In 1848, it was discovered that imperfections such as scratches and dents on the surface of a golf ball (then made of dried tree sap) caused it to fly straighter and farther. Within 2 years, the dimpled golf ball was born!
While examining pear-shaped fabric throw weights in action, both hand-thrown and launched, we noted that the first few feet of flight consisted of considerable pitch and yaw, until line drag straightened the nose. Such wobble can be visibly detected during a BIG SHOT launch and surely shaves momentum from both techniques. Oblong shapes also play havoc with BIG SHOT launches because they present a lopsided projectile that must be weight-centered carefully to dissuade “flop-out.”
Besides killer accuracy, important to users is maneuverability within a tree’s canopy.
The first thing users will find appealing about the Highball is negative bounce—meaning that ricochets are minimized. Second is the round shape that’s nearly impossible to “wedge” into tight crotches, that pops up nicely over twig clusters, and doesn’t settle on branches during returns—a real annoyance when a large branch is directly beneath the target crotch.
The Highball is not merely easy to maneuver, aerodynamic, and BIG SHOT friendly, it is also tough, easy to spot in foliage, and environmentally friendly. Molded from a high-tenacity modified natural rubber latex jacket and filled with steel shot (not lead), each Highball lasts longer and, if somehow lost, doesn’t present environmental risk to wildlife.
Caution: Due to the natural properties of rubber High Ball becomes very stiff and brittle in extreme cold or when exposed to moderate cold temperature for long periods. We recommend that the High Ball not be used when frozen, it can easily be thawed in the hand, jacket or heated vehicle.