Overview

This book gives a scientific account of all aspects of the game of golf and answers the questions which occur to all who play the game. The mechanics of the swing and the impact of the club on the ball are explained. Together these decide the range of the ball - which is shown to be the most important factor for success. The aerodynamics of the ball's flight has several surprises, including the effects of dimples and spin. Understanding these effects allows a calculation of the ball's flight and explains how the ...
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The Science of Golf

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Overview

This book gives a scientific account of all aspects of the game of golf and answers the questions which occur to all who play the game. The mechanics of the swing and the impact of the club on the ball are explained. Together these decide the range of the ball - which is shown to be the most important factor for success. The aerodynamics of the ball's flight has several surprises, including the effects of dimples and spin. Understanding these effects allows a calculation of the ball's flight and explains how the range depends on the clubhead speed and the characteristics of the club. Putting is analysed to find the optimum strategy and to understand how winds, slopes, and mud affect the run of the ball. Handicaps are perhaps the most discussed topic in golf and the book examines the handicaps system to identify their consequences in matches and competitions, with results which will surprise many players. The famous question - "what is the probability of a hole-in-one?" is discussed and a neat way of answering it is proposed. Further chapters examine the players, the equipment, and the economics of the game, discussing the aspects of play that determine success, how much the improvments in clubs and balls have affected performance and the remarkable growth of both the amateur and the professional game.
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"Granted, not every golfer cares about Newton's laws, D'Alembert's paradox, Stokes's model, or the Magnus-Robins effect, but all impact the game, and Wesson, a retired physicist, interprets them with a facility that would have helped Einstein understand golf's mysteries. His Mr. Wizard approach to winds, muddy balls, the probability of aces, and the bias of handicaps only amplifies his wizardry." -- Golf.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191578779
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 881,302
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Dr John Wesson

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Table of Contents

1 The Science of Golf 1

2 The Swing 9

3 Impact 37

4 Aerodynamics - Drag 63

5 Aerodynamics - Lift 81

6 Some Theory 95

7 Range 105

8 Bouncing and Rolling 131

9 Putting 145

10 Hole-in-one 167

11 Handicaps 173

12 Matches and Competitions 201

13 The Players 221

14 Clubs and Balls 237

15 Economics 253

Bibliography 265

Numbers 269

Index 271

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