What Is Inside a Golf Ball?

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Golf balls appear simple if looking at their plain white exterior, but there is actually a good amount of technology packed into each one. Golf balls nowadays fall into two different categories: those with a liquid core and those with a solid core.

Rubber

  • Both types of golf balls contain tightly wound rubber strands much like rubber bands, designed to absorb the force of the club's swing and distribute it as energy.

Liquid Core

  • The liquid core in balls made by Titleist are a combination of saltwater and corn syrup. A liquid core helps to regulate the ball's spin.

Solid Core

  • Solid core golf balls have a center of rubber, but it is solid instead of composed of strands like the rest of the ball. They are designed to increase distance.

Misconceptions

  • An urban legend exists in which the center of a liquid core golf ball is actually filled with deadly poison that should never be ingested. In fact, as mentioned above, the substance is nontoxic and consists of saltwater and corn syrup.

Fun Fact

  • Each golf ball is covered in 330 to 500 tiny dimples.

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