Science and Golf III: Proceedings of the World Scientific Congress of Golf

Science and Golf III: Proceedings of the World Scientific Congress of Golf

by Martin Farrally, Alastair Cochran
     
 

Science and Golf III is the ultimate one-volume source on current research about the game-from how to play better, to selecting the best equipment, to the latest advances in golf course design, and more!

The book includes 92 articles that were presented at the 1998 World Scientific Congress of Golf held at the University of St. Andrews

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Science and Golf III is the ultimate one-volume source on current research about the game-from how to play better, to selecting the best equipment, to the latest advances in golf course design, and more!

The book includes 92 articles that were presented at the 1998 World Scientific Congress of Golf held at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. The conference was approved and grant-aided by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association.

Part I, The Golfer, is composed of 50 chapters geared toward male and female golfers of varying ages and abilities. Topics include

- golf swing techniques,
- golf education programs,
- golf psychology,
- golf exercise and injuries, and
- class and gender in the world of golf.

Part II, Equipment, contains 23 varied studies on golf equipment, including

- golf ball construction,
- golf ball flow characteristics,
- golf club design,
- rebound effect in metal woods,
- clubhead speed, and
- effects of golf shoe tread types.

Part III, The Golf Course, contains 19 articles on subjects such as

- golf course design,
- turf characteristics,
- climate considerations,
- effects of golf course pesticides,
- environmental management, and
- golf markets.

Packed throughout with figures and tables, Science and Golf III is an all-encompassing resource for golf science information for everyone from sports science researchers to anyone else with an interest in and love for the game.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Roger L. McCoy, MD, MS (Arizona State University)
Description: This is the third collection of scientific papers presented to the World Scientific Congress of Golf. The content is divided into three sections: The Golfer, The Equipment, and The Course. Previous issues were published in 1990 and 1994.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a forum and resource for golf research. The editors make a broad collection of scientific papers covering the entire spectrum of the game of golf available to any golf enthusiast.
Audience: The range of topics make it difficult to pick one particular target group. With respect to the field of sports medicine, the first section entitled "The Golfer" has papers that would aid those who care for patients with golfing problems or injuries.
Features: The "Golfer" section covers a variety of subjects from biomechanics to different psychological issues pertaining to golf. Several papers deal with the epidemiology of injuries with some emphasis on the aging golfer and several on low back injuries. Some papers have small population sizes, but all are quite interesting. The equipment papers range in content from specific aspects of the golf club to subjects on the design and interaction of the golf ball. The final section, "The Course," covers topics on grass, the environment, course management, and supply and demand of golf courses.
Assessment: This book appears to accomplish the task of continuing to update the golfing community on the latest scientific research since its last issue. Golf professionals would seem to benefit most from the many papers presented. The sports medicine physician who sees many golfers as patients or researches topics in the field of golf will find the first section beneficial and interesting. Certain topics seem to be emphasized in "The Golfer" section, so complete care of all golf injuries is not covered. Certain other texts such as Wadkins' The Spine in Sports (Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1996) and Player's Fit for Golf (Fireside, 1995) seem to cover areas in sports medicine lacking in this volume. Overall, this a complete and handy scientific resource text for the golf enthusiast.
3 Stars from Doody
Roger L. McCoy
This is the third collection of scientific papers presented to the World Scientific Congress of Golf. The content is divided into three sections: The Golfer, The Equipment, and The Course. Previous issues were published in 1990 and 1994. The purpose is to present a forum and resource for golf research. The editors make a broad collection of scientific papers covering the entire spectrum of the game of golf available to any golf enthusiast. The range of topics make it difficult to pick one particular target group. With respect to the field of sports medicine, the first section entitled ""The Golfer"" has papers that would aid those who care for patients with golfing problems or injuries. The ""Golfer"" section covers a variety of subjects from biomechanics to different psychological issues pertaining to golf. Several papers deal with the epidemiology of injuries with some emphasis on the aging golfer and several on low back injuries. Some papers have small population sizes, but all are quite interesting. The equipment papers range in content from specific aspects of the golf club to subjects on the design and interaction of the golf ball. The final section, ""The Course,"" covers topics on grass, the environment, course management, and supply and demand of golf courses. This book appears to accomplish the task of continuing to update the golfing community on the latest scientific research since its last issue. Golf professionals would seem to benefit most from the many papers presented. The sports medicine physician who sees many golfers as patients or researches topics in the field of golf will find the first section beneficial and interesting. Certain topics seem to be emphasized in""The Golfer"" section, so complete care of all golf injuries is not covered. Certain other texts such as Wadkins' The Spine in Sports (Mosby-Year Book, Inc., 1996) and Player's Fit for Golf (Fireside, 1995) seem to cover areas in sports medicine lacking in this volume. Overall, this a complete and handy scientific resource text for the golf enthusiast.
Booknews
Getting into the swing now in the third round, 92 papers report recent research into scientific aspects of the golfer, the equipment, and the course. Among the topics they consider are swing techniques, education programs, ball construction, club design, clubhead speed, course design, turf characteristics, environmental management, psychological techniques, and markets. They also include historical perspectives, such as the relationship between golf and Italian fascism. The technical level varies widely. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736000208
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
740
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Martin R. Farrally is the director of the World Scientific Congress of Golf Trust. He was the director of the 1990 and 1994 World Scientific Congress of Golf. Mr. Farrally is a senior lecturer in sports science at the University of St. Andrews. The author of two books for the National Coaching Foundation, he was coeditor of Science of Golf II. Mr. Farrally is a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the British Association of Sports Medicine.

Alastair J. Cochran, for 15 years the technical advisor to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, is a part-time consultant on golf. He has been involved in the study of golf science for nearly 40 years. The editor of Science and Golf I and Golf the Scientific Way, he also was coeditor of Science and Golf II. Mr. Cochran served as director of the first comprehensive study of golf, held in the early 1960s, and was cowriter of the book, The Search for the Perfect Swing.

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