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(Mr P. !A, Vaile's theories regarding the ' flight of golf balls have been .tested with the aid of a catapult by Sir Ralph Gallwey; of Thirkleby Park, ■ Thirsk. ■Thl-ee types of golf ball were tried—the RuflV which, notwithstanding its.nanie, is perfectly smooth; the' Vaile; which carries" markings like those oil the old guttie, and, in addition, had. its ■' <islcin roughened a Ut'tte 5 ' and the ordinary "pimply" tell,-ithe eiirfajce of jvhic'h is a series of excrescences. The results subV stantiate ■\v i hat Mr. Vaile had forecasted. The Ruff flew very badly and in an erratic way. The Vaile,;' although, scarcely out of the mould, flew quite as well as, and no better than, the ordinary pimply; but the Ruff, 'cut''With a penknife, not so mUch or so deeply as'the Vaile, flew farther than any of the balls, and did not "soar" when going against the wind to anything like the extent that the orddnaty ball does. Sir Ralph Payne-Gall wey stated 'thai; E. Kay hit one of the Ruffe, after it had been nicked a little with a penknife, three •hundred yards; This should, effectually dispose of any idea .that c, smoother ball with sunk lines will not fly so well as the present heavily over-marked ones with excrescences. Commenting in the 'fEvenihg Standard" on these tests, •Mγ. Vaile says: "The perfect marking will, as I •wrote before Sir Ealph iPayne-Gallwey had even communicated with mc, be found in the mean between the Ruff and the Vdile, and the first manufacturer that g6ts it should thank mc for the information. Sir Ralph's experiments have practically decided that question. "I may mention .that .the Vaile has already won a challenge cup. The player who used it was Mr. A. S. Galtrey, assistant editor of the "Sportsman," formerly a. "ecoffier," as he puts it, at the idea of the improved ball, but now a convert. It was perfect on the green. The winner eaid .to mc: 'I never putted like that before.' This is an 'unsolicited testimonial , >that almost makes mc regret that I am not trying to sell the 'Vaile.' "I think that I have . said and done enough to show both golfers and golfball manufacturers .that there Is a wide field for study and research in the making and marking of the golf-ball."

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GOLF. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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