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Video: Don't bother holding your breath while you wait for this golf ball to explode under the extreme weight of a stream roller, because it somehow survives being crushed. Apparently the magical rubber compound inside a golf ball that gives it incredible bounce is also incredibly durable.

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Video: Golf hazards like sand bunkers and lakes might ruin your day — but one hazard at Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida could end your life.

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Video: The new world's longest golf club is 6.87m end-to-end, shattering the previous record of 4.37m. Its inventor, Michael Furrh, also typically pulls muscles in his back, legs and both arms just from swinging it. Because lifting even a small weight with such a long pole is so freaking difficult that it was part of the training regimen in old Kung Fu movies.

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Video: Golf balls are really, really weird. Especially the old ones used over a hundred years ago. The dimpled shell can hide things like goose and duck feathers, wound rubber and all other sorts of colourful and bright polymers and rubbers and plastics. The current balls are super fancy, I wish each golf ball still hid the rubber that looks like tobacco leaves.

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If you've been paying attention, you know that insides of golf balls are unexpectedly beautiful — like psychedelic bullseyes or surreal alien planets. But what is all that colourful stuff made of? As this video from Wired shows, golf ball is a serious piece of technology crammed into a mere 46g.

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If you make it to the top of La Rhune, a 900m tall mountain in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, you can look up and out to the natural panorama: peaks and valleys stretching unobstructed into the distance. Or you could look down to the playful Panorama: an eight-hole goofy golf course at your feet.

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Mastering the perfect golf swing is a lot harder than it looks, and putting is even harder than blasting a golf ball down the fairway. So while it will probably never be approved for use in PGA tournaments, the Jedi Putter — designed by students at Rice University — provides real-time feedback helping an amateur golfer master their putting game.

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Video: I don't care that The Masters is a tradition unlike any other because I know a mini golf version of the illustrious golf tournament would be way more fun to play and so much more hilarious to watch. Imagine Tiger getting screwed over by the windmill course. Or Phil mucking up the castle shot. It'd be like Happy Gilmore in real life. Simon Connor spliced golf highlights from the Masters with traditional mini golf courses and it's perfectly goofy.

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Researchers at UC Irvine have determined that golfers who can't keep their shots out of the rough might actually be responsible for wildfires in California in recent years. Specifically, certain clubs made from a titanium alloy have been found to produce sparks up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit — more than hot enough to ignite dry foliage — when they make contact with rocks and stones in the rough.

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Excuse the portrait mode video, but this golf trick shot is so impressive that we can ignore the blatant disregard of proper mobile phone video-recording etiquette. Here's what goes down: the guy behind hits a golf ball to the guy in front who swings and hits the same ball without the ball ever touching the ground.