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The Physics of Golf

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
From the Publisher This revised and expanded bestseller includes a new chapter on putting, a new appendix on the fundamental physics covered in the book, increased coverage of modern club design, and an updated reference section. As in the previous book, most of the mathematics is relegated to a technical appendix. The first edition of this book was enthusiastically receiv ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Springer (first published December 12th 1993)
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Randal
Mar 10, 2010 Randal rated it really liked it
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So I have this PhD in physics, you see, but never became a physicist. So I can't really muster either an awe or a deep collegial appreciation for the science, one of which you'd have to have to really appreciate this book fully. Instead, I just wonder why he didn't apply his torque argument to the horizontal component of the swing plane. Still, I have to appreciate a data-based approach to the swing and found some satisfaction in the author's dissatisfaction with verbal, feel-based, analogous de ...more
Lesley
Aug 11, 2008 Lesley rated it really liked it
This is a great book for those who want a mathematical model of the golf swing and are interested in other aspects of golf as they relate to physics. It is probably only interesting for those with engineering backgrounds, because it is pretty steep in technical lingo. It hasn't made me a better golfer, but it is fun to think about the science inside a round of golf.
Ken
Oct 18, 2015 Ken rated it did not like it
This is the most difficult book to get into. It tells the reader nothing except for the abundance of mathematics that are relevant at best to someone with Asperger.
David
Oct 23, 2016 David rated it really liked it
Helpful, especially as a physicist. I’ve found the D plane a useful way to determine the relative orientation of the club face based on the spin of the ball.
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