Could a recyclable golf ball be in Nike's future?

January 02, 2015

Nike has received a patent on a recyclable golf ball, Bloomberg reported.

According to the patent filed, many golf balls are thrown out once they get scuffed despite their cores remaining in good shape. The new technology would create a ball that would contain an extra layer between the cover and the core, which would allow users to remove the initial cover and reuse the rest of the ball.

But the actual recycling isn't so simple. The patent also includes a process by which the ball would be prepared through the use of a chemical reaction that creates a gas that allows for the separation. In other words, don't try this at home.

Nike applied for the patent nearly two years ago. It's unclear as to when (if ever) production on these recyclable balls will begin.