Golf Ball Slamming Into A Wall In Slow-Mo [Gif]

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago Science

Who knew a gold ball could be flattened out like a water balloon and back again?
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Female 914
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Male 1,108
This looks like a R&D skin test. The polymer coating on a golf ball is very thin and incredibly tough. Finished golf balls now have titanium cores rather than the rubber bands of older balls so it couldn`t possibly do what is shown here. A golf ball deforms about 15 - 25% when struck at full speed. The pros achieve about 115mph clubhead speed at impact, your average club golfer gets between 85-95mph. It`s the deformation that allows the grooves on the club to gain purchase on the skin of the ball and produce the spin. So no BS here just a stretch test of the coating.
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Female 264
I`m calling BS. If this happened, wouldn`t the marks people get from getting hit with a golf ball be its full circumfrence and NOT just a little bit of one pole?
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Male 1,598
damn... didn`t know golf balls were that flexible!
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Male 1,929
Ah, Lord Bull-pootington. I wasn`t expecting you to visit me this evening.
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Female 3
@Judio, thanks for the link. I checked it out, and what the guy actually said was that the golf ball was either not a normal golf ball, or they were significantly wrong about the 150 mph speed of impact.

So he thinks it`s a fake.
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Male 1,371
and they smell like crap when you burn them too!
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Male 928
I don`t believe this because the material on the outside of a golf ball is not capable of stretching like this shows. At that speed rather than stretch and bend as this shows the plastic outer shell would just shatter instead.

Don`t think it would? Go try it and you will see that when you hit those hard enough the outside just breaks apart. It is just plastic after all.

The inside part being able to deform stretch and bend makes sense though. Since it is like a ball of rubber bands inside.
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Female 16
it seems to be true... apparently hit at 150 mph which is faster than tiger wood`s (golf ball, not strippers) hits.
more info: http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2010/05/24/stuff-that-makes-you-go-hmmm-18-how-much-does-a-gold-ball-deform-when-it-hits-a-solid-object/
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Male 10,440
This is legit. Golf balls really can deform like that, try putting one in a vice.
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Male 633
yeah i agree with k-two, i`ts hard to believe that an object as rigid as a golf ball would be that elastic even with an extreme amount of force.
the reason golf balls travel the distances they do is partially because of their ability to keep their shape when struck.
and yeah henryhendrix "honestly" some people do care and you just sound like an non-nice individual :D
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Male 699
bull sh*t
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Male 1,523
I wonder why it`s in black and white...
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Male 8
Good comment K-two, henry can go stuff it up his ass.
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Male 722
Thank you, k-two, for that `two cents` . Honestly, nobody cares.
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Male 10
I vote real/really a golf ball
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Male 122
This is certainly not a golf ball - it is flattened (by air resistance?) even before it touches the wall. It is changing its cubic capacity, so it must be hollow with a gas filling. Judging by its oscillations after rebounding, the outer shell is probably soft rubber.

My two cents ...
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Male 149
If i had a GOLD ball then i would be one to risk breaking it in a stunt like this...
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Male 168
I don`t think this ball is of the golf or gold variety.
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Female 682
yes, everyone......I think we all know the typo here...chill broskis....
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Male 71
FAKE, i have taken apart a golf ball and the outside shell it rather flaky.
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Male 295
really cool
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Male 1,136
Holy poo it was a gold ball?!
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Male 317
LOL IAB, Who did know that a "gold" ball could be flattened out like a water balloon and back again?
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Male 541
Well, it is made of rubber
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Male 31
im pretty sure the golf ball would crack instead of flexing that much but if I`m wrong thats pretty cool
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Male 795
Can golf balls actually flex this much? Epic if it`s true.
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Male 1,106
I hate gifs. I really do. HEY! Let`s take a perfectly good video, put it into a video-ish format meant for ancient computers that couldn`t handle the size of video files, and then make it run as slowly as a video on a dial up connection just to PISS THEM ALL OFF!
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Female 248
awesome
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Male 15,510
That is some quality material
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Male 2,690
How much force was put behind that?!
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Male 794
wow who knew they were so flexible, i think a baseball would do the same
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Female 94
lol, near the end it looks like a jellyfish
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Male 2,619
it would be so much funnier if it was hitting someone in the balls
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Female 25
That doesn`t seem physically possible, but I could be wrong. One could also argue that it isn`t a real golf ball...
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Female 1
150 mph = flatten golf ball
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Female 9,402
That`s awesome
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Male 51
@scissorz its because its already been fired out of or hit by something b4 the gif (not video) started
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Male 27
"The ball doesn`t look completly round at the start, they should be completly spherical (or as spherical as possible). It could be a trick ball, like a sponge ball or something" Matwix 2004 the round formation is nearly impossible since the ball is hitted or shooted by something else with a X power...so to shoot or hit the ball it should be deformed and ofc with a power that is enough to deform it when it hits the wall
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Male 642
Matwix_2004 it`s probably the deformation from the air resistance.. who knows with what speed they shot that ball on that wall.. check it out yourself, put your head outside your car window when going highway speed and I`m sure it will deform as well because of the air resistance even before hitting some lamp post :D
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Male 2,551
The ball doesn`t look completly round at the start, they should be completly spherical (or as spherical as possible). It could be a trick ball, like a sponge ball or something.
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Male 199
i like the spelling error in this more than the gif itself. also it looks kinda bull :)
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Male 516
""Golf Balls aren`t solid "

