Understanding modern day golf balls can seem like a huge endeavor for the rookie golfer who has just started to play the game. It may come off as tedious and unnecessary reading, but learning how modern day balls work can help improve a person’s game.
The ball is the one thing that remains constant in a golfer’s arsenal as they play. A golfer is allowed to choose their club for each shot, but they are not allowed to change the ball that they play with. That said, it is important for golfers so really understand how the balls that they play with work.
How A Modern Golf Balls
Today’s balls are massively different from what they used to be. Modern golf balls are the culmination of a lot of research into design. This research allows manufacturers to design balls which offer golfers with a host of different advantages.
Any golfer who wants to take the game seriously really needs to understand how balls are designed. Choosing the right ball is crucial to improving a golfer’s game. Golfers who choose the right ball to play with give themselves an extra advantage each time the play the game.
Here are a few important ball design elements that all golfers need to familiarize themselves with.
What are dimples for?
altDimples are the term used to refer to those small depressions that people can see when they look at a golf ball. These dimples are more than just a fashion statement. The dimples are more important than most people think.
To understand what makes dimples so important one first needs to understand why they were made in the first place. In the old days, people used balls made out of feathers and leather. These balls were referred to as featheries. Golfers noticed that old worn balls tend to fly farther than newer and smoother balls.
Mass production ball manufacturers soon got word of this. The manufacturers began to incorporate dimples in their design in order to simulate the design that featheries acquired over time. The experiment proved to be a success as the dimples on golf balls increased the distance it covered.
A look at the compression
Compression was originally meant to be a form of measurement for the quality of the rubber which served as the core of the ball. Compression represents the amount of change of a ball’s shape under compressive load. Back then, it was believed that the more the rubber was tightly wound, the better its performance. However, new heating techniques used in manufacturing balls, more or less showed that compression has little to no impact on performance.
However, the reason why compression is still rated today, from 0 to 200, is because it provides golfers with a different feel. In this sense, compression is all about the feel a player gets when they strike the ball. It has little impact on the ball’s actual performance. The kind of compression suitable to a golfer varies on a case to case basis.
Golfers should get a proper fitting for their golf ball to get the best compression rate possible.
Boxes of balls often indicate what kind of piece the balls are. This refers to the kind of construction and layers that a ball has.
Single layer balls are typically used by beginners. These are inexpensive and produce a very soft feel when struck by the club. It is made from one solid piece.
Two-piece balls are used by most casual golfers. It provides extreme durability with maximum distance. These balls are produced from a single core enclosed by the cover.
Three-piece balls have three different layers. What three-piece golf balls offer there users are that they offer better amount of control.