Golf Essay

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Sports are a great way to bring people together and encourage friendly competition among people from all walks of life. In general, a sport is usually some form of physical game or activity performed by two or more people. One such example would be golf, often dubbed the "rich man 's sport" throughout its history. Golf has undergone many changes since its creation in the early 15th century, but has remained one of the more expensive sports as far as equipment costs go. When discussing the impact that different technological advancements in the materials used in golf have had, I 'm mainly looking at how these adjustments have improved performance. Arguably one of the biggest changes to the sport of golf throughout its history is how the…show more content…
This ball was still very hard and compact though, and proved to have better flight capabilities than its wooden predecessor. However, it was very expensive to make due to the difficulty of the process, and only a few could be made in a day. They proved to be the ball of choice for the next 200 years until the Gutta Perch ball was created from tree sap. This tree sap was a rubber-like material, and could be shaped through heat treatment. The Gutta Perch balls were cheaper to make and more durable than the feathery balls. Up until this point, all the golf balls that were created had been made with a smooth, rounded surface. But the Gutta Perch balls had a strange phenomenon occur when they began to wear down and get chips and defects on the surface. They actually became more accurate and flew in a straighter line at this point. This is due to the aerodynamics on the ball, which is comprised of two elements, lift and drag. Lift pushes golf balls upwards in the air, whereas drag creates a force against the direction the ball travels. Small depressions on the ball 's surface, such as chips/ defects on a Gutta Perch and the dimples on modern balls you see today, create a layer of smooth flowing air turbulence around the ball that decreases drag. These indentations also help create a backspin on the ball, which positively affects the…show more content…
This has helped it to become one of today 's most popular sports. The golf world has embraced the progression of the golf ball, and has yet to deem any particular ball unfair or unethical. Nothing has actually made a game-changing impact on ball technology since the invention of the rubber core, only minor improvements on a model that works well. All the golf balls I 've ever used are obviously modern balls, so I 've never seen firsthand how much of a difference today 's golf balls make over golf balls from previous centuries. However, I have noticed that after using a golf ball for an extended period of time it begins to get small defects in it from wear and tear which affect the flight pattern. This is of course due to changes in the lift and drag on the ball. Even the slightest alterations drastically change the way air flows around its surface. Golf balls are ever changing when it comes to small design elements. As with most sports equipment, manufacturers are always searching for the next innovation to try and make the perfect
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