The Spence SchoolClass of 2023New York, New York
- "Statistically Analyzing Club Loft, Ball Position, and Swing Size to Predict Total Distances of Short Game Shots" with mentor Joseph (May 28, 2022)
Statistically Analyzing Club Loft, Ball Position, and Swing Size to Predict Total Distances of Short Game Shots
Started Nov. 18, 2021
Abstract or project description
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States saw an increased interest in golf and a surge in the number of rounds played. Many of these golfers included beginners and amateurs who were out of practice and unfamiliar with the mechanics of golf. Golf involves many different types of shots, including longer tee shots, approach shots, and putts. This paper highlights how club loft, swing size, and ball position can be used to predict total distances and execute more consistent short game shots. Seven differently lofted clubs, three swing sizes, and two ball positions were tested, creating a total of 42 possible swing combinations. Around 2000 data points were collected from more than 25 golfers in order to account for differences in height, gender, experience, and other factors. By analyzing these data, multiple correlations between club loft, swing size, and ball position were discovered, as well as patterns in shot behavior and ball data as a result of modifying independent variables. Additionally, this research offers suggestions and models that may help golfers execute more consistent short game shots around the greens.