June 18, 2020 at 11:17 AM
By Mike D., Titleist Staff
Mike D., Titleist StaffAshland, MA
Did you know... A poorly painted golf ball can cause a poor shot.
It might seem purely cosmetic, but the consistency of the paint application contributes to a consistent ball flight. Unevenly applied paint can negatively affect your golf ball’s aerodynamics, resulting in a different shot shape and/or trajectory than what you had expected.
Our testing shows that, even when hit by our laboratory robot, a golf ball with poor paint application can fly inconsistently from one shot to the next. An unevenly applied paint coating creates inconsistent dimple depths. Playing a golf ball with inconsistent dimple depths is like trying to fly a plane with each flap on the airplane’s wings set in a different position—it just won’t want to fly as straight, as far or as fast.
In our golf ball plants, Titleist paint spray operators constantly verify and validate the amount and distribution of paint on Titleist golf balls. This ensures every Titleist golf ball you tee up will perform how you expect, and just like the last one.
Bomber3Lake St Louis, MO
Dale VSurprise AZ
Andrew ACharlotte, NC
El banditoFife Bonny Scotland 🏴
June 18, 2020 at 04:46 PM
Very curious how this paint imperfections applies to the decisions about what becomes a Titleist "Practice Ball"? Should users of "Practice Balls" expect some irregularities given those balls are tagged with practice because of paint issues?
Xochi2Eau Claire, WI
Jerry MDallas, TX
Lance PHillsborough, NC
Thanks again for all of the comments here. I did catch up with our R&D team on the question about any impacts to aerodynamics from marking your golf ball or using a logo ball and here is what they had to say: It is often asked do Sharpie-like markings on a ball affect aerodynamics? Do customized logos affect the aerodynamics of a golf ball? When it comes to dye-based markers (like Sharpies), the dyes are absorbed into the coatings of the golf ball, not impacting the thickness of the coatings or resulting in aerodynamic differences. When it comes to custom logo printing, most customized logos are limited in size – typically to a logo smaller than 7/8”. While there are two different methods for printing logo images (inkjet and pad-printing), the majority of golf balls use the pad-print process and the print thickness of such logos is very thin (most less than 0.0004”). Experimentation has shown that balls with images of this size and scale show no significant difference in aerodynamic performance. I hope this helps clarify! - Mike
Diego DMiami, FL
Aloha BruceSunnyvale, CA
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