Understanding Golf Balls – A Beginners Guide

Golf can be a complex sport, with tons of equipment, slang, and rules it can be tough to have a solid grasp of the game. That’s we’ve started our Understanding Golf Series so you can get a better understanding of this great game. Let’s get started on our guide to understanding golf balls.

Frequently Asked Questions About Golf balls

What is the size of a golf ball?

Many golfers spend years and years hitting these tiny golf balls without knowing too much about the measurements. Here are all the key measurements of your standard golf ball.

What is the diameter of a golf ball?

The diameter size of a golf ball is 1.68 inches

If you’re from Canada or Europe you may be wondering what the size of a golf ball is in centimetres.

The average size of a golf ball in centimetres is 4.268 cm

What Is The Circumference Of A Golf Ball?

If you’re wondering what the total circumference of a golf ball is in inches the answer is 5.27 inches

If you use the metric sound you’re probably wondering what the circumference of a golf ball is in centimetres.

The circumference of a golf ball in centimetres is 13.405 cm

What is the mass of a golf ball?

The mass of a golf ball or the weight te weight of a golf ball is 1.62 ounces.

This is the max amount a golf ball is allowed to weight under the USGA standards. That being said there are some “illegal” or “non conforming” golf balls that have a heavier weight than this.

This allows these golf balls to travel further though they are not allowed to be used in tournament play.

If you follow the metric system and are looking for the mass of a golf ball in grams the answer is 45.9s grams

What Is The Volume Of A Golf Ball?

The total volume of an average golf ball is 2.482 cubic inches.

The volume of a golf ball is 40.67 when converted to cubic centimetres.

What do the numbers on golf balls mean?

The numbers on the golf ball are simply there in order for you to determine which golf ball is yours. If you and another golfer in your group happen to be playing the same golf balls then these numbers are there in order to let you figure out which ball is yours.

How many dimples are on a golf ball?

The number of dimples that are on a golf ball will vary between different companies but the average is 336. The number of golf ball dimples will typically range between 250-500 dimples.

You will also find these dimples come in many different shapes and sizes. An example of this can be seen with Callaway Hex Aerodynamic dimples which work to reduce drag.

What is inside a golf ball?

The answer to what is inside a golf ball is not same the across the board. Depending on the build of the golf ball you will find that different materials are used.

For one-piece golf balls which are the most inexpensive are filled with a material called surlyn.

If you’re using a three-piece golf ball you will find they usually contain threads of rubber or elastic wrapped tightly around the core.

How fast does a golf ball travel?

The average speed of a golf ball hit by a pro golfer is roughly 180 mph though the speed you golf ball travels will depend heavily on your swing speed.

Why does a golf ball have dimples?

The purpose of dimples on a golf ball is to ensure that the golf ball is more aerodynamic. The dimples work as something called “turbulators”.

The turbulators create turbulence in the layer of air around the golf ball. This reduces the drag of the golf ball and allows it to fly further.

This design of dimples was found because golfers primarily played with smooth golf balls. They began to notice that the old beat-up golfers balls were flying better than the smooth models.

This led golfers to began using golf balls without smooth surfaces.

Conclusion Understanding Golf Balls

We hope you enjoyed our guide to understanding golf balls. If you have any questions regarding any of the information on our guide or any questions, in general, be sure to reach out in the comments below.

If you enjoyed this guide be sure to check out some of our others such as our guide to understanding golf holes.

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