The same technology that causes a golf ball to compress and spring forward when struck by a club also permits the ball to bounce when it strikes some surfaces. Bouncing the ball can be helpful, both on the course during a round of play, or as a practice exercise. There are other times, however, when you don’t want the ball to bounce.
When a golfer must lift his ball from the ground, he uses a marker. Normally, the need to pick up a ball is restricted to the green, but occasionally you may have to pick up a ball from elsewhere on the course to identify the ball, replace the ball if it is damaged, or -- if the rules permit -- to clean the ball. No matter the circumstance that causes a player to lift his ball, it must be marked properly.
Sand traps can be nightmares for casual or less-skilled golfers. If you don’t swing hard enough the ball may not leave the trap. If you swing too hard in a greenside bunker the ball may strike the green and roll into the rough, or it may fly over the green, perhaps even landing in another trap. Experiments regarding different ways to maintain sand traps are often aimed at making courses more difficult for professional players who may find a smooth, well-maintained trap too easy.
In golf, the launch angle is the “initial trajectory of the ball relative to the ground,” according to PGA pro Mark Blakemore. Golf writer Steve Newell quantifies the launch angle as the ball’s trajectory over its first 20 yards. Other launch characteristics include the ball’s initial velocity on impact and the amount of backspin it possesses.
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Marking your golf balls prior to playing a round of golf enables you to clearly identify your ball. Practicality aside, this is also a superstitious exercise for many golfers -- if they play well with a ball that bears a certain mark, the mark may be adopted for future games as a sort of good-luck talisman. Because it is such a commonly used brand, Titleist is playing up the practice with a fun ad campaign in which golfers share their mark on the company's website and in advertisements. Whether you lean toward the no-fuss simplicity of a colored dot or prefer the upbeat whimsey of a smiley face, your mark will help distinguish your Titleist ball from all the others on the greens.
If you're playing an informal round of golf by yourself or with some friends, switching your ball for a different ball during a hole isn't likely to bring down the golf police on you, but if you're playing by official USGA rules, it could cost you on the scorecard. There are only a few conditions that allow changing from one ball to another between tee-off on a particular hole and holing out.
Marking your golf ball on the green is an important part of golf etiquette, and the rules of golf require that the position of any ball to be lifted must marked. When your group has reached the green and you're not the first to play, replace your ball with a marker to give other players a clear shot at the hole. After they've putted, replace your ball to make your putt. Magnetic ball markers are one common type of marker -- although the term is something of a misnomer, since the markers themselves typically are not magnetized.
Unless you store your golf balls in an environment with an extreme temperature -- a freezer, for example, or during summer in the trunk of your car -- they will last for years. "Under normal storage conditions -- 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit -- a golf ball can last forever," states The Golf Professor. That's a bit of an exaggeration: If you were to tee up a ball stored at room temperature for 1,000 years, you wouldn't get the same performance as with a brand new ball. But a decade or more is a plausible time frame, especially for a two-piece solid ball, although no scientific studies have been conducted to precisely determine the shelf life of a golf ball.
Before traveling to a golf course, a conscientious golfer will make sure he has all of his equipment. Items such as clubs, golf balls, tees and ball markers are obvious requirements, but a felt pen in a bright color, such as purple, can also be an important piece of equipment. The pen may be used to mark your ball so you can positively identify it as yours when you locate it in a hazard or deep rough.
On the outside, a golf ball appears to be a perfect sphere, except for the dimpled surface. But there may be imperfections beneath the skin of some golf balls. Among those who’ve warned the public about these structural anomalies is golf coach Dave Pelz. In his book, “Putt Like the Pros,” Pelz (a former NASA scientist) had a putting machine strike unbalanced balls -- balls that were slightly heavier in one spot than another. Pelz states that the worst balanced balls wandered 2½ inches off course during a 10-foot putt. While some manufacturers advertise golf balls as being perfectly balanced, there’s a simple way you may test your golf balls to be sure.
