. I feel like I can help spread the word about this new product, and make a more meaningful impact than reviewing name brand golf balls.

First thing’s first… The “bounce test”, as shown in the following video… The idea is to drop a golf ball from eye level and take notice of how high it bounces, how it sounds on impact with the concrete, etc…

“The Ball” passed that test just fine. Now, on to the course. From the driver to the mid-irons I was very pleased. To catch this ball clean with my driver seemed to yield and additional 5-10 yards carry. To put it another way, I pared a par 5 for the first time with this ball, nearly chipping in for birdie, rolled, and bounced off the pin three inches. 8-Iron through the putter I was not as impressed. I noticed less spin off a solid 9-iron, that is to say, if I were to be aggressive to the pin The Ball would check slightly and release farther than my usual ball, the TaylorMade Penta. Same is true off my putter, the Penta felt far softer than The Ball. Neither of these two experiences should dissuade you from trying The Ball. As they say, “Your results may vary.”

Two other critiques I have that are not really related to The Ball’s performance are the logo and, well, its name.

While I like the logo, especially the green, I found it off-putting while at address, or at least mildly distracting. We are all used to the name brand script on the ball, which is normally small and non obtrusive. At times I would have a tight fairway lie and look down to see circle created by a snake eating itself with powder blue filler. Different, to be sure.

As for The Ball’s name, it can turn into something akin to the “Who’s on First?” by Abbott and Costello routine when discussing with fellow golfers. For example, I gave a number of The Balls away in an effort to help spread the word for ineedtheball.com (you may already see where I’m going with this…) I’d ask after a hole or two, “How’d you like the ball?” Their response, “Which ball?” I found myself struggling to find words to use to have discourse about this ball.

To sum up, I feel this ball is most certainly on par with the “big boys” in every category. As with any golf ball, people will have their preferences. I suggest buying a dozen of these while on your quest to find the ball that best fits your game.