While it may look simple to those who don’t play golf, a golf ball is one of the most precision built pieces of equipment in the sports world. While amateurs may use simple golf balls, those who are serious about the game go for the ones that are more complex. So what makes the difference? Here are a few facts that you may have missed about the design of those little white balls:
What’s With the Dimples?
Early golfers found that balls with irregularities on their surface would actually let it fly higher and further. This led to a craze where practically every inch was indented. Today, manufacturers still work with this theory and try to develop different shaped dimples to see if the ball will perform differently. The early golfers were right though, the more dimples a ball has the further it is going to go. Too many and you are not going to have any control, making the standard range between 300 to 500 dimples per little ball.
If you look inside of a golf ball using an ultrasound machine, you are going to see one, two or three layers. This is a trick that is taught at ultrasound school to help teach how to identify different substances when they are not soft tissue. Ball manufacturers will use ultrasound technology to make sure that each one is constructed perfectly. There is a lot more to being an ultrasound technician then looking at pregnant bellies all day if you were considering a career move.
One piece balls are very cheap and consist of just a solid piece of surlyn with the dimples etched on the core. This type of ball is only good on driving ranges. A two piece ball is what is used by ordinary golfers as it gives good distance and still has the weight you want.
The three piece balls are for skilled golfers as they have liquid filled core that gives the ball extra spin and better control. The ultrasound picture not only picks out that water filled center it will also show the ultra sound technician elastic windings that surround the core before the dimpled outer layer is applied.
Standard weight for golf balls has changed over the years. What you will find in pro shops now weigh around 45 grams. This weight allows for a good lift when you want it, or a smooth roll when you are getting ready to putt into the hole.
The golf ball you choose is very important to the way you play the game. While your clubs may make in difference in your swing, it is the golf ball that has the last say in where it goes.
There is a lot more to your golf balls than pretty white dimples. These are made with certain specifications to assist you in your game. Don’t take that for granted. When shopping at the pro shop always ask for the right number of layers and dimples. This will ensure that you are below par everytime.