Published: August 21, 2017
Published: August 21, 2017

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The Science Behind Golf Balls

PPG is proudly sponsoring this year's European Masters Golf Championship. Leading golf-ball manufacturer Acushnet, maker of Titleist branded golf balls, have partnered up with PPG in an effort to find new ways to satisfy today’s golfers’ insatiable demand for distance and accuracy.

Golf ball designers combine various factors to create balls with different performance characteristics; it all comes down to the ball’s physical make-up.

That’s Where PPG Comes in

PPG has been providing products, like primer for early balls made by Acushnet, since the mid-1980s. We've also worked with the R&D teams at Titleist for 15 years to create unique products that enhance performance in a new generations of golf balls. The goal has been to foster a continuous evolution that puts both Titleist and PPG at the forefront of golf ball production.

There is science behind it. There’s a lot of interesting chemistry that goes on to make a golf ball work the way it does.
Susan Donaldson, Ph.D., a research associate at PPG who has been working with Titleist since 2006

Manufacturing a small, hardball that can fly great distances requires great skill. PPG has been a partner to this science, providing tech and logistical support to get new materials into Titleist’s plants and ready for production.

The goal when producing a golf ball is to create a cover that’s both durable and soft, so that it lends 'feel' through the club. The cover is also important in terms of giving a golfer control during shots on the green. PPG’s Oak Creek plant in Wisconsin USA, provides different products for the cover material, as well as for other layers of the ball. Other PPG plants supply the ball’s outermost coatings. PPG also works closely with Titleist in providing materials that impact spin, durability and high-speed flight.