Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dr Jonathan's Golf Clinic

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dr Jonathan's Golf Clinic

Article excerpt

I was fortunate to participate in the amazing Have a Heart Trophy for the CHUF charity at the Freeman Hospital, held by our owner Graham Wylie at my club, Close House on Monday.

My role was to invite people to Beat The Pro on the 14th hole, which was great fun although somewhat warmish in temperatures of up to 27 degrees.

As the heat increased it was noticeable that the ball flew a little further on the hole and as a result I had to hit less club into the par three green. As the summer is finally upon us, I thought I would look at the reasons the ball can fly as much as ten yards further.

A ball hit well with a driver with an average clubhead speed of 90mph will on average travel 203 yards at four degrees but 211 yards at 27 degrees.

Add into the figure the added roll and the difference can be up to 20-30 yards - but why is this? Firstly, the less dense air allows the ball to fly faster and further through the air during the flight.

The warmer clubhead and ball also allow for a better transfer of energy at impact, allowing the ball to be compressed more easily. …

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