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What kind of simple machine is golf club?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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β 10y ago

The speed and direction of a Golf ball depends upon the forces applied to it during the transfer of energy resulting from the impact of the golf club head to the golf ball.

We all know that energy cannot be created; nor can it be destroyed. Energy can only be transferred from one state to another.

In the case of hitting a golf ball, energy from the body is transferred with to the ball through the club face.

To ensure that this process occurs with optimal efficiency we need to ensure that there is:

1. Maxiumum energy imparted from the body to the golf club
2. Minimum loss of energy during transfer from the golf club to the golf ball
3. Minimum loss of energy during travel of the ball to target

In achieving greater distance and accuracy from hitting a golf ball there are many factors which add to this energy equation.

Golf Balls One would naturally think that a totally smooth ball would have less drag than a dimpled surface. This is true, and at one time golf balls were manufactured with totally smooth surfaces. It was then noticed by golfers that their old scratched and cracked balls travelled further. It appears that these surface irregularities add spin on the ball. And backspin makes the ball travel a greater distance. From that point forward, golf balls were made with uniform irregularities in their surface, dimples. The purpose of dimples on a golf ball is to help generate the power necessary to lift a golf ball in to the air, and how far it travels.

Offset: if there is too much back spin the ball will stop short, and if there is too little back spin the ball will veer of course, and not be accurate.

Golf Swing During a golf swing there is a build up of torque with the rotation of the body, and weight transfer. There are two components to the weight transfer both during the backswing and downswing: a side to side weight transfer, and a dynamic weight transfer. Dynamic weight transfer refers to the sequenced synchronization of the angles of both the lower and upper body, while rotating the hips and shifting one's weight from side to side. In order to gain the maximum torque from ones body during the golf swing, this total weight transfer must be executed in a single fluid rotational movement.

This dynamic movement adds to the power and have accuracy of direction of the force imparted to the golf ball.

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β 14y ago

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β 10y ago

There are several types of simple machines: Levers, pulleys, screws, wheel and axles. A golf club is considered a lever.

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