A blog about golf balls (and other stuff)

The fundamentals

Have you ever wondered why a golf ball flies through the air the way it does? It’s all thanks to the science of aerodynamics.

Aerodynamics is the study of how objects move through the air, and it plays a crucial role in the design and performance of golf balls. When a golf ball is struck with a club, it’s propelled through the air by the force of the clubhead. But as the ball flies through the air, it encounters air resistance – a force that slows it down and affects its trajectory.

So how do golf ball manufacturers design balls that can overcome air resistance and fly further and straighter? One of the most important factors is the ball’s dimple pattern. Dimples on a golf ball serve the same purpose as the tread on a tire – they create lift and reduce drag, which helps the ball stay in the air longer and travel further. Different dimple patterns can affect the ball’s trajectory and spin, so it’s important to choose a ball that suits your particular swing and playing style.

Another factor that affects a golf ball’s aerodynamics is its material. Golf balls are typically made of Surlyn, urethane, or a combination of the two. Surlyn balls are generally the most durable and tend to be less expensive, but they don’t offer as much spin or control as urethane balls. Urethane balls, on the other hand, offer better feel and control, but they can be more expensive and may not last as long as Surlyn balls.

So next time you’re on the course, take a moment to appreciate the complex science behind the golf ball. Whether you’re using a high-tech ball with advanced dimple patterns and materials, or a simple, inexpensive ball, the principles of aerodynamics are at work to help you hit longer, straighter shots.