Golf balls are one of those things that most people have no idea what they are, or why they are important. They’re simply a tool, and like all tools, they must be handled with care and safety in order for them to be at their best. A golf ball is essentially a novelty ball designed specifically for use in the game of golf to facilitate the activity. The sport of golf is one of the oldest continually played sports in the world, and this game has evolved and developed overtime so that today it can be enjoyed by people of all ages, skill levels, and physical conditions.
Originally, golf balls were manufactured using a solid rubber called ethyl vinyl acetate. This material was originally developed by accident, when a golf pro tried stretching a rubber material by sticking it into the air, only to find that it retained its shape. Thus, the first golf balls were created using this material. However, this was also to prove to be an unfavorable material, and as a result, golf balls were changed to a new material. It was now found that if two pieces of rubber are placed side-by-side, and the thickness of each piece is cut appropriately, then a kind of gel would form over the surface of the rubber, which is now used as golf balls today.
But this doesn’t tell us what kind of ball we’re talking about; in fact, there are four major types of golf balls currently on the market. Each one of these has a different compression rating, which refers to the force with which the ball bounces when struck by a golf club. The higher the compression rating, the harder the ball will bounce. These ratings are as follows:
The other major type of golf ball, which differs from the other golf balls only by its surface material (and possibly its overall compression rating), is the low-pressure, high Spin ball. It was developed by NASA as a means of testing the strength and sensitivity of satellites’ communications systems. This satellite was later found to have very high temperatures when it was launched into orbit, which caused the ball to lose most of its energy as it spun. Thus, when the NASA scientists developed the low-spin, high-tech multi-layered balls, they were trying to duplicate this experiment, thus testing the strength and sensitivity of the communications satellite.
And then there’s the high-performance regulation (HPR) golf balls, which have a very high compression value, but a very low spin rate. Its main advantage is that it can help golfers increase their swing speed without sacrificing their accuracy. The low compression (HPR) ball on the other hand, has a very low spin rate, which allows it to achieve higher velocities without increasing the swing speed. The problem is that it also causes less forgiveness at impact, as it comes to rest on a softer-scape. In fact, many experts agree that it is the most forgiving ball on the market today.
To test these two balls, the testers played a game with each one; they played 18 holes each, warmed up on the tee, performed a short game, and then played another 18 holes with each type of ball. The results showed that in terms of backspin and dimple patterns, the HPR golf balls had a better backspin effect while the HPR ball produced more consistent dimples. However, the testers also noticed that the increased speed of the ball made the accuracy of the players’ swings fall short. The researchers believe that this may be because the dimples of the HPR ball took longer to open and closed compared to the backspin effect of the backspin ball. More studies are needed to confirm these findings.