Science of Golf: Why Golf Balls Have Dimples



NBC Learn, in partnership with the United States Golf Association, explores the Science of Golf. Here, Steve Quintavella, USGA equipment standards operations manager, illustrates why golf balls have dimples and what they do for distance. Visit http://www.NBCLearn.com for more.

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Author: United States Golf Association (USGA)

24 thoughts on “Science of Golf: Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

  1. Just a correction at 2:00, low pressure does not “suck” the ball, its the high pressure area around the side of the ball thats “pushing backwards” the ball because its trying to go with the low pressure because of the pressure difference

  2. Search for the Perfect Swing is a scientific angle on golf, fantastic book published in 1968. It has these facts plus why clubs have grooves, and everything else you mightn’t know, available on eBay etc, I used to own it, lent it to I can’t remember who, now gone 🙁

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