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Golf balls characteristics

Two types of balls

The training ball (of practice)

It has a poor quality of flying, air penetration and energy restitution. However, it is mainly sufficient for training and is only used on the practice. We can recognise it thanks to its dull yellow colour or its white circled with red. Many used balls of low quality or refinished into practice balls.

The competition ball

It answers some very precise standards: its weight must be 45.93 grams (1.62 ounce) and its diameter higher than 42.67 mm (1.62 inches).

The compression varies (70, 80, 90, 100) between the golf balls to adapt itself in the best way to the player’s level. The compression is the fact that the ball would be more or less deformed when the golf club’s head strikes the ball. At this moment, the club transfers the energy and the movement needed to the ball. The stronger the compression (in other words, the stronger the ball), the harder the communication will be between energy and spin. However the ball will manage to keep the quality and the quantity of energy delivered. Consequently, those types of balls will have the capacity of making a longer path.

The balls with compression 100 which are hard to handle will then be reserved to competitors while balls with compression 90 will be mostly used by male amateurs. Finally, balls with compression 80 and 70 will be used by women or beginners.

Composition of a golf ball

How many sheets?

The golf ball is made of 2, 3 sometimes 4 sheets. The more the number of sheets and the more the ball favours the touch and the grip to the little game on the green. The swing defines the ball’s speed, shoot angle and spinning speed.

To be quick in the explanation, if your goal is to shoot far away without minding about the ball’s control, it would be preferable to choose a ball in 2 sheets (with a strong stone and one coating). On contrary, if you wish to have a ball reacting better to the touch, it would be more suitable to chose a ball in 3 pieces with also a sheet between the stone and the coating. Nevertheless, the life cycle of this one is shorter because the usury is stronger.

Why does the golf ball have alveoli on its skin?

The golf ball is made of 300 to 500 alveoli that allow the air slightly sticky to stick and to produce a depression generated by the air rubbing. This technological achievement has allowed some golfers like Allan Doyle to produce the longest drive: 761 metres!