The Soul of Golf

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Macmillan and Company, 1912 - Golf - 356 pages



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Page 51 - That this is really the case is proved by the fact that certain animals, eg, a frog, can produce or give off carbonic acid in an atmosphere free from oxygen.
Page 237 - These particles start from what may be culled the tee A (Fig. 15). This is a red hot piece of platinum with a spot of barium oxide upon it, the platinum is connected with an electric battery which causes negatively electrified particles to fly off the barium and travel down the glass tube in which the platinum strip is contained : nearly all the air has been exhausted from this tube. These particles are luminous, so that the path they take is very easily observed.
Page 233 - ... base ball ; an expert pitcher, by putting on the appropriate spins, can make the ball curve either to the right or to the left, upwards or downwards ; for the sideway curves the spin must be about a vertical axis, for the upward or downward ones about a horizontal axis.
Page 235 - I remembered that I had often seen a tennis ball, struck with an oblique racket, describe such a curve line. For, a circular as well as a progressive motion being communicated to it by that stroke, its parts on that side, where the motions conspire, must press and beat the contiguous air more violently than on the other, and there excite a reluctancy and reaction of the air proportionably greater.
Page 251 - But if you grasp the principle that the action between the club and the ball d'epends only on their relative motion, and that it is the same whether we have the ball fixed and move the club, or have the club fixed and project the ball against it, the main features are very easily understood.
Page 120 - In the upward swing it will be noticed that the body has been turned very freely with the natural transference of weight almost entirely to the right foot, and that the left foot has been pulled up and around on the toe. Without such aid the downward stroke would be lacking in pith. To get the shoulders into the stroke they must first come...
Page 266 - The pace which the player can give the clubhead at the moment of impact depends to a very considerable extent on the relative motion of his two hands (to which is due the ' nip ') during the immediately preceding two-hundredth of a second, while the amount of beneficial spin is seriously diminished by even a trifling upward concavity of the path of the head during the ten-thousandth of a second occupied by the blow.
Page 242 - THERE are so many dynamical problems connected' with golf that a discussion of the whole of them would occupy far more time than is at my disposal this evening. I shall not attempt to deal with the many important questions which arise when we consider the impact of the club with the ball, but confine myself to the consideration of the flight of the ball after it has left the club.
Page 119 - Braid says: At the top of the swing, although nearly all the weight will be on the right foot, the player must feel a distinct pressure on the left one, that is to say it must still be doing a small share in the work of supporting the body. On page 207 of "Taylor on Golf...

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