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Anyone look at NBC's science of golf website? It's got some great slow motion shots

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I've been watching the GC stream, not the tv broadcast and there are these clips that come on just before getting back to the action that sound pretty interesting. 

 

http://www.nbclearn.com/science-of-golf

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Yah, I stumbled on them recently and just watched a few. I'm torn. I think the quality is good, and there are some nuggets of good info there.

 

http://www.nbclearn.com/science-of-golf/cuecard/64725

This one above on putting, for example. It seems scientifically pretty good. There's a tease about a cool camera that takes 10,000fps. There's analysis of potential energy, kinetic energy, sound energy, heat, work, power.... but at the end, you don't see much practical application of any of it.

 

I love science, and I love attempts to make it more accessible to people. I'm scratching my head with all of the golf stuff here, because it's such high quality production and I'm left with the thought of "so what? how does this help me?"  

 

Much of it seems to be along the lines of that smart people are working hard on figuring out how scientific principles apply to golf, but we are just going to tease you with how cool they are and not show you any actual results.  The segment on golf course pace of play was definitely like that. I was hoping to see what efforts are being taken, but you just see that they're using GPS to track how people play on courses to get data as they build models. And someday, we may see some tangible results. Great! Who'd have thunk it?

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They have one snippet on pace of play. :dance:

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I visit that site regularly. Has some decent info available. I especially liked their info on how handicaps are figured, and used. I had never heard of that "bonus of excellence" term before reading about it in their transcript. 

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I visit that site regularly. Has some decent info available. I especially liked their info on how handicaps are figured, and used. I had never heard of that "bonus of excellence" term before reading about it in their transcript. 

 

Pretty nice explanations. There was only one snippet (Potential and Kinetic Energy 3:02-3:24) that showed backward deflection on a driver shaft at impact. I wonder if there is any situation where this could happen with a human swinging the ball?

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