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Golf Facts:
  1. It takes 32 pounds of muscle to supply a typical golf swing. When you look for 32 pounds of muscle on the average human body, you donít find it in the arms or shoulders, but more in the thighs and hips.
  2. If the clubface is a half-degree less than square to the ball, the ball can go off course by 20 yards.
  3. The time of contact of the golf club head with the ball is 0.005 of a second.
  4. Aerobically, golfers walk typically four to six miles in playing a round of golf.
  5. Golf ranks fifth overall in rate of injuries among the top twenty sports played.
  6. Back injury is the most common of all golf injuries, affecting about 50% of all golfers.
  7. Amateur golfers grip their clubs tighter than the professionals, as much as three times tighter. The professional usually grips the club at 25 % of maximal force.
  8. In the golf swing, the highest force on the spine occurs in the low back at the level of the 3rd and 4th lumbar vertebrae.
  9. The force of a swing can generate a force of 6000 to 7500 Newton on the spine discs, enough force to cause a disc herniation.
  10. The odds of a professional golfer sinking a hole-in-one in a single round are 3708 to 1.
  11. The diameter of a golf ball is 1.68 inches, and the diameter of the hole is 4.25 inches.
  12. Compared to moderate weather, on a hot day the drive will travel 3 yards farther.
  13. Compared to moderate weather, on a cold day the drive will land 2 yards shorter.
  14. Keeping the ball and equipment warm in cold weather is important in driving distance. Of the two, keeping the ball warm is more important than the clubs.
  15. Placing dimples on the golf ball allowed increased driving distances. Compared to a non-dimpled golf ball, similarly hit balls showed that a dimpled ball traveled a distance of 260 yards compared to the non-dimpled ball.
  16. Studies have shown that modern drivers have added 10 to 15 yards of distance for professional golfers compared to those from the early 1990ís, and over 30 yards more than a 1980 vintage driver.
  17. Cavity back iron designs have made it possible to construct larger-headed irons with expanded sweet spots that weigh less than the smaller iron designs they replaced. This means that you can increase your swing speed, and at the same time, improve your accuracy.
  18. Comparing hitting the ball similarly at sea level and at 5000 feet, such as Denver, would add 10 yards to a ball hit at this higher altitude.
  19. Most recreational golfer reach a top speed too soon, as a result, the clubhead actually starts to slow before ball contact. Optimal results are to reach maximal speed at ball strike.



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