It’s All in the Design
Here’s a question you may have pondered out on the course: Why do golf balls have dimples?
The answer: Aerodynamics
The first golf balls were actually smooth. After they were beat up with nicks and bumps, golfers noticed they seemed to fly farther.
Why Golf Ball Dimples Matter
Sports scientists and engineers then took the lead, redesigning the golf ball to mimic the nicks and cuts. They loaded it with dimples – which act as turbulators. The dimples induce turbulence in the layer of air next to the ball (the “boundary layer”). In some situations, a turbulent boundary layer reduces drag.
In this informative video by Titleist you will see exactly why a golf ball flies the way it does. Titleist also shows you what would happen if there were no dimples on a golf ball.
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