Do you think about science when you think about golf? Well, maybe you should: golf is a sport involving forces explained by physics. Precision and force affect the ball’s direction, and force, motion and aerodynamics are in play as the ball moves through the air and lands. This week (August 9–12) is the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour, which takes place in St. Louis, Missouri. Read on to get a better appreciation for the science and skill behind golf.
To fully understand the physics of golf, you must consider the mechanics of rotational motion, a.k.a. the spinning of an object on its axis. When striking the ball, you should relax your wrists through the golf swing so the club moves thoroughly outward in an unrestrained way, applying no rotational force on the club. Uncocking the wrist allows the golf club to “straighten out,” and gain speed, which turns into a harder hit.
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