It’s easy to assume a ball would go farther if it didn’t have indentations all over the cover, but in actuality, a ball without dimples would be nearly impossible to keep in play. “Once the ball leaves the clubhead, the only thing acting on the golf ball are aerodynamic forces of gravity.
The dimples are usually the same size as one another, but some golf balls have several different sizes of dimple on the same ball . Any number between 300 and 500 dimples is reasonable, and 336 is a common number. Not just any number will do .
Let’s start off with the facts: golf balls have around 300 to 500 dimples, of about 0.010 inch in depth. The dimples create tiny pockets of turbulence; these allow the air flowing past the ball to travel more tightly around the golf ball as an attached airflow, minimizing the low pressure zone and the overall drag.
Foo King Long Golf Balls
two golf balls
about 130 yards
A smooth golf ball hit by a professional golfer would travel only about half as far as a golf ball with dimples does . Most golf balls have between 300 and 500 dimples , which have an average depth of about 0.010 inch.
When the ball hits the ground, all that kinetic energy has to go somewhere. A lot of it goes back into the ball , giving it more force to pop back up into the air— so the higher the potential energy, the higher the kinetic energy, and the higher the kinetic energy, the higher the bounce !
Under the rules of golf , a golf ball has a mass no more than 1.620 oz (45.93 grams), has a diameter not less than 1.680 in (42.67 mm), and performs within specified velocity, distance, and symmetry limits.
In the 1930s, Gene Sarazen spoke in favor a few times of going to an 8- inch hole . Jack Nicklaus has, a few times, cut 8- inch holes at his Muirfield Village Golf Club, for special events. Meantime, remember: the golf hole size is 4.25 inches because that’s the size the R&A decided, in 1891, to standardize.
According to Dean, most range balls use a very cheap base rubber. There are very loose specs, which means you can expect different performance within the same batch. The covers of range balls are typically made of a thicker (and firmer) Surlyn blend to make them more durable.
Lab tests, including our own, show little or no loss in yardage compared to new balls , and most golfers report no appreciable difference in play. But most of this research is based on tests of mint-quality used golf balls pulled from water hazards with no understanding of how much time each ball spent underwater.