Strange But True: A Ball of a Different Color

For as long as anyone can remember, golf balls have been white. That is beginning to change. Many experts feel that before too long, the white ball will be a museum piece.

Golfers have often complained that it is difficult to follow the flight of a white golf ball as it soars through the air on a long drive. Often it gets lost against the white clouds in the sky. It can also be difficult to locate a white ball that lands in the rough.

A few professional golfers have already switched. They use orange or yellow balls, even in tournaments. Jack Nicklaus, who is color-blind where red and green are concerned, has asked one company to develop a fluorescent golf ball that will be a golden yellow.

From The Giant Book of More Strange But True Sports Stories by Howard Liss. Illustrations by Joe Mathieu.

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