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Abstract

This science fair project aims e to find out if a balanced golf ball is easier to putt.

Hypothesis

The balanced golf ball does not produce better putt results compared to unbalanced golf balls.
 

Scientific Terms

Variances, tolerances, balance point, equator, golf, putt

Background

Golf ball and balance

Many golf balls which you can buy off a shelf at a pro-shop or sports store, are in fact, out of balance. On smooth greens, a balanced golf ball theoretically should be easier to putt, producing consistent results. Golf balls produced today are of a much higher quality than those produced a decade ago. They are mostly well balanced, but we wont know precisely which of the balls in a brand new box are balanced and which aren't.

Due to manufacturing variances, it is inevitable that some golf balls will not be not properly balanced.  Although the consistent production of perfectly balanced golf balls is almost impossible to achieve, there  are devices such as the Check-Go that helps to locate the  optimum balance point of each golf ball. This device will spin the ball at 10,000 revolutions per minute for about 20 seconds until the ball settles down at a balanced position. A line is then drawn along the equator of the ball when it is in its  balanced position. Every ball has a  different balancingposition.
 

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Complexity level:
5
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
1 hour for preparation , 1 day for science fair project
Material availability:
Easily found at a sports store/golf pro-shop
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements