Randolph Bailey
Physics 211
November 25, 2002

This site examines the physics involved in driving a golf ball off the tee. The objective of a drive is to achieve the greatest distance while leaving the golf ball in the middle of the fairway. Several factors will be considered in achieving the longest, and most accurate drive. The factors include calculating the velocity of the golf ball after the club and ball collide, the mass of the club head, launch angle, the shape of the club face, and finding the optimal golf ball.



Velocity of a Golf Ball after collision


Optimal Mass for Club-Head of a Driver


Optimal Loft of a Driver


Shape of the Club Face

Velocity of Tiger Woods drive and energy lost during impact