Why do golf balls have dimples?

Dimples on a golf ball create a thin turbulent boundary layer of air that clings to the ball's surface. This allows the smoothly flowing air to follow the ball's surface a little farther around the back side of the ball, thereby decreasing the size of the wake.
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Why do golf balls have 336 dimples?

Essentially, golfers would have little hope controlling a smooth golf ball. When dimples are added to a golf ball, it creates a tiny layer of air around the golf ball that significantly cuts down drag. This forces the air to flow over a larger portion of the ball, which results in a much smoother ball flight.
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What happens when you remove the dimples from a golf ball?

The small depressions found all over the ball ultimately determine velocity, launch and spin rate after it leaves the clubface. Alter the depth of a dimple by as little as 1,000th of an inch and you could negatively affect the ball's aerodynamics (lift and drag) while it's rocketing through the air.
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Do golf ball dimples affect putting?

With no significant associations identified with human participants, dimple error is unlikely to have any implications on putting performance. This is also apparent with side spin where only 20% of variance was accountable for one putter-ball combination. Pelz (2000.
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When did golf balls get dimples?

Dimples first became a feature of golf balls when English engineer and manufacturer William Taylor, co-founder of the Taylor-Hobson company, registered a patent for a dimple design in 1905.
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Science of Golf: Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

What makes a golf ball Illegal?

Legal golf balls can't be smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter. The Polara balls have a diameter of 1.68 inches (the same size as normal). If you have a smaller ball, you'll have less drag and that should give you more distance.
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What is the liquid inside a golf ball?

Contrary to golf folklore, the liquid cores aren't dangerous. Titleist, for example, has used a salt water and corn syrup blend. Today's core is generally made from synthetic rubber -- which may be mixed with bits of metal, such as tungsten or titanium -- or a plastic-like material such as acrylate.
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Why is a golf hole 4.25 inches?

Four-and-a-quarter inches in diameter. R&A ADOPTS 4.25-INCH HOLE SIZE That first hole-cutting implement utilized a cutting tool that was, you guessed it, 4.25 inches in diameter. The folks running the R&A apparently liked that size and so adopted it in their rules for 1891.
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How many dimples does a Titleist golf ball have?

New Spherically-tiled Tetrahedral Dimple Designs– featuring a 388 dimple layout for Pro V1, and 348 for Pro V1x – are optimized to each model to maximize distance and flight consistency.
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Are golf balls perfectly balanced?

You might not know this, but all golf balls are not balanced properly on the inside. Many balls have a COG that is imperfect, and ANY imperfection of the COG can cause your ball to go off line. These imperfections can cause not only your putts to go off line but your drives as well.
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What's the hole in golf called?

Hole A circular hole in the ground which is also called “the cup”, 4.25 inches in diameter.
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Is it better to have more or less dimples on a golf ball?

The number of golf ball dimples is less important than the shape and depth of the dimples. The number of dimples can affect drag, so it is important to not have too many dimples. Between 330 and 400 dimples is the optimum number. More dimples mean more focussed control over the ball trajectory.
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How far would a golf ball go without dimples?

According to Frank Thomas, Golf Digest's chief technical advisor and former technical director of the USGA, a smooth golf ball with no dimples would travel about 130 yards when hit with a modern driver by a tour-caliber player.
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Who invented the golf ball?

Dr. Robert Adams began creating golf balls out of Gutta Percha "Gutty". The Gutty golf ball was created from the dried sap of the Sapodilla tree. It had a rubber-like feel and was formed into ball shapes by heating it up and shaping it while hot.
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What is golf ball made of?

These days, a golf ball is typically made of a butadiene rubber center surrounded by one or more rubber mantles and topped off with a tough skin.
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How long do golf balls last?

You can usually get about 10 years out of an unused golf ball, again, provided that it is stored properly. The best temperature for golf ball storage is around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Which brand of golf ball goes the farthest?

The longest golf ball is the Titleist Velocity. This is a two piece ball that is built completely for distance and low ball spin from the tee. Titleist is known for having some of the best golf ball technology on the market, and the Velocity is no exception.
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What are the dents in a golf ball called?

Golf balls can have dimples that are deep, shallow, large or small. Some golf balls have different sizes of dimples on the same ball. Dimples come in all different shapes, including circles, ovals, teardrops and even hexagons like a soccer ball.
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What is an ostrich in golf?

Supposedly, this is the name assigned to completing a hole having struck the ball five fewer times than par. In other words, this is what happens when you hole-out a Par 7 with two strokes or shoot a Hole-In-One on a Par Six.
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What is a turkey in golf?

Its origin is almost certainly American in nature. In ten-pin bowling, a trio of consecutive strikes is called a turkey, while six in a row is known as a wild, or golden, turkey. It wouldn't be the first time golf has borrowed from another sport to expand its lexicon.
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How many balls can a golf pro carry?

How Many Golf Balls Can a Pro Have in His Bag? How many balls can a pro golfer carry in his bag? Essentially, they can carry nine golf balls at a single time, but this isn't some crazy rule. In truth, they can carry around as many as they want, or as many as their caddies are willing to carry.
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Should dogs chew on golf balls?

No, golf balls are not safe for dogs of any size. Golf balls pose a choking hazard, especially for bigger dogs. Golf balls also contain toxic materials that can hurt your canine. Furthermore, chipped pieces can damage the intestines or esophagus, while fiberglass material can damage teeth.
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Is there poison golf balls?

The most popular myth about golf balls is that the center is either poisonous or explosive. Generations of children have been fascinated by the thought that the inside of a golf ball was poison gas or potentially explosive material. Fortunately, this is nothing but an urban legend.
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What do you do with old golf balls?

What Can You Do With Old Golf Balls?
  1. Christmas Ornaments. You can make Christmas wonders with your old golf balls. ...
  2. Garden Critters. This is another project you can choose to do yourself by using used golf balls at your disposal. ...
  3. Vase Filler. ...
  4. Table Cloth Weight. ...
  5. Massage. ...
  6. Tool For Tenderizing Meat.
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