The Golf ball is definitely a very unique piece of sporting equipment. It has very unique features which make it stand out among other balls. These very distinctive features help facilitate the game of golf and make it more fun. These features enable golfers to drive their ball as far as they can down the fairway in order to reach the green more easily. The further one’s drive is, the better it is for the golfer. This will require less strokes to reach the green and a lower handicap for the golfer. It goes without saying that there is no golf game without the golf gall. It would be interesting to find out how these small golf balls are made.
The process of making golf balls starts by forming the center of the ball. This part of the ball is also known as the core. This solid core is usually molded and made with of a combination of different materials. These different materials are actually mostly varied kinds of rubber. A compound like rubber is important for the construction of golf balls because they help absorb impact from the golf club. This material makes a more durable yet lighter ball. It also allows the ball to get high up in the air and travel maximum distance. After the rubber core is made, manufacturers then use a combination of heat and pressure to solidify the core. When this is done, the core should measure a diameter of one and half inches.
The second step in manufacturing golf balls involves forming the outer shell cover of the ball. This is the part where the dimples are made on the surface of the ball. These dimples are not for aesthetic reasons or just as quirky design in the ball. It actually has an explainable purpose in the game. The dimples are needed to help propel the ball to long distances.
Making the outer shell of the golf ball requires modern machinery. The technology used by golf ball manufacturers allow for faster and more efficient production of these shells. With the core already in a solid state, the compression and molding machines are then used to mold the outer shell of the ball. In these machines, the core is positioned within a dimpled mold using pins to keep it in place. Then, the injection machines then pump thermoplastic compound into the dimpled mold. Once injected, the thermoplastic takes the shape of the mold. This compound starts forming a soft shell that completely covers the rubber core. Heat and compression are continuously applied. In this process the hot thermoplastic is bound to the core. When the required heating and compression times are done, the thermoplastic then cools and eventually hardens. The mold is opened and the ball comes out with the trademark white dimpled shell.
The third and last step is the painting and polishing process. In the painting process, two coats are sprayed on the ball to give it its distinct color and shine. The first coat done by a painting machine is usually white. Once this coat dries, the ball is ready for its second protective coating. A separate machine takes care of spraying the second coat. Unlike the first coat, this second protective coating is transparent. When everything is dry, the ball is polished to give it its distinct gleam that makes all the dimples more noticeable.
It might not be all that significant to your game to learn about how these balls are made. It’s good to know this information, though. A little bit of trivia about golf balls would not hurt any game enthusiast. Besides, knowing how these balls are made will make you appreciate them even more. They take a lot of beating on the greens, but they are actually made with such meticulous care and attention. The next time you pick up a box of balls from your favorite golf store, you’ll know not to take them for granted.