Physics of the Golf Swing

Physics of the Golf Swing
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  • Golf is not a game of perfection. Some shots stray right, some fly well left, and often they produce a curve.
  • Golf is a recreational sport, but it is also a prominent example of physics in motion; physics in the real world!
  • Throughout the golf swing, there are energy transfers which produce a projectile, the golf ball, to go into motion.
  • During the swing, there are 2 types of energy: gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy. GPE is energy stored in a body due to its vertical position. Kinetic energy the energy of motion.
  • At the top of the back swing, the club has all of its potential energy, and zero kinetic energy. As the golfer starts the down swing, the potential energy is transferred to kinetic energy. This increases the velocity of the club head.
  • The velocity is the greatest at the moment right before the club impacts the ball. This is where all of the potential energy is transferred to kinetic energy, which is at its greatest.
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