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The Physics of Golf [Paperback]

Theodore Jorgensen
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Dec 1993
A book for the interested scientist on the physics of golf, with emphasis on the physics of the golf swing, based on the author's research over the past quarter century. The book applies the principles of dynamics and energy to an analysis of the golf swing, the golf club and the golf ball and contains throughout discussions of how knowledge of these principles can be used to improve one's game, choose the right clubs and even better understand the handicap system. The introductory chapter contains a history of the development of golf club and ball. The book contains a technical appendix for the reader who would like to pursue the physics in more technical detail.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics; 7th edition (Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883189550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883189559
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,960,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"… Gives new insights and precise views into the forces and torques developed in the downswing.... Thank you, Dr. Jorgensen...We will all treasure your book." American Golf Pro

"The heart of golfer Ted Jorgensen's delightful book lies in his analysis of the swing of the golf club and how, armed with insights from that analysis, you, he and I might all swing the club better and play better golf . . . [The book] is designed to be accessible to the casual reader while satisfying the critical student. But first word or last, for anyone who has swung a golf club, the book is fun to read." Physics Today (BOB ADAIR, AUTHOR OF PHYSICS OF BASEBALL)

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This best-selling title is now in its third printing. Golfers and physicists alike will find something instructional and enjoyable. "For anyone who has swung a golf club, the book is fun to read." --Robert Adair, author of The Physics of Baseball "Jorgensen tells golfers what they ought to be doing and why, the correct techniques according to the principles of physics." --Golf Weekly

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple, precise, effective 30 Nov 1998
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Great book! I have read everything out there and have tried to incorporate the writings of many teachers. Dr. Jorgensen, although a well-regarded physicist, writes like he prefers to be on the golf course. I find his theory, and practical implementation of the golf swing the best around.I wish he would write on the short game, putting, ect.
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Only get this book if you love physics and want to analyze in detail mathematical models of golf swings and ball flight. This book is written by a physicist, and it shows. The author does an admirable job of analyzing the golf swing, but spends so much time describing how he built his models that the "so what" gets lost in the details. If you're looking to improve your golf game, other books will get you there with much less pain. For example Dave Pelz is also a physicist, and his book, "Putt Like the Pros" has very readable analyses and offers valuable and practical advice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor man's Wesson 8 Jun 2012
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Poorly written, full of egocentric boasting and anecdotal stories with real names hidden. It feels like the author spent a day writing a golf swing model in MATLAB and converted it into a wordy chapter, padding it out into a book by adding a few more chapters that don't really have a purpose or conclusion. Scientifically-minded golfers will find Wesson's "Science of Golf" a much better read.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just needs decent graphics and illustrations 25 May 2000
By joe_n_bloe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I enthusiastically recommend this book to golfers with an interest in science/math/engineering, or scientists/mathematicians/engineers with an interest in golf. You should get Search for the Perfect Swing first. But once you have that out of the way, this book is an excellent addition to a golf library.
The biggest shortcomings of The Physics of Golf are (1) a lack of quality illustrations/pictures/graphics and (2) a rather terse treatment of the material. I feel that the author probably has enough research to go on for 4-500 pages but called it quits at a much more concise size. I'm all for concise, but not when it leaves me feeling some useful material was left out.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best insight into the golf swing I've ever read 25 Mar 1999
By csindelman@investec.co.za - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book's major contribution is that it distinguishes clearly between style and fundamentals. It focuses the reader's attention on the downswing and demonstrates the simple moves required to ensure club head acceleration through to impact. By showing how these moves differ when the shaft is above and below the horizontal and how certain other moves destroy club head acceleration in these positions the reader will probably for the first time come away with the true fundamental moves in a golf swing. The most insightful book on golf I've ever read. If you can't handle equations read the chapters for the less mathematically gifted - all the gems are still there.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It reads more like a physics thesis than a golf book. 29 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Only get this book if you love physics and want to analyze in detail mathematical models of golf swings and ball flight. This book is written by a physicist, and it shows. The author does an admirable job of analyzing the golf swing, but spends so much time describing how he built his models that the "so what" gets lost in the details. If you're looking to improve your golf game, other books will get you there with much less pain. For example Dave Pelz is also a physicist, and his book, "Putt Like the Pros" has very readable analyses and offers valuable and practical advice.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple, precise, effective 30 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book! I have read everything out there and have tried to incorporate the writings of many teachers. Dr. Jorgensen, although a well-regarded physicist, writes like he prefers to be on the golf course. I find his theory, and practical implementation of the golf swing the best around.I wish he would write on the short game, putting, ect.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's women and there's golf, and the rest is foolishness 17 Jun 2004
By WyEtte Burke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am now 65. I received the "Physics of Golf" five years ago. I was so taken aback, I put it down for three years. Then I read it one page at a time, experimented with each paragraph, and have improved steadily ever since. Once, in my coordinated youth, I played to an eight. Then in my middle fifties I could not break one hundred if I counted all my shots and penalties. Golf became expensive...and I didn't even show up at the club...
Now after two years with Theodore P Jorgensen my game again is fun. I have shot a 37 for nine holes on a tought golf course from the tiger tees and yesterday parred nine holes in a row.
I have met "Doctor J" and if you do, as he suggests, each experiment and try each part of all the things covered, you will find yourself in golf heaven. It's like playing a "Country and Western" song backwayds and getting all you have lost back...but in addition you will understand why you lost it and how you can, now improve even more. As I grew older, the things I knew about golf that just are NOT true ended up distroying my weekends. Now, I play less, score better, (without even warming up), and go home with a positive attitude. That's a good day.
The Physics of Golf is one of the best books on sports ever written and Ted Jorgensen is Nebraska's best kept secret. Imagine reading a book on your favorite hobby and improving your skills. If you can read, you, too, will find you can hit the ball as well as Anika and certainly better than Tiger when he doesn't finish first...but you have to buy and read the book stopping to experiement often as you cover each fact. DON'T JUST READ IT. You will almost certainly fail...but you will understand physics and it's disciplines better; thus all won't be lost. This exact science "GOLF" needs such attention.
Give this book to the youth of your family, boys and girls alike, and watch them appreciate THE WORLD OF PHYSICS which explains so much about what we see, hear, experience and do. There is no better way to learn golf fundamentals than at the kitchen table...before you practice.
All the best to the wonderful customers, employees, and owners of Amazon who made this purchase possible. With the money I'm making on the golf cours I can now afford to support Amazon even even more. Dan Burke who was 18 and is now headed for single digits and is 65 years old going on 66. If you are in Cleveland, we may meet; and on the links, you may let me back up what I say.
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