THE EFFECT OF VARYING CLUB HEAD MASS ON VELOCITY AND KINETIC ENERGY

  • C. Tucker
  • I. Kenny
  • D. Byrne
  • R. Anderson
Keywords: computer simulation, golf, swing velocity, timing

Abstract

Typically, the standard club head mass of a driver is 0.2 kg approximately (White 2006). The golfing governing bodies do not stipulate driver club head mass. Theoretically, an increase in club head mass will lead to an increase in momentum transfer, but it is thought the increased mass leads to a reduction in club head velocity which is a more important determinant of how far the ball travels. The present study investigated the effect of increasing driver club head mass on club head velocity and total kinetic energy applied to the club at the grip by means of a computer simulation.
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Coaching and Sports Activities