In 1898, Maponite
was the future. Finally a substance to replace gutta percha and usher golf into
a new age! Only one problem…it didn’t really work.
From the March 21,
1902 issue of Golf Illustrated:
Golfers will be sorry to hear that the Maponite
Company which started about four years ago under such promising auspices has
got into difficulties. The Maponite golf ball did not prove a success, and this
was greatly due to the difficulty experiences in producing a ball of uniform
Offered here is a
scarce blue Maponite golf ball.