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    A little film showing how the golf balls are made and tested.

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    Liverpool, Merseyside.

    Golf balls are flying in pairs with a great speed across a golf course. Cut to a machine firing the golf balls with great speed and power - it is almost impossible to see them fly out. Voiceover says that this is one of the tests golf balls have to pass to get to a shop.

    Audience is shortly led through the process of making of the golf ball. First, a hand with golf ball core made of frozen 'special composition' (voiceover's remark, no further information in file) placed into machine which winds elastic thread around the core forming a ball. A good long C/U shot of the machine forming a ball can be seen.

    Balls are then placed into two halves of "a tough protective material" and further moulded in a press. A woman is seen placing balls into two halves of protective materials and onto a pile ready for moulding. Moulding process involves, voice-over says, the use of steam, hot water and ice cold water. C/U of a hand taking the balls out of machine after moulding - they finally look like golf balls, with all those little holes...

    M/S of golf ball being sprayed with paint (three coats). Balls are then cleaned and their size is tested. C/U shot of woman's hands as she tests balls for size. After the usual factory tests, balls have to be tested on the golf court.

    As seen earlier, "Ghostly Golfer", a machine, is used to simulate the speed and power that would be achieved by the professional golf players. A man in white coat, smoking a pipe, is seen putting a little red flag on the fence with a sign reading "Danger - Golf Ball Flight Test in Progress". Three men in white coats test the golf balls. They measure durability, speed, length, force... Several shots of the men observing the balls and writing something in their notebooks.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:48:14:00 / 01:49:54:00
    CP 365

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    The "Liverpool factory" referred to throughout this clip was the Dunlop factory at Speke.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Outtakes and off-cuts from this footage can be seen in clip 173.03.

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