The oblique impact between a golf ball and a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) target with smooth transparent surfaces was studied using a high-speed video camera. Video images of the impact were recorded from the backside of the target and were used to determine the contact time, contact area, and the displacement and rotation of the ball along the target. The average tangential and angular velocities were determined as functions of the inbound ball velocity. As the inbound ball velocity increased, the contact area and average tangential and angular velocities also increased while the contact time decreased. An oiled PMMA target was used to study the effect of reduced friction between the ball and target. The results were compared with earlier data for a steel target with relatively rough surfaces. The contact area and time were unaffected by friction, but the average tangential velocity increased while the average angular velocity decreased as the friction decreased.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aerospace Engineering
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering