How many dimples on a golf ball?

A question golfers often ask: How many dimples on a golf ball? Although it may seem straightforward the answer is actually not. here we'll tackle this and go into detail on how many dimples there are and why the number changes.

How many dimples?

There's no one set number of dimples because it varies depending on the type of ball. The latest Pro V1 has 388 dimples whereas the Pro V1x has 348. The TaylorMade TP5 has a 322-dimple pattern and the Carver Golf Ball has 332. 

So they're all different. 



What are the dimples for? 

It's not for appearance that's for sure. Dimples create a thin layer that cuts down the drag effect. It dramatically improves the airflow resulting in a better ball flight. 

Without dimples the golf ball would have a more erratic flight path and you'd have absolutely no chance at shaping your shots (if you're able to do so!

Dimples also create lift. When you strike the golf ball most of its lift comes from the backwards spin from the impact. The dimples increase this effect contributing close to 50% of the total lift resulting in much more distance.



What would happen if there were no dimples?  

Interestingly this was put to the test back in 2014 by Titleist. They hit 3 golf balls. One normal ball, one that was half dimples and half smooth and one that was completely smooth.

The half & half ball produced a snap hook, the smooth ball produced a low flighted knuckleball shot.

So golf balls need dimples! 



Should I worry about how many dimples my golf ball has? 

 If we're honest, not really! You already have enough to consider with your round of golf so leave this part to the manufactures.

You're better off paying attention to the balls features. For example you need to know if a ball has a high or low ball flight, if it's high spinning or low spinning. If you're not sure then speak to your local golf pro shop as they'll know best.



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