Dimples on a golf ball serve to actually create less drag as it flies through the air, giving more distance. Most golf balls today have 250-450 dimples. There are no regulations about how many, the pattern, or even the depth and shape of the dimples.
Golf balls didn’t always have dimples. It was discovered by early golfers that their drives went further after they got nicked and scored during regular play.
Patented in 1905, it wasn’t until 1930 that dimpled golf balls became de rigueur in the game.