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Lobster Shell Golf Balls To Re-ignite Popular Cruise Past-time?

Scientists at the University of Maine believe they have come up with the ideal solution for those who like hitting a few golf balls whilst at sea.

In years gone by, hitting golf balls off the deck of a cruise ship was quite a popular pastime for cruisers who were coming to terms with missing out on their regular golfing fix whilst at sea. This liberating exercise came to an end in 1988 when an international treaty banned the dumping of plastic goods in the ocean – including golf balls. Whilst some cruise lines already offer biodegradable balls to their passengers, the University of Maine has taken the idea one step further: lobster shell golf balls.

Fusing together the remnants of unused lobster shells together with a standard house-hold glue product, scientists at the university have designed biodegradable golf balls which will not only break up after a few weeks in the water, but will also make use of the bits of lobster shells currently sent to landfill sites as up until now there has not been any further use for them.

The ball’s developers have also been impressed with the performance of their lobster shell golf ball – after all, an eco-friendly replica won’t win many supporters if it doesn’t actually perform like a real golf ball. Alex Caddell, an undergraduate student at the university is a keen golfer believes the ball is as close to the real thing as you can possibly get:

“The flight properties are amazing…it doesn’t fly quite as far as a regular golf ball, but we’re actually getting a similar distance to other biodegradable golf balls.”

The balls are also cheaper to produce than their other biodegradable counterparts – with the production costing as little as 11p per ball.