Years Ago I was introduced to golfing. I had just moved back to my hometown and golf had taken over my love of hang gliding. A great friend would take me to the local country club where he leased a membership. I remember he would remind me “ don’t let me forget to dip my towel in the creak before we tee off. After 9 holes and 2 too Many tequila shots we often would forget to dip that towel In the creak when we had the brief moment to do so. I always remembered the look on his face when he would remember that sure enough we forgot. To me as a new golfer glad to not exceed triple digits. I didn’t think it was a big deal. When you're taking 100 shots in 18 holes I probably didn’t have time to worry about spotless clubs and balls. Now the look on his face was the look of somewhere between taking a triple bogey or a snowman.
I always loved paper airplanes gliders power less flight. Years later I bought 2 sailboats. A Nacra 5.2 catamaran and a Mcgreager 22. Both I tore down to nuts and bolts. Rebuilt and waxed a million times. At one point I became aware that even sailboat sails are and work as airfoil design. When air passes around these shapes it creates a low pressure zone above and slightly forward of the wing and in front and the curved side of the sail. Meaning the plane is being sucked upwards towards low pressure and the sailboat is being drawn forward towards the low pressure zone.
At one point I played a country club that had a short range therefore the balls had no dimples. I was warned to not hit them. I was told you won’t see proper flight and you will be tempted to change your swing. Or it could get in your head. I hit a few and stopped a few balls too late. These balls seemed like duds. I realized at that moment why I had been so intrigued by golf. The way the ball flies has interesting physics similar to flight and sailing.
What I discovered for myself is that when you strike a soft shelled golf ball it bites into the groves and is sent on a trajectory angle with and 6000 rpm of back spin. With the ball forced through air and backspin and yes dimples the air must move around the ball. And most importantly dimples. This action pulls air over the top and loads it just above and lightly behind the ball, where the air is being torn away. Putting that once again low pressure zone above and behind the ball. This is why you see the ball climb altitude, hang and drop vertically.
Here is where Clubscrub comes in. I know now that as you learn to strike the ball more proficiently you want maximum bite for flying the ball, getting it to hang and drop vertically, And even a little left over for some back spin. I learned putting a clean ball is about as important as balancing your car tires with a tiny lead weight. The look on my Buddy's face really wasn’t we forgot to wet the towel it was the fact he had to accept that he was going into the back nine without the physics of the game fully in play. Putting missed balanced balls that may drag and speed from scuffs and soil imperfections. And that the bite on the ball would be less aggressive, less flight less hang time, not as vertical drop and no visual backspin on the green.