The first thing you will notice about the DGEL Canadian Orange (+-92a) and brand new NAH Hard Durometer (+-100a) balls is that they are indeed considerably harder than Franklin or even last years nah hot ball options. The DGEL formula is great for Hardcourt polo because it retains it shape in high heat, and it slides on the ground and against your mallet head better than anything else in our opinion. To keep the balls handling great on the court, here are some simple care guidelines.
1. Don’t leave your balls in your car or gear bag in the high heat. Because they are made of plastic, if you get them in extreme conditions they will get soft. If you have items on top of them in the heat smashing them, they can retain the smashed shape if cooled off in that position. If this happens there is an extremely easy fix. Put them in boiling water for roughly 7 minutes stirring it around. After you are done boiling them move them to a bowl of room temperature water. The air expands inside and they return to their original shape in the boiling water, and then relaxes and hardens back up in the luke warm water.
2. If the balls loose their reactiveness on the court, get them in shade or better yet cool water to let them relax. Switch them out regularly in high heat.
3. If you have them in a mixture of ice and water, give them a second before you throw them back onto a court in the high heat. Going from freezing to blistering hot will shorten the life of your ball considerably.
Again, we are super excited to be offering DGEL manufactured balls and know you’ll find the same great results with them that have peppered the LOBP boards for years. The 2013 NAH Hard Durometer ball is expected to be released in March and offers the same great DGEL formula but in a harder +-100a durometer for extended play in extreme heat. We had some of the Hot ball’s biggest critics testing the 2013 NAH Hard Durometer prototypes last summer in the high heat with great results, and are confident that with DGEL as our partner we’ll be offering the best available product for your game.