Bwahahahaha! So what are they, gaseous?

Idiot..."

You`re more the idiot, actually. You can`t tell that they don`t mean `solid` in chemistry terms? Of course it`s not liquid gas or plasma, but what they mean is that it`s not a single component. It`s not a single piece of metal or metallic material that`s molded into a ball. It`s (as stated before) got a core of rubber I believe that`s wrapped in a couple more layers of thin harder material.
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Male 440
A normal regulation golf ball won`t flattin that much. I`ve seen a different high speed shot on TV and the ball flattened half that much at 85 mph.
Of course, this one doesn`t say how fast it`s going.
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Male 12
interesting GIF. That`s a lot of deformation right there. Not sure if it matches up to slo mo vids i`ve seen of actual tee shots - but still a nice example of how elastic objects behave when force is exerted upon them.
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Male 349
@ Dukorider

That makes absoluetely no sense, being made of more than one compound has abbsolutely no relevance to whether it is solid or not. Please read some science books fully before you post something stupid based on your error


@Mikey

Why is it fake? Have a search for slow-mo grenades going off, they expand more than a balloon before exploding, don`t see why a golf ball (which is primarily elastic) can`t stretch that small amount.
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Male 2,619
thats a golf ball not a GOLD ball as in the description.
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Male 3,314
"A golf ball hit the front of my car the other day while I was doing 45mph. It shattered into pieces - somehow I don`t believe this."

Golf club heads are traveling at much faster than 45 miles per hour. A healthy golf ball will deform quite a bit. I`m not sure if it will deform THIS much, but....
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Male 376
Basically the same thing happens when you give it a good whack with a driver during tee-off.
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Male 3,314
"isn`t the `Spammers deserve to die` post spam?"

No. Spam is an unsolicited message intended to get the author/sender money. It`s an ad that has no relevance to what is going on. Saying something is spam get`s the author nothing, therefore it is not spam. Besides, if it was, asking "isn`t the `Spammers deserve to die` post spam?" would be spam. :)
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Male 127
i dont wanna be standing around when that thing bounces at 200mph+
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Male 697
dont want to shout FAKE but.... this is.
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Male 695
Haha! Touchè pirate! ;D
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Male 210
@ yarrpirate:

He means "golf balls aren`t solid" as in they`re not made out of one compound. Please read his comment fully before you post something stupid based on your error.
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Male 397
Even a tennis ball doesn`t flex this much, so a golf ball certainly wont either. Also the outer shell isn`t this flexible, the golf ball would crack open.
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Female 673
If you`re really curious to know how golf balls are made. It was on an episode of Discovery Channel`s "How It`s Made:"

How It`s Made: Golf Balls
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Male 698
is it real
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Male 394
"Golf Balls aren`t solid "

Bwahahahaha! So what are they, gaseous?

