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Golf trick real or fake?

Friday 17 August 2018

I saw this golf trick on instagram and was immediately suspicious, 40 years of teaching physics does that to you. The ball just doesn't seem to lose any energy. The guy playing the shot has a huge social media following and it's hard to believe he would fake all his shots but stranger things happen. The 3D nature and difficult camera angle make the shot very difficult to analyse but if I were to fake the shot I'd use a physics engine to animate the flight of the ball so that it obeyed the laws of physics. The apparent non loss of energy might be due to the carefully angled slabs which get less and less steep to keep the height of the ball constant. Garret seems a nice lad so let's give him the benefit of the doubt.

Emma Ohm
26 Aug 2018


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