Category Archives: Gravity and Golf

Maximizing Power and Center of Mass

About this site: Golf as God Gave It To Us Players often gain an intuitive understanding that they should be in balance throughout their swing.  There are reasons why this is the case.  But that is not our subject here. … Continue reading

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Getting the Ball to the Hole: Lip Outs (The Faster You Putt, the Smaller the Hole)

About this site: Golf as God Gave It To Us You’ve just got one problem. You stand too close to the ball after you’ve hit it. – Sam Snead This post is an addendum to the post “The Faster You … Continue reading

Posted in Geometry of Golf, Gravity and Golf, Greens

Getting the Ball to the Hole: The Faster You Putt, the Smaller the Hole (Lesson 3, Part 5)

The harder I try, the behinder I get.                       Anonymous Work hard to reach your goals. And if you can’t reach them, use a ladder.           … Continue reading

Posted in (Linear) Momentum, A game of misses, Angular Momentum, Conservation of Angular Momentum, Conservation of Momentum, Gravity and Golf, Greens, Putting

Power: Building Up Energy (Lesson 6, Part 1)

Lee Trevino described Jack Nicklaus as longer than Tiger Woods.  It is hard to doubt.  The PGA at one time held a driving contest prior to the PGA Championship.  In 1963, Nicklaus hit a ball 341 yards – a ballata … Continue reading

Posted in Angular Momentum, Conservation of Angular Momentum, Geometry of Golf, Gravity and Golf, Newton's Third Law

Getting the Ball to the Hole: Why and When to Lag (Lesson 3, Part 4)

To die the ball at the hole, or to putt it 17 inches past?  That is the question. There is a debate in golf about whether one should try to die the ball at the hole or putt it with … Continue reading

Posted in A game of misses, Geometry of Golf, Gravity and Golf, Greens, Putting, Putting, Putting Alignment

Golf is a Game of Opposites: Golf is Work (Lesson 4, Part 3)

In this post, we will discuss some very basic physics.  Do not be afraid.  It is to make a very simple but completely under-appreciated point.  It has consequences.  Here, we will just emphasize the simple point. About this site: Golf … Continue reading

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Spin on the Ball: What Causes Spin At Impact (Lesson 5, Part 1)

Lesson 1 discusses the importance of consistency in golf; Lesson 2 the importance of lining up a putt accurately; Lesson 3 getting the ball to the hole; and Lesson 4 golf as a game of opposites.  We will go back … Continue reading

Posted in (Linear) Momentum, Angular Momentum, Ball Flight, Bernoulli's Principle, Fades and Draws, Geometry of Golf, Gravity and Golf, Hooks and Slices, Opposites in Golf, Other Sports and Golf, The Mechanics of Golf | 2 Comments