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Why do golf balls have dimples?


Asked by Anonymous at 1:02 AM on Feb. 13, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (4)
  • so they can fly better on the air

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:41 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • It's pretty much impossible to explain fully unless you've taken physics but basically it helps the ball fly through the air.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:19 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • It's a matter of aerodynamics. The dimples allow the air to slide over the ball more smoothly, that way it can travel further. If you want all of the info look for the episode of Mythbusters where they covered whether a dirty car gets better gas mileage than a clean one. In the end they covered a car in golf ball like dimples. The results were really surprising. :o)

    Answer by AnnieMcD at 4:01 AM on Feb. 13, 2010

  • So that no matter where you draw a smiley face, it always has dimples in its cheeks. :)

    I'm pretty sure it has to do with aerodynamics, as discussed above.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 8:19 AM on Feb. 13, 2010