Golf is a relaxing game for some. But to understand and appreciate the game, it is important to understand golf balls as well. Here are some interesting and useful questions about these balls and their corresponding answers.
1. Are all balls the same?
Although golf balls seemingly look the same, there are in fact many kinds of these balls. Some balls are made of only a piece and one material, while others are made of several layers and different materials. For instance, the typical two-piece golf ball is suited for novice golfers as it can travel long distances yet has low spin rate. Also, the outer layer of these balls is typically made from plastic, while their core is made from rubber.
On the other hand, four piece-balls are best suited for expert golfers who spin well as these balls have a high spin rate. And these balls are made from four different materials. Because of these different materials, four piece-balls are more expensive than their one piece counterparts.
2. What are the dimples on a golf ball’s surface for?
Dimpled balls can travel 115 percent more than those without dimples. The dimples on a golf ball reduce the amount of drag on it, allowing it to get more lift. Symmetrically arranged and with specific depths, golf ball dimples range from 350 to 450 per ball.
3. What does “feel” mean?
In golf, “feel” reflects the feedback a ball provides to the player as well as its work ability and its cover’s hardness. The “feel” also varies depending on a golf club’s interaction with the golf ball. Likewise, the “feel” also differs on the hardness and softness of a golf ball. Some balls have soft surfaces as they are made of rubber material like Balata, while some tend to be quite hard as they are made of plastic materials like Surlyn. As such, balls with soft cover give the player a soft “feel,” while those with hard covers give the player a hard feel like a “rock.”
4. Is it worth buying recycled balls?
Used or recycled golf balls could be quite useful for golfers who are also financially conscious since these balls are quite cheap compared to their brand new counterparts. Although it seems counter intuitive to think that used balls can be as good as new balls, some of these used balls have only been lightly used. Those with high grades or AAAA grade used balls are nearly as useful as those sold in sport stores. These balls were lost by their first owners in their early golf games. Other balls which have been used more frequently would likely perform poorly compared to newly made balls, but if they are simply for practice games, used balls are a great choice.
5. How do the air, weather and altitude affect a golf ball’s performance?
Weather conditions as well as conditions on the golf course could affect a golf ball’s performance. For instance, a golf ball can typically travel further in more humid climates by a few more meters. And the distance a golf ball can travel tends to increase as the weather gets warmer. Conversely, if the weather becomes cooler, the distance a golf ball can travel would also decrease. Altitude also plays a big part on how far a golf ball can travel. Typically, a golf ball launched at a higher altitude tends to travel at greater distances than a lowly launched golf ball.
Golf is a complex game and golf balls are quite complex as well. Although the answers to these five golf ball questions only explain some of the many principles on how a golf ball works, these answers nevertheless can give novice golfers and those curious with the sport an idea of how different factors affect a golf ball’s performance.