Hardness of a golf ball versus flight
Name: chris king a king
Date: Around 1993
Would a golf ball fly better if it was soft rather than hard?
Although I do not really know the answer, I can tell you that there was a
researcher around the mid 60's who was doing work on drag force reduction of
compliant surfaces (use these words as key words to locate the articles in
your library). Unfortunately, I do not remember the researcher's name.
However, I recall that his hypothesis was that dolphins swim with reduced
drag because their bodies are compliant, so he did some drag force studies
with dolphins. Perhaps this will help. I also remember that there was
still some controversy among people who work in this field. The drag reduc-
tions were apparently small and difficult to resolve. I believe that this
fellow who worked with dolphins was supported by the US Navy?
david r munoz
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