We put “Iron Byron” to the test and the answer is… Yes.
Most golf balls are manufactured to a very high standard. Most. There is little variance in their spring rate when they roll off the production line. However, what happens to these golf balls after they leave the factory and what happens to your golf ball when you are actually using it during a round can dramatically affect how it performs vis a vis your swing speed.
We spent a day at a sod farm just north of Tijuana and south of San Diego with “Iron Byron” – a robotic swing machine that let’s us reduce lots of variables to analyze golf ball performance. We used the same driver and the same sleeve of Titleist ProV1x golf balls. We held our swing speed and swing plane constant (something we can do with a robot, but not with a golfer). We measured the results on radar – trajectory, speed, distance, first hit, final roll, spin, etc.
The only variable we introduced for this experiment was the temperature of the golf ball. During our testing, we learned a thing or two about now quickly a golf ball can absorb the temperature around it as well. Your golf ball performance changes when the temperature changes.
You probably won’t start a round at near freezing temperatures and end the round in desert sun, so don’t worry that your drive distance is unpredictable to the tune of 45 yards, but imagine if you could correlate the effects of temperature on your golf ball with distance, and it meant 9 more yards of controlled placement in the fairway or 3 yards on the green. It could be the difference in overshooting a tricky dog leg or landing in a fairway sand trap instead of landing where your GPS or laser range finder says you should. That matters.
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