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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Golf Ball

From the early 17th to early 19th centuries, golf was played with a ‘featherie’ ball- a hand-sewn cowhide bag stuffed with goose feathers and painted. Tightly-packed feathers made balls that flew the farthest.

The gutta-percha ball, or "gutty," replaced the feather-filled ball that had been used for centuries in the mid nineteenth century.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was a golf enthusiast later in life, and joined the Augusta National Golf Club in 1948. He even played golf during winter, and ordered his golf balls be painted black so he could see them better against snow on the ground.

A fake ‘egg’ left in a nesting box will encourage hens to deposit eggs there. In America, a chicken-owning couple did just that in 2008 using golf balls. They attracted a hungry snake, who thinking they were chicken eggs swallowed four golf balls and was saved by emergency surgery. The golf balls were later sold for charity for £630 in an eBay auction.

There are 336 dimples on a golf ball which are used to change the ball’s aerodynamics to induce turbulent flow. This makes the ball move through the air in a straight course allowing for additional control and also enables it to fly farther.

A golf ball, when driven off a tee, can reach speeds up to 170 miles per hour.

Source Daily Mail

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