Maxfli Noodle Ice balls
It’s probably just as well my group were not drawn to play off the first tee of The De Vere Belfry’s Brabazon course last week, or I might have received some ‘knowing looks’ from the local green staff, assembled and ready to snigger.
Instead, the luck of the shotgun draw had me teeing up my pink Noodle Ice test ball on the par-5 17th, sheltered by trees from prying eyes.
Even so, my playing partners were a little embarrassed to witness my outrageous nerve at teeing up a pink ball in such famous surroundings.
But sometimes you have to suffer for your art and I’m an experienced enough golfer not to let such antics worry me...much.
In fact, my Noodle Ice – officially the colour is ‘raspberry’ and also available in tangerine, lime and lemon – performed just as you would expect from a quality Maxfli ball, despite its luminous core which beams through its transparent Surlyn cover.
As the makers predict, the colour tends to concentrate the mind at address, is easier to track in flight and stands out like a beacon in the rough – a shot saver in itself.
I became so attached to it that I returned to a traditional white ball when danger of losing it threatened at several of the Brabazon’s water-influenced holes and in a follow-up round on my home course.
From medium and short irons the ball had a penetrating flight with little deviation through the air and on several occasions pitched and stopped within a few feet of impact on the putting surface – not unlike a Pro V1 and at less than half the price. It was durable, too, with only minor abrasions from sand escapes after the equivalent of two rounds.
On the greens it was difficult to leave my pink ball short which is good news for those of us who play our winter golf on slow surfaces and again the colour tended to encourage concentration at impact.
While this might not be a ball for the discerning chauvinist golfer prepared to risk his masculinity in front of his mates on a Sunday morning, it’s a great idea for encouraging youngsters. And the special edition packs currently selling like hot cakes in the US could well make a big impact over here, too.
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