Math amatuer players think that golf is such













this essay I will be explaining how to better your golf shot and explaining how
far the ball will roll after it hits the ground.  Many amatuer players think that golf is such
an easy sport, when really it’s one of the most difficult.  The reason I say this is because as a golfer
you have to know how far you’re going to hit the ball, you have to know where
you want to hit it so you’re in good placement on the hole for your next shot
and you need to know what type of club you’re going to use.  First I will describe the types of shots you
can shoot and then I will show you how to predict how many yards the ball will
roll after it hits the ground off the initial hit.


you’re hitting a golf ball off the tee box with a driver, this is what most
people use when “teeing off” on a par 4-5. 
Now scientifically, amateur’s normally drive the ball 200 yards
plus.  Let’s say that the ball path of
the ball hit went dead straight, this ball will normally only roll an
additional 20-30 more yards after the ball hits the ground off the initial
drive.  Now assume the ball path is a
“draw” (right to left) and the club hits the ball right on the sweet spot, this
ball is then going to roll an additional 30 yards.  The “fade” (left to right) is about the same
distance.  Now many players will tell you
the ball goes further when they hit a draw and this is because it’s thought to
have a very flat line and have an “over-spin”. 
The fade is known for going a lot higher than a draw and having


is just a myth though because with different players it is completely
opposite.  You have to factor in many
different things like: wind speed, weather conditions (cold, hot) because the
ground changes, whether it’s soft or hard, where you hit the ball on the club face,
where your ball is lying, the club speed (which is where you get most of your
distance).  There are so many different
things you have to think about when playing golf such as how far away from the
hole you are and from there you then have to predict what type of club you’re
going to use. That’s why professional golfers have caddies because they need
someone out there that watches them play golf every day to ensure him that he
is going to play to the best of his ability while he’s “on the bag.”


            To have the most efficient shot you should
work on keeping the club face square to the target just like how you were set
up before you started your swing.  This
takes lots of practice but will show great results in your game because you
will almost always hit the perfect shot you wanted to.  Like I said though this take a lot of
practice, that’s why pros are always practicing on something in their
game.  It’s best to go out on the range
and hit a couple of shots and see what bath path is best for your game because
it’s different for every player.


            “A smooth golf ball hit by a professional
golfer would travel only about half as far as a golf ball with dimples does.
Most golf balls have between 300 and 500 dimples, which have an average depth
of about 0.010 inch. The lift and drag forces on a golf ball are very sensitive
to dimple depth: a depth change of 0.001 inch can produce a radical change to
the ball’s trajectory and the overall distance it can fly”. (”

All shots were hit with a Taylormade R15, 9.5 degrees, for


            Now, you can see from these two
graphs that the ball path is different as well as the club speed.  Normally you will notice your shot to go
further with a draw.  “Curvature is created when the face and the path diverge,
assuming a centered hit, the greater the face to path ratio the higher the
probability that there will be some loss of distance in the end. We usually see
a loss of carry on a shot that moves exaggeratedly left to right; however, you
can also lose carry distance on a right to left shot when the ball comes out
too flat. This is seen when the Angle of Attack and Dynamic Loft are out of
acceptable ranges. Your face to path relationship influences the curvature of
the golf ball and this curvature can easily cause too much compression (low
flat driving shots) and/or too little compression (high floating and wiped
shots) during impact.”



            To me this is very important
information because it explains to you that the face of your club has to stay
square to the target, you literally want to hit the ball how you were set up to
it and it takes a lot of practice and concentration.  I have gone out to the range and hit plenty
of golf balls but I will still sometimes “shank the ball” (not making good
contact, the ball not going as far) or I will slice it.  The slice happens when you go over the top
with the club and you actually hit the outside of the ball coming back towards
your body almost.  When you “slice” the
ball it has a very low ball path normally and will go left to right and you
won’t ever see that ball again!  So to
have the most consistent and efficient shot every time I would say to any other
player is you must have control of the club face every time you swing the club
and to keep their head down on the ball until their body makes their head come
up, don’t even look for the ball.


            (In this picture on the left look at
how he comes over the top and his club kind of goes on a path from out to in.)

            Hills affect your shot more than
you know. Let’s say you can hit your 6 iron 160 yards, if you’re hitting
downhill and you hit a perfect shot, the ball it going to land 20 yards further
so you should use a shorter club and vice versa.