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Old November 13th, 2012, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Easy way to make paintballs go twice as far and straight without changing shape

ADD DIMPLES!

Just curious why this is not done. With the effort put into adding accuracy and distance a simple solution without changing the entire shape of the paint would be to add dimples similar to a golf ball.

Dimpled balls travel almost twice as far as ones without dimples and straighter as well. And the best part is they would be easy to make, you would just need to modify the molds you make the paint with.

Too bad I am not in the paintball industry I could make alot of money.

Assuming it would work but I cant think of why it wouldn't. Price may be a little higher but I don't see it being that hard to pull off.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Its been done I think Rap4 sells/sold them. Paintball has been around for awhile and just about every idea we think of as new has been done before and discarded before being rediscovered.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i have been thinking on this for a while actually. i think your efficiency would go down but in theory it should work

btw, if the golf ball example holds true we would be getting an additional 30% in range not double
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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I didnt know about those and I looked at the reviews. My guess is you will need a system to shoot them, most likely the right barrel. I would be really curious to see how they did with a flat-line or Apex.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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how do you expect gelatin to hold dimples?
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Old November 13th, 2012, 01:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Gelatin can be made in many different densities. Right now, there are paintballs that are "soft" gelatin, where they are more of a rubbery shell and there are others that feel more like a plastic.

Obviously you would have to use the latter in a "dimpled" shell. It may not stay in perfect form, but it would be close enough.
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unless it's perfectly round, you'll also have other qualities that golf balls have. any sort of spin or unbalanced ball will cause it careen out of control even worse than they do now.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 02:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I thought there was some disadvantage with the balls carrying spin due to having a textured exterior and liquid interior that would either counter spin placed on the ball, or add spin to a non-spinning ball - causing it to zip off in unknown directions...and further venturing into ...THE LAND, OF TOMORROW!!!!
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Old November 13th, 2012, 07:16 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i honeslty dont like the idea of a dimpled ball if wind catches it then it seems like it will fly off to never ever land
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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The idea of a dimpled ball its to keep wind from affecting it....

Out so i thought, i may be wrong.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 11:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm kind of thinking that it might them a little less likely to break.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Dimples help the golf ball convert spin into lift. But it was quite by accident that this effect was discovered.

Originally, golf balls were made as smooth as possible because it was believed that the smooth surface would offer the least wind resistance, allowing the ball to travel the farthest it could possibly go.

And if a golf ball travelled through the air without spinning, that assumption would be correct.

But golf balls do spin once they are struck. And just like the seams of a baseball help a major league pitcher convert spin into a curveball, so too can a golfer take advantage of spin to manipulate the ball's trajectory in flight... thanks to dimples!
uhm... yeah... not good for paintball... unless you're apexing

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Old November 14th, 2012, 10:52 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Not a bad idea at all....... Though I think it would take a while to establish a "fan base" for these paintballs as they probably wouldn't catch on right off the bat.
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I don't think that they would catch on at all. I'm sure that if a company made them, they'd charge some outlandish price claiming that they have a much better range, and accuracy. I don't think that it would really take off the way you might think...
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Old November 16th, 2012, 03:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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im curious if it would even work

remember, paintballs are liquid filled....golf balls are not
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Liquid filled golfballs are nothing new though - they become reintroduced periodically but, like most anything that deviates...just haven't caught on?

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Old November 16th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #17 (permalink)
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im curious if it would even work

remember, paintballs are liquid filled....golf balls are not
It would still work, but any spin put on the ball would be lessened and therefore it wouldn't be AS effective on paintballs as it is on golf balls.

I like the thing I saw a few years ago where someone was trying to develop a powdery fill for paintballs so that it could be almost a solid core and then would liquify when it broke. I'm assuming it ended up being WAY more expensive than it was worth pursuing, but it would be cool.
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oh, hydrotech?
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oh, hydrotech?
Yeah, those are the ones!! They looked like they'd be AWESOME if they ever managed to get to market.
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i thought the hydrotech balls were the water filled ones?
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