is perhaps the most complicated simple game ever invented. Golfing
greats like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods make the sport look easy, but
anyone who has ever picked up a club knows how truly frustrating golf
can be. The success of each shot depends on a diverse range of factors,
from the club you choose and the speed with which you swing it, to your
mood, the weather, and even the type and cut of the grass.
plays a crucial role in most, if not all, of these factors, and in Golf
Science, sports science expert Mark F. Smith investigates the
cutting-edge scientific wonders that take the ball from tee to hole.
Each chapter explores a different facet of the game — mind and
body, the swing, the equipment, the environment, coaching with
technology, the practice process, and the score — and is
organized around a series of questions. What happens in the brain
during the preshot routine? Does head movement hinder swing
performance? Will I hit the ball farther with a longer driver? Why do I
lose distance into the wind? What can I learn from watching my ball in
flight? How should practice be structured? What are the key stats in
golf that I need to know? Each question is examined with the aid of
explanatory diagrams and illustrations, and the book can be used to
search for particular topics, or read straight through for a
comprehensive overview of how golfer and equipment work together.
Performance from Tee to Green
by Mark F. Smith
Of Chicago Press, 2013