Oval GolfCross® Ball
the oval GolfCross® ball in your
hand and you're unmistakably holding a golf ball. It has the same
smooth white dimpled exterior you know so well and it's about
the same size and weight, but what makes it so intriguing is that
it's oval instead of round.
more than 500 years golf balls have been as perfectly spherical
as we can make them, so why, you may ask, would anybody want to
mess with something that has such a proven record? Have we somehow
had it wrong for five centuries? Not at all; the round ball is
exactly right for golf, which like soccer, requires that it be
played along the ground as well as in the air. Nothing but a perfectly
round ball can be accurately putted across the smooth surface
of a green and into a hole, but if a game has no need for the
ball to roll towards a target, then the oval shape, which is easier
to control and capable of more flight path variations, becomes
an interesting alternative.
you play with the oval GolfCross® ball
you'll be playing with a genuinely smart ball, which despite appearances,
is actually more aerodynamically stable than the round one you
know so well. Amongst other things it will enable you to:
the ball straight every time.
controlled slices and hooks, when you want to, with ease.
the degree of fade or draw you require.
backspin - even with a wood or out of the rough.
top-spin to achieve long low running shots and;
you really want to show off, do double curves and play tunes!
an oval GolfCross® ball requires
only one stroke, a clean hit, most beginners through to good players
can achieve this (even if they do end up putting a huge amount
of spin on the ball, which with a round ball would end up in a
hook or slice, but as you already know, in GolfCross® will
end up with a perfectly straight shot).
it is perfectly round, there is only one-way to position a golf
ball, but the oval GolfCross® ball
can be positioned in many ways, each of which results in a different
flight pattern. There are four
basic positions, which are used to achieve specific types
of shot when playing the oval GolfCross® ball.
the flight of the ball is controlled by the way it's angled, you're
allowed to pick it up and position it within one foot (30cm) from
where it lies, but not nearer the goal
or into the yard. You can 'tee-up'
your ball in the yard but only where is lies. You can't position
your ball in a 'heavy rough', a hazard or sand bunkers.
flight patterns required from controlled hooks and slices, stopping
the ball dead on landing, bringing the ball backwards and even
achieving the 'snake shot' are all achieved as simply as using
the correct ball positioning on the tee cup.
more detailed information see the Rules &
Etiquette of GolfCross.
high-grip rubber tee cup is used that makes it easy to hold the
oval GolfCross® ball at the correct
angle. The tee cup is stretched over a regular tee after pushing
the tee through the bottom of the cup. The ball may be either set
on top of the cup at a variety of angles or held by pressing the
mouth of it over the sharp end of the ball so that it sucks onto
the oval GolfCross® ball flies straight;
of its aerodynamic complexity, the oval ball is easier to control
and can be made to fly straight or curve simply by adjusting its
position. When positioned vertically, the oval ball is almost impossible
to hook or slice because it has two axes of spin; slicing your club
across the face of the ball has no effect because the sideways spin
that results is immediately counteracted by the ball's simultaneous
tumbling spin. Each half revolution the ball makes as it tumbles
through the air reverses the direction of the sideways spin that
causes a round golf ball to curve.
it can fly round corners;
oval GolfCross® ball will curve in
a pre-set direction because once it has been set spinning on a particular
axis it maintains its angle of orientation in space in the same
way as a spinning gyroscope or frisbee. If the ball's angle of rotation
is leaning over to one side then it will curve round to that side.
Four Basic Positions & Playing The Oval GolfCross®
Reflected - For Maximum Distance
For maximum distance, the ball is angled back to reflect, or be
parallel with, the loft angle of the club face. The reflected ball
has minimal back spin, an efficient trajectory and runs on.
Upright For Back Spin
To apply backspin, even with a driver, so that the ball stops quickly
on landing, position it vertically. This allows the club face to strike
below the centre of the ball which gives it plenty of backspin and
a higher trajectory. The ball tumbles rapidly backwards with a high
pitched hum, the higher the pitch, the greater the speed of spin and
the shorter the flight of the ball. Reduce backspin by leaning the
ball back slightly. The vertical ball struck with a wedge gives maximum
backspin and is the safest shot round the goal as the ball is less
likely to run off if the goal is missed.
Torpedo For Top Spin
When the ball is laid horizontally and hit on one sharp end while
the other end faces the target like a torpedo, the resulting top
spin produces a long, low, bounding flight.
Angled For Fades & Draws
Hitting fades or draws and controlled slices and hooks is simply a
matter of setting the spin axis of the ball. The further over it is
angled to one side the greater will be the movement to that side.
You'll find that the more the ball is angled over the flatter its
trajectory will be, resulting in a more oblique angle of decent with
greater run-on. Unstable flight will result if the ball is fangled,
reflected when it is also angled left or right.
tip for all of the above shots; Ensure that the ball, for the upright
shot is absolutely vertical i.e. not leaning forwards, backwards,
left or right. For other shots ensure it only leans one way, the
way you want it to fly i.e. backwards, left or right but not across
two planes i.e. backwards and right as this will result in an erratic
The book; GolfCross® - The Definitive
Guide is a very handy book to keep in your golf bag that gives
detailed information on how to position and play the ball, which
is available along with other product from the On-Line