Nanotech golf ball corrects its own flight

Scientists are trying to use nanotechnology to cure diseases, ameliorate the energy crisis and reduce golf scores.

Buffalo, N.Y.-based NanoDynamics has come up with a golf ball that can correct its own flight path so it flies straighter than conventional balls. The ball won’t shift 45 degrees in midair, but the design of the ball–and the materials it’s made of–serve to better channel the energy received from the club head and thus correct a wobble or slight drift.

“It also behaves much more controllably on a putting surface, which is how we hope to get interest on the pro circuit,” said Keith Blakely, CEO of NanoDynamics. “It has a reduced tendency to break. It doesn’t pop or jump or roll.”

The ball, which is expected to hit stores in the spring of 2005 and cost $7 to $8 apiece, is one of a slew of nanotechnology products aimed at the increasingly obsessive sports market.