All regulation golf balls must fit specifications set by golf's governing bodies, the United States Golf Association and the R&A of St. Andrews, Scotland. Within those specifications, a variety of materials are deemed acceptable for golf-ball construction. Some balls claim to self-correct errant swings and stay on a true flight path. Others proclaim to go the farthest distance. Still others have unusual features such as being biodegradable or glowing in the dark.
Cold golf balls do not go as far when struck. If you leave your golf balls outside in severely cold weather, several methods can be used to warm them up prior to play, and keep them warm during play, so you can receive maximum performance. Keep in mind using equipment in an unusual manner is against the United States Golf Association's Rules of Golf. Carrying heated golf balls with you during play falls into that category of "unusual manner."
Golfers spend hours getting properly fitted for golf clubs and invest hundreds of dollars for the latest in club technology, but the sometimes overlook the options available in golf balls. Golf ball technology has come a long way from the "featheries" of yesteryear. Those balls were basically leather sacks stuffed with wet goose feathers. When the feathers dried, the ball filled out. Featheries were a vast improvement over the wooden balls preceding them, just as modern balls are a substantial improvement over the first rubber balls called gutties.
In the endless quest to develop a golf ball that flies farther and straighter than its predecessors, the ball's cover material and its aerodynamics are important considerations. But the inside layers are also key factors in the ball’s performance. Material and design upgrades to a golf ball's interiors since the late 1990s offer today’s serious and casual golfers a better playing experience.
The specifications of a golf ball are determined by the United States Golf Association and the R&A of St. Andrews, Scotland -- the governing bodies of golf. The ball must not weigh more than 1.62 ounces or be smaller than 1.68 inches. There are no rules that specify how light or large the ball can be. Both the USGA and the R&A limit the maximum initial velocity of the ball and how far it may fly and then carry after it hits the ground. Golf balls are composed of two, three or four pieces.
When golfers consider equipment, they generally think first about their clubs. Golf balls may have to compete with shoes, gloves, bags or even a golfer’s attire for second place on the equipment list. But players should also consider the characteristics of their golf balls, including their construction.
How golf balls are made depends on when the ball was made. Ancient early balls differed significantly from the three-piece and four-piece golf balls of the modern era. Modern balls must meet the specifications of the governing bodies of golf, the United States Golf Association and the R&A of St. Andrews, Scotland. Those specifications now match, but they didn't always. Between 1931 and 1988, the R&A sanctioned a ball size that was slightly smaller than that sanctioned by the USGA, meaning golfers played with a different-size ball in European events.
As much as technology has improved the golf ball’s cover – using new dimple patterns to help the ball fly farther and straighter – engineers have also improved the ball’s interior. Beneath the cover, the ever-changing golf ball features a variety of materials and structures designed for players of different levels.
Although golf is usually a solitary sport, amateurs often play as teams. Even professional golfers enjoy team play every now and then, as witnessed by the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup competitions. One popular format in team play is two-man best ball, sometimes referred to as "better ball," although the United States Golf Association uses neither name. The USGA's Rules of Golf do provide rules for this popular team format.
Dimples on golf balls are key to launching them into the air. Dimples create the aerodynamic ability to hit golf balls for distance. A ball without dimples would not travel very far. The decision to experiment with dimples on golf balls grew out of the discovery that dented or chipped balls actually flew farther and straighter than smooth ones.
Golf ball pick-up devices come in a variety of styles, but each type mounts to the end of the grip on a putter. These devices aid golfers who have back pain or who are otherwise unable to bend over to retrieve their ball after holing out. With a golf ball pick up, retrieving the ball from the hole or from on the green is as easy as poking it with the device attached to your putter.
Choosing a golf ball used to be relatively simple. You had the pro's choice – wound balls, where a small core was wrapped with a long strand of rubber and the two were then encased within a thin cover. Titleist led this market. And you had the casual golfer's typical choice – solid balls with a thick core surrounded with a thin cover; Spalding's Top-Flite pioneered that ball. Wound balls were expensive; solid balls weren't. But now wound balls are extinct and the solid ball market is … well, complex.
