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Mini-Quiz: Force Vectors in Hitting a Golf Ball

By Ron Kurtus (24 November 2016)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What happens to the impact force on hitting the ball?

It causes the club head to vibrate

It is broken into parallel components

It is broken into perpendicular components

2. Which vector component determines the direction of the ball's trajectory?

The component from the point of impact through the center of the ball

The direction of the swing of the golf club

The component along the surface of the ball

3. What is the purpose of a backspin?

To cause the ball to fly further

To inhibit the ball from rolling off the green

No one has been able to figure out the reason

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Physics. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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The Physics Of Golf - Real World Physics Problems

Physics of Golf - Optimum Loft of a Driver - PDF

Physics of the Club-ball interaction - The Physics of Golf

Forces - Physics Hyperbook

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