Idiot...
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Male 1
Golf Balls aren`t solid

now I haven`t Worked at a Golf Course... so I don`t have the benefit of all that so totally not useful experience... but I HAVE taken a golf ball apart. It`s basicly a rubber band ball with a very thin very flexable shell. and a core the size of a skittle. Each company is different though.
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Male 10
Einstein would like an explanation.
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Male 225
golf balls arent technically solid. Speaking as someone who worked at a golf course i can tell you they are actually made like baseballs. The inside is usually a round core, wrapped in rubber, then coated with the outer shell.
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Male 2,159
I doubt that`s a real golf ball. I know solid things can deform, but surely a solid golf ball can`t flex THAT much?
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Male 13
Something in black an white(gonna assume it an older piece of film) has the technology to film up that many frames a sec?Wounder what year it came out in,If it was from a era predating "High speed camera`s" at that quality.Long story short.If your gonna launch a golf ball at a wall at that speed.Why black and white?Wouldn`t you want to show it in more detail.It still cool real or not don`t get me wrong.
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Male 10,845
SHENANIGANS!
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Male 3,819
lmao @ Davy
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Male 36,521
Pffft! Here I thought it`d be a REAL golf ball! Not a sponcey one. Real ones look cool to in super slo-mo too y`know!
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Male 712
Whatever it is, it`s a nice display of fluidity within something perceived as "solid"
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Male 203
Hm... I`m not entirely convinced that any of this is real...
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Male 96
NOT A REAL GOLFBALL!! its one of those foam dog toys you can mash up and it forms its shape again, also used for golf practice when you done have a full range to practice on AKA your backyard so windows wil be safe... Still a pretty sweet gif tho
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Male 12,138
Yeah, we hate the spammers too Altaru... but they don`t survive long. We`ve got this place nailed like a virgin on prom night.

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Male 7
gotta be fake.
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Male 1,054
isn`t the `Spammers deserve to die" post spam?

As for the golf ball - the amount of deformation on impact is a huge part of the science of golf, and how the ball responds to impact - how much it deforms and springs back, impacts how far it will travel when hit.
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Male 670
yeah that seems a bit too flexible
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Male 255
This ball was traveling at 150 Miles and Hour too. supposedly
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Male 201
A golf ball hit the front of my car the other day while I was doing 45mph. It shattered into pieces - somehow I don`t believe this.
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Male 1,195
There`s something about the way it flattens that makes me think this is fake...
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Male 37,897
now that`s cool.
interesting
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Male 301
a boy and his blob!
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Male 3,482
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Female 3,574
idk I`m skeptical.
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Female 28
Are you guys sure it`s not one of these?
http://tiny.cc/8anm7
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Female 173
If you`ve taken a physics class, you know that`s real.
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Male 3,482
Golf balls are REALLY tough to crack open.

No joke, my friend had to take a power saw to break one open. Hammers failed, SLEDGEhammers failed, and beating it with 2X4s had a few comical results, but ultimately failed.

They`re full of (what looks like) really thick rubber bands... It`s weird.

I wouldn`t doubt this is what they look like in this situation, but only for a very, VERY short time. And probably only if they`re going WAY faster than any normal person can hit one...
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Male 4,807
Thats gotta be going over 500 mph to do that.
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Male 2,344
No way.
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Male 25,416
Awesome!
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Male 211
golf balls are suprisingly resillinat... you should ask the tram I hit
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Male 1,351
If I didn`t know any better (and I don`t) I would say that`s a broken lava lamp. The object reacted exactly like a lava lamp I had that went haywire. Of course, explaining the dimples is a bit tough...
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Male 352
Does that really happen everytime something hits the wall really hard?
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Female 15,763
About 150 mph, though I honestly can`
t figure out if it`s a real golf ball and the speed is doing f*cked up physics sh*t to it, or if it`s not a real golf ball.
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Male 159
a gold ball?
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Male 620
cheerios do the same thing
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Female 465
I would be nice to know how fast it was going.
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Female 3,574
whut.
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Male 1,108
Can not.........stop......watching......
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Male 17,512
I`m surprised it didn`t explode, or even crack open.
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Male 19,873
Link: Golf Ball Slamming Into A Wall In Slow-Mo [Gif] [Rate Link] - Who knew a gold ball could be flattened out like a water balloon and back again?
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