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When you spin balance a ball doesn't the heavy spot have to go to one of the poles and not the equator? Wouldn't the ball wobble if the weight was on the equator? It seem that since the equator is horizontal and not vertical during balancing, that the ball will not react the same when you place the equatorial line vertical instead of horizontal. Is spinning a ball really a waste of time?

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When you spin balance a ball doesn't the heavy spot have to go to one of the poles and not the equator? Wouldn't the ball wobble if the weight was on the equator? It seem that since the equator is horizontal and not vertical during balancing, that the ball will not react the same when you place the equatorial line vertical instead of horizontal. Is spinning a ball really a waste of time?

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Probably made a lot more sense when Ben Hogan was doing it. Manufacturing processes have come a long way since the balata.

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If you want to really see it in action, mix a LOT of salt into some water just until the balls in the water float. Not only will the "heavy side" go straight down, lighter balls will rise up higher and heavier ball sink further. But like Ernest says, tolerances are much tighter these days.
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