Trajectory of a Golf Shot

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This Demonstration shows plots of the path of a golf ball after it is hit using one of nine different clubs. You can choose the club and the initial speed of the ball. Each axis is measured in yards and the initial speed is measured in yards/second. A driver gives a golf ball the greatest initial velocity while the higher-numbered irons cause a golf ball to have a successively lower initial velocity.

Contributed by: Ryan Kauss (June 2014)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



This Demonstration was written in Making Math.


[1] V. Aubuchon. "Golf Club Comparison Chart." (Jun 4, 2014)

[2] H. Erlichson. "Maximum Projectile Range with Drag and Lift, with Particular Application to Golf." (Jun 16, 1982)

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