Step into a pro shop or golf store and ask which type of golf ball flies the farthest and you likely will be shown to a very big display of balls and be told to take your pick. After all, in golf's unending pursuit of distance, which manufacturer would want to admit to making a ball which does not fly far? For most players, spin and control might be better, but distance likely sells golf balls.
A dirty golf ball doesn't have a reliable flight pattern. The bits of dirt clinging to the surface weigh the ball down, causing it to wobble in the air on longer shots or even chips. The dirt might cause a perfectly struck putt to veer off its intended line. It's important to play with both golf balls and clubs that are clean. The ball may be cleaned during play in certain instances, for example when the ball is marked and picked up on the green. The ball may also be cleaned between holes and, of course, at home after the round.
Although they might seem minor in importance, the dimples on the surface of a golf ball are integral to its flight. Throughout golf's history, golf balls have evolved considerably because of the understanding of how they fly. The game's early, dimple-free balls could not reasonably travel as far as modern-day balls because of the advent and incorporation of dimples.
To ensure that every player on the course is given a fair shake, rules and regulations govern equipment. Regulations placed upon golf balls monitor the weight, size and reaction of the ball.
Golfers playing in a professional tournament are not held under any special regulation that limits the number of balls that they can have in their bag to use over the course of the round. For this reason, it is advisable that a player bring more balls than they think they will need, as running out of balls leads to a disqualification.
Today, golfers can choose from a variety of golf balls to fit their individual needs and preferences. Some balls go farther off the tee, while others promise better control with iron shots. Soft-cover golf balls are thought to make it easier to put spin on the ball with wedge shots. This technological revolution in golf ball manufacture spanned nearly 400 years.
You step up to your ball. Your address is perfect. Your backswing is flawless. So, why is it that the golf ball does not travel as far or feel as solidly as you want? For many beginning and intermediate golfers, the act of striking the ball ends once the ball leaves the club. Yet the impact zone is not the end of the golf swing. Keep this concept foremost in mind: swinging through the ball creates greater distance for your shots. The key is to swing and accelerate the club head through the ball, rather than letting up once impact is made.
It's startling how many golfers spend thousands of dollars to get just the right clubs, then lay out another hundred or two for golf shoes. They then pay as little as they can for golf balls, not realizing that they will affect their scores--almost as much as those fancy clubs.
Golf ball engineering has come a long way since the more primitive days of the game, when the properties of golf balls were largely inconsistent and not necessarily designed with optimal physics in mind. Today, golfers can find dozens of unique ball styles from a single manufacturer. The upside to this situation is that it's easier to find a ball that suits your swing, but it comes at the expense of more complicated shopping decisions. Consider all of these concepts to choose your balls with the utmost care, thereby ensuring the best chance of a satisfactory purchase.
At a retail price of $74.95 per dozen in 2010, the Dixon Fire is the most expensive golf ball in a marketplace filled with more than 1,000 balls approved by the United States Golf Association. You may wonder why a golfer would purchase the Dixon Fire, when there are many other fine golf balls that sell for $22 per dozen or less. The answer to that mystery is that not all golf balls are the same. While there is no single best type of golf ball, there probably is a best golf ball for you, based on your ability level and swing.
Golf ball compression figures into a golfer's game. Compression rates determine what balls are used by different levels of golfers. Compression creates density in the golf ball, which may affect distance and loft. Golf balls are one of the main components of a good golf game, with compression potentially serving as a major factor in improving your handicap.
Choosing a golf ball can be a challenge because many of the golf ball manufacturers tout the same claims. They are all the longest and softest on the market. Buying the most expensive or most popular golf ball doesn't mean that it's a good ball for you. Golfers need to consider their skill levels, swing speeds and ball flights before choosing. Understand golf ball design to make an educated choice.
There is hardly anything uglier in golf than a shanked shot. That means you have to hit the ball off the hosel, or neck, of the club and it travels aimlessly and uncontrollably to the right if you are a right-handed golfer. It's such a deflating experience that you may lose all confidence in your swing, and become convinced that shanking will be with you forever. Despair not, as there are cures for this.
