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Jack Nicklaus Joins the Golf Ball Business

Posted by Dan Hauser on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at 2:07pm.

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Jack Nicklaus has certainly left his stamp on the game of golf over the years. One of the best golfers every to play professionally, the Lost Tree resident holds the record for most major wins in a career at 18. In addition to his many accolades and place in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Nicklaus has been very active in golf course design since retiring. He has designed and built courses all over the world including the Bears Club in Jupiter and Murfield Village in Ohio, home to this week's Presidents Cup matches. Nicklaus can now add golf ball designer to all his other accolades as well.

The 18-time major winner announced on Monday that he is throwing his hat into the golf ball business with his release of the Nicklaus line of golf balls. The new line will include three different golf balls that each correspond to the tee that a player normally uses on the course.

"The idea of creating three balls corresponds to the teeing areas golfers typically play," Nicklaus said. "The Nicklaus White ball is designed for the players who might typically play the forward or white tees. Nicklaus Blue is designed for players who would typically play the middle or blue tees. And, finally, Nicklaus Black is designed for the single-digit or better golfer who generally plays from the back tees."

The golf balls, which will ship in November, will initaially be sold exclusively at nicklaus.com with a percentage of every golf ball sold going to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation. The balls will range from $28 to $32 a dozen with an option to donate to Nicklaus' Foundation.

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