ESPN Kids Writer Mailbag Week of 6/1

Q: How much do golf balls weigh? Why do they have all those indentations? Casey from Missouri
A: Casey, a regulation golf ball weighs no more than 1.680 ounces. The balls are covered in dimples because it makes them aerodynamic, meaning that they can fly through the air faster and farther. The first dimpled golf balls came about in the early 1900s. They were so popular they became the dominant design for all golf balls.

Q: What female tennis player has won the most major tournaments? William from Illinois
A: William, an Australian player named Margaret Court won a record 24 Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open) between 1960 and 1973. She was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979.

Q: In pro tennis, do men and women play on the same size court? Alana from Indiana
A: Alana, yes, men and women play on the same size court in professional tennis. This summer, you'll notice that the men's and women's championship matches of the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open are all played on the same size court.

Q: How long does it take to play a round of golf? Austin from Oregon
A: Austin, this depends on many things. Both the skills of the player and length of the course can effect the time it takes to complete a round of golf. Typically, golf courses suggest that a round of golf should take four hours. However, if a golfer needs a lot of strokes to finish a course or if the course has a lot of really long holes, it can take longer. If a course is crowded and players have to wait until the group in front of them finishes a hole, which can also add to the time it takes to play.

Q: In golf, what do the terms birdie and eagle mean? Brett from California
A: Brett, the terms "birdie" and "eagle" reflect scores on a hole on a golf course. A birdie means that a player records a score one stroke under par. For example, if a player scores a 4 on a par-5 hole or a 3 on a par-4 hole, that is called a birdie. An eagle is when a player records a score two strokes under par. If a player scores a 3 on a par-5 hole, that is called an eagle.

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