Dirt and debris can affect the flight and distance of a well-hit golf ball. The dimples on a golf ball help convert the spin generated by a drive into lift. But mud and other debris in the dimples can degrade ball performance. Purchasing new golf balls is an option, but that can prove expensive and unnecessary. The next time your golf balls are dirty, and covered with even the nastiest debris, follow a few simple steps to get them shiny and ready for the next round of play.
Golf ball technology has advanced considerably since 2000, with more specialized balls being introduced to the marketplace every year. The idea that one ball fits all is outdated and forces casual golfers to sacrifice performance in many cases. A quick review of the strengths and weaknesses of your game can point you in the direction of a stroke-saving golf ball.
Golf can be an expensive hobby, requiring money for greens fees, cart rentals, clubs, apparel and balls. An easy way to save without diminishing the quality of play is to purchase recycled golf balls instead of new ones. As long as the recycled ball is not gouged or severely scuffed, it will fly as straight and far as a new version of the same ball.
Golf balls have kept pace with the technological advances of clubs. Ball manufacturers have leveraged technology to meet USGA regulations on golf ball performance while designing balls to meet the needs of players at all skill levels. Manufacturers tweak ball designs to target players who have high, moderate and low swing speeds and focus on maximizing distance, feel or a combination of the two. By understanding how to pick a golf ball, you can get additional distance and lower scores out of your game.
Both new and used golf balls easily gather dirt, sand and grass while out on the course, warranting a thorough cleaning post-game. Golf balls are carefully weighted and designed for proper aerodynamics. A club connecting with a dirty ball can result in poor impact or backspin, negatively affecting distance, speed and shot accuracy.
A common task that arises for all golfers is how to best clean dirty golf balls. Although you can play a round of golf with a ball that has become soiled or dirty, a dirty ball can result in reduced spin, lowering the range the ball will fly when compared with a similarly hit clean ball (if all other factors are equal). As a result, the prudent golfer will take the time both during a round at the course-provided ball-washers and at home to clean golf balls that will be used on the course.
Although many golfers think the clubs make the game, golf balls are a key part of a successful round of golf. The golf ball is composed of a cover and core. Golfers of skill levels are offered balls basked on type, make and compression. These balls could help you improve your handicap and enjoy your day on the links.
All golf balls look pretty much alike. But what's inside the ball can affect the height and distance of shots and even how the ball will spin when it lands. So before you tee it up, find out more about the ball and how it can affect your game.
Callaway Golf has been a leading golf equipment manufacturer for many years, and in 2000, the company added golf balls to its product line. Callaway's competitors in the golf ball market include established companies such as Spalding, Wilson and Titleist, which have been selling balls since early in the last century. Callaway’s innovative entry into the golf ball business helped it to quickly become one of the industry's sales leaders.
Harvesting golf balls from the bottom of a pond or stream on a course is a great way to get balls for free. Unfortunately, often the balls found on the bottom of a pond will come out of the water looking entirely unfit for play on a course or range, as they are likely to be covered in slime and mud. While pond scum is more difficult to clean off of a ball than simple mud, with work, it can often be removed, providing you with a batch of clean golf balls.
According to Golf Digest, there are some 85 models of golf balls on the market. Choosing the one that most benefits your game can be daunting. But if you begin to narrow down the choices by focusing on your playing performance and budget, making the right decision can be easier. The golf ball is the only piece of equipment you use on every single shot; you should be sure you have the best ball for your ability.
Personalized golf balls range from simple customizations using a permanent marker to complex designs that are printed directly onto the ball, and can feature multiple colors with precise detail. A personalized ball ensures that your balls will not be confused with balls of the same brand and make if you lose sight of your ball on the course.
There are a large variety of golf balls on the market, many of which are designed to accomplish specific tasks. Some golf balls are designed to help players achieve greater distances off the tee. Others are soft and designed to spin, both properties that help advanced golfers achieve a high degree of precision over their shots. For golfers to choose the ball that best matches their game, it is critical for them to understand the various properties of golf balls, as well as try a few for themselves.
