Re: What makes a golf ball buzz/zing through air?
Originally Posted by kennay92
You're standing directly behind yours!
Not kidding, the disturbance the ball makes in the air (known as sound) as it "zings" off the club, does not propagate equally in all directions. It's a fairly high-frequency sound, and definitely very directional. Picture the sound waves coming off the ball like the wake of a boat. If the boat passes pretty close to a lilypad, then shortly after the boat goes by, that lilypad experiences quite a bit of vertical displacement as the ripples pass it. But picture the boat passing directly over the lilypad instead (this is an incredibly high-floating and smooth-bottom boat, which doesn't harm the lilypad as it passes). Just after the boat passes, the lily pad is not rocking up and down, because the wake is moving away from it.
The sound your own ball makes is far louder to the guy in the next stall than it is to you.