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Name: chris king a king
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Would a golf ball fly better if it was soft rather than hard?

Good Question:
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?

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