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? asked in SportsGolf · 2 months ago

do golf balls lose distance with age?

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  • Marginally, yes but you're talking a period of years and decades. This used to be an issue 25-30+ years ago with wound balls and balata covers, but no recent ball is wound nor has a balata cover.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you mean: do they not travel as far as they age

    the answer is: yes.

    Why: golf balls respond to the impact of the golf club

    the impulse.

    When new, golf balls have very little "give" and so almost all of the energy that goes into the impact is used to move the golf ball in the direction of the impact.

    As golf balls age they "soften" and crack and so more of the energy of the impact goes into deforming the ball and (therefore) less goes into moving the ball.

    Also a SERIOUSLY scuffed ball will perform SLIGHTLY less well.

    https://golfhabits.com/2012/11/09/how-long-should-...

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