Sport: A Solid Success

As just about every golfer not in the P.G.A. class soon learns, golf balls are deceptively fragile items. They are prone to chipping, cracking or denting when not stroked properly. Keeping an adequate supply on hand makes the game an expensive pastime. Now modern manufacturing techniques are taking away much of the strain. At least four firms, including the Faultless Rubber Co. of Ashland, Ohio, and the Chemold Corp. of Jamaica, N.Y., are making "solid-state" balls that are all but indestructible.

Unlike conventional balls, which have gelatinous centers encased in hard rubber, various layers of rubber windings and dimpled hides of...

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