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An invaluable guide for anyone looking to improve their golf game, this perennial bestseller combines the principles of dynamics and energy with unique photographic techniques to analyze the golf swing, the golf ball, and the golf club. "Jorgensen tells golfers what they ought to be doing and why, the correct technique according to the principles of physics".--"Golf Weekly". Illus.
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Explains how you can use the principles of dynamics and energy to improve your stroke, choose the best club, calculate the aerodynamics of the trajectory, and understand the complicated handicap system. Includes an introductory history of the gold club and ball, and a chapter on golf legend Harry Vardon. The technical information is corralled in appendices. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"… Gives new insights and precise views into the forces and torques developed in the downswing.... Thank you, Dr. Jorgensen...We will all treasure your book." American Golf Pro

"The heart of golfer Ted Jorgensen's delightful book lies in his analysis of the swing of the golf club and how, armed with insights from that analysis, you, he and I might all swing the club better and play better golf . . . [The book] is designed to be accessible to the casual reader while satisfying the critical student. But first word or last, for anyone who has swung a golf club, the book is fun to read." Physics Today (BOB ADAIR, AUTHOR OF PHYSICS OF BASEBALL)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883189559
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
1 The Secret of Golf Is in the Swing 1
2 A First Look at the Golf Stroke 4
3 A Second Look at the Golf Stroke 18
4 Variation of Parameters Brings New Understanding of the Golf Swing 33
5 The Energy of the Swing 42
6 Producing Power with Precision 46
7 Developing Your Own Golf Stroke 51
8 The Aerodynamics of Golf 65
9 When the Clubhead Meets the Ball 78
10 The Harry Vardon Swing 92
11 The Matching of Clubs 96
12 The Flexibility of Shafts 108
13 Examining the Handicap System 118
14 A Short Chapter on Short Putts 130
References 133
Technical Appendix
1 Parameters of Golf Clubs 134
2 The Matching of Clubs 136
3 Clubhead and Ball 139
4 The Differential Equations 150
5 Torques and Energies 161
6 Treatment of Data 166
7 Stroboscopic Photograph of the Golf Stroke 168
8 Tables 170
9 Newtonian Dynamics 172
Index 187
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