Science of Golf: Why Golf Balls Have Dimples


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USGA engineer Steve Quintavalla explains why a golf ball is designed with tiny dimples, or impressions, on its surface.

In this lesson students will:  write formal and operational definitions for all concepts, compare the aerodynamic features of balls from different sports, brainstorm and discuss innovations for golf balls and technology to study all features of the golf ball, conduct a video analysis of air flow around golf balls and cars, examine dimple patterns from several brands of golf balls, interact with online simulations of projectiles, and design, produce, test, and communicate the results of a new ball.

"Science of Golf" is produced in partnership with the United States Golf Association and Chevron.