Handball construction with 32 panels
All our handballs are currently based on Eigil Nielsen’s revolution from 1962, when he developed the original ball construction using 32 panels. With 32 panels, Eigil Nielsen succeeded in creating the roundest ball ever seen. The combination of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons differed from traditional balls, which were made with 18 oblong panels. It was this very combination and the completely round shape that was later discovered to be identical to the molecular organisation that won the Nobel Prize. The molecular model was therefore renamed ‘the football molecule” – a discovery that SELECT had already brought to light with its 32-panel ball.
A ball with optimal roundness is essential to obtain reliable aerodynamics – a straight flight and a controlled bounce. The ball’s classic 32-panel construction means that the ball meets wind resistance at a later point in its trajectory through the air, thus retaining a stable high speed for a longer period of time. This provides a stable and more predictable flight.
We still use the 32-panel structure as the basis for developing the best handballs on the market today, just as we never compromise quality, playing properties or durability.