On the flight of a golf ball in the vertical plane
- Robert F. Stengel
- … show all 1 hide
Purchase on Springer.com
$39.95 / €34.95 / £29.95*
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.
The equations of motion for a ball moving in a vertical plane are used to calculate flight paths for a typical golf ball subjected to a variety of launch conditions, spin rates, atmospheric parameters, and wind fields. Time histories of the ball's velocity, flight-path angle, height, range, and spin rate between tee and first impact illustrate that lift induced by the ball's spin has a significant effect on driving range, actually causing the flight-path angle to increase during the first few seconds of flight. While light winds have the expected effects, heavy tailwind is shown to spoil the carry of the ball. Linearized sensitivity analysis indicates that wind uncertainty is an important contributor to impact range and time uncertainty.
- P.G. Tait, “Some points in the physics of golf, part I,”Nature, vol. 42, pp. 420–423, 1890.
- P.G. Tait, “Some points in the physics of golf, part II,”Nature, vol. 44, pp. 497–498, 1891.
- P.G. Tait, “Some points in the physics of golf, part III,”Nature, vol. 48, pp. 202–205, 1893.
- J.M. Davies, “The aerodynamics of golf balls,”J. Appl. Phys., vol. 20, pp. 821–828, 1949.
- P.W. Bearman and J.K. Harvey, “Golf ball aerodynamics,”Aeronaut. Q. vol. 27, pp. 112–122, 1976.
- R.D. Mehta, “Aerodynamics of sports balls,”Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. vol. 17, pp. 151–189, 1985.
- Y. Nakayama, K. Aoki, and M. Kato, “Flow visualization around golf balls,”Proc. Fourth Int. Symp. on Flow Visualization, Paris, 1986, pp. 191–196.
- A. Miele,Flight Mechanics, Volume 1: Theory of Flight Paths. Addison-Wesley: Reading, MA, 1962.
- R.F. Stengel and P Berry, “Stability and Control of Maneuvering High-Performance Aircraft,” NASA CR-2788, Washington, DC, 1977.
- On the flight of a golf ball in the vertical plane
Dynamics and Control
Volume 2, Issue 2 , pp 147-159
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Kluwer Academic Publishers
- Additional Links
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 08544, Princeton, NJ