Why do golf balls have dimples?

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Have you ever wondered why a golf ball is covered in hundreds of tiny little indents? What is the point of having this funny texture, and why aren't other sports balls made the same way?

The very first golf balls were made out of leather pouches stuffed with feathers, which were terrible to play with because they were expensive and easily ruined by water. In the early 1900's, when the pouches were replaced by balls made from rubber and wood, golf balls were made perfectly smooth, like bowling or billiard balls. But players began to notice that their balls flew further and with more accuracy once they had been used for a few games (which meant they were covered with dents, scratches, and holes!) and, by the 1930's, they were intentionally being made that way!

Believe it or not, those dimples do serve a purpose they affect how the air moves over the ball after it has been hit! While the dimples slow down the air moving over the ball, they speed up the air moving under the ball, which is what allows golf balls to travel so far and high. Since that is a big part of how the game of golf is played, you can see why a player would take every advantage he or she could!

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    Did you know?

    While standard, American-made golf balls usually have exactly 336 equally spaced dimples, other balls can have as few as 330 and as many as 500!
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