The Science of the Perfect Swing

Hardcover | December 1, 2015

byPeter Dewhurst

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While golf has a popular following among casual fans, it has become popular among another passionate yet unlikely group: scientists. Beyond the caddies, carts, and clubs, the game of golf is an applied science. The seemingly simple act of striking a golf ball invokes a wide range of processes,including physics principles such as energy transfer, kinetics, launch angles, spin, and momentum. However, in spite of the growing interest in the fledgling field of "golf science," few books thus far have provided a comprehensive introduction of the subject. In The Science of the Perfect Swing, mechanical engineer Peter Dewhurst offers a full treatment of the science of modern golf. Based on three decades of experience in the physics of golf, Dewhurst examines topics such as the interaction between club face and ball, various aspects of trajectory andimpact, and the physics of putting. Rich in illustrations, graphs, and charts, Dewhurst presents physics-based discussions in an accessible format. Each chapter also contains a substantial "Findings and Consequences" section, which draws conclusions based on the science, and makes recommendations onball-striking and other facets of the game. From the mechanics of club design to modeling the trajectory of the ball once it leaves the club face, The Science of the Perfect Swing unravels some of the elusive mysteries about what it takes to play a great game of golf. Interesting and informative, The Science of the Perfect Swing strikes a perfect balance between hard science and an accessible tone that will appeal to golf enthusiasts, engineers, and general readers of sports science.

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While golf has a popular following among casual fans, it has become popular among another passionate yet unlikely group: scientists. Beyond the caddies, carts, and clubs, the game of golf is an applied science. The seemingly simple act of striking a golf ball invokes a wide range of processes,including physics principles such as energy...

Peter Dewhurst graduated first in class as a mathematics major at the University of Manchester in the UK, and was elected Sir Charles Reynold Research Fellow to continue research in applied mathematics and engineering mechanics for the Ph.D. Other awards, in his career, have included the Taylor Medal from the International College of P...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Modeling the club face ball interaction3. Analysis of the straight shot to determine ball speed, launch angle and ball spin rate4. Analysis and formulation of rules for curved ball flight5. A general model of eccentric and oblique golf ball impact6. The Divot7. Three-Dimensional Ball Flight8. Putting