Modern golf balls are made of materials that are much more durable than those of just a few years ago. According to Golf Digest, they can withstand swing speeds of up to 125 mph as well as most mishits without cutting or deforming. On the other hand, the covers of premium balls are susceptible to damage. How long a ball is playable depends mostly on the condition of the cover, which is easy to determine.
Professionals demand more from their golf ball than the average player. Pinpoint distance control, consistent spin and competitive distance are just some of the things pros demand from their ball. Professionals use multi-layer, urethane-covered balls designed to react to every manipulation they put on the ball. The pros need a ball that bites, releases and turns precisely.
If you're a typical golfer, you have accumulated more used golf balls than you need. You can clean out your garage and make some extra money by finding a place to sell those balls. If you take the time to clean the balls and separate them by brand, type and quality, you can ask for a higher price on eBay or at flea markets. If you don't want to invest that much time, you can sell your golf balls in bulk, but your per-ball price will be lower.
Golf ball technology has improved consistent with the increased capability of golf clubs and shafts over the past decade. One of the important factors to consider when choosing a golf ball is picking the right compression rating of the ball to match the swing speed of the player. Generally, the slower the swing speed of the golfer, the lower the compression number of the golf ball. Golf ball compression ratings range between 70 and 110, and if matched properly to your swing, can help get the most distance out of your golf shots as possible.
Golf is a sport of investment of time. Whether you want to show your personality on the greens or you just want to differentiate and locate your golf balls more easily, designing personalized golf balls is a simple process. To aid you in this process, there are a variety of sources you can use online.
Since Callaway introduced its first line of golf balls in 2000, they have grown in popularity--and deservedly so. Today, whether you're looking for a two-piece, three-piece or four-piece ball that best suits your game's needs, chances are you'll find a Callaway that's the right fit.
Hitting a golf ball into a pond does not mean the ball is lost forever. With the right tool, you can retrieve most golf balls hit into a pond. Golf balls that have been in a pond for a long time are likely to feel grimy and look dirty, so golf-ball hunters should clean them before using them or trying to sell them. Follow these steps to clean golf balls found in a pond.
The temperature of the golf ball and the air temperature on the day you're playing directly affect how your ball will perform during a round. Generally, temperature affects a ball's resiliency, the spin and the density of the air through which the ball travels. Each contributes to how a ball performs. Knowing this can help your scores.
Dedicated golfers know that their game is always changing and evolving, but many players concentrate so much on upgrading and improving their club selection that they wind up ignoring one of the most important pieces of equipment in the game: the ball. Learn how to choose a ball with the spin and feel that you need to enhance your skills and help you cut strokes off your scorecard.
A golf ball is a custom-made product for a variety of golf levels. Dimples add spin and wind resistance. The resin or rubber cover creates distance or control, while the core and compression are designed in each ball for every golfer from tour professional to novice golfer.
If you have a high golf handicap, the ball you choose to hit makes little difference. If you like a particular brand of golf ball or prefer one type of ball over another, you should use it regularly. But as your game improves, the ball you use can make a difference in a number of ways. Some golf balls fly a longer distance and some allow the player to have more “feel” of the shot, while others make it easier to impart more backspin. It all depends on the importance you place on each.
Just as with any outdoor sports equipment, golf balls will get dirty with use. Clean golf balls don't just look better; they're also easier to spot on the green and fairway as well as in the rough or in a sand trap. Golfers can rinse their golf balls while on the course, but this rarely removes all the dirt or mud. Following these steps will help you clean golf balls at home.
When playing golf in a group it is important to make sure you always hit your own golf ball. To avoid any confusion, you may want to mark or personalize your golf ball.
Top-Flite golf balls have been around for decades and are suited for players of all golf skills and ages. Distance balls are available for golfers who can drive the ball well off of the tee. High-spin balls are available for golfers looking to master their short game and create spin to get close to the pin.
Being able to stop the ball on the green is a key part of lowering your golf scores. To do this, putting some backspin on the ball is important to get the ball close to the pin or stop on the green on an approach shot. The technique in creating spin is important to getting the ball to stop near the pin.