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    Quiz Question: Above all else, what will make the golf ball travel farther?

    The correct answer is C: Max Clubhead Speed

    Wrist Hinge, Shoulder Turn and Leg Drive all work in concert to facilitate that end result of max clubhead speed. Clubhead speed is what sends the ball down the fairway. The more speed, the further the ball flies.

    The Physics of Golf 

    To understand the physics of a golf swing one must consider the mechanics of rotational motion. When an object travels around in a circle it moves outward, if unconstrained. To visualize this, imagine yourself sitting in a car that makes a sharp left turn. If you're not wearing your seat belt you'll go sliding across the seat toward the right, because of the effects of centripetal acceleration.

    Similarly, by uncocking your wrists during the golf swing, the club will move radially outward (since it's not restrained). This is unlike, say, baseball where the batter "drives" the bat through its arc using raw muscle power. A baseball player relies on strong wrists and forearms to get a solid hit. His hands are “active.” This is unlike golf, where the players hands are “passive” since they exert no twisting force on the club. This probably gives you some idea why baseball players have such beefy forearms and wrists. They need the strength to power the bat through the swing.

Uncocking the wrists allows the golf club to "straighten out," and in the process gain additional speed which translates into a harder hit than if the golf club were held rigid (meaning the wrists are not allowed to rotate during the swing). 

However, what really drives distance is CLUBHEAD SPEED: 
It is interesting that, in analyzing the physics of a golf swing, we see that the arms and wrists play a somewhat passive role, and yet a powerful hit results. So where does the swing energy come from? It comes from the muscles in the torso and shoulders which swiftly rotate the golfer's arms and club through the swing. Uncocking the wrists at the optimal swing angle means that, as much energy {clubhead speed} as possible is transferred to the club head (in the form of kinetic energy), just before it contacts the ball. 

Fascinating stuff! Source: Physics of Golf
The Physics of Golf / Theodore P. Jorgensen

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