Have you ever spun an egg? It wobbles. The fluid inside has inertia of its own, separate from the shell. It resists the net spin of the egg.
Same thing with a paintball.
I'm not trying to discourage you, but just don't get your hopes up if it doesn't work well.
LOL! Don't worry. I won't be discouraged either way. I'm not doing this to prove anyone right or wrong. I just want to know what effect it will have. It's not that I'm not listening to people; conversely, it seems that people aren't hearing my question. I really want to know if anyone has actually just tried it. If not, lets do it. If someone did, I'd like to know what the results were. Heck, at least we get that information before we talk trash about equipment we've never owned, right?
Regarding the egg and fluid dynamics - you bring up a good point. What principle does the flatline or Apex operate if the flight is not affected by the spin?
The application is that the spin of the outer shell does have an effect on the flight of the paintball. This is what I'm basing my hypothesis on.
If that doesn't satisfy you, email Tom himself, and ask for the technical data. He's AGD there.
Thanks for the link to the discussion from the testers. This is just what I have been searching for. It was not my intention to anger the paintball gods and their disciples with proven heresy. I don't know Tom (or 'TK') but I will try and contact him if he is willing to share his experiences with dimpled paint. I'm new to this forum and just wanted to try this out and see if anyone was interested or had information. Actually, it is the sole reason why I signed up for these forums. All of the chatter regarding this topic usually end in, "sounds good in theory" with no experimentation except the single one you mention above. I still would like to play with the idea, however.
Now... how can I dimple some paintballs...?