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Dimples mean more than you may think

Updated: October 12, 2004, 5:51 PM ET
By E. Michael Johnson | Golf World

The first time I became aware of the benefits of dimples on a golf ball was when I was a teenager in the 1970s. Standing on the first tee, I placed a brand-new ball on the peg, took a cut and watched in disbelief as the ball went out about 80 yards and took the nastiest left-hand turn I had ever seen, nose-diving to the ground. For once, however, it was the equipment and not me.

When I got to the ball I noticed one half of the ball was normal while the other half was perfectly smooth with ...

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