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How Golf Clubs Really Work and how to Optimize Their Designs

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Explains what goes on in a golf shot, from impact until the ball stops, and backs it up with good science. Contains 37 short chapters with general information for golfers and technical notes for club designers, plus definitions and illustrations. Topics covered include characteristics of the scatter of hits on the faces of clubs, full and partial shots with irons, factors that affect distance, and aiming. The authors are affiliated with product development firms in the private sector. Much material was adapted ...
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Overview

Explains what goes on in a golf shot, from impact until the ball stops, and backs it up with good science. Contains 37 short chapters with general information for golfers and technical notes for club designers, plus definitions and illustrations. Topics covered include characteristics of the scatter of hits on the faces of clubs, full and partial shots with irons, factors that affect distance, and aiming. The authors are affiliated with product development firms in the private sector. Much material was adapted from some 70 articles written for the Japanese monthly publication Golf Equipment World. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967762500
  • Publisher: Origin, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vi
Preface vii
Part 1 Our Model of a Golf Hit
1. Why Should You Read this Book? 3
2. Our Technical Model 5
3. Some Examples of Driver Shots with Our Model 11
4. Golfer Errors 17
5. Scatter of Stop Points 23
Part 2 Drivers, Fairway Woods, and Irons
6. The Need for a Performance Rating 31
7. Variables Which Affect Shot Distance 35
8. Effects of LA and cg Location on Drives 37
9. Ball Speed, Launch Angle, and Backspin 43
10. Full Shots with Irons 47
11. Partial Shots with Irons 51
12. Iron Shots When the Ball Position Is Moved Back 55
13. Greens Above or Below the Golfer 59
14. The Effects of Wind on Golf Shots 63
15. Estimating Wind Speed and Correcting for It 67
Part 3 Some Special Effects
16. Loss of Distance Caused by Air Drag on Head and Shaft 73
17. Hits Partly Off the Face (POF Hits) 77
18. Optimum Face Curvature for Golf Clubs 81
19. Behavior of Golf Club Shafts 85
20. Selection of a Club Shaft and Grip 95
21. Performance and CHD Rating for Drivers 99
22. Fairway Woods and Irons 105
23. Pitch and Chip Shots 107
24. Span, the Up-down Range for Good Hits 109
25. Aiming, Hooks, and Slices 113
26. Effects of Ball Design Variables 119
Part 4 Putters
27. The Model and Our Research on Putters 125
28. Hit Pattern Errors in Putting 129
29. Head Speed, Alignment, the Green, and Other Putting Errors 131
30. Effective Hole Diameter and the Hole Zone 135
31. Travel of the Ball and the Stop Zone 139
32. Putter Aiming and the Aim Distance 143
33. Sweet Spot, Inertia, and Center of Gravity of the Head 147
34. Unnecessary Putting Errors 151
35. Effects of Scuffing the Grass 155
36. Performance Rating of Putters 161
Part 5 A Summary
37. New and Useful Research Results of Our Research 169
Appendix Definitions 175
References 179
Index 181
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