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How does the bounciness of a golf ball affect the distance that it will travel?Featured science projectScience project video


The hypothesis that the relatively bouncier golf balls will be able to travel further   than the less bouncy ones, is proven to be true.

Manufacturers of golf balls spend a lot of money on research to improve the flight distance of the golf balls.  Each golf ball manufacturer  has  its own techniques on how to improve the performance of their golf balls.  Each brand of golf ball is constructed differently and will also perform differently under varying conditions. This gives golfers the opportunity to choose a ball that best fits their style of play.

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This science fair project can also be done using different sizes of golf clubs, like the a no. 7 iron.

Try  changing the temperature of the ball by placing it in hot or cold water first   before repeating the experiment.

What if the ground (ie: the fairway) is soggy after heavy rainfall? How does this affect the distance travelled by the ball?


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Never stand anywhere in front of a golfer who's about to take  a swing. Beware of swinging clubs - which can cause severe injury