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Golf Wind -- How does the wind affect the golf ball?
speed of the wind varies with height above the ground. A golfer
is able to measure the speed of the wind at ground level. The
golf ball moves at a higher point, and therefore the wind speed
is greater. The higher the ball moves, the greater the wind speed.
The physics of fluid motion models how the speed changes with
height. It is well understood. Unfortunately, the wind changes
(gusts) and thus adds uncertainty to the golfer's measurement
of wind speed.
a graph showing the path of 3 different drives. The shortest represents
hitting into a 5 mph wind (about 240 yds). The longest represents
hitting with a 5 mph wind (about 260 yds). The middle length drive
is with no wind (about 255 yds). A 5 mph wind is very minimal,
thus the effect is low, yet significant. Note as well the different
trajectories created by the wind.
a graph showing the path of 3 different drives, similar to the
one above, except the wind speed is 20 mph.
into the wind the drive flies 200 yds, with no wind it flies
and with the wind, it flies 275 yds. The effect of the wind
is much more significant when hitting into it than when hitting
with it. Hitting into the wind actually causes the ball
to balloon higher into the air.
Of course the effect of the wind depends on
your ball trajectory. Players that hit the ball higher have their
shots more greatly effected. That's why better players tend to
hit knock-down shots when playing in the wind. As well, how far
a player hits his/her various clubs will have an effect of how
many more or less yards the wind will provide.
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golfer knows that if you are playing a shot into the wind, you must
hit more club. If you're playing a shot with the wind, you must
hit less club. Even professionals have a difficult time playing
in the wind. The average score in a tournament is always higher
when it is windy.
amount of club to hit depends on the speed and direction of the
wind as well as the spin and trajectory of the ball. The higher
your ball flight, the more your shot will be affected. The more
spin you put on the ball, the higher will be its trajectory.
golfer needs to measure the speed of the wind and determine
much that speed will affect his/her shot. Since the trajectory
of a golf ball is well understood, one can model it and determine
effects of the wind. I have determined how much the wind affects
the distance a shot travels and I have developed a very simple
for determining the speed of the wind.
document in which I'll teach you the procedure here for
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